The U.S. – MENA Experiential Partnership is a one of a kind, pioneering initiative led by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF), with support from the U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The Experiential Partnership aims to immerse and provide newly-elected officials in the Middle East and North Africa region with exposure to the types of government entities that engender transparency, good governance and financial independence. This pioneering experiential program pairs distinguished current and former Arab American public servants and policy practitioners with officials in the Middle East and North Africa region, for an innovative, year-long, hands-on learning and co-mentorship exchange. The program champions three core themes: decentralization, participatory governance, and public private partnerships. It also argues the case for the importance of volunteer service.
Tunisia has been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Experiential Partnership as a recognition of the country’s progress and commitment to democracy, transparency and an empowered citizenry. The Arab American Institute Foundation is proud to be leading the implementation of this pioneering cohort, which comprises 14 newly-elected Tunisian officials who were part of the Tunisia’s historical 2018 elections. Programmatically, the exchange comprises an experiential learning trip to Tunisia, a training trip to the United States, as well as monthly coaching seminars on policy-pertinent issues.
The Arab American Institute Foundation and the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative hope that the best practices and successes of this pioneering Tunisian cohort can be replicated throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.