LPSA’s Regional Working Group on the Middle East and North Africa brings together government officials, policy practitioners, scholars, civil society organizations, and citizens who share an interest and expertise on decentralization, multilevel governance, intergovernmental relations, local governance and local development in the Middle East and North Africa.
Working group leadership and coordination
The Alliance is currently in the process of identifying co-chairs for the LPSA Regional Working Group on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The MENA Regional Working Group Co-Chairs and Coordinator can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Working group purpose and activities
The LPSA Regional Working Group on the Middle East and North Africa seeks to assess, advance, and share the state of global knowledge on decentralization, multilevel governance, intergovernmental relations, local governance and local development in the Middle East and North Africa. In other words, the Regional Working Group seeks to elevate the debate on decentralization and localization in the region.
The working group’s activities include:
- Quarterly working group meetings, in order for working group members to update each other on decentralization reforms and relevant public sectors reform projects across the region; and to identify topics of mutual interest to the Working Group’s members;
- Advance the general state of knowledge on decentralization and localization in the MENA region, including through the application of the LoGICA Framework, the Intergovernmental Fiscal and Expenditure Review (InFER) Framework, and the preparation of reports on the State of Local Governance Institutions in the MENA Region;
- Explore topics of mutual interest and advance the state of knowledge further through research and other knowledge development efforts, by mobilizing the Working Group’s collective resources and/or by linking to other LPSA resources and Working Groups as relevant. Topics of mutual interest may include areas such as local democracy, inclusive governance and community-led development; localizing services and development; subnational finances; cities and urban development; local climate action and environmental stewardship, and so on.
- Knowledge sharing. The Regional Working Group aims to keep its members as well as the larger (global) Community of Practice informed on relevant reforms, trends, and policy research in the MENA region, by sharing relevant news and information through Decentralization.Net and by organizing webinars and other knowledge sharing events where relevant and possible.
MENA Regional Working Group Meetings
LPSA Regional Working Groups aim to meet at least on a quarterly basis. Working group meetings are announced on LPSA’s Events Calendar.
Working group membership
The LPSA Regional Working Group on the Middle East and North Africa its meetings are open to LPSA’s membership and to the general public. You can join the Regional Working Group and receive reminders and updated from the MENA Working Group by opting-in to the working group as part of your free LPSA Membership registration.
Other LPSA Working Groups
LPSA’s Regional and Thematic Working Groups are an integral part of the Local Public Sector Alliance and operate under Terms of References issued by the Alliance. LPSA Working Groups are supported by the LPSA Secretariat.