About Middle East Regional
The Middle East and North African region faces many challenges, including burgeoning youth populations with limited opportunities for meaningful employment; transition; increasing conflict and violent extremism; and a growing scarcity of natural resources, particularly water, which increases tensions and constrains economic growth and education.
USAID’s Middle East Regional programs respond to these transnational challenges and emerging needs, with a focus on increasing private sector investment and enhancing job creation and matching, promoting water security, strengthening local civil society, and advancing gender inclusivity.
Work in each of these areas focuses on regional activities that complement bilateral foreign assistance initiatives and sharing best practices among countries. All of our programs expand participation and opportunities for women and youth and promote the use of science and technology in regional development.
Last updated: August 19, 2015