Call for Applications - "Human Rights Based Approach" training 2022-2023

Deadline: 30 November 2021
Open to: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine
Costs: All training costs pertaining to lectures, literature, documentation, study tours and certain social activities as well as accommodation and food will also be covered by the organiser. All international travel costs related to the programme will be covered by the programme organiser. Costs for personal expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the participant or his/her organisation


The main objective of this training programme is to strengthen the ongoing change processes that contribute to social and economic development and to strengthen the institutions in the selected municipalities and regions.

This will be achieved through participating municipalities integrating their work with human rights so that equality, participation, transparency and taking responsibility/demanding responsibility becomes a reality in the municipalities.

Participants will learn new methods for working on rights-based approach at the local level and will gain greater knowledge in gender equality, participation, transparency/anti-corruption and accountability. Varied educational methods are used within the program, but the focus is on dialogical methods and study visits. A further goal of the program is for participants to expand their national and international networks.

This training is aimed at local officials and elected politicians from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. Participants are accepted in teams of 3 persons from one municipality/organization and apply with a municipal challenge that they will work with throughout the 18 months long international training programme. All parts of the training are based on equity, participation, transparency and accountability, and the goal is to strengthen democracy in the organizations taking part in the programme.


  • Valuable exchange of knowledge and experiences
  • Extended regional and international networks
  • Support to improve participation, equality, transparency and accountability in the local governance

Expected outcomes, the participants will:

  • be familiar with decentralized local government with a rights-based approach, with particular focus on equal opportunity, participation, transparency/ anti-corruption, and accountability.
  • be familiar with local development in a democracy from a comparative perspective.
  • have the tools necessary to support local development and local democracy with a rights-based approach.
  • be able to carry out change management work and strategic planning
  • have expanded their national and international networks within the field of local development, human rights and governance


The Human Rights Based Approach Programme has a strong focus on those who are most marginalized, excluded or discriminated. The goal is therefore to strengthen the institutional capacity and the integration of a rights-based thinking at local level and in the municipal service.

What we will offer:

  • Training in Human Rights, Human Rights Based Approach and communication
  • Exposure to different political experiences
  • Two-day study-visit in a Swedish municipality or region
  • An opportunity for the participating municipality to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Citizen´s dialogue


  • Through various trainings, lectures and workshops
  • Identification of challenges and finding solutions to issues faced by local team members and their organizations
  • By offering strategic support and coaching from ICLD staff and their mentors
  • In sharing of professional obstacles and successes in an inclusive environment

Change projects

Each team of participants, all from the same municipality, is expected to develop and work with a change project during the course of the training. The project constitutes the link between the theoretical knowledge that the participants will acquire during the training and the practical experience needed in the specific situations in which the various participants find themselves. The change project must be of benefit to the community of the team and a description of the project must be appended to the application. The relevance of the suggested change project is an important aspect in the assessment of the applications. Note that the change projects must be supported by participants organisations and will not be financed by the ICLD.


This training aims to empower local and regional governments and administrations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

The following categories are welcome to apply; politicians, decision-makers and officials from both municipal and regional councils and administrations. As well as applicants from civil society organizations that cooperate with the local or regional administration and working in the field of local development, local democracy, human rights or good governance. (See further down on how to set up a team).

Applicants must be nominated by their organization and it must also be clear that the organization supports the project with which the team intends to work during the course. To apply, you shall form a team of three members. Each team must include the following functions: 1. Politician on the local or regional level. 2 Local or Regional Government official 3. Representative from a voluntary organization (NGO or CSO). The application should clearly identify which member of the team holds which of these roles. Ensure diversity in the team regarding ethnicity, age, gender and/or ability.

Language requirements

The training programme will be organised and conducted in English. Proficiency in English shall be indicated in the Application form.

Health requirements

Considering the training programme consists of international travels and work away from home in a new environment, good health and ability to work without physical/health restrictions if required. It is therefore recommended that candidates undergo a medical examination before filling in the Medical Statement in the Application form.

Other requirements

Nominations are assessed on individual and organisational merits. Maximum 8-9 teams (3 participants each) will be selected to the programme, teams should take into account that the participants bring diversity to the group through their various backgrounds and professional qualifications.

The programme welcomes applications from teams from the same municipality/city/region consisting of one local government official, one elected politician and one representative of a civil society organization.

The outline of the change project, together with the commitment of the home organisation to support active involvement of the participant in the implementation of the project will be of crucial importance in the selection of participants. Once selected, the participants are required to attend all scheduled parts of the programme and a Letter of Commitment is to be signed by the nominating organisation before the start of the programme. Due to the nature of the programme, family members are not allowed to accompany participants to the programme.

Cost & Scholarship

All training costs pertaining to lectures, literature, documentation, study tours and certain social activities as well as accommodation and food will also be covered by the organiser. All international travel costs related to the programme will be covered by the programme organiser. Costs for personal expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the participant or his/her organisation.


Participants are responsible for obtaining all relevant visas during all scheduled parts of the programme. The costs for obtaining visas are to be borne by the participant.


All participants are covered under a group insurance while on scheduled parts of the programme. Medical and dental checkups are not included.


Participants who successfully complete all scheduled parts will be awarded a Certificate of completion of training.


Closing date for applications is November 30, 2021Please not that the application form states the previous closing date. Application shall be made electronically, via the registration link and it should include a recent photograph, all required information and documents, and an outline of the Change Project aiming at improving the delivery of critical services in an equitable and inclusive way. The change projects must be described in the application and include the following at a minimum:

  • Title of the Change Project
  • Manager/organizational support for change project
  • Background and focal problem
  • Change Project goal

The application page contains details of what to include with your application. After an initial selection, the chosen teams will be invited for an interview, after which the final round of selection will take place.

ICLD operates anti-discrimination policy and all training courses are open to anyone despite the physical ability. If you have some physical disability, please let us know so we can solve all the practical issues that may arise.

The activities in the programme will be carried out on-site or digitally. If the situation occurs that we are forced to postpone workshops due to unforeseen situations, we (at the ICLD) will suggest new dates when many participants can participate. If no dates are possible, ICLD will consider carrying out the workshop digitally.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, please write to:

The official web-page.