Shiraka Training Programme (STP)

The Shiraka Training Programme (STP) is part of the Shiraka Programme that has been developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support sustainable democratic transition in the MENA region.

Participation in the training programmes is open to participants from the following countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

STP objectives

The Shiraka Training Programme (STP) is an instrument for implementation of the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and eligible countries at government level. The objective is to train senior public officials on matters relevant to furthering a sustainable transition in the MENA region. An important aim is to create networks by bringing the participants together in the Netherlands. The programme also aims to increase and improve bilateral relations between Dutch line ministries and their colleagues in their respective countries.

STP training courses

The STP consists of training courses on transformation-related issues (duration: 2 weeks), particularly concerning the democratisation and constitutionalisation of the target countries.

Each course includes three parts:

  • a theoretical component
  • a practical component aimed at developing skills (e.g. project cycle management, SWOT analysis, drafting policy papers, presentation techniques)
  • site visits.

In 2020 it is possible to register for the following STP training courses:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Communicating with the Public
  • Legislation
  • Trade promotion
  • Water management
  • Food Safety
  • Local Governance
  • Public Finance Management
  • Social Affairs and Employment