Mission: The near east foundation helps build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the middle east and africa through education, governance, and economic development initiatives.
Programs: Programs to support smallholder farmers and other natural resource-dependent populations through a variety of initiatives to improve food security and increase incomes. Nef's primary program focus in agriculture is to enable communities to use water resources more efficiently.
programs to create sustainable livelihoods through microenterprise development and business training. Nef works to create permanent jobs and generate income for women entrepreneurs. Nef provides material assistance, targeted training and outreach support and mentoring for iraqi refugees and their jordanian neighbors to create sustainable livelihoods.
programs to build peace through economic cooperation and development. Nef helps reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic development in conflict and post-conflict areas. Activities focus on core livelihood issues and help participants find mutual interests and benefit through economic cooperation. Train community leaders and community members in sudan's central darfur and south kordofan states in collaborative resource management and conflict resolution. Train palestinians and israelis through cross-border trainings and events focused on building cooperation through mutual economic benefit in the olive oil sector.
programs to improve civic engagement and participation. Nef works with youth associations and other community organizations to find practical ways to constructively address real problems in their communities. Nef trains young civic leaders, helps community groups take collective action and supports governments in addressing constituent needs, with an emphasis on amplifying the voice of youth in public decision-making.