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The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa links emerging leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia with their American counterparts. This high-profile US State Department-sponsored initiative designed to promote economic empowerment is run by Legacy International. During this six week program, fellows participate in a week-long immersive training, followed by a four-week fellowship experience. During their fellowship, participants also receive weekly training from Legacy International staff and partner organizations.
For a hands-on practical fellowship experience, fellows are placed at businesses, social enterprises, NGOs, incubators and government agencies. This portion of the program provides fellows with the opportunity to develop new skills, knowledge, and work processes. Hosting a fellow is a significant way to support the professional development and learning of emerging leaders from the Middle East and North Africa.
Our fellows are working to address the most pressing social issues in their countries and communities; and therefore, they bring substantial experience to their host organizations/businesses. All fellows have shown leadership and commitment to have a positive impact on their communities and countries.
Additionally, fellowship hosts are eligible to be considered to travel on our Outbound Programs to Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt or Lebanon which continues the personal and professional exchange with the fellows. This promotes cross-cultural understanding and friendship. This type of citizen diplomacy is a significant lever for building and maintaining peace.