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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 16, 2005


Department Makes Awards to Strengthen Mideast Reform

The State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative is pleased to announce five additional awards under the August 2004 Standing Program Announcement that will support efforts by local groups to achieve democratic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. The awards total almost $2.5 million and will enhance personal and professional leadership capabilities that equip citizens with the skills and knowledge to play a wider role throughout society aimed at building a solid base for reform.

The five awards will:

  • Train 100 Jordanian trade union women to assume political and leadership roles to shape union and public policies incorporating their interests (Solidarity Center);
  • Develop business abilities of Tunisian and Algerian women to increase their economic opportunities and enhance their ability to play leadership roles in their society (ISED Solutions with Center for Applied Training);
  • Enhance democratic leadership skills of Lebanese women school teachers to forge education reform initiatives and build international networks for relevant education in their countries (American Federation of Teachers);
  • Partner a Chicago community and Aqaba, Jordan to advance education reform by changing and improving the way Aqaba schools teach English-as-a-Foreign-Language and information technology; the local business community will support the program by indicating what business and technical skills are needed and by ensuring job placement as possible (Counterpart International, Inc. with INJAZ for the Creation of Economic Opportunities for Jordanian Youth); and
  • Provide cooperative decision-making training initially in Yemen to generate skills for forward-looking community transformation that encourages positive political change and economic advances (Partners for Democratic Change with Civic Democratic Initiatives Support Foundation).

For more information on the Middle East Partnership Initiative, see www.mepi.state.gov.

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