VNG International is the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG). We support decentralisation processes and facilitate decentralised cooperation. The organization strengthens local governments, their associations, training institutes and decentralisation task forces both in developing countries and in countries in transition. We develop high quality services such as benchmarks for local governments all over the world. VNG International combines specialised technical know-how with managing, implementing and monitoring large projects of international donors, such as the European Commission, the World Bank, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various United Nations agencies and a series of other multilateral institutions and bilateral donors. Currently we manage over 60 projects and programmes on an annual basis.


The Centre for Innovative Local Governance (CILG) is a daughter company of VNG International. It is a development consulting firm with a special focus on municipal and local government development throughout the Middle East en North Africa in the wake of the Arab spring.



Founded on 1 March 2001, PATRIR works in applied peacebuilding, violence prevention, mediation, Conflict Transformation, and post-war recovery. Through its Department of Peace Operations (DPO), PATRIR provides expert support to local, national and international organisations in the development, facilitation and implementation of peace processes, mediation, and community-based to national-level peacebuilding. PATRIR’s involvement in peacebuilding processes and local and national peacebuilding initiatives is based upon requests from governments, conflict parties, and local and international organisations. The Institute has worked in cooperation with UN agencies, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, Save the Children and a wide range of local and national organisations and partners in Colombia, Mexico, the US, Canada, the UK, Norway, Spain, Italy, Moldova-Transnistria, Austria, Jordan, Israel- Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar,Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan and Indonesia. PATRIR has provided training to more than 4,000 practitioners and policymakers in more than 40 countries. PATRIR is a member of the European Network of Civil Peace Services, Nonviolent Peaceforce, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.