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AWEP Project Advances Entrepreneurship among Arab Women

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Women in the AWEP program in Lebanon listen attentively to trainer Jade Dagher.

In a little over a year, the Arab Women's Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP) — an AMIDEAST partnership with Citi Foundation to expand opportunities for entrepreneurship training for women in the Arab world — completed a first round of training and recently launched a second one.


Cairo: New Program Expands Opportunities for Disadvantaged Women

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The WISE program expanded participants’ awareness through field trips, such as one to SEKEM farm, known for its commitment to sustainable, organic agriculture and to supporting social and cultural development in Egypt.

The effects of gender inequality are pronounced among the poor who live in marginalized communities of Cairo — some not far from AMIDEAST's offices in the center of the city. Young women in these neighborhoods find it difficult to overcome longstanding social and economic barriers in order to benefit from the access to education, jobs, and other resources that large cities typically offer

Since summer 2011, the Women’s Individual and Social Empowerment (WISE) Program has been helping 75 young women from some of these neighborhoods improve their chances of breaking out of the cycle of poverty.  Implemented with funding from the U.S. Department of State, the program emphasizes English language, life skills, and leadership training and awareness-raising through activities focused on topics such as personal safety, community engagement, and economic empowerment.


Citi Foundation Renews Support for the Implementation of Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project

Washington, DC/Dubai, UAE, October 9, 2012— AMIDEAST and Citi Foundation announced today the launch of the second phase of the Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP) designed to empower women entrepreneurs across the MENA region, and provide them with the necessary tools for success and sustainability, hence integrating them into the global economy.

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A Call For Tolerance

AMIDEAST strongly condemns the offensive film that has inflamed passions across the Middle East and abhors, as do the vast majority of Americans, the hateful intentions behind it. Such actions must not be allowed to undermine the bonds of friendship that exist between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East. AMIDEAST likewise strongly condemns the senseless violence that caused the deaths this week of four American diplomats in Libya, who were there to assist the Libyan people rebuild their country. Peaceful demonstrations are a right, but there is no justification for violence.

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AMIDEAST Announces 2012 David Mize Scholar

Alexandria, Egypt, July 31, 2012 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that Adham El Batal from Alexandria, Egypt, is this year’s recipient of the David Mize Scholarship, a prestigious award that will cover his four years of undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. The award, which was established in 2007, is named in honor of former AMIDEAST/Egypt country director David Mize in recognition of his leadership in the field of international education and is made possible by an Egyptian-American businessman who is an alumnus of top U.S. educational institutions.

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Enrollments Rebound as Young Americans Seek to Study in the Arab World

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AMIDEAST/Egypt abroad students pose in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Some American students may have thought twice about travel and study in the Middle East or North Africa when the Arab Spring began sweeping across the region in 2011.  One year later, enrollments in AMIDEAST’s study abroad programs are up across the board, especially in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, as young Americans seek out in-region opportunities to hone Arabic language skills and improve their understanding of the region’s dynamics.


Skills for Success Project Labeled by the Union for the Mediterranean

Washington, DC, July 9, 2012―AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that the Union for the Mediterranean labeled its Skills for Success project at its regular Senior Officials Meeting, which took place in Barcelona, Spain, on June 28, 2012. The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), a multilateral partnership encompassing 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, promotes sustainable development projects in and among its member states.

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2012 AMIDEAST Scholarship Search Results

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A Fulbright Scholarship recipient celebrates her college graduation.

Eight Deserving Students Win Scholarships for U.S. Study;
Four DKSSF Scholars Graduate.

 


Partnership with GE Foundation to Train English Language Teachers in the MENA Region

Washington, DC, March 12, 2012—American educational organization AMIDEAST announced today that it has formed a partnership with the GE Foundation to fund the launch of a pilot certificate program for English teachers in six countries:  Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.

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College Fairs in Egypt Attract Hundreds

College fairs are a regular feature on AMIDEAST/Egypt’s fall calendar, but it was especially important to hold them this year in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the January 25th Revolution. The fairs underscore the importance of continuing to provide the many educational and training services that Egyptians seek as they consider the next steps in their academic careers.

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