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MEPI Launches 214 New Projects in 2012
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MEPI Launches 214 New Projects in 2012

October 26, 2012
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As of September 30, 2012 (the end of Fiscal Year 2012), MEPI awarded an unprecedented number of grants to international and indigenous organizations working throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. MEPI's office in Washington, DC issued 91 new grants to international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), while the MEPI Regional Offices in Abu Dhabi and Tunis issued 123 grants directly to local organizations working to build more pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies throughout the region. These numbers reflect a large increase in civil society activities in MENA, and strong demand for MEPI support, especially in countries that recently experienced democratic transitions. In total, MEPI awarded $131.4 million in grants, a 54% over last year.

International and local MEPI partners implemented successful projects that provided needed support to large segments of the MENA population. For example, one project in Egypt conducted training for more than 1500 NGO staff members and activists through 50 workshops on developing advocacy and public outreach strategies with the use of mobile technology and social media. In the Maghreb region, a MEPI project brought together young political activists from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia to share experiences and discuss collaboration. For many of the participants, this was the first opportunity to interact not only with their peers from across the Maghreb region but also with members of opposition parties in their own countries. In Libya, training was provided to 75 women General National Congress candidates and campaign managers in Tripoli and Benghazi. MEPI also supported technical assistance to the Citizens’ Election Observation Network, which fielded accredited domestic observers in all of Libya's 13 electoral districts.

MEPI also launched an Information Technology Partnership (ITP) in partnership with Microsoft Corporation  in 2012. Through the ITP, MEPI and Microsoft coordinated to provide software and advanced technical training to over 50 local NGOs. The partnership is expected to continue to expand in Libya and beyond  and to focus on imperative issues such as  entrepreneurship and job creation.