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

Moving the Needle – Coastal Risk to Resilience

Bringing together local stakeholders, investment, and international cooperation creates opportunities to transform from risk to resilience.

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Organisations like Mahila Housing Trust and Slum Dwellers International work with women to design safe, resilient housing solutions.

Winners of the Catalytic Grant Awards

Three teams will be awarded with a $5000 grant. The award is a joint effort from Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).

Want Peace and Security? Start by Fixing the Global Food System

Ahead of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit researchers push for the need to prioritize solutions that contribute to sustainable and just food system transformations