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Innovation and Leadership in Government

Georgetown University’s Innovation and Leadership in Government (ILG) is a three-week professional development, non-credit executive education program that seeks to equip mid-career public managers from Latin America and the Caribbean 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. However, according to a 2018 World Bank Report, “the Latin American region has lower rates of digital technology adoption than other similar countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)." Public service leaders across Latin America and around the globe are facing unprecedented challenges, with more citizens demanding better schools, safer streets, and superior healthcare, with more equitable access for all. As a result, public institutions 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.

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. Candidates participate in a three-week program at Georgetown University where they exchange ideas, best practices, and analyze 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 publid policy proposal, along with practical applications and guest speakers from related fields for sharing real-world experiences. As a program that serves 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. Some classes may be taught in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish.

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ILG is organized by the Latin America Leadership Program with the generous support of Microsoft, in collaboration with the McDonough School of Business Office of Executive Education.

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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

  • A Latin American country of origin.
  • Currently working on public policy proposals in a local, state, or federal government in a Latin American country.
  • Five or more years of experience relevant to the development, implementation, and or/evaluation of public policies.

Program Cost

  • The cost is $10,000 USD for three full weeks at Georgetown University. The program fee covers: 
  •   Registration fee and program tuition
  • •  Housing (breakfast not included)
  •   Local transportation to and from classes
  •   Academic materials
  •   On-campus meals 
  • •  Basic Medical insurance
  • Partial need-based scholarships of up to 50% are available for eligible participants. In order to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the corresponding form with your online application. 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.
  • Can I apply if I do not currently work in the government?
  • No.  LALP will only review applications from public managers that currently work in a position that designs, implements and/or evaluate public policies.
  • 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 ILG 2020 Application closes on Monday, May 29, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., Washington, D.C. time with no exceptions.
  • 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?
  • All applicants for ILG 2020 will be notified of the admission decision on July 10, 2020, via email and by 5:00 p.m. Washington, D.C. time.
  • What is the duration of the ILG program?
  • The ILG program has a duration of three weeks.
  • Do I need to speak English or Spanish to participate?
  • The program will have a simultaneous translation from English to Spanish when classes are taught in English, so English proficiency is not a requirement. However, participants must be able to understand and communicate in Spanish in order to interact and efficiently work with their classmates and their professors when classes are taught in Spanish. 
  • Do I need to have a visa to apply to the program?
  • A visa is not required to apply to the ILG program. We only ask applicants to submit a copy of their passport along with other professional documents for the application. However, if an applicant is selected to participate in the ILG program, he/she is required to obtain a B1/B2 visa in order to attend the program. Selected participants will be responsible to request a visa at the embassy or consulate of the United States in their respective countries. Participants will be provided with an official acceptance letter to use for this process.
  • Where do participants stay?
  • Participants will be living in specified apartments with three roommates of the same gender. Each apartment has two bedrooms, with two people per bedroom. Only ILG program participants are allowed to live in these apartments.
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ILG Application and Selection Process

ILG 2020 Dates

  • Application Opens on April 13, 2020
  • Application Closes on May 29, 2020
  • Notification of Admissions on July 10, 2020
  • ILG 2020 Program runs September 21 through October 9, 2020


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