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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 to promote responsible public leadership and innovation across Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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Every year, ILG brings together Latin American public, social and multilateral leaders to participate in an immersive program where they exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices and analyze some of the most urgent challenges facing the public sector in Latin America. The Innovation & Leadership in Government Program aims to equip participants with analytical frameworks and tools to develop and implement innovative public policies and initiatives while providing them with leadership development opportunities to effectively promote new ideas and programs in their respective organizations.

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 public policy proposals and initiatives, along with practical and current case studies from the region, mentoring sessions, and project development. As a program that serves public 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. 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 have a more effective impact in transforming their realities. Share successful experiences and innovative partnerships with other countries in the region contribute to the development and strengthening of our communities.” — Ingrid S. Valencia Barreto, Colombian Ombudsman, Training for Citizen Participation, Colombia

The ILG program is organized by the Latin America Leadership Program with the generous support of Microsoft Latin America (ILG 2014-2019 & ILG 2022) 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.


  • Currently working in a local, state, or federal public or government entity (executive, legislative, and judiciary branches) in Latin America OR multilateral/development OR social organizations with experience working in the region.
  • • 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 the year.
  • • Speak and understand Spanish.

Program Costs

  • The ILG program is valued at USD$10,000. ILG 2023 will offer scholarships, of 50% and 75% of the total cost, to participants who can justify financial hardship. 
  • The ILG 2023 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.
  • •Basic emergency medical insurance for the in-person component.
  • •Certification of program participation issued by LALP.
  • •(*) All other expenses not included in this program, such as airfare and other travel/stay incidentals, are the responsibility of the participant.


  • Find answers to common questions about ILG.
  • 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 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 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 2023 runs from May 1 through June 30, 2023.  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 2023 selected applicants will be notified on a rolling basis, as their applications are evaluated by the ILG selection committee, and no later than July 31, 2023.
  • What is the duration of the ILG program?
  • ILG 2023 will be held from September 18-October 13, 2022, and from October 23 to October 27, 2022, in a hybrid format. The first four weeks, September 18 to October 13, in virtual format, three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 am to 12 pm, DC time), with one week of rest and a final face-to-face full-time immersive week in Washington from October 23 to 27, 2023 (Monday-Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm).
  • Do I need to speak English or Spanish to participate?
  • For ILG 2023, the program will be taught exclusively in Spanish. 
  • What if I cannot attend all program classes and activities?

  • Attendance of all program classes and activities, regardless of instruction format, is mandatory. We understand that there may be extraordinary circumstances that may require a participant to miss one or more classes/activities. In these special cases, participants are required to email, the day before or before the day starts, 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?

  • Selected participants must hold a valid visitor visa to participate in the in-person program at Georgetown University. Participants can apply for a 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. Additional requirements, such as PCR and antigen testing together with a travel attestation, will be required for all travelers to the United States. Due to the pandemic, US Embassies overseas have experienced 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 details on their accommodations before the program start date. The check-in and check-out days for the in-person ILG 2023 program are October 21 and October 28, 2023, respectively. 

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ILG Application and Selection Process

ILG 2023 Application will open on May 1, 2023. 

Application Dates:​

- Applications open on May 1, 2023

- Applications close on June 30, 2023

- Notification of admissions by July 31, 2023

Program Dates:

- From September 18-October 13, 2023, live online content

- From October 23-October 27, 2023, in person at Georgetown University


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