Dates and venue: July 9 to 13, 2018 in Barcelona

Sustaining peace and local governance training course

Local governance actors face enormous challenges in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Often times, human and financial resources are scarce, the collaboration between the state and the citizens is weak, social cohesion and trust in society have deteriorated, and the central government is weak or absent.

Despite these challenges, local governance remains the level where the state and citizens interact; an entry point for development assistance and inclusive governance to help bring about sustainable peace. However, several conditions are necessary for stability including the prevention of conflict, reduction of violence, strengthening the collaboration between the state and the citizens, social cohesion, delivering inclusive economic development and accountable governance.

Participants will be challenged on the following core questions:

  • How can local governance promote conditions for sustainable peace?
  • What lessons can be learnt from local governance actors ‘approaches to sustaining peace in different fragile and conflict-affected countries?
  • How can development partners improve the effectiveness of their support to local governance in fragile and conflict-affected countries?
  • In what ways can decentralization contribute to sustaining peace and what is the specific role of local governments in this process?


The course will analyse lessons learned from cases, including but not limited to, Afghanistan, Liberia, South Sudan and the Balkans. It will also revisit and provide insights on the nexus between decentralisation, local governance and sustaining peace.

The course will also compare and discuss the effectiveness of the different approaches used by development partners to support local governance in fragile and conflict-affected countries and how to make them more effective.


This interactive course requires participants to actively exchange their experiences and engage with their peers on various topics. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • explain the significance of local governance for sustaining peace in fragile and conflict-affected settings;
  • Identify under what conditions decentralisation in fragile and conflicts affected settings can contribute to sustaining peace;
  • Recognise the impact of peace interventions for sustainable peace and inclusive development at the local level and in relation to state legitimacy;
  • Advise local government actors on how to create and maintain conditions necessary for sustainable and resilient peace;
  • Develop ideas for evaluating peace intervention at the local level and improve learning and accountability.

After successful graduation from this course, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

This training is designed for the staff of donor and development organisations, NGOs, ministries and local governments. It is also aimed at practitioners who wish to remain well-informed about the local dimensions of sustaining peace in fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Organized by

The Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC) jointly with The Hague Academy for Local Governance, The Netherlands.

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More information about the course, online application and fees.

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The Hague Academy for Local Governance