ICF International subsidiary, ICF Incorporated LLC, has received supplemental funds from the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. The additional $2.7 million award will support the MEPI by expanding activities within its exisitng cooperative agreement, “Innovative Collaboration to Empower Women in the Middle East.“
The award increases the total award value to $6 million and will allow ICF to increase support for the public-private U.S.-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research as well as funding the initiation of a U.S.-Saudi Arabia Women's Forum.
The U.S.-Saudi Woman’s Forum aims to establish academic exchange for young women from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to build both skill and awareness of democratic principles through service projects, workshops and interactive Web-based communication. ICF has the institution design complete and is working to identify partner institutions to refine the approach.
“This project is aligned with ICF's goal to use the best tools available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to our clients and their beneficiaries in order to effect change and promote new ideas and behaviors,“ said Roselie Vasquez-Yetter, ICF project director and strategic communications specialist. “The experience of the Forum will infuse a new generation of Saudi women leaders with a better understanding of democracy, religious tolerance, and civic responsibility.“