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

It’s a Race Against Time to Flood-Proof Informal Settlements

Informal settlements around the world have the least developed infrastructure, yet they continue to come together to build their resilience to shocks and disasters.

Crowd voting for the Catalytic Grants programme is now open

Cast your vote and rate the proposals that you think provide the strongest intervention and relevance for locally-led adaptation and resilience by 23 May 2022.

The world of finance is waking up to the reality of climate change, but money still isn’t getting to the right places

With existing financial flows failing to reach climate adaptation efforts on the ground, how can we improve local-level access to climate finance?

Improving Shea Farming Communities’ Resilience

A new agroforestry farm model uses shea farming to bolster climate and economic resilience in Nigeria.

Nasreen Al-Amin and her organisation are building greener communities through locally-led adaptation

In Kano, Nigeria, a youth-led organisation is building resilience of local communities through a forest restoration project. Azeez Abubakar reports. This is the first of the ‘Voices from the Frontline (Phase-II)‘ stories by ICCCAD and GRP.