Introduction

 

 

The Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) is an international NGO registered in Belgium (2018), with its permanent Secretariat in Bahrain and serving the Arab region. It is open to international membership and is the regional arm of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). It is a joint effort of the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) and UNDP-Bahrain with approximately 70 members (20 institutional and 50 individual), to date, spanning 13 Arab and 3 non-Arab countries. MENAPAR in its intrinsic nature is a model of South-South cooperation for knowledge creation and exchanges that occur among member organizations and individuals from government and the civil society.

 

MENAPAR was conceptualized in June 2013 and has since conducted annual conferences in Bahrain, Tunisia, Oman, Palestine and Spain (2014-2018) producing approximately 500 scientific papers on topics ranging from the role of citizens in co-constructing public action, modernization of human resource management, performance of public organizations, the role of public administration in building post-conflict states, new trends in city management and a permanent theme of governance and public administration paradigms, conceptions and approaches in the Euro MENAZone. The Conferences in Oman and Spain were conducted under the EuroMENA banner as part of MENAPAR’s biennial collaboration with The European Group of Public Administration (EGPA).

 

MENAPAR is also the lead organization of the MENAPAR Think Tank Network (TTN), a collection of mature Arab think-tanks. The MENAPAR TTN is a member of the South-South Global Thinkers, also known as the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks (GCTTN) for South-South Cooperation.

 

In its organizational as well as Global Coalition membership capacity, MENAPAR's mandate is the development and implementation of a regional research agenda that promotes evidence-based policy and decision-making in public administration for human development through developing thinking and a research culture about strategic issues in Arab public administration; building research capacities within Arab public administration, and building networks and harnessing their collective efforts to set the cause of public administration in the region to serve its citizens and residents.

 

MENAPAR aims to reinvigorate a regional research culture and eco-system, building research capacity and providing responses to local challenges by grass-roots evaluation of root causes and co-creation of sustainable solutions using a multi-stakeholder approach. Additionally, MENAPAR aims to bridge the gap between the research and practitioner communities by communicating relevant, inclusive, timely and reliable action-oriented research knowledge to government entities that serve citizens and non-citizens within their countries. MENAPAR envisions itself as a transparent, inclusive, “think & do” tank that informs public policy and follows through with monitoring and evaluation.