Peacebuilding and local governance

Event Description

Dates and venue: July 3 to 7, 2017 in Barcelona

Peacebuilding and local governance training course

Local governments face enormous challenges following violent conflicts. Often, human and financial resources are scarce, the capacity to deliver services is inadequate, and the central government is weak or absent. Despite these strains and divisions in society, local governments are called upon to deliver services and promote the conditions for stability, peace and development. To achieve this, inclusive and sustainable local governance is paramount.

Participants will be challenged on the following core questions:

  • How can local governments (LGs) promote stability and promote the conditions for sustainable development?
  • What lessons can be learnt from LGs peacebuilding approach in different post-conflict contexts?
  • How can development partners improve the effectiveness of their support to LGs in a post-conflict context?
  • When does decentralisation facilitate or hinder peacebuilding process, and what is the role of LGs in both situations?

The course will analyse lessons learned from cases such as Afghanistan, Liberia, South Sudan and the Balkans. It will also revisit and provide insights on the decentralisation and peacebuilding theoretical framework. This will be especially relevant to analyse and understand better each participant’s local context. Furthermore, the course will dissect the impact of donor interventions in support of LGs and their efforts to create the conditions for a lasting peace.


This is a very interactive course, and therefore, participants will be expected to exchange specific experiences and engage peers on various topics. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse the concepts and theories related to peacebuilding and local governance;
  • Assess the state of the political economy of decentralisation;
  • Identify to what extent decentralisation in post-conflict contexts may have counterproductive effects;
  • Recognise the impact of peacebuilding interventions for sustainable peace and inclusive development at the local level and in relation to state legitimacy;
  • Advise local government officials on how to establish a sustainable, inclusive approach to governance;
  • Develop ideas for evaluating local peacebuilding activities to improve learning and accountability.

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 peacebuilding in post-conflict states.

Organized by

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

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The Hague Academy for Local Governance