Algerian People’s National Assembly Workshop on Legislative Ethics
Former Colorado Representative Peggy Kerns, Director of NCSL’s Center of Ethics in Government, led a delegation of state legislators and legislative staff to present a two-day workshop on Legislative Ethics for the Algerian Parliament. This workshop was funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative.
Citizens expect that their legislators will display ethical behavior and a strong sense of positive core values. “We aren’t here to teach you how to be ethical people,” Director Kerns began, “because you already are.” Instead, NCSL faculty led a two-day program during which the participants shared their own values, learned how ethics have been regulated in US state legislatures, and studied how codes of ethics can be useful to members and staff alike.
Faculty helped participants explore the tough ethical decisions they face as members and learn who and what will help guide them in making these decisions. Sessions focused on both personal and institutional values and principles that help legislators earn the trust of their constituents and colleagues. Through these discussions and exercises, participants developed a document which could serve as the basis for a code of ethics in the People’s National Assembly.
This project is funded through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). MEPI supports efforts to expand political participation, strengthen civil society and the rule of law, empower women and youth, create educational opportunities, and foster economic reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In support of these goals, MEPI works with non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academic institutions, as well as governments. More information about MEPI can be found at: www.mepi.state.gov.
Updated May 20, 2010