Fellows Blog

Alice in Wonderland

By liadmin | May 21, 2015

Yomna Karoui, from Jandouba, Tunisia, works with the Association of Development and Social Reform in this rural town in western Tunisia. The Vibrant City “My first days in Washington were different from those in Roanoke. In Washington there’s hustle and bustle, traffic, public transportation, and big businesses. We had the chance to meet some representatives…

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Chinatown Unexpected

By liadmin | May 20, 2015

Rim Dhaouadi is former Legal Officer at Democracy Reporting International and the Treasurer of a Tunisian startup called Legal Education Advancement and Development (LEAD), which works to reform the system of legal education in Tunisia “It’s been more than two weeks since I arrived to Washington D.C. where I am doing a fabulous fellowship and meeting…

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Americans are Proud of Their Country

By liadmin | May 19, 2015

Ms. Nedra Houes is a judge serving on the Tunisian Administrative Court. She is also a founding member of the Tunisian Judges Association. “Before coming to Washington, DC, everyone told me that the the most important things I should visit are the emblems of Washington: The White House, The Capitol, The Supreme Court, The Pentagon,…

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On the Floor of the Senate

By liadmin | May 18, 2015

Sixteen Moroccan and Tunisian fellows are currently serving in fellowships as part of Legacy International’s “Professional Fellows Program in Non-profit Development for North Africa (PFP).” The fellowships are with non-profit and public-sector offices in Washington, DC, and in Roanoke, Virginia. Samiha Selmani works as the Controller of Finance with the Tunisian Ministry of Finance, and…

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Dreaming of a Better World

By liadmin | May 14, 2015

Sixteen Moroccan and Tunisian fellows are currently serving in fellowships as part of Legacy International’s “Professional Fellows Program in Non-profit Development for North Africa (PFP).” The fellows began their fellowships after participating in Legacy’s “NGO Development Seminar” during the first week of the program. They are now serving in unique fellowship placements in Washington, DC,…

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Hit the Ground Running

By liadmin | May 11, 2015

Sixteen Moroccan and Tunisian fellows recently hit the ground running as delegates in Legacy International’s “Professional Fellows Program in Non-profit Development for North Africa (PFP).” The fellows participated in a Legacy-led “NGO Development Seminar” during the first week of the program, and they are now serving in unique fellowship placements in Washington, DC, and in…

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Fellows Return to North Africa to Implement Reforms

By liadmin | January 7, 2014

Time has flown since the Legislative Fellows Program-North Africa delegates left the United States in November. Since their return to Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, they have had a chance to reflect on their experience in the US, the value of their fellowships, and the lessons they will be taking home with them. Here they share…

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Legislative Fellows meet others in Professional Fellows Congress

By liadmin | December 6, 2013

Imagine the feeling of a room of 240 young, driven leaders from 50 different countries: It’s inspiring and the energy is electric. The Professional Fellows Congress was the culmination of the fellowship experience for these individuals, each of whom participated in a fellowship in one of three areas—legislative development and governance, economic empowerment, or media.…

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Transparency in Politics

By liadmin | November 25, 2013

During the recent Legislative Fellows Program, Abdelsalam Elmcassbi of Libya spent two weeks as a fellow at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a non-profit dedicated to transparency in campaign finance and elections, political communication, and ethics. Paul S. Ryan, Senior Council and mentor to Abdelsalam, said that CLC chose to host a Legacy fellow for…

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Emerging Democracy in American Revolution

By liadmin | November 18, 2013

During the recent Legislative Fellows Program, twelve Egyptian, Libyan and Tunisian delegates visited Colonial Williamsburg, a restored 18th century community that educates visitors about the founding period of America. The visit prompted dialogue about citizenship and democracy, and how the early history of the United States resonates in North Africa. Thanks to Legacy’s partnership with U.S.…

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In the News

“Egypt Offers Hope and Hardship” by Congressman Scott Klug Congressman Klug, was a U.S. delegate traveling to Egypt and wrote a column for the Wisconsin State Journal.


“Reflections from Egypt: What is True Democracy?” by Paul S. Ryan Ryan, of the Campaign Legal Center, a U.S. delegate in Legacy’s Legislative Fellows Program traveling to Egypt, wrote about the delegation’s program in Egypt.


"Dispatches from Egypt: Deep Frustration" by Larry LaRocco Former Congressman from Idaho posted regular and in-depth observations and analysis of the political situation in Egypt in the Idaho Statesmen.


"Educator from Oman Learns Political Lessons Through U.S. Election" Participant Yasmin Shannan Al-Bulushi says working on a campaign during the U.S. presidential election has inspired and prepared her to improve the political process in her country.


"The Importance of Democracy in North Africa" by Peter Fenn Peter Fenn, U.S. Delegate wrote for the U.S.News & World Report about his impressions as the group met with Moroccans from all walks of life including members of parliament, local officials, community leaders, students, and educators.