Government-to-government cooperation (G2G)
The Shiraka Programme has been developed by the Ministry of Foreign affairs to support the sustainable democratic transition in the MENA region.
The programme, operational since 2016, supports both economic development as well as civil enterprises and cooperation with central and decentralized governments.
G2G is an instrument through which structural cooperation between governments is stimulated in order to offer support in solving issues of reciprocal concern. Where relevant the Dutch business community is actively involved.
G2G projects offer an exchange of public knowledge, experience and a tailor-made approach to support counterpart governments in their regulatory tasks. A project is both demand driven and meets Dutch interest. In other words, there should be a match between an obvious foreign interest for bilateral cooperation and a clear commitment from the Dutch side.
Typically a project lasts between 6 months to 2 years. The content, goals, and activities of a project are highly dependent on the wishes and possibilities of the Dutch parties and their counterparts in the target country. Willingness and ownership are essential.
Typical activities in a G2G project are:
- Institutional or legislative analyses
- Study visits
- Awareness raising activities
- Advice and support on the development of legislation, regulations, strategies, policies, implementation techniques and strategies, pilot projects, study visits, etc.
The projects aim to combine a theoretical part with practical implementation and learning by doing.