6.28.2005

New Grants To Help Palestinians with Democratic, Economic Reform

Middle East Partnership Initiative funding totals more than $2 million

The State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) has issued three new grants totaling more than $2 million to support democratic institutions and economic training in the West Bank and Gaza, according to a June 28 media note.

One project will provide funds to Palestinian television stations to broadcast live sessions of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The other two grants will support entrepreneurship training.

Since its founding in 2002, MEPI has received $293 million in funding and sponsored 225 projects throughout the region. These projects aim to support democratic and economic reforms, enhanced educational opportunities and women’s empowerment.

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