Deadline: 29 January 2016
The Hague Academy for Local governance (The Hague Academy) launched its own talent programme in 2009. With Talent for Governance The Hague Academy aims to enable young civil servants from developing countries and Eastern European (non-EU) countries to participate in a specially designed Talent for Governance programme (talent programme). The overall aim of Talent for Governance is to better the living conditions in developing countries and transitional (non-EU) countries by strengthening their local governments.
With a Talent for Governance scholarship, young talents at the local level increase their practical knowledge on topics such as management of waste or water, local economic development, municipal service delivery, citizen participation and accountability, fiscal decentralisation and local taxes, climate change and resilience, integrity and anti-corruption.
The selected talents follow international training in The Hague and an internship in a Dutch municipality. They meet colleagues from abroad, learn from experiences in other countries and link what they have learned to the daily practice in their home countries. This will help them to achieve their personal goals and make a real difference for their local communities.
In 2016 The Hague Academy for Local Governance will select a limited number of young, talented and motivated civil servants working for a local government in one of the countries on the DAC country list for its Talent for Governance programmes.
Themes of the Talent programmes so far include: Citizen Participation & Accountability, Female Leadership, Leadership & Municipal Management, Local Economic Development, Local Service Delivery & Millennium Development Goals, Climate Change & Resilient Cities, Fiscal Decentralisation & Local Finance.
What it covers?
The talent programme
- covers cost of tuition fee, travel costs, accommodation and living expenses in The Netherlands.
- The Hague Academy will select the travel arrangements and accommodation and the living
- expenses entail three meals a day, meaning breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Who can Apply?
Young civil servants working for local government in a developing country can apply for the Talent for Governance programme. They must have a strong motivation and a concrete project or idea to improve the performance of the organisation and create better services for their community.
Application is possible if you: work for a local government (not an NGO or private enterprise);
- work in one of the countries listed on the DAC country list;
- be 37 years of age or younger when you apply;
- have at least two years of work experience in local governance and prove your commitment to
- work there for at least two years more;
- speak and understand the English language well (all programmes are in English);
- be able to write down and orally defend your motivation for and relevance of the specific programme;
- be able to identify an issue/project as a real life case within the theme of the programme for which you will write a Back Home Action Plan during the Talent programme;
- have written support of your employer to participate in the programme and to implement the Back Home Action Plan when you return home.
Online Application Form for the talent programmes in 2016 (open from 5 October 2015 to 29th of January 2016)is available on the website.
Note: Please do not submit a separate application form for the specific training course of your choice through the website of the Hague Academy for Local Governance. To apply for the Talent Programme only the online application form of Talent for Governance will be considered.
For more information, please visit talent programme 2016.