Local governance actors face enormous
challenges in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Often, 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. This provides
an entry point for development assistance and inclusive governance to
support sustainable peace. At the same time, 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.
To discuss how local governance can be
more effective in addressing the root causes of conflict and achieve
resilient and sustainable peace,
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 settings?
How can development partners improve the effectiveness of their support for local governance in fragile settings?
In what ways can decentralisation
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
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 CeProd Academy for 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.
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