The Matra-South programme is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The unit ICM (International Co-operation and Matchmaking) of NL Agency carries out the government to government cooperation (G2G) programme, and the Matra-South Training Programme (MSTP) Introduction.
The activities of NL Agency are divided into five thematic divisions:
NL Energy and Climate Change
NL EVD International
NL Patent Office.
Focussing on sustainability, innovation, international business and cooperation, NL Agency is the number one contact point for businesses, knowledge institutions and government bodies. ICM is a unit within the NL Agency EVD International, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.
On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ICM is carrying out the Matra-South government cooperation and training programmes. Matra-South is a Dutch bilateral effort dedicated to contributing to the recent political developments in the Arabic region. The programme intends to support a sustainable transition to pluralistic and democratic societies governed by the rule of law in the Arabic region. Two components of the broader programme are government to government cooperation (G2G) and a training component (Matra-South Training Programme, MSTP). The intent of the Matra-South programme is to support:
economic growth through furthering economic infrastructure, stimulation of
entrepreneurship and employment.
democratisation, in particular transparent and free elections.
construction of the constitutional state and protection of human rights, with particular attention for gender equality, press freedom (including digital rights), religious freedom, protection of minorities and LGTB (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual)-rights.
Another objective is to create long lasting networks between the participants in these programmes. The countries included in this programme are Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. All relevant information about this programme and the application procedure can be found on this website. Please check regularly for updates and visit the Ministry website for more information.