Expertise Areas


EF’s advocacy programs elevate public awareness about basic rights and community needs and amplify the voices of marginalized citizens and civil society groups. EF offers a range of training programs, including practical step-by-step guidance on building successful campaigns, persuasive messaging techniques, and advanced strategy building for issue-specific advocacy campaigns. EF supports diverse local actors—from emerging community activists to more established organizations—and supports small-scale community projects on environmental protection issues as well as high-profile social media campaigns on Internet freedom.

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Capacity Building

EF supports the development of sustainable local institutions that are equipped to respond to community needs and advocate on behalf of their citizens. In 2007, EF created the Capacity Mapping Assessment (CMA) tool to support the localization of its field offices into five independent institutions in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus. CMA provides a proven framework for tracking institutional growth by measuring progress in six areas critical to organizational success: governance, fundraising, program management, communications, human resources, and financial management. CMA employs a diagnostic approach to evaluate the current capacity of a particular organization in each area, allowing EF to create tailored sustainability plans and technical assistance. CMA is an evolving, dynamic tool that EF applies to a broad spectrum of institutions, including legal service providers in Central Asia, non-governmental organizations in Belarus, and community-based organizations in China.

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Community Engagement

EF equips citizens and organizations with skills and tools to effectively tackle pressing social challenges, from youth illiteracy to domestic violence. EF also empowers young people to grow into proactive, informed, and engaged citizens by encouraging self-awareness, critical reflection, and community action.  From building basic leadership skills through service to sharing best practices on child protection techniques, EF supports its partners and beneficiaries in creating and testing innovative and practical solutions in their communities.

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Economic Opportunity

EF promotes the active participation of individuals in building their economic futures and contributing to the productivity of their communities. From entrepreneurship to small business development, EF applies innovative tools and strategies to develop viable business models that are responsive to local market demands and in line with international best practices. EF’s training model for women entrepreneurs, for example, is unique in that it provides a holistic approach, from the business idea phase to start-up. The model blends practical business skills and leadership training with networking and mentoring activities to provide women with a safety net as they take risks and deal with the challenges and pitfalls of starting a new business.

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Eurasia Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa

Through cooperation based on mutual respect, Eurasia Foundation helps emerging leaders respond to pressing local challenges and achieve outcomes of enduring benefit to their communities. For more than a decade, we have worked across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to empower youth to improve their communities and shape their countries’ development.

Our programs harness the passion of youth to build networks and develop innovative and impactful solutions. We offer digital learning and other innovative educational approaches and cutting-edge training models to build problem-solving and critical thinking skills. EF works collaboratively with partners across the region to responsively tailor new initiatives to emerging needs and developments. 

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EF in the Middle East and North Africa


Against the backdrop of an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, higher education institutions are essential for driving innovation, economic development and building 21st-century skills and competencies. Eurasia Foundation (EF) recognizes the importance of international collaboration and the role of universities in building more inclusive societies.

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Eurasia Foundation believes societies function best when people take responsibility for their own civic and economic prosperity. Through cooperation based on mutual respect, EF programs equip citizens to define and achieve outcomes of enduring benefit to their communities. For more than 20 years, EF has supported the development of vibrant civil society organizations and international partnerships in developing and transitional countries. Today, EF employs top-tier methodologies in advocacy, community engagement, education, and online training to empower the next generation of leaders in the Middle East, North Africa, China, and the Eurasia region.

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Online Education

EF’s online training pedagogy blends a social learning approach, experiential methods, and intensive mentoring and coaching to help our beneficiaries gain practical skills, build self-confidence, and grow their social and professional networks. To administer these programs, EF develops user-friendly websites and creates new tools and functionalities to provide an interactive experience for the end user. This approach enables EF to attract diverse audiences ranging from tech-savvy youth in major cities to aspiring social entrepreneurs in more remote areas. EF’s online programs offer a unique learning environment and result in tangible projects on the ground.

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The model incorporates proven training approaches and coaching pedagogies drawing from Lean Start-Up and Effectuation, but is tailored to address the needs of environments where an enabling entrepreneurship ecosystem is nascent, particularly for aspiring women entrepreneurs

Economic participation of women is essential to building vibrant and prosperous communities. Across the globe, women are increasingly looking to entrepreneurship as a viable way to enter the workforce and enhance their decision-making roles within their communities. Eurasia Foundation’s (EF) Entrepreneurship Development Model focuses on developing the entrepreneurial mindset while offering a flexible and individualized training approach for women seeking to build their businesses as they keep up with everyday demands on their time.

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Women's Entrepreneurship Development Model

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