Meridian International Center has over a decade of experience implementing development projects in high-risk areas including Iraq and West Bank. Since 2000 when Meridian was awarded by the U.S. Department of State the first cooperative agreement in Iraq – prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime – we have constantly expanded our area of expertise to include programs on curriculum development, entrepreneurship, health care, NGO and civil society development and women empowerment.
Meridian works closely with local partners in order to help establish and increase local expertise and to ensure that its programs are reflective of the particular needs and realities of each particular country and region. For example, Meridian has developed a small grants program in Iraq by working closely with a number of local NGOs and universities to provide the necessary training for drafting funding requests and proposal and to ensure their implementation is in compliance with both the local rules and regulations but also with those of U.S. funding authorities. Creating the local capacity to develop such programs and proposals ensures their long-term sustainability.
Meridian is currently implement a highly innovative and cutting-edge program designed to create the capacity of Palestinian early childhood development teachers and administrators to incorporate age-appropriate peace and conflict resolution curricula into local ECD programs. The project, entitled "Building the Foundation: Peace and Conflict Education in Early Childhood Development Programs", is be carried out by Meridian in collaboration a number of local NGOs and with the support of the PA Ministry of Education and Higher Education.