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New curriculum on Good Governance and Rule of Law.

By Cecile Meijs, General Manager The Hague Academy for local governance.

How to restore legitimacy, security and effectiveness of institutions after violent conflict? This is the key question that will be addressed in the new training curriculum ‘Good Governance & Rule of Law in Fragile States: statebuilding from the bottom up’, organised by The Hague Academy for Local Governance and The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The programme seeks to contribute to the knowledge and skills of people working for governments, NGOs and international organisations in fragile and conflict affected states.

The challenges for countries affected by war, mass conflict or natural disaster are numerous. First of all, they need to restore legal order and access to justice and re-establish human security. Furthermore, basic services such as water and sanitation, health care, roads and housing must be reconstructed. Inclusive socio-economic development is necessary to create new perspectives for citizens, including youth and vulnerable groups. Finally, government accountability and trust between government and citizens should be increased to promote citizen participation, social cohesion and peaceful settlement of conflict.

To increase security and rule of law, institutions at all levels need to be aware of their leadership role and responsibilities. In the immediate aftermath of war they should bring about some measure of stability, to reassert the state’s monopoly on the use of violence and to send a strong signal that crimes cannot (or no longer) be committed with impunity. It will generally be necessary to engage with government institutions at central level and particularly the security sector. Yet, in many post conflict countries, particularly in rural areas, the central government and judicial institutions remain distant and detached from local realities. It is equally important therefore, that local authorities and (traditional) leaders, who are in much closer contact with citizens, are involved.

The newly developed curriculum addresses the challenges of institutions in fragile and conflict affected states in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary six-week programme. Here, participants will discuss roles and responsibilities as well as practical tools for implementation and cooperation. The local context and experiences of the participants are the starting point for discussions with international top experts and a variety of interactive exercises. Participants will receive state of the art knowledge derived from the latest research findings and analyse practical cases from countries such as DR Congo, Burundi, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Libya.

The curriculum is organised in The Hague, city of Peace and Justice, from 20 January to 28 February 2014. For more information about the content and the application procedure, please visit http://thehagueacademy.com/blog/2013/09/new-training-programme-good-governance-and-rule-of-law-in-fragile-states/. You can also contact programme manager Nienke Vermeulen at: nienke.vermeulen@thehagueacademy.com.


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