About the Middle East Youth Initiative
Between 2006 and 2012, the Middle East Youth Initiative engaged an active, international network of researchers working together to improve outcomes for the region’s youth. Serving as a hub of knowledge and ideas, the Initiative provided research aimed at informing and enabling effective policymaking and program development focused on youth social and economic inclusion across the region. The work of the Initiative enhanced our collective understanding of the socio-economic constraints facing young people in the region and to identify ways in which policy and programs can best respond to the changing needs of youth as they transition to adulthood. Moreover, the Initiative was able to translate research into action through strategic relationships with policymakers, youth-serving organizations and the private sector.
The Middle East Youth Initiative was launched in 2006 as a collaborative project between the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings and the Dubai School of Government. In 2009, Silatech began supporting the Initiative in its development of Taqeem, a program aimed at promoting the use of impact evaluation across the Middle East in the critical areas of employment and entrepreneurship to ensure more effective youth policy and program development.
Wolfensohn Center for Development
The Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institute was established in 2006 by James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank. During its tenure, the Wolfensohn Center for Development supported rigorous, independent research and analysis to support the creation of a better future for today's youth, improve access and quality of early childhood education, and help lift people out of poverty. The Center concluded its affiliation with the Brookings Institute in 2011. For more information, see www.brookings.edu.
Dubai School of Government
The Dubai School of Government was established in 2005 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai with the mission of advancing of good public governance in in the Arab World by serving as a knowledge platform for producing applied research, disseminating best practice and empowering leaders. The Dubai School of Government was reorganized as the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government in 2012. For more information, see www.mbrsg.ae.
Founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Silatech promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development. Silatech works with a wide spectrum of NGOs, governments and the private sector to foster sustainable, positive change for Arab youth. For more information, see www.silatech.com.
In the past, MEYI has actively collaborated with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and Foreign Affairs, Ashoka, the Syria Trust for Devleopment, the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, INJAZ Al-Arab, Naseej and others.