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Innovation and Leadership in Government

Georgetown University’s Innovation and Leadership in Government (ILG) is an annual professional development (non-degree) executive education program organized by Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) to promote responsible and ethical public leadership and innovation across Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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For more information about ILG 2024 (11th edition of ILG), please see the press release announcing the call for applications here (in Spanish). Apply here.

Every year, ILG brings together a select and diverse cohort of Latin American leaders from the public, social, multilateral, and international cooperation sectors to participate in an experiential program where participants exchange ideas and best practices and analyze innovation opportunities for some of the most urgent challenges facing the public and social sectors in Latin America. The Innovation & Leadership in Government (ILG) program is designed to equip participants with analytical frameworks and tools to develop and implement innovative public policies and social initiatives while providing them with leadership development opportunities to promote new ideas and programs in their respective organizations effectively.

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. Similar to LALP's GCL program, ILG participants apply their program learnings and experiences to develop a project within their organizations that they will carry out upon their return. The curriculum combines academic courses to offer theoretical frameworks and knowledge to develop and advance policy proposals and initiatives, the region's practical and current case studies to reflect on best and innovative practices, and mentoring sessions for project development. As a program that serves public and social leaders across the region, ILG is designed to foster peer-to-peer learning to promote principled and transformational leadership that responds to the challenges and opportunities of Latin America. 

At the end of the program, participants join the LALP alumni network, a network that currently has more than 900 change agents in 23 countries who collaborate for the common good, promoting good practices and interregional initiatives through the different generations, sectors and countries of LALP programs, and between Georgetown University and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The program offers partial scholarships to those admitted candidates with financial need. The program is carried out in Spanish and may, at times, be taught in English with simultaneous translation from English to Spanish, as required. 

The ILG program is very valuable for the training of public leaders. The program provides participants with tools to maximize their strengths, create new collaborative visions, and effectively transform their realities. Sharing successful experiences and innovative partnerships with other countries in the region contributes to developing and strengthening our communities. — Ingrid S. Valencia Barreto, Colombian Ombudsman, Training for Citizen Participation, Colombia

Program Objectives

  • • Foundations: ​Strengthen foundational 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 and social initiatives with high impact for society.
  • • Diverse Perspectives: Analyze best practices and innovation in the implementation of public policies, understand and appreciate regional diversity, and foster international networks that promote the inclusion of all sectors of society.
  • • Personal Leadership Development: Fortify leadership skills on an individual level to promote positive change within governments, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations that, in turn, create a positive impact in society.


  • Currently working in one of the following contexts:
  • 1. A local, state, or federal public or government entity (executive, legislative, and judiciary branches); or
    2. Multilateral/international cooperation institution; or
    3. Social/non-governmental organizations.
  • • Current work/past work experience positively impacts the Latin American region or the Caribbean.
  • • Five or more years of experience working in public, multilateral, or social initiatives in Latin America or the Caribbean.
  • • Speak and understand Spanish fluently.
  • • Currently living in a Latin American or Caribbean country. Non-residents may apply if their current job impacts the region. Before applying, please email to explain your case and confirm that you may apply.

Program Costs and Available Scholarships

  • The ILG program is valued at USD$10,000. LALP offers scholarships of 50% and 75% of the total cost to admitted participants with demonstrated financial need.
  • The program fee covers: 
  • •Registration fee and program tuition
  • •Academic materials
  • •Continuous support throughout the program
  • •Shared Housing (two people per room) during the in-person component only (meals not included) 
  • •Local transportation to program activities in Washington DC
  • •Meals during the in-person program when activities are held on campus  (all other meals are not included).
  • •Basic emergency medical insurance for the in-person component.
  • •Certification of program participation issued by LALP (non-degree certificate)
  • •(*) All other expenses not included in this program, such as airfare and other travel/stay incidentals, are the responsibility of the participant.


  • What is the profile of the ILG program participant?
  • ILG is designed for government managers from the different branches (executive, legislative, and judicial), public sector officials at the local, regional, national, or federal level, and representatives from multilateral and international cooperation organizations with at least 5 years of experience in areas related to the design, implementation and/or evaluation of public policies or initiatives in Latin America. Likewise, people with extensive experience in the civil society sector of the region who lead social projects with government institutions can apply. Participants must be able to communicate in Spanish.
  • 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?
  • The call for applications for ILG 2024 runs from April 15 through June 14, 2024.  You can apply during the application period 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 2024 selected applicants will be notified on a rolling basis, as their applications are evaluated by the ILG selection committee, and no later than July 26, 2024. Please know that selection is highly rigorous and depends on each year´s application pool, so LALP encourages all applicants who were not accepted one year to apply for future editions. If selected, applicants have only 7 days to confirm their acceptance and pay a non-refundable deposit of USD $250.
  • What is the duration of the ILG program?
  • ILG 2024 will be held from September 16 through October 25, 2024, in a hybrid format. The first four weeks, September 16 to October 11, will be held in a virtual format, three mornings a week (generally Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Admitted participants will have one week to review content and work on their public policy or social projects with their mentors and prepare for the in-person component at Georgetown University. The program will culminate in a final face-to-face full-time immersive week in Washington from October 21 to 25, 2024 (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm).
  • Do I need to speak English or Spanish to participate?
  • The ILG program is carried out almost entirely in Spanish. Depending on the cohort and the availability of professors, some classes may, at times, be taught in English, with simultaneous translation from English to Spanish as required. Prospective participants will be asked to describe their level of English proficiency during the application process, but English skills have no bearing on the admissions process, as the only language requirement for the program is that participants must speak Spanish fluently.
  • What if I cannot attend all program classes and activities?

  • Attendance at all program classes and activities, regardless of instructional format, is mandatory. We understand that extraordinary circumstances may require a participant to miss one or more classes/activities. In these special cases, participants are required to email well ahead of time to let the LALP team know about an absence. More than three absences may result in the participant reimbursing the Latin America Leadership Program the total amount of the scholarship received, and not being able to graduate with their class.

  • • What type of visa will I need to participate in the in-person program?

  • For those participants that require a visa to travel to the States, they must apply for a B1/B2 visitor visa at the embassy or consulate of the United States of his/her country. The visitor visa contains two designations—B1/B2—and lasts 90 days, which covers the time spent in the United States for the ILG program. All participants must ensure they abide by these timelines when coordinating their arrival and departure flights. Once accepted, participants will receive more information.

  • Please note that due to the pandemic, US Embassies overseas may experience visa processing delays, so if you need a B1/B2 tourist visa to travel to the United States, we encourage you to make an appointment ASAP at your nearest US Embassy so, if you are selected, you may be able to travel and arrive on time for the start of the program.

  • What are the check-in and check-out dates for the in-person component?

  • The program facilitates shared housing for the in-person weeks (two participants per room). Selected candidates will receive further accommodations details before the program starts. The hotel check-in and check-out days for the in-person ILG 2024 program are October 19 and October 26, 2024, respectively. 

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ILG Application and Selection Process

For ILG 2024

Application Dates:​

- Applications open on April 15, 2024

- Applications close on June 14, 2024

- Notification of admissions by July 26, 2024

Program Dates:

- From September 16-October 11, 2024, live online content

- From October 21-October 25, 2024, in person at Georgetown University

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