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Project Description

The Program to Strengthen the Lebanese Parliament through Development of a Legislative Resource Center (PSLP) was the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)-funded and USAID-implemented legislative strengthening program whose scope of work had both national and regional dimensions implemented under two concurrent objectives. The program’s first objective was to strengthen the internal capacity of the National Assembly of Lebanon by providing technical assistance primarily in the areas of public policy analysis and legislative research, parliamentary committee operations, and legislative drafting.

The second objective of the program was to assist the Lebanese Parliament in establishing and developing a regional parliamentary training and resource center which would serve as learning and networking venue for parliaments from the Arab region. This initiative originated several years earlier at the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (AIPU) 12th conference where the Lebanese Parliament, the AIPU and its member states agreed on the desirability of establishing a regional training center to be based in the Beirut. With SUNY/CID’s technical assistance, the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies was inaugurated in July 2011. Activities of the training institute include providing technical trainings in various areas of legislative functions and processes including legislative administration and management, information management and sharing, legislative procedures, budget review and analysis, committee oversight, public policy analysis, among others.

Some of the Institute’s landmark activities organized with SUNY/CID technical support include establishing of the Arab Parliamentary Libraries Network and hosting the first Arab regional seminar on the use of ICT in parliaments to improve parliamentary efficiency, transparency and openness. These events held in January 2012 were attended by participants from 15 houses of parliament from 13 Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.

The project was completed in April 2012.