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. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The Experiential Partnership aims to immerse and provide newly-elected officials in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 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 MENA region, for an innovative, year-long, hands-on learning 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.
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