Programme structure

Public Financial Management and Local Economic Development

The training is divided into nine compulsory phases, of which phases 2, 4, 6 and 8 are full time scheduled training. A large part of the work is homebased.

Phases

Phase 1
Preparation (part-time, in home country)

After confirmed selection, the participants will be contacted by the management team and by a national mentor. A short presentation of the Change Project outline should be prepared for the start-up seminar.

Phase 2
Inception workshop
(in one of the participating countries, approx. 4 days)

The Inception workshop aims to prepare the participants for the programme, while stimulating cooperation between participants, their respective organisations and regional networks. It also provides an opportunity to explore synergies between the planned Change Project outlines and scope for collaborations.

Based on the Change Project outlines project design tools will be used to develop Change Project Plans. The tuition during the start-up seminar consists of group discussions and lectures with international experts from the region.

Phase 3
Work with the Change Project (part-time, in home country)

Back in their respective organisations the participants will continue to develop their Change Project. Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with mentors, facilitators and other participants.

This phase involves intense interaction among participants and their designated mentors focusing on the change projects. The participants are required to be able to work on their change projects for a minimum of 8 hours/week during this phase. Each participant can expect to get 3 hours of personal mentoring from the designated mentor during this phase.

Phase 4
Follow up Workshop
(in one of the participating countries, approx. 4 days)

This consists of a series of lectures and study visits covering all the modules that address the thematic areas of the programme. This phase will take place over a period of one week. The learning process will be facilitated by a team of resource persons from academia and practitioners from relevant institutions.

Phase 5
Work with the Change Project (part-time, in home country)

Back in their respective organisations the participants will continue to develop their Change Project. Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with mentors, facilitators and other participants.

This phase involves intense interaction among participants and their designated mentors focusing on the change projects. The participants are required to be able to work on their change projects for a minimum of 8 hours/week during this phase. Each participant can expect to get 3 hours of personal mentoring from the designated mentor during this phase.

Phase 6
Advanced training in Sweden (2 weeks)

During the training period in Sweden, participants will be exposed to Sweden’s advanced knowledge and experience of municipal management.

Tuition consists of interactive lectures and group discussions with Swedish and international experts combined with study excursions, group work and discussions.

The learning process will be facilitated by a team of resource persons from academia and practitioners from relevant national and sub national institutions mainly from Sweden.

Phase 7
Work with the Change Project (part-time, in home country)

Back in their respective organisations the participants will continue to develop their Change Project. Participants will actively use web-based tools for interaction with mentors, facilitators and other participants.

This phase involves intense interaction among participants and their designated mentors focusing on the change projects. The participants are required to be able to work on their change projects for a minimum of 8 hours/week during this phase. Each participant can expect to get 3 hours of personal mentoring from the designated mentor during this phase.

Phase 8
Final Workshop in Africa, location to be decided (1 week)

A final seminar will be arranged in one of the participating countries, for the participants to present their Change Project results. The workshop provides an opportunity for peer review and evaluation of the Change Project as well as implications for organizational and policy change for the sponsoring institutions and participating countries. The programme also includes study visits and lectures provided by ICLD and regional lecturers. This seminar marks the formal end of the programme.