Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What material is available on the site?
  2. How is material selected?
  3. Can I submit resources to the Library?
  4. How is material organized?
  5. How do you define "Technical Areas", "Tags" and "Target Groups"?
  6. How can the materials be used?
  7. What languages are available?
  8. How do I leave feedback about the site or training materials?
  9. How do I learn more about MEPI?
  10. How do I contact MEPI about the Library?

  1. What material is available on the site?

    The Maktabat MEPI Library contains more than 500 resources from 40 organizations that received MEPI funding to conduct training-related projects between 2006 and the present. More than 50 additional resources from other organizations have been included on a case-by-case basis, dependent on potential interest to site users. The site is regularly updated.

    There are seven categories of resources:

    1. Instructor Curriculum: This includes both brief overviews and full course curricula for trainers.
    2. Student Manual: Manuals and guides are available for program participants on a variety of topics.
    3. Slide Presentation: Primarily PowerPoint files, ranging from a few overview slides to full presentations.
    4. Website: Links to MEPI-funded project websites are included when the sites are not password protected. Links to related resources and other libraries also are available.
    5. Video: Videos related to training events will be added to the site when available.
    6. Reports: Reports are included when the subject matter is related to the types of training material on the site.
    7. Laws and Treaties: This category includes Middle East family codes, and the text of human rights treaties and conventions.

    MEPI provides resources in the style and format submitted by organizations, without editing or altering the submissions. If you see information you believe is inaccurate or outdated, please notify us at info@maktabatmepi.org.

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  2. How is material selected?

    Resources initially selected for the MEPI Library were specifically related to trainings and fit into one of five categories: curricula, manuals, presentations, websites or videos. These categories have since been expanded to include supporting material – even if not created for training purposes – such as reports and the text of laws/treaties. All submissions are reviewed by the Library team to ensure the quality of the content, relevancy for the MENA region and to make sure that the resource is informative and of interest to a broad audience.

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  3. Can I submit resources to the Library?

    The Maktabat MEPI Library welcomes submissions from both MEPI grantees and other organizations. Resources can be submitted for review by using the online submission form or by emailing info@maktabatmepi.org.

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  4. How is material organized?

    Material is organized on the Find Materials page by Technical Area, Target Group and Tags. Resources also can be selected by organization, by language and by special focus (Women or Youth). When a category is selected through any of these filters, a summary of resources appears, with the most recently added listed first.

    Each resource page includes the following information with links to the related resource: organization, project name, type of document, an option to download the file (often in multiple languages), name of the training event, date, country of origin, number of pages and tags. Links to share or save the page are included. Also included is a notice asking that users read and accept the Terms of Use prior to downloading material.

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  5. How do you define "Technical Areas", "Tags" and "Target Groups"?

    The 12 MEPI Technical Areas (with sample Tags) include:

    1. Business Environment: Accountability/Transparency, Investment
    2. CSO Capacity Building/Advocacy: Activism, CSO/NGO Management, Leadership
    3. Civic Education: Civic Engagement, Health Awareness
    4. Education: School Programs, English as a Second Language (ESL)
    5. Elections: Voter Participation, Election Management, Anti-Corruption, Accountability/Transparency
    6. Employment Training: Professional Development, Information Technology (IT)
    7. Entrepreneurship: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Business Planning
    8. Human Rights: Women’s Rights, Minority Rights
    9. Media: Journalism, Social Media
    10. Parliamentary Training: Governance, Laws/Legislation
    11. Political Parties: Campaigns, Marketing/Branding
    12. Rule of Law: Judicial, Crime Prevention

    There are approximately 65 tags, including 17 countries.

    In addition, the site uses 25 Target Group categorizations, based on the intended audience for the resource. The categories range from job seekers to election administrators.

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  6. How can the materials be used?

    As noted in the Terms of Use, the MEPI Library includes resources that are copyrighted by third parties and, thus, protected by copyright laws and international intellectual property regulations. Use of these materials is limited to personal instruction, training for an organization's direct membership or training conducted free of charge for other civil society organizations.

    Material available on the site may be reproduced and/or translated for noncommercial purposes provided the organization is acknowledged as the source of the material and MEPI is sent copies of any translation. We welcome links to the MEPI Library. Please contact us or send a note to info@maktabatmepi.org to let us know.Back to top

  7. What languages are available?

    Resources are available in English, Arabic and French. All resources on the site have descriptions in English, and files that are in French and Arabic also have descriptions and tags in those languages.

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  8. How do I leave feedback about the site or training materials?

    We encourage your feedback to improve this site and make it easier to use. There are several feedback options on the site, including a survey and feedback form. We also welcome email at info@maktabatmepi.org

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  9. How do I learn more about MEPI?

    Please visit the MEPI site at: http://mepi.state.gov

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  10. How do I contact MEPI about the Library?

    Please email us at info@maktabatmepi.org.

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