Briding the Divide | International Peace and Justice Work

The Arab World Wakes
Local revolutions spark change

In December 2010, the self-immolation of Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi set off an unprecedented wave of citizen uprisings across the Arab world - demanding immediate reforms from repressive and corrupt regimes.

US Foreign Aid to the Middle East
By the Numbers

Considered a region of key strategic and financial importance since the 18th Century, the US has invested billions in support of democracy and good governance in the Middle East. Since 2007 alone, $22.1 billion USD has been allocated in foreign assistance to the Arab World.

Can We Be More Effective?
Current policies weaken impact

The ability of foreign assistance to effectively support the current grassroots-led "Arab Awakening" is diminished by the bureaucratic channels through which these investments must travel. As little as 27 cents of each dollar given may actually reach the recipients on the ground.

The Bridging the Divide Model
Emphasizing disintermediation

Bridging the Divide promotes a model of engagement that seeks to revolutionize American foreign assistance by harnessing technology to engage Americans directly with activists working overseas working on behalf of rights issues and good governance.

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