MEPI Alum Launches Center of Civil Society for Governance and Local Development in Kalaat el-Andalous, Tunisia.

During his participation in the MEPI Student Leaders program at Portland State University in 2016, Safwen Karoui became inspired by the principles and ideas behind conflict resolution. He wanted to take the professional skills that he gained from the program and apply them to work with local associations and civil society organizations in his home ...
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New Legal and Institutional Framework for Investment in Tunisia

Following four years of coordinated donor technical assistance, the government of Tunisia recently announced the implementation of a new legal framework for investment. The implementation of several key changes will improve efficiency and productivity through the development of investments in innovative and high value-added sectors that will improve the competitiveness of the national economy and ...
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Participant in the MEPI Funded Hack4Democracy Initiative Becomes a Municipal Councilor in Tunisia

At just 24 years old, Haythem Srihi is a member of the Hack4Democracy (H4D) finale’s winning team and a newly elected municipal councilor from the city of Jammel in Tunisia.  Haythem’s success in both the H4D competition and in the May 6 municipal elections serves as a prime example of what Tunisian youth can achieve ...
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Over 100 Young Leaders from the MENA Region to Discuss Pressing Regional Challenges in Tunisia

On April 4-6, in Hammamet Tunisia, the 2018 Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Capstone Seminar brought together more than 100 students from across the Middle East and North Africa who have completed an intensive six-week leadership training program in the United States.  The hands-on sessions are designed to build the knowledge and skills of the young participants in three ...
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Voter Education for the Municipal Elections Started in Mahdia, Tunisia, Thanks to the TIDD MEPI Funded Project

In the framework of its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded project, the Tunisian Institute for Democracy and Development (TIDD) conducted its first voter outreach campaign in Mahdia on March 22.  The event gathered volunteers from the governorates of Beja, Kef, Seliana, Jendouba, Bizerte and Mahdia in Tunisia.  The activity took place in the medina ...
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We Youth Launched its MEPI Voter Education Campaign in Sfax, Tunisia

Thank you to the WeYouth team for their great work in launching the voter education campaign on March 21 in Sfax, Tunisia.  Through its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded project, We Youth organized a field outreach activity in the Medina of Sfax to raise citizens’ awareness of the importance of participation in the upcoming ...
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Young Leaders Entrepreneurs “Unleash Tunisia” Project Selected for the Intercultural Innovation Award

Unleash Tunisia was a one-year advocacy project promoting entrepreneurship, business skills and a “startup mentality” all around Tunisia. MEPI partnered with a nascent organization “Young Leaders Entrepreneurs” to realize the following outcomes : During 5 tours, trained 150 participants with diverse backgrounds and gender. Created 40+ partnerships with local NGOs, universities, accelerators and coworking spaces. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Rubinstein at MEPI Local Grants Kick-Off Ceremony

Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be here to participate in this very special occasion.  I want to take a moment to thank Minister Ben Gharbia Minister for Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights, our local partners from around the country, our guests from Morocco, and all of you for taking ...
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MEPI Announces Call for Proposals for Its Regional Assistance Program 2 (RAP 2)

RAP 2 is a grants and technical assistance mechanism to strengthen civil society organizations and support civil society actors working towards social and political engagement in the Middle East and North Africa. RAP 2 is funded by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and is being implemented by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). ...
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MEPI-funded Program Launches Electronic Platform to Monitor Public Projects in Tunisia

FSVC and the Tunisian Association of Public Auditors (ATCP) recently launched an electronic platform to monitor public infrastructure projects in Tunisia. The platform, known as “Cabrane” (a slang Tunisian word used to define a foreman), can be viewed at www.cabrane.com. The first of its kind at the national level, this platform maps out meaningful data ...
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Tunisian Presidency Welcomes Exchange Alumni

On August 30, a group of Tunisian State Department exchange program alumni were joined by Ambassador Rubinstein and embassy staff in a meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and his Youth and Diplomacy Advisors at the Presidential Palace.  During this meeting, alumni shared the results of their experiences in the United States on a ...
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Improve Tourism Etiquette MEPI-funded Project Concluded with 49 Jobseekers Hired

Les Grandes Ecoles de Communication (GEC) held the closing ceremony of the “Improve Tourism Etiquette” #MEPI funded project on June 29.  The project aims to improve customer service, communication soft skills, and tourism work etiquette in 100 degree-holding candidates seeking employment from 5 different cities (Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Jerba, and Tozeur).  The project also included ...
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Youth Entrepreneurship Advocacy- Aventures d’Entrepreneurs

In April 2017, for the third edition of Aventures d’Entrepreneurs, Reseau Entreprendre Tunisie (RET) conducted a survey of over 160 Tunisian women entrepreneurs to highlight the real challenges and pitfalls faced by women entrepreneurs across the country. A position paper summarizing key results and presenting relevant recommendations was developed. On May 17th, RET organized a panel at Cogite ...
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Immersion Training with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Limoges, France

As part of its capacity building effort for Tunisia’s regional Chambers of Commerce, the MEPI-funded Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations Customized Assistance Program (CBACAP), in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Limoges- France, organized an immersion training for Tunisian Chambers’ managers within the Chamber of Limoges premises. Sixteen export assistance and support services managers from eight Tunisian Chambers of ...
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The Story of a Finalist-Rafiaa Boujbel

I am Rafiaa Boujbel, IT consultant with Tim Consulting and a Ph.D. candidate in Telecommunication Networks at Munich University of Applied Sciences. I would like to share my Education for Employment (EFE) experience with you. This experience started with an online application that I became aware of through the EFE website. After the selection process, I became a finalist ...
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Tunisia: Raising Awareness in the Regions About Open Government Issues

The advent of the Tunisian revolution has brought about renewed interest among citizens about how they can play a greater role in holding their government accountable.  They often lack the knowledge, however, about the tools and resources at their disposal to do so. The Tunisian Association of Public Auditors (Association Tunisienne des Contrôleurs Publics, or ...
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Soliciting Citizen Input on Budget Planning in Tunisia

After the Arab Spring, Tunisians have expressed a desire for increased government accountability and budget transparency. In response, the government has implemented a number of reforms, including providing municipalities with greater control over their local budgets. To help municipalities with this new responsibility, the Federation of Tunisian Municipalities (Fédération Tunisienne des Villes Tunisiennes, FNVT) requested FSVC’s assistance in training municipalities on ...
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