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Cooperation with GIZ

The EAF Berlin has developed and guided mentoring programs as part of the GIZ programs LEAD and Econowin MENA.


As part of the LEAD program of the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ – The German Society for International Cooperation), the EAF Berlin developed and led mentoring programs to promote women’s political participation in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

LEAD’s goal was to support and strengthen democratic transformation. This requires the active participation of men and women throughout the region. However, when it comes to female political participation, many Middle Eastern countries are near the bottom of the league. There are still too few women participating in local councils and similar bodies. Those who are active often don’t have the knowledge or experience to contribute professionally in relevant areas, such as how to draw up municipal budgets.


Target audience

Women in the MENA region


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GIZ's “Econowin” MENA (Middle East and North Africa) program aimed to promote career opportunities for female employees through in-house mentoring programs, taking into account the culture and situation of each country as well as existing efforts to recruit female employees in the joint company. Experienced staff in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco served as mentors.

Mentoring programs

EAF Berlin provided guidelines, advice and materials for the matching process (selection of mentees and mentors), which was conducted by GIZ coordinators in each country.

The concept included:

  • Introduction of professional mentoring as a (previously limited or unfamilar) method of informal and strategic learning in the respective countries.
  • Discussion and development of new and adapted types of collaboration between mentees and mentors in terms of role, relationship, management of the mentoring process and goal setting, taking into account cultural and hierarchy-related challenges.
  • Advice on creating a successful mentoring process in terms of methods, communication, topics, feedback, culture, etc.
  • Contextualization of mentoring to country-specific characteristics and needs.


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If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch with the responsible contact person:

Manuela Möller

+49 (30) 3087760-62


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