Program description: This program consists of four courses, namely: Local, Municipal and Regional Government, Legislative Framework, Local Government Administration, Organizational Behavior. Local government administration is an integral part of a council’s operation. It is often referred  to as the engine that drives the  operations of the local government body by ensuring functional systems and procedures are in place to carry out the decisions of council as it seeks to fulfill its mandate.  This program is designed to expose participants to the fundamentals of local government administration. Upon completion of the four courses, participants will enhance their understanding of local government administration and use this knowledge to discharge their roles and responsibilities in a more effective and efficient manner.

LGS 100         Local, Municipal and Regional Government

Course description:  People live in cities, towns and villages and are beneficiaries of the services provided through these tiers of government. These sub-national bodies are governed, in most cases,  by elected councils and function to fulfill clearly defined mandates. While the systems and structures may vary from one country to another, the basic mandate is to deliver services to citizens and to facilitate local development. A primary focus and emphasis of this program is to provide participants with a functional understanding of the underlying concepts and practices that govern local government systems, structures, and operations.

Duration:       8 hours

Learning outcomes:   At the end of this course, participants will be:

  • familiar with fundamental concepts, principles, theories and models relating to local government and local governance.
  • aware of the various local government management structures and their characteristics.
  • able to analyze local government systems and structures and their associated characteristics.
  • equipped with applicable knowledge and skills to function in a professional manner in their respective local government entities.

Course topics:

  • What is local government?
  • Characteristics of local government.
  • Primary functions of local government.
  • Principles and theories of local government.
  • Models of political management of local authorities.
  • Local government framework.

LGS 101               Legislative Framework

Course description:  Local government bodies are governed by legislation which outlines the roles and responsibilities of the organization, its council as well as the various categories of other officials. Very often conflict and confusion arise between officials because of lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of the relevant legislative provisions that govern a particular category of official. This course is designed to examine the legislative provisions that relate to each category of official and their inter-relationships. Case studies will be used to reinforce understanding.

Duration:       8 hours

Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, participants will:

  • be familiar with the local legislative provisions that govern the local council, councilors, mayors, and administrators.
  • be able to distinguish between the roles and responsibilities of each category of local government official.
  • recognize the interplay between legislative authority and political obligations.
  • be equipped to apply new material learnt to their respective local government context.·       
  • enhance their capability to perform their functions in a more professional manner.

Course topics:

  • What is a legislative framework?
  • Value and benefits of a legislative framework.
  • Structure and functions of local government council.
  • Roles and responsibilities of councilors
  • Roles and responsibilities of mayors.
  • Roles and responsibilities of administrators.

LGA 100        Local Government Administration

Course description: This course is designed to introduce participants to the nature and scope of public administration and addresses the types, characteristics and defects of bureaucracy. It also explains the theories and principles of organizations as well as principles of New Public Management and its implications for public administration.

Course duration:      8 hours

Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, participants will be:

  • familiar with the basic foundations of public administration.
  • acquainted with the concepts related to organizations, bureaucracy, and New Public Management.
  • able to develop a more professional disposition to their respective role and responsibilities.

Course topics:

  • Introduction to Public Administration.
  • Theories, principles, and characteristics of organizations.
  • Types, characteristics, and shortcomings of bureaucracy.
  • Principles of New Public Management.

LGA 101        Organizational behavior

Course description: Organizational behavior is influenced primarily by two factors namely: the people that are in the organization and its organizational structure. The interplay of these two features and the resulting dynamics contribute to interesting studies in organizational behaviour. This course is designed to examine various dimensions of these dynamics thereby enhancing participants' understanding of the organizational cultures so that they can function effectively within their organizational context and effect change wherever and whenever necessary.    

Course duration:      8 hours

Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, participants, will be:

  • aware of the dynamics of organizations.
  • familiar with theories and techniques used in effective organizational functioning.
  • able to apply theories and techniques in organizational functioning to their specific context.
  • able to apply apply change management strategies to facilitate organizational change.
  • familiar with basic conflict management strategies. 

 Course topics:

  • Introduction to organizational behavior.
  • Theories and techniques used in effective organizational functioning
  • Organizational development techniques.
  • Organizational change and change management.
  • Conflict management in organizations.