The Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies (AIPTLS) has become the centre for parliamentary development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Established in 2011, the centre provides a vehicle for developing the regions’ legislative sector. For many parliamentary officials from the 22 Arab Inter Parliamentary Union (AIPU) Parliaments, this is the first time that they have had the opportunity to constructively and continuously share ideas, knowledge and best practice with their counterparts in a learning environment.
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Key elements of context
- The growing poverty, unemployment and social pressures, increase the pressure on legislatures to represent their citizens' concerns.
- There is also a growing disapproval of the levels of corruption and mismanagement of public funds.
- All countries exhibit weaknesses in terms of accountability and access to civil and political rights and political participation is less advanced in the Arab world than in other developing regionsi
- Citizens are asking for greater democracy in their countries and less repression.
- As a result of the growing unrest, there is an increasing need for Arab parliaments to become more open, accessible and representative. In the past, legislatures have tended to underperform and are struggling to establish their legitimacy among their citizens.
- Lack of an evaluation process for staff, work ethics and employee relations.
- Political tensions between staff and members, resulting in inefficiency and the breakdown in cooperation.
- Lack of committee experience in conducting oversight, planning and parliamentary reporting.
- The region has no legislative strengthening centre and all development training is undertaken by external donors rather than through a specialised training centre.