Who We Are
To better promote its objectives in the region by working directly with local partners on the ground, MEPI opened two Regional Offices in the summer of 2004. The Arabian Peninsula Regional office administers MEPI local grants in Kuwait, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain while the MedRegion Office administers MEPI local grants in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and West Bank/Gaza. The Regional Offices work directly with MEPI’s partners and program participants at the grassroots level through the Local Grants program, as well as serve as liaisons between MEPI’s central office in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassies located in the region.
MEPI and BMENA
Whereas MEPI is a U.S. government bilateral program that responds to governance, economic, educational, and gender challenges, the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA) is a separate, multilateral program undertaken by the Group of Eight (G8) industrial nations. Launched at the G8 Sea Island Summit hosted by the United States in 2004, BMENA supports several progressive initiatives, such as the Forum for the Future and the Foundation for the Future.