Amideast was selected by USAID to manage the Cyprus-America Scholarship Program (CASP), which provided scholarships for higher education in the United States to Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots and engaged individuals from both communities in short-term conflict-resolution programs. Until its conclusion in 2013, Amideast managed scholarships for nearly 2,000 Cypriots enrolled in U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs as well as engaged hundreds more in numerous short-term programs.
Amideast joined three other not-for-profit organizations, known collectively as Partners for International Education and Training (PIET), to carry out USAID’s goals of expanding training that builds the human capacity that countries require to achieve sustainable development. We supported this 15-year worldwide training initiative by providing MENA-specific expertise and arranging U.S.-based study or training to more than 6,700 participants from the region.
Amideast administered a USAID seed grant to establish the International Development Law Institute in Rome. The new NGO, known today as the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), was created to enhance the role that law plays in the development process by providing training and technical assistance to lawyers and other legal professionals from developing countries. In subsequent years, Amideast’s technical assistance would contribute to strengthening the rule of law and the development of democratic institutions in several MENA countries.
A dramatic rise in demand for English in Beirut led Amideast to establish an English language center to improve the quality of English language programs and instruction in Lebanon. With support from the U.S. Department of State, private donors and client institutions, the new Center for English Language Education launched a variety of activities, including a month-long teacher-training program for 80 teachers from across the country. Encouraged by this success, Amideast began to consider offering English language training in other countries.