Program code:  LGL

Program description:  This program comprises four courses, namely: Local, Municipal and Regional Government, Legislative Framework, Local Government Leadership and Introduction to Transformational Leadership. This program targets mayors, persons in executive leadership in local governments and at central ministry level and is designed to enhance their leadership capabilities so that they can become more effective local government leaders. Very often leadership challenges in local governments impede program development and implementation which, in turn, adversely affect the council’s developmental thrust. The resulting setback manifests itself in various forms which affect citizens’ quality of life. This program will also address capacity gaps in the leadership cadre of local governments.

Duration: 32 instruction hours - 4 courses at 8 hours per course

Instructors: Dr. Vedawattie Ram, Dr. Tesha Thonpson

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 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 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 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.

LGL 100         Local Government Leadership

Course description: “A leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way”- John Maxwell. Within this paradigm, this course is intended to build leadership capabilities by exposing participants to the various facets of leadership.  It will provide opportunities for participants to analyze their personal leadership style and that of their managers and would enable them to distinguish between a leader and a manager.

Course duration:      8 hours

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

  • strengthen their leadership capabilities.
  • recognize leadership strengths and shortcomings in their local government body.
  • demonstrate effective leadership.
  • differentiate between the leaders and managers in their respective local government bodies.

Course topics:

  • Introduction to leadership.
  • Theories of leadership.
  • Leadership and management.
  • Principles of effective leadership.

LGL 101         Introduction to Transformational Leadership

Course description:   One of the primary roles of local government is to facilitate local development evidenced by the enhancement of the quality of lives of citizens. Community transformation is therefore a significant function of local governments and requires capable and competent transformational leaders. This course focuses on critical elements of transformational leadership that would be of immense benefit to the participants.  Participants will be taught foundational concepts of transformational leadership and will be provided with opportunities to apply these to practical situations.

Course duration:      8 hours

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

  • familiar with the values and benefits of transformational change.
  • able to identify the characteristics of transformational leaders.
  • aware of the process of effecting transformational change.
  • able to apply the process of transformational change to any given situation.
  • able to identify challenges to transformational change and craft appropriate solutions.

·Course topics:

  • What is transformational leadership?
  • Value and benefits of transformational change.
  • Characteristics of successful transformational leaders.
  • Effecting transformational change.
  • Challenges to transformational leadership.