• The economic participation of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is lower than anywhere else in the world. MENA women have limited access to financial and training services, and face far higher unemployment rates than men. Added to this are common perceptions and beliefs that women should not be the financial heads of households.   AWEP addresses these constraints... more
  • Unemployment among university graduates in Tunisia is a serious problem, and one that many believe contributed to the recent revolution there. The success of the government’s “free education for all” policy has enabled thousands of young Tunisians to receive university degrees over the past years. Unfortunately, however, many of them have graduated without acquiring key skills that employers are... more
  • AMIDEAST will soon launch a Cisco Entrepreneur Institute in Ramallah, making the successful entrepreneurship training program available to aspiring entrepreneurs in the West Bank. High turnout for a demo workshop, co-sponsored by Souktel, underscored the strong interest in acquiring these types of skills in Palestine. AMIDEAST expects to hold the first Cisco Entrepreneur Institute workshops later... more
  • As part of the Annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum hosted by the Brookings Institution's Saban Center and the Government of Qatar, AMIDEAST will convene a three-day workshop in Washington, DC, in April 2011 on higher education reform in the Arab World.  The forum provides a unique opportunity for top education, government, and nonprofit leaders from the United States and the Islamic world to discuss... more
  • AMIDEAST is pleased to welcome Charles “Chuck” Griffin as its new Country Director for Saudi Arabia. He joined AMIDEAST in early July and will oversee the start-up of AMIDEAST’s operations in the kingdom, which will entail establishing a full-service office in Riyadh that offers English language, test preparation, standardized testing, management training, and scholarship management programs and... more
  • Egyptian jewelry designer Azza Fahmy surrounded by her daughters and young designers. AMIDEAST will join forces with Egyptian jewelry designer Azza Fahmy and Cairo-based Townhouse Gallery to create an innovative arts program that will enable underprivileged youth with artistic inclination and talent to enter the burgeoning creative workforce in Egypt. This... more
  • A performance by Arab-American country and pop singer-songwriter Kareem Salama (right) added to the festive atmosphere during the opening ceremony of the new AMIDEAST center in Hebron.Arab-American country and pop singer-songwriter Kareem Salama performed at the opening ceremony of the new AMIDEAST center in Hebron, adding to the festive atmosphere.  Dozens of students attended the ceremony and... more