Event Description

Dates and venue: July 01 to 05, 2019 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 provide insights on the nexus between decentralisation, local governance and sustaining peace. Participants will 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. Examples of lessons learned will include cases from the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-saharan Africa.


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:

  • Discuss the role of local governance in sustaining peace in fragile settings;
  • Identify under what conditions decentralisation in fragile settings can contribute to sustaining peace;
  • Identify governance approaches and modalities for local service delivery in relation to sustaining peace;
  • Recognise the impact of peace interventions and the role of inclusive local economic development in fragile settings;
  • Advise local government actors on how to create and maintain conditions necessary for sustainable and resilient peace; and
  • Develop ideas for evaluating peace intervention at the local level to 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.

More info

More information about the course, online application and fees.

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The Hague Academy for Local Governance