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Innovation and Leadership in Government


*** Georgetown University Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) will again offer this year’s Innovation & Leadership in Government Program, ILG, as a live virtual, part-time program for eight weeks, from September 20, 2021, through November 10, 2021, to facilitate the continuation of current government work. Our ILG faculty and program staff are committed to ensuring that the ILG program activities continue to be interactive and engaging for all participants, regardless of the modality in which the curriculum is taught. 

The ILG 2021 program will present the traditional ILG curriculum through live virtual sessions with Georgetown University faculty, visiting lecturers, and various virtual visits to institutions in the Washington DC area featuring guest speakers from multilateral organizations, government institutions, think tanks, and public advisory companies to analyze some of the most pressing challenges facing the public sector, including the consequences of this COVID-19 pandemic. The live sessions and virtual visits will allow faculty to tailor-make the content of their courses to fit the ILG participants’ public policy proposals. In addition, the ILG 2021 program will include teambuilding opportunities and peer-to-peer coaching sessions to allow participants a space to share ideas, experiences, and best practices, as well as mentoring opportunities with experts in the field.

The ILG 2021 program is sponsored by Facebook Latin America***


Georgetown University’s Innovation and Leadership in Government (ILG) is a professional development, non-credit executive education program for mid-career public managers from Latin America and the Caribbean. The program equips participants with analytical frameworks and tools to develop and implement innovative public policies while providing them with leadership development opportunities to effectively promote new ideas and programs in their respective government entities. 

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The rapid and continued advancement of new technologies is providing a pathway for governments to achieve poverty reduction, social and economic inclusion, and increase productivity. Public service leaders across Latin America and around the globe are facing unprecedented challenges to design and implement new and creative ways of delivering 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. The public sector faces increasing pressures to be more accountable and provide measurable results to citizens.

The Innovation & Leadership in Government Program aims to empower Latin American public managers to become agents of positive change in the region by equipping them with the tools, knowledge, and connections to drive digital transformation in their countries, and jointly support shared prosperity across the region. Every year, ILG brings together public policymakers from Latin America with at least five years of experience. In-person or virtually, participants learn new frameworks while exchanging ideas, best practices, and analyzing some of the most pressing challenges facing the public sector throughout the region.

ILG goes beyond a traditional academic program as it provides an innovative model to promote experiential learning and a unique networking platform to foster ties beyond the duration of the program. The curriculum combines academic courses that offer theoretical frameworks and knowledge to develop and advance a public policy proposal, along with practical applications and guest speakers from related fields for sharing real-world experiences. As a program that serves mainly mid-career public leaders, ILG emphasizes peer-to-peer learning by sharing work experiences, lessons learned, and best practices. The program is conducted in Spanish. When required, some classes may be taught in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish.

The ILG program is organized by the Latin America Leadership Program with the generous support of Microsoft Latin America (ILG 2014-2019) and Facebook Latin America (ILG 2020-2021).

Program Objectives

  • • Foundations: ​Strengthen the foundation 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 of public policies, taking into consideration the inclusion of all sectors of society.
  • • Personal Leadership Development: Fortify leadership skills on an individual level to promote agents of change within governments to further impact the greater society.

Participant Requirements

  • Currently working in a local, state, or federal government in a Latin American country or a multilateral organization working in Latin America.
  • • Current work impacts the Latin American region.
  • • Five or more years of experience relevant to the development, implementation, and or/evaluation of public policies.
  • • Speak and understand Spanish.

Program Costs

  • The cost for the virtual ILG program is $2,500 (selected candidates may apply for partial scholarships up to $1,000 so the final program cost for those scholarship recipients will be $1,500).  The program fee covers: 
  • •Registration fee and program tuition
  • •Academic materials
  • •Continuous support throughout the program
  • •Certificate
  • The cost for the in-person ILG program is $10,000 (selected candidates can apply for partial scholarships up to $5,000). The cost includes all the above elements as well as:
  • •Housing (breakfast not included)
  • •Local transportation to and from classes
  • •On-campus meals 
  • •Basic Medical insurance
  • •For the in-person program, participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Washington D.C. and incidentals.


  • Find answers to common questions about ILG.
  • What is the profile of the ILG program participant?
  • The program is designed for mid-career candidates at senior levels of government in the Latin American region. They may work at the local, state, or national/federal level and must be involved in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of public policies. Applications from managers of multilateral organizations working in or for the region will also be considered.
  • Are there age requirements for the ILG program?
  • There is no age minimum or maximum for this program, as the selection committee will focus on the applicant's level of experience and merits.
  • What is the deadline to apply for the ILG program?
  • For ILG 2021, LALP will evaluate applications on a rolling basis, as they are received, until the ILG 2021 designated class size is met (up to 35 students). Priority will be given to those applications received by July 23, 2021. ILG 2021 call for applications opens on April 12, 2021. You can apply at
  • In what language must I submit my documents?
  • Your application and essays can be submitted in English or Spanish. Additional documents such as your CV, certification of employment, and letters of recommendation may also be submitted in English or Spanish.
  • When will I know if I was accepted into the ILG program?
  • ILG 2021 selected applicants will be notified on a rolling basis, as their applications are evaluated by the ILG selection committee.
  • What is the duration of the ILG program?
  • Since 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ILG program has been redesigned from its original three weeks (full immersion program in DC) to eight weeks (live virtual, part-time program to allow for the continuation of current work). The program will be offered two days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) for eight weeks, running from September 20, 2021, through November 10, 2021. 
  • Do I need to speak English or Spanish to participate?
  • For ILG 2021, the program will be taught exclusively in Spanish. 

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ILG Application and Selection Process

ILG 2021 Dates

  • Application Opens on April 12, 2021. 
  • Priority Deadline: July 23, 2021. Rolling Admissions for ILG 2021. Applications will be evaluated as they are received until the ILG 2021 cohort size is met. Priority will be given to applications received by July 23, 2021.
  • ILG 2021 Program will run two days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) from September 21, 2021, through November 10, 2021.


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