American Charities for Palestine
American Charities for Palestine (ACP) coordinated with Craig Newmark, of Craigslist and CraigConnects, as well as the Aspen Institute, by providing a vetted and accountable mechanism through which Mr. Newmark could make a $ 50,000 private donation to the MYTecC project, and its implementer Palestine Vision.
America’s Unofficial Ambassadors
PNB member, Creative Learning, recently launched the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) initiative, a multifaceted effort to increase the number of Americans volunteering on a short-term basis in areas of human development throughout the Muslim World. The AUA initiative is raising awareness for this concept of building peace, improving access to viable opportunities through the publication and free distribution of the AUA Directory of Recommended Organizations, and increasing the number and impact of volunteers through direct service programs. AUA will encourage 1,000 American volunteers to commit to short-term volunteer service by the end of 2012 and to complete that service within the next five years. As part of the AUA initiative, the Mosaic Scholarship Program enables outstanding and under-represented Americans of all ages to volunteer with AUA Directory-listed organizations. With support from PNB, AUA wishes to leverage and expand this and other programs in countries such as Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, and the Palestinian Territories.
The Arab American Institute
Following up on the White House Arab-American Business Roundtable on May 4, 2011, the Arab American Institute will build relationships among the business leaders who were in attendance (including CEOs, presidents, and executive directors from major corporations and industries from across the country), PNB partners, and the U.S. Government to create business opportunities that foster greater economic opportunity in the Arab World.
Bamyan Media distributes and co-produces an original reality TV series that rewards the courage, initiative, and creativity of social entrepreneurs, while teaching the skills needed to start and manage a successful business. Launched in Afghanistan in 2008 with support from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bamyan harnesses the power of mass media to inspire a new generation of youth leaders. Bamyan will co-develop a turnkey package for TV networks in North Africa and the Middle-East and freely license the series, leveraging grant funding from sponsors, foundations and aid agencies to accelerate distribution. In October, with the support of USAID, Bamyan is officially launching a program in Egypt, and intends to send a team to Tunisia and Lebanon in order to adapt and replicate its grass-roots approach. The organization looks forward to leveraging relationships through the United States Global Entrepreneurship Program in an effort the support the growth and success of the series throughout the MENA region.
Banking for a New Beginning
Headed by Christian H. Cooper, Banking for a New Beginning is a brand new initiative that aims to connect central banks in PNB target countries, as well as in other countries including Afghanistan, with similar financial institutions in the United States and Europe, in an effort to bridge communication and provide training and operational assistance where requested. The project will work specifically to facilitate information-sharing and best practices when it comes to supporting small and medium sized enterprises, developing sustainable and secure energy, advancing entrepreneurship, and supporting local infrastructure development. By working closely with the central banking authorities, local businesses, and American and European counterparts, Banking for a New Beginning will facilitate coordinated banking practices as a means of cultivating globally business-friendly environments.
PNB member Craig Newmark, founder of Craiglist and CraigConnects.org, has newly committed over $100,000.00 to provide internet connectivity for 17 vocational schools in the West Bank through a program spearheaded by Cisco, Inveneo, and USAID. Craig has also partnered with PNB member Tomorrow's Youth Organization to fund the purchase of personal computers for children and schools across the West Bank. Additionally, Craig has partnered with MYTecC – the Mediterranean Youth Technology Club – by committing $50,000.00 toward their creation of a human network which will support and enhance dialogue and web2.0-based exchange among youth from Greece, Morocco, Yemen, Palestinian Territories, Israel, and Turkey. Finally, Craig has worked directly with the Aspen Institute PNB Secretariat to stand up a PNB Facebook page and further PNB's social media presence.
In 2011 as part of PNB, IBM commits to extend their innovative Executive Service Corps to bring best practices to improve public service and drive local economic development in Jakarta, Istanbul and Cairo over the next 9 months. This investment of more than $1.2 million in business and IT consulting is in addition to ongoing Corporate Service Corps teams deployed across growth markets, including 7 Muslim Majority countries.
ImagineNations Group (www.imaginenations.org) is a partnershipbased global network that provides entrepreneurs with access to financial capital, technologies, business/leadership coaching, as well as an online platform (www.imagine-network.org) of global and local portals in emerging and frontier markets that engages and connects entrepreneurs to each other, mentors, resources and markets.
International Youth Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation
The International Youth Foundation (IYF) and The MasterCard Foundation have launched a new partnership to address the challenges faced by young people transitioning into the workforce. This project will directly assist 10,000 Egyptian youth by increasing their employability skills, while supporting 4,000 young people to obtain jobs or start new businesses. The MasterCard Foundation is providing $5 million towards the implementation of the partnership, while IYF provides overall management for the Egypt@Work program. The project will be locally implemented by an Egyptian youth-led NGO, Nahdet El Mahrousa (NM).
The New York Academy of Sciences
Working with the New York Academy of Sciences, Malaysia's Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib has committed to the development of public-private partnerships that can make the nation a leader in "smart" cities and villages; maximize the benefit of its palm oil industry through biofuels, biochemicals, and new formulations of the oil itself; and transform the education system to inspire and empower the nation's youth to be leaders in science, engineering and innovation.
P eacePlayers International
PeacePlayers International commits to scaling up its efforts to use sport to promote youth civic engagement, leadership development and conflict transformation in the Middle East and North Africa. With projects currently underway in Morocco and the West Bank, and partners including USAID, MEPI, AMIDEAST, Adidas, and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, PPI is projected to launch a third program in Yemen in October 2011, and expects to double the scope of its work in the region by the end of 2012.
Directed by Nick Billotti and Taufiq Rahim, Project Encounter embodies an effort to promote collaboration in civil society and the private sector between the West and the Middle East. The initiative will include various events involving cultural exchange and education, with the aim of promoting constructive interaction and establishing a global network of ambassadors of engagement.
Project Interfaith, a non-profit organization based in Omaha, Nebraska, works to cultivate understanding, respect and relationships among people of all faiths, beliefs and cultures. Project Interfaith moves forward its mission by: offering original and inspiring face-to-face and online programs that educate and engage audiences on issues of faith, religion, identity, belief, and culture; advancing and safeguarding the fundamental rights and freedoms which enable a person to freely choose to practice or not practice a religion or belief system; ensuring access to reliable information and resources on religious & cultural diversity; and by promoting objective teaching and learning about religion and religious & cultural diversity in age-appropriate, academic ways in schools, workplaces, and communities.
Sawari's vision is to drive growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Middle East by providing risk capital to high-impact SME's in the ICT sector. Sawari Ventures I is an early/growth-stage venture capital fund investing in Cairo, Alexandria, Amman and other technology hubs across the MENA region. With a current portfolio of 7 companies, Sawari expects to make investments in 20-30 companies, over the next 3-4 years.
Soliya recognizes that the connectivity enabled by new media makes it possible to extend opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue, education and exchange to millions of young people who would not otherwise be able to participate. Soliya has recently launched the Exchange 2.0 campaign, with partners iEARN and Global Nomads Group, with the goal of making it the norm for young adults to have profound, international cross-cultural experiences as part of their education. They are partnering with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the United States Institute of Peace and the Obama Administration's Partners for a New Beginning Initiative to achieve this vision.
Souktel operates JobMatch services in West Bank/Gaza, Jordan, Morocco, Somalia and Kenya, with more than 22,000 job seekers and over 600 employers using its technology to find jobs/apprenticeships or qualified staff. In cooperation with PNB partners, Souktel will work with major corporations active in Egypt, Jordan, the West Bank, and Algeria to improve their national hiring processes through innovative mobile technology solutions, while collaborating with mobile operators on donations of SMS, voice, and connectivity services to match more jobseekers with jobs, career guidance, and workforce readiness training throughout the region.
Strategic Regions Enterprise Network
The Strategic Regions Enterprise Network has committed to deliver business advisory services without charge to entrepreneurs and small/medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) located throughout the Muslim world. SREN has announced its first project, a medical lab to be built in Tikrit, Iraq, and has partnered with the Arab Institute of Business Leaders in an effort to develop a similar program in the region of Bou-Salem in western Tunisia. Two Georgetown graduates have been collecting data in the region and developing project plans for implementation.
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding has committed to creating and distributing materials that promote workplace inclusion and encourage respectful communication about anti-Muslim sentiment and 9/11. To prepare global companies to work with multi-faith staff and customers here and abroad, Tanenbaum will create facilitation guidelines and fact sheets that dispel anti-Muslim stereotypes and outline religious beliefs and practices relevant to the global workplace.
