The Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) network was incubated as an offshoot of the research activities of BIPA within the Capacity Development Facility (CDF); a joint project of BIPA and the UNDP. Details about this project can be found at www.cdfbahrain.com.
It was born on the 23 of April 2014 by acclamation of participants in its organizational meeting. It was officially announced during the closing ceremony of the MENAPAR conference on 24th of April 2014 and communicated at a subsequent Press conference.
A preliminary meeting was held on June 1, 2013 where the idea of creating a regional network of public administration research was exposed in a workshop that was held as a prelude to the IIAS/IASIA congress. The idea was well accepted by the 50+ attendees and further pursued in a BIPA/UNDP joint workshop in early November 2013 to define what the network should look like, what agenda it should pursue, how it will be governed and how it can become sustainable. The MENAPAR conference is the crowning of a year-long effort to jump start this initiative at last and it was done!