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.

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.

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.