The work of the Ford Foundation in the MENA region

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The work of the Ford Foundation in the MENA region 
We are in need of both a male and female narrator (young adult to middle age) for a 4 minute piece about the Ford Foundations work in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

We would like this piece to feel serious yet conversational and hopeful in tone -- the point is to explain a serious problem and our solutions to the audience in a relatable and non-didactic way. We would also like to move and inspire our audience to join us in our efforts to create a more inclusive and stable region.

We are looking for diverse voices/accents from the region.

Pacing - conversational.

Ford Foundation is a philanthropic organization. All our media lives online - on our website, social media channels and is used at our events. Our products are never sold or used as paid advertising. 
2017-06-02 19:29:50 GMT
2017-06-13 15:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 20 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 16 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.

Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Flexible Price - USD 107 to USD 400
Via Internet: Globally
English - Other
The project needs a variety of accents from the Middle East and North Africa.
Young Adult Female OR Young Adult Male OR Middle Age Female OR Middle Age Male OR Senior Female OR Senior Male
• Phone Patch OR
Source Connect OR
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
Not defined
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

The countries of the Middle East and North Africa are home to a diverse mix of cultures, ethnicities, languages and religions.

With a population of 355 million people—a majority of whom are under the age of 35 – the
region is navigating a period of profound transformation.

Access to technology and greater connectivity are opening up opportunities for innovation.

Young entrepreneurs are creating fresh start-ups to solve age-old problems.

Numerous informal shops and retail kiosks are creating new hubs of commerce.

More than ever before, women and young people are able to tell their stories through the
visual and performing arts, literature, and film.

And civil society and local philanthropists are working together to find solutions to deeply
entrenched problems.

The Ford Foundation has worked in the region since the 1950s, providing support to public
institutions and not-for-profit civil society organizations.

Our approach is grounded in the belief that partnerships between state institutions, civil
society, philanthropy and the private sector are essential for growth and development.

Foundation support to public institutions and civil society has helped advance innovative ideas
for addressing inequality and building more inclusive societies.

Over the years, our programs have:

• helped public institutions do innovative policy research
• introduced micro credit, especially for women
• expanded social science studies and seeded programs that teach 21st century skills to thousands of university students
• fostered regional networks that support the arts and economic rights

Despite progress, life for the people in the region remains precarious. Decades of economic
failures and more recent violent conflict have left a heavy toll.

An estimated 12 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes for safe havens in
neighboring countries.

In some of those countries, 60% of the population work in informal jobs in order to survive.

And cities face widening inequality. Modern glass and steel towers, billboards with
unaffordable products, and gated communities co-exist with slums and refugee camps.

Together with our partners, we are exploring solutions that will transform the daily reality of
people who have been displaced or who live and work in informal conditions.

Our grantees are bringing questions of equity to the forefront of urban and economic
development, so that systems and public policies reflect the needs of the people.

They are generating new approaches to make informal settlements more secure and help cities
deal with an influx of refugees.

They are helping to improve education for refugees so they have clear pathways from school to
university and decent employment opportunities.

They are building the power of informal workers to organize, to negotiate and to bargain for
their rights with both governments and employers.

And our grantees are creating more public space for artistic and cultural expression.

Throughout our work, we’re nurturing a regional ecosystem of strong and resilient civil society
networks capable of addressing inequality and proposing solutions for challenging problems.

We believe all people deserve to live in dignity…

…with access to good education, decent work, safe housing and opportunities for creative expression.

We believe this will lead to a robust public space that is inclusive, offering a fair chance to all.

We believe progress is possible. 
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