February 17, 2021     cib    

How can a multilevel approach contribute to more effective management and governance of water resources? And how can water users be involved?

Water provision and governance of water involve complex systems and the coordination of different stakeholders at all levels of government. Adding to the challenge are the political and institutional contexts of the country. In many contexts, reforms for effective water management are hampered by an unclear allocation of roles and responsibilities, territorial fragmentation and limited capacity at the local level.

This is why The Hague Academy for Local Governance is organising a two-week, practice-oriented training course to address water governance. The course will help you to:

  • Acquire the knowledge, concepts and principles of integrated, multilevel water governance;
  • Identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability of water management and water services;
  • Increase insight in the legal, political and institutional framework affecting water governance in your context;
  • Become acquainted with assessment tools and new approaches for dealing with the challenges of water governance;
  • Broaden your knowledge of international best practices in the field of multilevel water governance.


In addition to understanding the theoretical concepts and international cases, participants will visit several Dutch examples of water projects. With a large part below sea level, the Netherlands has a long tradition of local and national water management. These field visits will focus on the approach of Integrated Water Resource Management, public-private cooperation and citizen engagement. You will also learn first-hand about how to deal with high-water levels, manage dikes, increase flood safety and address environmental concerns.

During the course, participants will meet colleagues from other parts of the world, exchange experiences with experts and visit many examples of Dutch water management. Afterwards, you will receive a professional certificate of completion from The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

The course is intended for policymakers and technical staff of organisations responsible for water management at different levels as well as for programme managers working for donor and development organisations.

Key Information

  • The training will take place from 6 to 17 September 2021 in The Hague.
  • The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers full scholarships for mid-career professionals that meet certain eligibility criteria. The scholarship application deadline is 11 March. You can apply through this link.
  • The course language is English.
  • For self-paying participants, the course fee is €3.595 and the application deadline is 30 July 2021. Group discounts are available if you participate with three or more colleagues.
  • For general inquiries, please contact info@thehagueacademy.com or call +(31) 70 37 38 695.

If you wish to learn more about the study-visits organised and about the experts contributing to the training, please click here.