Netherlands-Arab Partnership (Shiraka)

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In 2016 the Netherlands-Arab Partnership (Shiraka) was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a successor to the Matra South Programme. The aim of Shiraka is to support the sustainable democratic transition in the Arab region. It is a Dutch bilateral effort dedicated to contributing to the political developments in the Arab region.


The broader programme consists of the following two components:

Programme objectives

The aim of Shiraka is to support:

  • democratisation, including organization of free and transparent elections and the government being held accountable
  • construction of the constitutional state and protection of human rights and minorities
  • economic growth partly by building up the economic infrastructure including the stimulation of employment.

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