Near East Foundation (NEF)

Helping build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, community organizing, and economic development

The Near East Foundation helps build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, community organizing, and economic development.

For nearly 100 years, the Near East Foundation has pioneered innovative solutions to social and economic development challenges impacting communities throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, and engaged in a strategic partnership with Syracuse University, NEF is an operational non-governmental organization (NGO) with current programs in nine countries: Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal,  Sudan, and Syria.

In these countries and throughout the region, we work with local partners to directly improve the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable people each year through initiatives in sustainable agriculture, microenterprise development, women’s empowerment, civic education, and peacebuilding.

Latest news and articles

Call for Expressions of Interest – Scaling and Supporting Innovative Finance for Resilience in Fragile and Conflict-Prone Regions

Applications Now Open for the Race to Zero Youth Fellowship

If you are under 30 and want to contribute to ambitious work on climate action, apply for the Youth Fellowship.

The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) to Issue Call for ‘Bankable’ Climate Projects

Through DFCD, WWF is looking to help fellow impact makers seeking finance for bankable nature solutions.

One of the restored mangrove areas Phu Loc, Vietnam.

Getting a Grip on Nature’s Value in Developing Countries

Estimating the value of two ecosystem restoration activities in Vietnam

Nathanial Matthews Appointed CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership

On December 1st, Nathanial (Nate) Matthews will become CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP).