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Many challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, including the unprecedented migration of refugees, water security, and violent extremism, are inherently transnational and benefit from regional responses. USAID supports regional initiatives, programs, and platforms that advance the development agenda and address cross-border challenges, including the Middle East Regional Cooperation Program (MERC), Middle East Regional activities, including those that Advance Religious Freedom and Pluralism. These activities are supported by USAID staff based throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Washington DC, the Middle East Regional Platform in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Middle East Regional Cooperation Program (MERC): The Middle East Regional Cooperation Program was established in 1981 to facilitate research collaboration between Egyptian and Israeli scientists after their two countries signed the Camp David Accords. The program expanded to include Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1993.

Advancing Religious Freedom and Pluralism: USAID supports religious and ethnic minority communities across the Middle East, including in Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Morocco, as well as regional efforts.


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Last updated: April 11, 2022

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