In Arabic, “Naseej” means “the Process of Weaving”. Our name “Naseej” was chosen to reflect our spirit, which aims to reinforce, strengthen and interweave collective efforts of all relevant stakeholders – within ‘communities’ – and build enabling and supportive developmental environment for individuals, organizations and policies based on the assets and resources reflected in the region’s communities fabric which are rich in history and present, multi-cultural, multi colored, not only connected but also intertwined and have great potentials.
Naseej was launched in 2005 through its regional office in Amman, Jordan as a regional initiative that transitioned in early 2010 into an Independent Foundation working in and for the region. To date, Naseej programs and activities reached more than 18 countries.
The Foundation works to reach its goals and thus implements its activities through providing a diverse forms of “services, opportunities and support” that are delivered through five main Programs; Financial Support, Capacity Building, Exchange and Networking, Dissemination and Production, and Advocacy. Naseej Programs are implemented 1) indirectly; through partnerships with organizations, groups and individuals at the local, national, regional and international levels and 2) directly; through its team and extended network of qualified youth workers and activists from different countries.
Throughout the last seven years, Naseej has showcased successful and tangible results; most importantly: partnerships with more than 150 entities (organizations, groups and individuals) through its “Financial Support” Program with a total budget that exceeded $6 million dollars in order to support their efforts to provide ‘services, opportunities and support’ within a number of sectors and for divers communities thus reaching 300 localities in 9 countries. Within the “Exchange and Networking & Capacity Building” programs, Naseej provided 120 travel and internship grants to young male and female practitioners from the region and worked intensively on building the capacities of its partner organizations and groups and their staff through 12 regional and 40 national workshops and forums, and enhanced the skills of a large number of young practitioners in a number of Countries. Further, Naseej created an online Resource Center (www.naseej-cyd.org) which includes listings of different types of organizations and resources available within, for and about the region and supported the production of a number of researches and audio visual materials that aims at shedding the light on youth and community development efforts in a number of countries.
Naseej Foundation targets and works closely in partnership with :
· -Youth-led / youth-focused groups and organizations
· Development NGOs, SCOs and CBOs
· -Youth workers, practitioners
· -Academic Institutions and researchers
· -Donors, both public and private, as well as philanthropists
· -Media practitioners and outlets
· -Government agencies, decision makers and policy makers
Naseej Foundation primarily supports both registered entities and informal youth groups who fit certain criteria, as the Foundation aims to be inclusive and promote the emergence of small community-based youth initiatives. To work with youth groups, the Foundation directly handles mores of the required procurement operations and provides the necessary materials for the implementation of proposed activities. For-profit organizations and international organizations are also eligible for grant funding as long as activities carried out as part of the grant are not for profit. In some cases, active individuals with a credible track record and work history can also be eligible.