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America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST)
AMIDEAST is a private, nonprofit organization that strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. It provides English-language and professional skills training, educational advice, and testing services to students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supports institutional development projects in the region; and administers educational exchange programs. AMIDEAST is based in Washington, DC, with field offices in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen. It has been active since 1951.
Anna Lindh Foundation
The Anna Lindh Foundation’s work is guided by the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership principles, values, and priorities as enshrined in the Barcelona Agreement of 1995 between the European Union and its ten Southern Mediterranean partners. The foundation has three main objectives: the definition of a common area of peace and stability through the reinforcement of political and security dialogue; the construction of a zone of shared prosperity through an economic and financial partnership; and the gradual establishment of a free trade zone and the rapprochement among peoples through a social, cultural, and human partnership aimed at encouraging understanding among cultures and exchanges among civil societies. The foundation functions through a network of national Anna Lindh Foundations. The Anna Lindh Foundation supports international youth exchanges and different kinds of Euro-Med youth work projects, in addition to international school exchanges.
Middle East Youth Initiative
The Middle East Youth Initiative was created to promote the economic and social inclusion of young people in the Middle East. It was launched by the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution and the Dubai School of Government in July 2006. By creating an international alliance of academics, policy makers, youth leaders, and leading thinkers from the private sector and civil society, it aims to develop and promote a progressive agenda of youth inclusion. The initiative attempts to bridge the divide between thinkers and practitioners, and uses research as a foundation for effective policy and programs. The initiative has three complementary pillars: research and policy, advocacy and networking, and practical action.
Save the Children (SC) Sweden—Middle East Region
The most important program areas for the Middle East and North Africa are violence and abuse against children, education, child participation, discrimination, and civil society organizational development. SC Sweden cooperates with almost 40 partner organizations and allies in the region and with UN agencies covering the whole region or several countries in the region, such as UNICEF, UNHCR, and UNESCO. Current programming focuses on Yemen, the occupied Palestinian territories, and Lebanon. Other international Save the Children Alliance members are also present in the region (SC UK and SC US have offices in several countries; SC Denmark has a limited presence in Jordan; SC Spain runs projects in Morocco; SC Italy runs projects in Libya; and there are also two local SC members: SC Jordan and SC Egypt).