Background:

Hetta Institute for International Development (HIID) is a USA-based professional educational corporation specializing in human capacity building. The Institute specializes in helping the mid and senior-level executives, particularly those from the developing countries, to upgrade their skills. HIID was founded in 2001 and registered with Arizona Corporation Commission, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  Hetta Institute for International Development is also registered with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. HIID also partners with the Center for Executive Training and International Development (CETID), a professional training provider in sustainable development, registered and based in Manhattan, New York City, USA  Since 2001, HIID has provided short term training courses to hundreds of high-ranking government and corporate officials.

Course Description:

This is a short orientation course for senior local government officials working on rural development and sustainable development programs or projects in rural communities. The course aims to inspire senior rural community leaders to effectively manage local resources for development. The course also offers them a variety of perspectives on leadership development; sustainable development; how to tackle and manage social and economic challenges in their communities. 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.

Course Content:

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.

  • The 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 of 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
  • Computer training with a brand laptop to take home.
  • Site visits

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, participants should be able to acquire the following skills and knowledge:
  • A better understanding of the role of local government in the context of sustainable 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 problems solving exercises
  • Participants will acquire more information on funding sources to support their local development programs.

Learning Methodology:

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).

Course Duration:

2 weeks

Training Locations and Scheduled Dates:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA: Oct 14-25, 2019 Washington DC, USA:

Registration Fees:

The course fee is $4750 for two 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:
  • 1. Send a completed application form
  • 2. Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at senior management level
  • 3. Be nominated by the head of his/her department
  • 4. Be a senior member of the organization
  • 5. Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
  • 6. Have proof of English proficiency
  • 7. Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship for the course