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Who We Are

Designed by IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives in San Francisco, WES is funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the United States Department of State and implemented in collaboration with Tunisian women-focused civil society organizations.

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Institute of International Education (IIE), Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives

The Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability program is designed by the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives (WLI), at the Institute of International Education (IIE) and is managed in collaboration with a team in Tunisia. WLI, housed in IIE’s San Francisco office, is one of four global IIE Centers of Excellence. WLI provides opportunities for women worldwide to participate in training, professional development and exchange programs, and pursue higher education. Through WLI’s programs, women develop and join networks of peers, mentors, and experts, and serve as effective leaders in the public and private sectors around the world.

The Institute of International Education is an independent, non-profit organization, serving as a leading resource for students, professionals, and institutions worldwide. The Institute partners with governments, international development agencies, foundations, universities and corporations, and leverages its international networks to collaborate on sustainable solutions for long-term development. We believe that peace and prosperity in the 21st century depend on increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. As technology opens borders, educational and professional exchanges open minds.

IIE’s goals are:

  • Building and connecting networks of global citizens
  • Leveraging innovative partnerships to address global needs
  • Investing in emerging and established leaders
  • Expanding access to education and professional training

IIE’s vision is a reality in which educational, cultural, and professional opportunities transcend borders to foster a peaceful and interconnected world where all people achieve their full potential, think and act as global citizens, and build inclusive, thriving communities.

U.S.–Middle East Partnership Initiative

Middle East Partnership Initiative

The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a unique program designed to create vibrant partnerships with citizens in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies. MEPI partners with local, regional, and international non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and governments to support projects that directly respond to priorities identified by the people of the MENA region. Since 2002, and through its Washington headquarters and two Regional Offices, MEPI contributed over $600 million to more than 1,000 projects in 18 countries and territories.