The Legislative Fellows Program – North Africa 2013-2015 (LFP-NA) links community leaders from the United States, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. This two-year program supports young professionals from North Africa, builds capacity in local Civil Service Organizations (CSOs), and strengthens mutual understanding of the legislative and policy making processes in all countries.
LFP is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International with assistance from the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, and multiple in-country partners from the MENA region.
US Cultural Immersion and Fellowship Experience
Legacy, in cooperation with AMIDEAST and the US embassy in each country, selected 12 women and 12 men representing Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. These young professionals distinguish themselves as leaders in countries experiencing rapid change. Each fellow, upon return home, implemented a community-based project that they designed after learning about a range of models and approaches during their US immersion.
Based in Washington, DC, the four-week US program focuses on public accountability, legislative procedures, and the interrelationships between government, citizens and NGOs. Fellowship hosts provide first-hand, direct experience of the day-to- day workings of the U.S. government and major civil society organizations.
Watch a Congressional Briefing with LFP participants in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC: “Political Change in North Africa: Where is the Arab Spring Heading?”
US Delegates travel abroad
US delegates who played major hosting or training roles are selected to travel to the fellows’ home countries to co-deliver workshops and gain first-hand knowledge of each country. Read about recent trips here: U.S. Delegation to Egypt and U.S. Delegation to Morocco
Legislative Fellows – Spring 2012 (slideshow)
Previous LFP program
Legacy successfully implemented the Legislative Fellows Program in 2009-2011, bringing 18 delegates from Kuwait and Oman to the U.S. and sending two delegations of American fellows to the region. Pictures from the first LFP are below:
U.S. Delegates Trip to Kuwait and Oman (December 2010)
LFP Program Slideshow (Fall 2010 delegation)