The Office of Middle East Programs (OMEP), established in 2005, is a regional USAID office which helps advance peace and prosperity for the citizens of the Middle East and North Africa.
Around the region, the United States seeks to advance economic freedom, promote the transition to democracy, and protect natural resources. Challenges such as unemployment, a large youth population with limited access to quality education, and limited opportunities for trade and economic growth hinder the region’s development and contribute to extremism and conflict. USAID bilateral country programs are the centerpiece of our strategy to promote reform and development, but there are specific areas where regional approaches are particularly effective. OMEP programs bring the region together to focus on these challenges as a region.
OMEP was established to provide technical expertise to USAID missions throughout the region and implement regional programming. OMEP is positioned as a service center and technical program hub that develops and implements regional programming focused on common and transnational concerns. We engage with home-grown regional initiatives, multilateral institutions, foreign donors, the private sector, and other U.S. Government agencies.
Last updated: November 21, 2016