The Telos Group
Through their work in guiding PNB delegations to Israel and the West Bank, the Telos Group, an educational nonprofit focused on building American support for Israeli-Palestinian peace and a two-state solution, has developed a series of new relationships. Following their participation in a PNB delegation earlier this year, the Skoll Global Threats Fund has committed financial support for Telos' educational efforts as well as their working building partnerships between Americans, Israelis and Palestinians.
Tomorrow's Youth Organization
Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO) is developing an SMS-based information service for underprivileged Palestinian women, delivering invaluable health, parenting and financial literacy information to a target of 1,000 women in 2011 and upwards of 50,000 when the project goes to scale in 2012. TYO's on-ground presence and partnerships with SoukTel, PalTel and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, will ensure that the mobile program supplements face-to-face programs and services to exponentially increase its impact.
Tony Blair Faith Foundation
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation will be hosting consultations in partnership with Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum and a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, and the U.S. Department of State as the Tony Blair Faith Foundation fulfills their commitment to expand the reach of their "Face to Faith" global high school program to U.S. schools, impacting 40,000 people in two years. Already active in 17 countries around the world, including Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the UAE, Face to Faith is a compelling school curriculum that engages students of different faiths and non-faith in meaningful inter and intra-faith dialogue. It encourages young people to recognize the similarities between faiths, and more importantly it encourages them to respect and deal with the differences between diverse and sometimes conflicting worldviews.
Turkish Philanthropy Funds
In partnership with Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (CYDD) and Turkcell, the Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) has announced that it will be working on a new mentorship platform, Yes She Can: Turkish Women and Turkish Girls, that connects Turkish girls between the ages 12-21 to professional women in the United States, engaging at least 100 girls in its first year, and increase that number by 10% in the each following year, eventually reducing the number of girls not attending primary school down to half million by 2020, and to 300,000 by 2025.
University of the People
In collaboration with PNB, University of the People looks to democratize higher education within Muslim communities through tuition-free, collegiate-level programs. The non-profit organization has already accepted over 1,100 students from 115 countries, and looks to work with partners to accept another 100 students per year from two PNB countries. The initiative will be truly global in nature, equipping these students with communication to and support from peers worldwide to become productive individuals, active members of their communities and ultimately successful, global professionals.
Willow Impact Investors
Through the WillowTree Fund, WillowTree Impact Investors commits to support sustainable, scalable and profitable businesses that have tangible positive impact on the communities and environments they serve, by investing in such sectors as education, health, food and nutrition, community development, environment and poverty alleviation. As the first impact fund founded and based in the Middle East, by the end of 2011, WillowTree will begin investing between $1-10 Million in target companies throughout the Middle East and Africa, with a commitment to invest in and support the growth of 15-20 companies over the next 5 years.
Women's Campaign International
Women’s Campaign International’s (WCI) program in the Middle East and North African region seeks to build on past efforts to create an active and sustainable coalition of political, economic, civil society, and academic leaders, as well as youth committed to the advancement of women’s leadership. This Coalition includes academics, activists, experts, entrepreneurs and youth from 17 countries across the region, including 7 countries with operational PNB Local Chapters, committed to social change and gender equality. Working at both a national and regional level, this Coalition aims to generate discourse around pressing challenges to women’s full participation in society, as well as share intraregional success stories. WCI’s Coalition aims to raise awareness, create a platform for dialogue, advocate for change and influence national, regional and international policies effecting women’s participation in society, and has partnered with PNB in order to advance these conversations among our local and regional networks.
World Cocoa Foundation
In Indonesia, the World Cocoa Foundation and two of their company members – Armajaro and Mars Inc. – have partnered with Swisscontact to implement Proyek untuk Peningkatan Ekonomi Kakao Aceh (PEKA), with funding from the World Bank-administered Multi-Donor Fund for Aceh and Nias. In 2011, PEKA will reach more than 12,500 farmers, as well as send two scientists from Acehnese universities to complete 2-4 month fellowships in the U.S., with the goal of increasing production by 50% by 2012, and to increase the percentage of cocoa beans harvested that meet the Indonesian national standard from 25% to 75%.
World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists
As the premier worldwide network of Muslim donors, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is committed to advance strategic giving by leveraging the more effective use of knowledge, wealth, and influence among Muslim philanthropists. The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists will work with PNB partners to support innovative programs to alleviate poverty and promote entrepreneurship and good governance. In the initial phase, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, through its multi-donor giving circle "Hasanah Fund", will raise $3 million for Pakistan over the next three years to assist smallholder farmers and landless laborers, mostly females, to achieve sustainable agriculture production.