UCLG Africa participated to the EURO-MENA Dialogue in the Sultanate of Oman, from 24 to 27 October 2016 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Public Administration of Bahrain (BIPA) and the Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR).
The MoU was signed by Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG Africa Secretary General and by Dr. Raed Ben Shams, Director General of BIPA-MENAPAR.
The MoU shall provide a generic framework for UCLG Africa, BIPA and MENAPAR to promote joint activities, training programs, share lessons learnt and build communities of practice, exchange knowledge, experiences, tools and documentation, in the areas of Public Administration, Governance, Local Governance and capacity building.
The Memorandum shall govern joint activities between the parties and shall be largely focused on organizing joint activities, to the benefit of elected officials and civil servants.
The parties have first agreed to cooperate and collaborate in supporting the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) to set up and implement an E-Learning platform for its programs.
The Memorandum also aims at promoting collaboration and exchanges in programs, publications, training activities, study tours, peer learning, and in any other activities in the interest of both organizations.
A joint commission will be set up for follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of the MoU provisions. This commission will be lead on behalf of UCLG Africa by the Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), Dr. Najat ZARROUK.
The partnership was signed for a renewable period of 3 years.
The Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) was established in 2006 issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. The Institute seeks to achieve sustainable development.
The Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) network was incubated as an offshoot of the research activities of BIPA within the Capacity Development Facility (CDF); a joint project of BIPA and the UNDP. It was created on 23 April 2014 and will promote evidence-based policy and decision-making in public administration.