Introduction to the Netherlands for MENA diplomats -Training Programme


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Shiraka (11 countries): ongoing

Project description


Diplomats are often the linking pin in the relationship between institutions of The Netherlands and the MENA countries they represent. They build bridges between countries and cultures, promoting peace and maintaining economic, political, and social ties. However, even for experienced diplomats, being new to a country can present challenges. For the diplomats of MENA countries in The Netherlands, it is therefore vital to be provided with training on Dutch culture, history, democratic values and fields of expertise, and the organisations active in these fields.

This training aims to provide recently appointed diplomats with the necessary tools and resources to effectively carry out their deployment in The Netherlands, as well as for their future deployments, thus contributing to a more peaceful society.

Alongside the Young Diplomat, CILC will train two batches of recent diplomats (approximately 20 per batch) from MENA countries based in the Netherlands.

Specifically, the objective is to help these diplomats of MENA countries in The Netherlands acquire knowledge on a range of themes, as well as offer them an introduction to a relevant network in The Netherlands. The themes addressed in the training are:

  1. Dutch political system and democratic values.
  2. The International and European institutions in The Hague.
  3. Dutch expertise in Water, also in relation to climate change.
  4. Dutch expertise in Agriculture, also in relation to Food Security and Innovation.
  5. The role of The Netherlands in the Global Community (focussing on trade and the Green Deal).
  6. The role of The Netherlands in the World (focussing on the Dutch culture and its global interests).

Project team

Joëlle van 't Wout

Joëlle van 't Wout

Project Manager

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