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Innovation and Leadership in Government


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG) will be offered as a live virtual, part-time program, from September 21 through November 10, 2020, to facilitate the continuation of current government work in the face of this crisis. The ILG 2020 program will present the traditional ILG curriculum through live virtual sessions with Georgetown University faculty and visiting lecturers, together with 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 in the United States and throughout the region, including the consequences of this COVID-19 pandemic. The live sessions will allow faculty to tailor-make the content of their courses to fit the ILG participants’ public policy proposals. In addition, the ILG 2020 program will include teambuilding opportunities and peer-to-peer coaching sessions to allow participants a space to share ideas, experiences, and best practices. The program will be taught in Spanish. Read the full press release here.

The Call for Applications for ILG 2020 is now closed. This first virtual ILG program is made possible thanks to the generous support of 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, 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 public 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.

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

    • ***NOTE: For ILG 2020 - The cost of this year’s live-virtual, part-time program is $2,500 per participant. Selected applicants may apply to be considered for a  partial, need-based scholarship of up to $1,000 of the program cost. Candidates must indicate their reasons to apply for a scholarship in their online application.***

  • The cost is $10,000 USD for the full-immersion program 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
  • •  Certificate
  • Partial need-based scholarships of up to 50% are available for eligible participants in the full-immersion program. 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?
  • For ILG 2020, LALP will evaluate applications on a rolling basis, as they are received, until the ILG 2020 designated class size is met (up to 30 students). ILG 2020 call for applications opens on April 13, 2020. 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 2020 selected applicants will be notified as their applications are evaluated by the ILG selection committee.
  • What is the duration of the ILG program?
  • This year, 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 Tuesdays) for eight weeks, running from September 21 through November 10, 2020. 
  • Do I need to speak English or Spanish to participate?
  • For ILG 2020, the program will be taught exclusively in Spanish. 
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ILG Application and Selection Process

ILG 2020 Dates

  • Application Opens on April 13, 2020. ILG 2020 APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED.
  • Rolling Admissions for ILG 2020. Applications will be evaluated as they are received until the ILG 2020 cohort size is met.
  • ILG 2020 Program will run two days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays) from September 21, 2020, through November 10, 2020.


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