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Netherlands-MENA Partnership - Shiraka


Shiraka, a Netherlands-MENA Partnership, is a Dutch bilateral effort that supports sustainable democratic transition in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Shiraka was launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a successor to the Matra South Programme.


The aim of Shiraka is to support:

  • democratisation, which includes the organisation of free and transparent elections and the option to hold governments accountable;
  • construction of the constitutional state and the protection of human rights and minorities;
  • economic growth, partly by developing the economic infrastructure, which includes stimulating employment.

The broader programme consists of training courses for government employees (STP) and government-to-government cooperation (G2G).

Shiraka Training Programme (STP)

The Shiraka Training Programme (STP) is part of the Shiraka Programme, developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support sustainable democratic transition in the MENA region. The STP consists of 2-week training courses on transformation related issues, particularly concerning the democratisation and constitutionalisation of the target countries.

The training courses are open to government employees from the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia.

The website offers more information on training courses in 2021 and how you can register.

Government-to-government cooperation (G2G)

Through structural cooperation between governments, Shiraka G2G offered support in solving issues that concern both governments. Where relevant, the Dutch business community was actively involved. Read more about G2G projects.

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