MEPI Qatar

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a regional program that helps citizens in the Middle East and North Africa develop more pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies.  From within the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau at the State Department, MEPI advances U.S. foreign policy goals by supporting citizens’ efforts at economic, social, and political empowerment, expanding opportunities for women and youth, and helping communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.  MEPI’s activities underscore President Obama and Secretary Kerry’s commitment to democracy and civil society in the region, and follow the approach the President laid out in his Cairo speech: engaging with peoples as well as governments, in a spirit of mutual respect and rooted in a commitment to universal values.

MEPI staff, based in Washington, D.C., Rabat, and Kuwait, as well as in U.S. embassies throughout the MENA region, works to identify the needs articulated by the people of the region and creates partnerships with NGOs, academic institutions, and even governments, to address those needs.

Support for BMENA Forum for the Future Civil Society Reform InitiativesSupport for BMENA Forum for the Future Civil Society Reform Initiatives

The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the Department of State is pleased to announce, pending availability of funds, support for civil society reform initiatives that support the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Initiative and the Forum for the Future process. In particular, MEPI seek to support projects that are consistent with the principles and goals of BMENA and the Forum process and translate them into tangible projects. Eligible applicants include local representatives of civil society, including: non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector organizations based in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.

For more information about the program, please e-mail:   or call 44966708.

Support for Private Sector Development in the MENA Region

The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) seeks to support organizations promoting sustainable economic growth for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises; provide assistance to growing numbers of the unemployed, marginalized, and disenfranchised persons; and support those individuals and organizations advocating a more liberal and transparent economy in the Middle East and North Africa.

MEPI welcomes applications from any registered U.S. or foreign non-profit organization; non-governmental organization; private institution; institutions of higher education (non-profit or for-profit); commercial entity; or small business with functional and regional experience in the areas of economic governance, organization strengthening, and entrepreneurship and workforce development in the MENA region. Applicants should specify their key competencies in these specific areas and outline their regional and country-specific expertise. Applicants may submit proposals for one or more of the following program priority areas via separate submissions: Economic Advocacy; Skills Training and Opportunities for Aspiring Professionals and Entrepreneurs; Support for Commercial Development Organizations in the Maghreb. Through this announcement, we seek to support projects in Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia and Yemen.

For more information about the program, please e-mail:  or call 44966708.

The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) announces an open competition for applications that promote the equal standing of all citizens in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), protected by guaranteed rights and by independent and effective courts of law.

We seek projects that will address how citizens can: better hold their governments accountable; protect their rights and advocate for reforms; and participate actively in constitutional and legal reform processes. We also seek projects that will equip young legal professionals with the skills and training needed to succeed and promote the protection of human and civil rights. Through this announcement, we seek to support projects in the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia and Yemen.

For more information about the program, please e-mail:  or call 44966708.

The U.S. Embassy in Doha is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 MEPI Student Leaders Program. The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides opportunities to undergraduate students to develop leadership skills.

The MEPI Student Leaders Program will take place from mid June to mid August, 2018. Students will be placed in one of six U.S. colleges or universities where they will participate in a five-week academic residency and a one-week educational study tour within the host university’s geographic region. The study tour is designed to complement and reinforce the concepts explored in the academic residency. The program will address common themes including a comparative analysis of leadership styles, conflict resolution and group dynamics, and the role of civil society in the democratic process.

Applicants must be 18-24 years old, have good command of the English language, and have a sustained high level of academic achievement. Applicants must also be able to participate fully in intensive academic activities, have a serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities Qatar and a desire to deepen their civic engagement, and be willing to take advantage of opportunities to inform and educate Americans about the culture and society of Qatar.

Interested applicants should send the application form with an updated resume and a copy of the photo page of their passport.

For more information about the program, please e-mail:  or call 44966708.