Annual Highlights

In 2012, AMIDEAST:

  • Provided English language and professional skills training to over 67,400 students and professionals
  • Supported scholarship and exchange programs for nearly 2,200 individuals

  • Provided information on U.S. study to 125,000 individuals

  • Administered 156,500 computer-, paper- and Internet-based tests

  • Empowered more than 12,600 young men and women through special programs

AMIDEAST Country Director Dana Shuqom Receives “World of Difference” Award

Dana Shuqom accepts her award at the TIAW Global Forum, on March 26, 2014, in Washington, DC.

Dana Shuqom, AMIDEAST’s country director for Jordan, was honored by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) for her efforts to advance women’s economic empowerment in Jordan. The TIAW awarded her its “World of Difference 100 Award” during its Global Forum, held March 26, 2014, in Washington, DC.  The award recognizes men and women who have advanced women’s issues, either on a local or global level. Recipients of the award include Cherie Blair a year ago and the first lady of Namibia this year. 

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AMIDEAST, Union for the Mediterranean Launch Employability Skills Initiative for Women in Five Arab Countries

Ms. Helena Simas, AMIDEAST Regional Director for English Language Programs, presents an overview of the Skills for Success program.

Washington, DC, March 26, 2014—AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to provide employability skills training in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. "Skills for Success–Employability Skills for Women" will specifically target disadvantaged women who have completed secondary school with training designed to improve their ability to enter and succeed in the workforce.

AMIDEAST Vice President for Business Development Vincent DeSomma (center) and representatives of the UfM and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs sign the agreement launching Skills for Success.

The launch of Skills for Success took place during the UfM's "Women's Socio-economic Empowerment: Projects for Progress" conference at its Barcelona headquarters on March 26-27, 2014. It included a formal signing of the agreement between AMIDEAST, the UfM, and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, which will add to funds already provided for the program by the government of Norway. The program was also previewed in detail before the conference audience of some 250, including government representatives, development experts, officials of international organizations focusing on women's empowerment and gender equality, and others from the private sector and civil society.

Empowering a New Generation of Arab Women Entrepreneurs with Citi Foundation Support

Ameena Barakeh of Lebanon

AWEP alumnae are breaking new ground as they succeed as business owners meeting diverse needs.

Ameena Barekeh could well be one of Lebanon’s youngest entrepreneurs; she is definitely among Lebanese women who are taking up the challenge of starting their own businesses. Even in a country known for its entrepreneurial activity, Ameena’s startup success didn’t just happen. Nearly two years ago, she was selected for the Citi Foundation-funded Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP). Over the ensuring months, she learned basic business skills and received the technical support, mentoring, and encouragement that were critical as she tried to implement a business plan developed during the “classroom” stage of the program to meet her goals. 

‘The Fate of the Region Depends on Its Young People’

English Access Microscholarship Programme students participate in a camp activity in Maan, Jordan.

AMMAN — Young people around the region can be a force for greater good or instability, and they need proper education and employment opportunities to assume their role as instigators of development, according to the head of a US NGO.

“Young people want to be well educated, want to have meaningful lives,” AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf told The Jordan Times in an interview.

“The fate of the region depends on its young people and whether they are a force for good or instability,” he stressed.

Kattouf said the regional unrest has had its effects on AMIDEAST, an NGO involved in education and training on employability skills, which has 20 offices in 12 Arab countries including Jordan.

“Some of our programmes are in demand more than ever before. We’ve had major regional entities come to us with employability skills projects that they wanted to fund and they wanted us to implement,” he said.

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Assessing the Region’s Educational Outlook

In a Nov. 16, 2012, speech, AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf underscored the vital role of education in ensuring a successful outcome of the revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. Addressing the joint annual benefit of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) and Egyptians Abroad in Development (EAD) in Chicago, he said, “A bright future for the region is one in which its many young men and women are able to improve their life circumstances and realize their dreams of political and social inclusion. The region must create many more jobs, but it must also prepare youth to have English language, IT, and critical thinking skills required in a 21st century global economy that is increasingly knowledge-based and high tech.”

AWEP Project Advances Entrepreneurship among Arab Women

Women in the AWEP program in Lebanon listen attentively to trainer Jade Dagher.

In a little over a year, the Arab Women's Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP) — an AMIDEAST partnership with Citi Foundation to expand opportunities for entrepreneurship training for women in the Arab world — completed a first round of training and recently launched a second one. In all, nearly 150 women from six countries — Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, the UAE, Egypt and Jordan — are participating in these initial efforts, which are being implemented with generous support from Citi Foundation.

أمديست ومؤسسة سيتي يقدمان برنامجاً تدريبياً في تنظيم المشاريع للسيدات في أربع دول عربية

واشنطن، دي سي/ - 8 أكتوبر 2012: أعلنت منظمة أمديست التعليمية عن تدشين المرحلة الثانية من برنامج المرأة العربية في تنظيم المشاريع في كل من جمهورية مصر العربية، ولبنان، والمغرب، والأردن بالتعاون مع مؤسسة سيتي الخيرية.

وسيوفر البرنامج، والذي بدأ في عام 2011، التدريب اللازم لِ 80 امرأة من ذوات الدخل المحدود ليبدأن بمشاريعهن الجديدة أو توسيع مشاريعهن الحالية بمعدل 20 امرأة في كل بلدٍ من البلدان الأربعة. وقد نظمت أميد إيست العام الفائت دورة تدريبية في المرحلة الأولى من البرنامج في لبنان والإمارات العربية المتحدة والكويت والمغرب. وامتدت الدورة على مدى ثلاثة أسابيع بهدف زيادة الوعي وتعليم المهارات الأساسية في إدارة الأعمال لهؤلاء النساء كوضع خطة عمل، وكيفية الحصول على قرض، والمحاسبة الأساسية والعامة. واتبع هذه الدورة فترة اشراف قمن خلالها النساء بتطبيق ما تعلمنه على مواجهة التحديات والعقبات التي قد يواجهنها هؤلاء النساء.

A Call For Tolerance

AMIDEAST strongly condemns the offensive film that has inflamed passions across the Middle East and abhors, as do the vast majority of Americans, the hateful intentions behind it. Such actions must not be allowed to undermine the bonds of friendship that exist between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East. AMIDEAST likewise strongly condemns the senseless violence that caused the deaths this week of four American diplomats in Libya, who were there to assist the Libyan people rebuild their country. Peaceful demonstrations are a right, but there is no justification for violence.

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