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The Near East Foundation helps build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, community organizing, and economic development. Our work is based on a conviction that, to play an active role in the development of their communities and countries, people need opportunities and tools: the knowledge to participate in civic and economic life, a voice in public decisions that affect their wellbeing, and a means of making a meaningful living. We call this approach “Knowledge, Voice, and Enterprise”- a philosophy reflected in all of NEF’s work.

The organisation’s main areas of work are:

  • Peacebuilding through economic cooperation and development.
  • Women’s microenterprise development.
  • Agriculture and natural resource management.
  • Youth civic engagement.

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