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Who We Are

Designed by IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, 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 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.

At IIE, we believe that when education transcends borders, it opens minds, enabling people to go beyond building connections to solving problems together. Our vision is a peaceful, equitable world enriched by the international exchange of ideas and greater understanding between people and cultures.

IIE’s mission is to help people and organizations leverage the power of international education to thrive in today’s interconnected world.

We focus on work that achieves the following:

Advancing Scholarship

IIE develops and implements many of the world’s most effective and prestigious scholarship and training programs.

Building Economies

IIE helps governments and corporations develop an educated workforce and prepare students and professionals to succeed in the global economy.

Promoting Access to Opportunity

IIE provides opportunities to underserved populations, protects scholars and students in danger and encourages teaching and learning across cultures.

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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.