October 15th, 2013

FMC Partners with Legacy International and their North Africa Fellowship Program October 14, 2013-November 9, 2013.

About Legacy International’s Legislative Fellows Program – North Africa The Legislative Fellows Program – North Africa identifies and supports emerging leaders and social innovators from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The program provides young professionals, aged 25 – 35, with critical tools to develop and implement effective policies and reforms at home while building important relationships with U.S. officials and professionals. LFP-NA is administered by Legacy International in partnership with the US Association of Former Members of Congress, and is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under the Fulbright-Hays Act.

We are currently seeking host offices to welcome a fellow from October 16 – 31, 2013 (a total of 12 days in your office). Hosts will include U.S. Congressional offices, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. During their time in the fellowship, fellows will learn practical skills about the U.S. policymaking process and how officials, citizens, advocacy organizations, businesses, unions and agencies advocate for policies and ideas. The program also enhances cross-cultural understanding and provides an opportunity for officials and staff to interact with and learn from these accomplished young reformers.
The Arab Spring presents unique challenges and opportunities in U.S. foreign policy. The recent revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya present both challenges and opportunities for the United States. The Legislative Fellows Program-North Africa assists young professionals from these fledgling nations as they work to develop transparent, accountable democratic institutions and work for an active civil society.

The relationship between Legacy International and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress continues to be a highly successful aspect of the program.  Former members also participate by arranging and/or  hosting  a social event with the fellows.  The former Members provide the fellows with opportunities for honest, thought-provoking conversation. Many events allowed the fellows to ask questions of direct personal interest, enhancing the overall learning of the experience.  If you can help please contact Sharon Witiw at switiw@usafmc.org