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The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a regional program that helps citizens in the Middle East and North Africa develop more pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies.  From within the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau at the State Department, MEPI advances U.S. foreign policy goals by supporting citizens’ efforts at economic, social, and political empowerment, expanding opportunities for women and youth, and helping communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.  

MEPI staff, based in Washington, D.C., has two regional offices, one in the Arabian Peninsula Region, and the other in the Mediterranean Region, as well as offices in U.S. embassies throughout the MENA region. MEPI works to identify the needs articulated by the people of the region and create partnerships with NGOs, academic institutions, and even governments, to address those needs. MEPI’s funding is in addition to the bilateral economic assistance the United States provides annually to the countries in the region.

Regional Offices

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