Upcoming Course: Multilevel Water Governance

The Hague Academy of Local Governance - September 2022 - Scholarships Available

How can a multilevel approach contribute to more effective management and governance of water resources? How can water systems be financed in an efficient way? How to relate water planning to climate change and food security? And how to incorporate a participatory approach to water management?

These issues will be dealt with in an upcoming (in-person) training course on Multilevel Water Governance offered by The Hague Academy of Local Governance in The Hague from September 8 – October 7, 2022. The application deadline for the course is August 19, 2022.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for this course. Learn more about the eligibility criteria and submit your application. The early-bird application deadline is 21 February 2022. The final scholarship application deadline is 8 March 2022. Learn more / apply for a scholarship!


With a large part below sea level, the Netherlands has a long tradition of local and national water management. During field visits, you will have the opportunity to see examples of Integrated Water Resource Management, public-private cooperation and citizen engagement.

At The Maeslantkering, a storm surge barrier, you will learn first-hand about managing high water levels and increasing flood safety. You will also go deeper into the Dutch experience with water management during a visit to a local water authority and a walking tour through sand dunes that contribute to the treatment of drinking water. Moreover, by visiting a horticulture project, you will see a practical example of innovation in irrigation and climate adaptation.

In addition, you will critically reflect on practical cases from other parts of the world, together with renowned experts and fellow participants.

Experts contributing to this course include:

Eiman Karar, a senior advisor at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), with over 20 years of experience in water resources management and water management policies in Africa.

Robert van Cleef, a water economy expert with more than twenty years of experience in the efficient functioning of the water sector. Robert has developed and implemented a range of tools to help government agencies budget for and finance water management.

Wouter Wolters, a senior consultant and expert in integrated water resources management, with over 40 years of international experience. Wouter has worked a.o. in Egypt and Pakistan and has been involved in several EU projects.

Speakers from the Dutch Water Authorities, World Waternet and the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will also be part of the program.

Course details and application

Further course details and application materials are available on the website of The Hague Academy of Local Governance.