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Development Initiatives

The Institute of International Education has exceptional experience assisting NGOs around the world in building their local capacity and expanding their reach, ultimately improving their ability to aid underserved populations in their communities and beyond. IIE works closely with partner NGOs to develop and implement sustainable business plans, connect them with expert trainers, and to further their capacity to design and deliver customized curricula for local participants. IIE’s partnerships with NGOs often create new ways to share resources through our global networks, linking agents of change.


Packard Foundation Technical Assistance and Professional Development Program

Participants in a Packard Grantee projectThe Institute of International Education is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to provide technical assistance to the South Asia and Sub‐Saharan Africa subprograms of the Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) Program at the Foundation as well as to administer the PRH Program’s Professional Development Program.

Learn more about the Packard Foundation’s PRH Program


Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES)

WES-ST-ParticipantsExpanding women's economic opportunities is fundamental to sustainable growth and building more equitable societies.  Women's Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) empowers women-led organizations in Tunisia to operate training centers as social enterprises offering courses in leadership, entrepreneurship and social media. Through these centers, aspiring and established women entrepreneurs across Tunisia gain new skills and networks, launch new businesses, and develop as innovative leaders in their communities.

Learn more about the WES program 


Women Enhancing Technology (WeTechTM)

WeTech-ST-Team-Session-BangaloreWomen Enhancing Technology (WeTech) is a consortium of dedicated partners that has joined IIE to design and support a series of innovative activities to provide training, build networks and offer professional opportunities. WeTech helps women and girls enter and succeed in technology careers, with the goal of enhancing women’s talent and skills needed to fuel technological and economic growth.

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Past Programs


E-Mediat: Tools, Technology, and Training

E-mediat-TN-Group-ActivityE-Mediat is a dynamic technology training and capacity building program developed in response to Secretary Clinton's announcement of Civil Society 2.0, an initiative which helps grassroots organizations around the world use digital technology to tell their stories, build membership and support, and connect to their global community of peers.

E-Mediat delivers targeted, cutting-edge new media training and coaching to a diverse group of over 220 NGOs in the Middle East/North Africa region in order to build their digital infrastructure and capacity to use new media effectively. The program creates networks of individuals and organizations that share knowledge, skills, and best practices in digital activism, new media, and advocacy.

Learn more about the E-Mediat program 


Komen Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness 

Komen-TN-Brazil-GroupA groundbreaking initiative that equipped networks of individuals and organizations in Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East with the skills, knowledge and support to collectively improve the breast cancer situation in their communities.

By strengthening the capacity of individuals and organizations to launch effective education, awareness and advocacy campaigns, the Global Initiative’s ultimate goal was to positively impact breast cancer screening and early detection rates in each focus country.

Learn more about the Komen Global Initiative 


Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM)

LDM-ST-Jharkhand-State-FellowsFrom 2000-2011, the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM) program, generously funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, supported leadership development opportunities for reproductive health leaders who lived and worked in the poorest regions of Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Philippines. 

The overall vision of the LDM program was to develop a critical mass of diverse leaders working individually and collectively to affect systemic changes that improve reproductive health options and overall quality of life, especially for vulnerable populations. The LDM program focused on training leaders, supporting action, networking and sustaining leadership development in the five focus countries.

Learn more about the LDM program


 Women in Technology

WIT-ST-Participant-At-ComputerWomen in Technology (WIT) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region was funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State, managed by IIE San Francisco and implemented in collaboration with local partners in nine countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen. During its run from 2005 - 2010, WIT trained over 11,000 women and built the capacity of nearly 60 local women’s organizations in the Middle East.

Learn more about the Women in Technology program 

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