In 2019, we worked with regional and international partners to strengthen communities in Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen, helping to build brighter futures for the youth living in them.
Developed and managed with AMIDEAST’s support on behalf of the OCP Foundation and Phosboucraa Foundation since 2012, three skills and learning centers continued to achieve local impact in the Moroccan communities they serve — Benguerir, Laayoune, and Dakhla — by helping their youth to find meaningful employment, promoting entrepreneurship, and strengthening the capacities of local nonprofit organizations. A fourth center, Médiathèque, which opened in Khouribga in 2018, offered workshops, training, a library, and cultural activities designed to enhance the education of youth and strengthen the social fabric of the local community.
Advancing Civil Society
Through BLADI (Building Local Associations for Development and Innovation), a two-year, U.S. Department of State-funded initiative launched in 2018, AMIDEAST worked with Tunisian civil society organizations (CSOs) whose activities help counter violent extremism. Its success in building the capacity of these organizations has already resulted in better project development and implementation, enabling the CSOs to better serve the youth and the communities in which they live.
Restoring Hope through Vocational Training
The AMIDEAST-managed Nahdhat Shabab (Yemen Youth Restoring Hope) project, in its second year, continued to work with youth from a broad cross-section of Yemeni society. By year’s end, it had trained more than 420 young women and men in a variety of vocational, professional, and business skills and linked many of them to local mentors who will facilitate their involvement in the process of rebuilding and restoring their communities.