Public service leaders across Latin America and around the globe are facing unprecedented challenges.  As citizens become more technically savvy and gain access to the internet, they are demanding better schools, safer streets and superior healthcare, with more equitable access for all. As a result, governments are forced to come up with new and creative ways of delivering these services, amidst longstanding cultures of unaccountability, inter-agency turf wars and deeply bureaucratic processes.

Innovation in government requires public managers to recognize and act upon new ideas and ways of providing services, while maximizing limited resources by engaging with the public, taking new risks and harnessing new technologies. There are greater pressures on governments to be more accountable and provide measurable results to citizens.

Georgetown University’s Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG) seeks to equip public managers with analytical frameworks and tools to generate and implement innovative public policies, while providing leadership development opportunities so they may effectively promote new ideas and programs in their respective government entities.

The ILG Program will bring together public policy actors from diverse countries and government sectors that will enrich the learning process by sharing perspectives and experiences, and provide a unique networking opportunity to foster ties beyond the duration of the program.



Strengthen foundations of principles of governance and analyze emerging challenges and issues to develop new frameworks for addressing policy issues.

Innovation in Policy Development

Provide tools for the elaboration and evaluation of viable public policies with high impact for society.

Diverse Perspectives

Analyze innovative best practices in the implementation and impact of public policies in diverse countries, taking into consideration the inclusion of different sectors to develop truly integral policies.

Personal Leadership Development

Fortify leadership skills on an individual level, applying the concept of intrapreneurship to the public sector to promote agents of change within government who will impact the organizational culture and greater society.

Learn more about the ILG Program Experience

Intended for

Emerging and senior public sector managers in local and federal governments of Latin America, with at least 5 years of experience in areas related to elaborating, implementing and/or evaluating public policies. For more information about admission requirements, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Organized by

Georgetown University Latin American Board, the McCourt School of Public Policy Executive Education and the McDonough School of Business


Academic content and methodology

The ILG Program will go beyond a traditional academic program as it provides an innovative model to promote experiential learning. The curriculum combines academic courses that offer theoretical frameworks and knowledge along with practical applications and guest speakers from related fields to share their real-world experiences.

As a program that serves mid-career public leaders, there is a strong emphasis in engaging and learning from peers by sharing work experiences, lessons learned and best practices.

The Program will be carried out with simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

For more details about the ILG Program, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Sample Courses

Innovation in Public Policy

  • Innovation in Public Policy

    This course explores the nature of management itself and then identifies what is distinctive about public management, focusing on management reform & innovation and performance management.

  • Program Cost-Benefit Analysis

    This course will discuss program design and implementation; the pros and cons of various methods used to evaluate policy interventions, and cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses.

  • Development of Public Policy and Program Evaluation

    This course exposes participants to a broad range of state-of-the-art econometric techniques in policy evaluation with a special emphasis on using these techniques effectively in designing and evaluating development projects/policies.

  • Public Private Partnerships

    This course will explore the dynamics of partnerships with different organizations and companies, and how governments can most effectively reach potential partners and create valuable programs.

  • Ethics, Values and Public Policy

    The course will challenge students to cultivate their abilities in the discipline of reflective moral thinking, and introduce them to the spectrum of prominent moral theories and their application to critical challenges in the pursuit of human well-being, lives of meaning, and ecological integrity.

Leadership Development

  • Adaptive Leadership

    Adaptive Leadership is based on a view that leadership is an activity, not a person, and that leadership can be exercised by anyone, whatever their role inside or outside of the organization. This theme will be relevant throughout the entire program, and will focus on how to identify and tackle systemic change through a process of confronting the status quo and distinguishing technical problems from adaptive challenges.

  • Thinking Politically

    A successful leader is one who creates and nurtures personal relationships. This course will introduce six essential aspects of thinking politically in an organization in terms of dealing with people who are with you on the issue, those who are in opposition, and those who you are trying to move.

  • Intrapreneurship

    Intrapreneurs are employees who don’t let bureaucratic barriers stop them from driving constructive change. The course will introduce the concept and provide strategies that successful intrapreneurs employ to make a difference in government, plus a look at how some of the best leaders foster intrapreneurship in their organizations.

  • Communication with Stakeholders

    This course will help participants develop a strategic understanding of identifying and dealing with stakeholders, and introduce some highly practical communication skills.

  • Decision Making for Public Policy

    When addressing policy challenges, managers need to systematically seek, organize, and analyze pertinent information. While models and theories exist for decision making, this course focuses on the practical application of methodologies in the public policy process.


Important dates

ILG Program Application is open

May 1st, 2017

Application deadline

July 7th, 2017

Notification of Admission

August 25th, 2017

Dates of the ILG Program at Georgetown University

October 10 - October 27, 2017


The ILG Program is intended for senior public sector managers in local and federal governments of Latin America, with at least 5 years of experience in areas related to elaborating, implementing and/or evaluating public policies.

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

home-requisitos-mundo-icon Latin American country of origin
home-requisitos-users-icon Work in a local, state, or federal government entity in a Latin American country
home-requisitos-foco-icon Have at least 5 years of work experience relevant to the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of public policies.


Program fee: $10,000.00 USD

The program fee includes:

  • Program Tuition
  • Housing
  • Transportation to and from classes
  • Curricular materials
  • On campus lunches
  • Medical Insurance

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Washington D.C.

Partial scholarships of up to 50% are available for the 2017 program. In order to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the corresponding form within the online program application.


How to apply

The application for the Innovation and Leadership in Government program will be carried out online.

Applicants must fill out and submit an application along with the following supporting documents:

  1. Updated resume or CV
  2. Two letters of recommendation (professional)
  3. Copy of identification document (Passport)

All of the above documents must also be submitted through the application website.

For more information about the selection process, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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