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Media Alert: World Bank Taps Bentley Mideast Expert to Lead Review of Palestinian NGO Project in Jerusalem

September 8, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass. - Denis J. Sullivan, director of the Cronin International Center and professor and chair of the International Studies Department at Bentley College, will head to Jerusalem and the West Bank later this month to lead the World Bank team in a review of the Bank's Palestinian NGO Project . He is available for media interviews before and after his trip.

Sullivan's five-person team will perform a midterm review of the World Bank's ongoing research project to assist Palestinian nongovernmental organizations in providing needed services to the poor and disadvantaged citizens in the West Bank and Gaza. He has been involved with the project since 1995, when he was a recipient of the Fulbright Regional Research Grant for the Middle East, West Bank/Gaza and Egypt. During the team's last review in 2000, Sullivan evaluated management performance, especially governance structure of NGO project; led focus group discussions in Arabic, gathering qualitative data/feedback from grant recipients; and advised the World Bank on the Project's future, including revised management and governance structures, capacity building, sustainability, and exit strategy.

Sullivan is also a consultant to the U.S. State Department on Islam and the Middle East. He is the author of numerous articles and books, most recently "The Struggle for Egypt's Future," (2003) and "Islam in Contemporary Egypt: Civil Society vs. the State" (1999). His other research and teaching interests include: American foreign policy in the Middle East; comparative politics, civil society and democratization; gender politics; international conflict and negotiations; and politics of aid.

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