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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 (the Middle East and North Africa). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched Shiraka in 2016 as the successor to the Matra South Programme.


Shiraka aims to support:

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

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

Shiraka Training Programme

The Shiraka Training Programme (STP) is part of the Shiraka Programme, developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support a 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.

See training courses and how to register for more information.

Government-to-government cooperation (G2G)

Shiraka G2G offered support in solving issues that concern governments through structural cooperation between governments, involving the Dutch business community where relevant. Read more about G2G projects.

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