March 02, 2022

ALLMEP releases brand new resource for private philanthropy: Learn how strategic funders can maximize and support their impact alongside MEPPA

The Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA), passed into law in December 2020, was a landmark achievement for ALLMEP’s advocacy. MEPPA dedicates $250 million over five years to civil society organizations and Palestinian business initiatives that, taken together, support the conditions for lasting and sustainable peace.

Private philanthropy now has a unique opportunity to leverage and find synergies with this influx in US government funding in order to effect new levels of impact on the ground. ALLMEP has assembled a new resource, which explains how philanthropic actors can revise their funding strategies and priorities, collaborate with grantees, and leverage this profound change in the funding landscape toward greater collective impact and progress for all those who share the goals of peace and equality.

Some key recommendations include:

  • Supporting capacity building programs;
  • Incentivizing collaboration between shared society and cross-border work;
  • Backing innovative small and pilot projects with the potential to scale;
  • Incentivizing grantees to prepare plans on how to absorb and leverage MEPPA program graduates and alumni;
  • Investing in hybrid financing;
  • Redesigning and harnessing innovations in monitoring & evaluation.

ALLMEP is eager to work with private philanthropists to think through the opportunities for scaling peacebuilding and shared society work  that have arisen thanks to MEPPA. Private philanthropy should see this moment as an opportunity for greater impact and innovation, rather than  a time to retreat or become complacent because new resources are arriving. This is a rare moment where bold strategies can seize this big bang moment in the peacebuilding field to achieve a reach and scale that would not have been possible in the past.

Check out the full resource here! And please contact our Director of Development and Regional Advocacy Brian Reeves, brian@allmep.org  if you would like to discuss this report or the wider role for private philanthropy in light of MEPPA.