Program description: This program comprises 4 inter-related courses, namely; Local, Municipal and Regional Government, Legislative Framework, Community Development, and Citizens' Participation. It is intended to introduce participants to fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of local government and associated subject areas. Participants will be provided opportunities to relate these to their individual local government context thereby establishing the nexus between theory and practice. Linkages and inter-relationships between theory and practice will always be established throughout each course and assessments will be designed to evaluate the extent to which participants can make these connections. Course activities will include plenary discussions, group discussions, research, assignments, case studies and video presentations.


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 officials. Understanding the legislative framework that governs the local government sector will equip local officials to functon within their mandates 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.

LGS 102               Community Development

Course description:   Local development, and by extension community development, is one of the primary responsibilities of local government. Community development activities often vary in magnitude and scope but must be designed to enhance the quality of life of citizens. Through this course, participants will be exposed to principles, practices and processes that would guide effective community development initiatives and apply these to real life situations in their respective local government jurisdictions.

Course duration:      8 hours

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

  • aware of community development principles, practices, and processes.
  • able to conduct community consultations.
  • able to conduct a community mapping exercise.
  • able to draft an outline of a community development plan.

Course topics:

  • What is community development?
  • Models of community development.
  • Community consultations.
  • Community mapping.
  • Community development processes.


LGS 103               Citizens’ Participation

Course description:   An integral part of the functions of local government is to promote and foster local democracy. Meaningful citizens’ participation is sine qua non. There are several modalities of citizens’ participation. Through this course, participants will be able to discuss the typology of participation and the advantages and disadvantages of each type and be acquainted with  the benefits, challenges, principles, and methods of citizens’ participation.  Participants will apply these to the citizens’ participation modalities that are used in their respective local governments, and where necessary, to make recommendations for their improvement.

Course duration:      8 hours

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

  • able to appreciate the value and benefits of citizens' participation.
  • cognizant of citizens’ participation typologies, methodologies, and challenges.
  • able to identify effective citizens' participation strategies.
  • able to determine and apply appropriate citizens' participation strategies.
  • equipped to conduct effective citizens’ participation programs.  

Course topics:

  • Value and benefits of citizens' participation.
  • Typology of participation.
  • Principles and methods of citizens' participation.
  • Challenges to citizens' participation.
  • Effective citizens' participation strategies for local governments.