Shiraka Social Affairs and Employment open for applications

In cooperation with CNV International, The Hague Academy is organising a Shiraka course on Social Affairs and Employment for civil servants from the MENA region. The course allows civil servants working in the field of Social Affairs and Employment to share their knowledge and skills enabling them to lead and inspire the modernisation of Social Affairs and Employment in their home countries. The course also aims to strengthen participants’ ties with the Netherlands and the Dutch government; especially between Dutch civil servants and their counterparts in the target countries. It is now possible to apply for this programme. Applications should be made online before 27 April.


What policies help to increase economic growth and job creation for the youth? How is the social security system organised in The Netherlands? And what can be learned from experiences in the target countries? These and many more questions will be discussed during a blended learning programme offered by The Hague Academy in cooperation with CNV International.

With the help of international experts, field visits and practical examples from The Netherlands, participants will discuss how economic growth can go hand in hand with social security reforms in their home countries. Employment strategies to reform the labour market and how to create more and better jobs will be discussed.

The training course deepens the knowledge of civil servants from the 19 target countries in the field of social affairs and employment policies. In addition, it strengthens their capacity to effectively contribute to the development and implementation of such policies in their home countries.

During the course, the participants have many opportunities to share experiences with each other as well as with their colleagues from The Netherlands so that international networks between civil servants will be stimulated.

Dates, location and language

The course will take 2 weeks in total (non-consecutive).

Part I of the training will take place from 17 until 21 June 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Part II will take place from 4 until 8 November 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia.

The courses will be in English, with interpretation into Arabic. Participants are obliged to attend both parts in full.

After completing the course, participants will receive a certificate.


The course is exclusively designed for civil servants from the MENA region who work on Social Affairs and Employment.

Eligible countries are: Algeria, Bahrein, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


The Dutch government will cover all relevant costs for participants from countries on the OECD-DAC list. This includes international travel, board and lodging, visa and insurance, and tuition fees for the course. Participants from countries that are not on the OECD-DAC list (Bahrein, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & the United Arab Emirates) will pay for their own international travel costs; flight tickets and visa. Board and lodging, insurance and tuition fees for the course will be covered by the Dutch government. All applicants are responsible for the organisation and costs of travelling to the airport in their own country. Participants from countries on the OECD-DAC list departing from an international airport outside their own country, will have to cover local travel expenses themselves and will be compensated for the international part of their journey.

In case of no-shows or cancellations within four weeks before the start of the first part of the training, the organisation has the right to claim all costs incurred from the participants’ employer.

How to apply?

To apply, just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Create an account on the Shiraka website.
  2. Confirm your registration (you should receive an email).
  3. Apply to the course through this link (log-in with your account details).

The Shiraka programme

You can read more about the Shiraka programme here.

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