What is MEPI?
The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) has contributed over $600 million USD to more than 1,000 projects in 18 countries and territories in the Middle East since its establishment in 2002. MEPI supports efforts to foster economic empowerment, expand political participation, strengthen civil society and the rule of law, empower women and youth, and create educational opportunities throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In addition, MEPI provides educational exchange opportunities for a wide range of people to visit the United States for training and networking. MEPI is headquartered in Washington, DC within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) at the U.S. Department of State. Regional offices in Tunis and Abu Dhabi were established in 2004 to be liaisons to Washington and provide financial and programmatic backstopping services to the MEPI offices that exist in U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa.
The MEPI Regional Office (RO) in Tunis administers more than $6 million in programming each year across North Africa and the Levant, including the Palestinian Territories.
MEPI started operating in Egypt in late 2004 to help Egypt’s progress in the economic and political fields, and has since then provided to projects in almost all of Egypt’s governorates. MEPI funded projects vary from projects that provide vocational training to slum residents to start their own ventures, to projects that provide entrepreneurial and high-tech training to hundreds of Egyptian youth from all over the country, to projects that aim to raise the awareness of voters on the importance of participating in the elections' process in Egypt. MEPI also funds educational opportunities for Egyptian students in U.S. educational institutions in the Middle East and sends tens of Egyptians to the United States every year to receive professional training in many fields.
MEPI works to create partnerships with citizens to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies. In support of these goals, MEPI partners with local, regional and international civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector and academic institutions.
*MEPI is regional and its funding is in addition to the bilateral economic assistance the United States provides annually to the countries in the region.