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

Youth taking the lead: Reflections from the 2023 Asia Pacific Youth Environment Forum 

As next week marks the start of the sixth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) on 26 February, Rubina Adhikari from ICCCAD shares her reflections from last year's youth forum.

What I learnt over three years of reporting on the COP Resilience Hub

From resilience as ‘everywhere but nowhere at COP’ to resilience as central to equitable and efficient climate action – insights from COP26, COP27, and COP28 Resilience Hubs

The timeless wake up call

Knowledge Into Use award winner, Amava Oluntu, works with young people using arts and storytelling to address and convey the impacts of climate change in Cape Town, South Africa.

Food insecurity and climate change swings young creatives into action

Knowledge Into Use award winner, Nobel Arts Entertainment works with young people in Cameroon on how to use arts to come up with solutions to issues like climate change, food insecurity, and conflict.

The climate grant equation 

Adiba Bintey Kamal and Rubina Adhikari from the International Center of Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) highlight the benefits of grants over loans and share insights from the Catalytic Grants programme.