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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, with the goal of accelerating the international community’s ability to better understand and respond to the changing needs of young people in the Middle East. Today, the Middle East Youth Initiative operates with the support of Silatech.

Silatech is a dynamic social initiative that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. It promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development. Founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Silatech finds innovative solutions to challenging problems, working with a wide spectrum of NGOs, governments and the private sector to foster sustainable, positive change for Arab youth.

Collaborative Partnerships

MEYI seeks active collaboration in the development and dissemination of solution-oriented research, policy engagement and program development for youth. 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.