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

GRP at the 15th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA15)

Join us online from 14-18 June 2021 to participate in the conference.

Develop Your Ideas with a Catalytic Grant Award

This year at CBA15, all attendees have the opportunity to apply for Catalytic Grant Awards.

Overview of Adaptation and Resilience Landscape, 2020-2021

This overview provides a snapshot of the adaptation and resilience landscape as it relates to key regional-to-global processes.

Promoting Coastal Resilience through Novel Finance Solutions at the Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week

During the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Climate Week (11-14 May) the Global Resilience Partnership together with the Race to Resilience Campaign, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA) and WayCarbon, hosted a side event on promoting coastal resilience through novel finance solutions.

Southern African Food Systems

Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) this September, several independent regional dialogues have been taking place to better understand the context around regional food systems.