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Shiraka Training Programme

The Shiraka Training Programme (STP) is part of the Shiraka Programme, developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supports societal development in the MENA region and focuses on governments’ public service delivery for citizens, involving civilians in this process.

Shiraka Training Programme

The Shiraka Training Programme (STP) is part of the Shiraka Programme, developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supports societal development in the MENA region and consists of training courses around water management, food safety, public financial management and legislation. STP focuses on governments’ public service delivery for citizens, involving civilians in this process. 

The Hague Academy develops and leads training in several core areas. These training courses are designed for mid-career public officials and combine theory, practice, and site visits.

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Overview

Shiraka aims to bring about positive change in the MENA region, meaning:

Societies that accept cultural and religious differences;

States that respect the rule of law and protect individuals, minorities and human rights;

An economy which fosters prosperity and employment.

For more information about the Shiraka programme, please visit the site in English or French.

Training Courses

The Hague Academy for Local Governance designs and leads training programmes in various thematic areas:

 

Social Affairs and Employment

Organised in cooperation with CNV International and the Center for Innovative Local Governance in Tunisia, this training addresses social security policy, employment and corporate social responsibility. It consists of one week in Tunisia and one week in The Netherlands. For more information, see the course brochure available in English, French or Arabic.

Part 1: 19-23 February 2024, in Hammamet, Tunisia

Part 2: 10-14 June 2024, in The Hague, Netherlands

 Application deadline: 29 October 2023 (23:59 CET)

For questions about this training programme, please contact shiraka.sae@thehagueacademy.com.

 

Local Governance

This training focuses on issues of decentralisation, citizen participation, and local development. It consists of a five-week online training, followed by a two-week online refresher and a week-long training in the Netherlands. For more information, see the course brochure now available in English, French or Arabic.

Part 1: 29 January to 1 March 2024 (Online)

Refresher: 27 May to 7 June 2024 (Online)

Part 2: 24 to 28 June 2024 in The Hague, Netherlands

Application deadline: 26 November 2023

For questions about this training programme, please contact shiraka.lg@thehagueacademy.com

Water Management

Organised together with Wageningen Environmental Research and the VNG International local office in Egypt, this training will focus on the modernisation of water use. The first part of the training will be held in the Netherlands, followed by a second part in Oman. For more information, see the course brochure available in EnglishFrench or Arabic.

Part 1: 11 to 15 September 2023 in The Hague, Netherlands

Part 2: 11 to 15 December 2023 in Muscat, Oman

 Application deadline: 15 May 2023

For questions about this training programme, please contact shiraka.wm@thehagueacademy.com.

Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs

The objective of this training programme is to provide civil servants and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills needed to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship in their countries. The first part will be held online, followed by a second part face-to-face in the participants’ own country, and a study trip to the Netherlands. The programme will end with a closing event in the Spring of 2025. This year, the Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs training programme is only open to applicants from Jordan and Libya. For more information, see the course brochure available in English and Arabic

Part 1: 3 – 21 June 2024 

Part 2: In-country training – 1 – 5 Sep 2024, Jordan

Application deadline: 28 April 2024 

Part 3: 4 – 12 Nov 2024, The Hague, Netherlands 

Part 4: Closing event – April 2025, Jordan (hybrid)

For questions about this training programme, please contact shiraka.ee@thehagueacademy.com.

Digitalisation of Governments

The objective of this training programme is to provide civil servants with the knowledge and skills needed to design digital transformation strategies to benefit public service delivery and to promote change in the further digitalisation of their ministries, districts or municipalities. The first part will be held in Amman (Jordan) and the second part in The Hague (The Netherlands). For more information, see the course brochure available in English, French and Arabic.

Part 1: 28 April to 2 May 2024 in Amman, Jordan

Part 2: 21 to 25 October 2024 in The Hague, The Netherlands

 Application deadline: Before 28 November 2023

For any questions about this training programme, please contact shiraka.eg@thehagueacademy.com.

 

Eligibility

Shiraka is limited to government professionals from the following countries: 

Algeria

Egypt

Iraq

Jordan

Lebanon

Libya

Mauritania

Morocco

Oman

Palestinian Territories

Tunisia

Funding

Selected candidates will receive a full scholarship to the programme. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands will cover all relevant costs for participants from countries on the OECD-DAC list. This includes costs for international travel, lodging, visa and insurance, and course tuition fees. Selected participants from countries not on the OECD-DAC list must pay for their own international travel including plane tickets and visas. However, lodging, insurance, and tuition fees for the course will be covered by the Dutch government.

Application

To apply you must first create an account. If you already have an account, then please proceed with the online application form found on this page.

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