This is a short orientation course for senior local government officials working on rural development and sustainable development programs/projects in rural communities. The course aims to inspire senior rural community leaders to manage local resources for development and to offer them a variety of perspectives on leadership and sustainable development skills;how to tackle social and economic challenges they face in the course of performing their jobs. In this course, participants will learn in a practical way how they can enhance their leadership skills to effectively lead and build an effective team in difficult situations to achieve the organizational goals.
Course Learning Objectives:
The main objective of this course is to enhance the competencies of the senior local government officials in sustainable development.
The course is delivered in a workshop setting facilitated by seasoned professional facilitators with practical experience. Participants may have up to 2 different facilitators in this course. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Assessment is through effective class participation, group presentation, group project, and class attendance.
- Conceptual framework of leadership: definitions, context, issues, and challenges
- Models and theories of leadership
- The role of the federal, state, and local government level with reference to the national constitution and political system
- Rural development as related to the concept of sustainable development
- Power and politics involved in the federal, state, and local government levels
- Development challenges facing local governments
- Building effective high-performance local government councils
- Effective leadership and the role of the local council chairman
- Local council as the catalyst for rural development
- The role of women in rural development
- Financial management and accountability
- Funding resources for local governments
- Case studies of best practices in rural development
- Group projects and assignments on rural development
- Problem-solving exercises
- Site visits
At the end of the course, participants should be able to acquire the following skills and knowledge:
- Better understanding of the role of local government in the context of sustaining development
- Participants will be able to perform a follow-up practice team exercise prioritizing the Five Elements of Development Management.
- Participants will increase self-knowledge of their leadership and team building styles through learning and practicing several problem-solving exercises
- Participants will acquire more information on funding sources to support their local development programs.
The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, group discussion, case studies, problem-solving exercises, and group presentations. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Other methods used in this course include case studies, group presentation, problem-solving techniques, etc. Assessment is through effective class participation, group presentation, group project, and class attendance.
Who should attend?
The target audience for this course includes senior officials from local government councils and various entities (Local Government officials, governmental institutions, public &private sectors, NGO’s and parastatals).
Training Locations and Scheduled Dates
New York, USA:
Washington, DC, USA: Nov 2-13; Nov 30 – Dec 12
Phoenix, Arizona, USA:
London, United Kingdom:
The course fee is $4,600 for 2 weeks. The course fee covers the following: instruction, course materials, one brand new laptop computer to take home, administration expenses, field trips, cultural programs and miscellaneous program-related expenses.
How to Register
To participate in this course, the applicant must:
- Send a completed application form
- Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at senior management level
- Be nominated by the head of the department
- Be a senior member of the organization
- Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
- Have a proof of English proficiency
- Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship for the course
Hetta International Development Center
295 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Ph. 212 379 8348