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  • 1. Eurasia Partnership Foundation: A Strategic Partner in the South Caucasus Stockholm, 2010
  • 2.
    • To empower people to effect change through hands-on programs, helping them to improve their communities and their lives.
    EPF’s Mission
  • 3. EPF: History
    • 1992 Eurasia Foundation (EF) is founded and incorporated in Washington, D.C.
    • 1993 First grants from Washington, DC office benefiting local organizations.
    • 1995 Offices in Armenia and Georgia begin operations.
    • 1997 Azerbaijan office opens.
    • 1998 South Caucasus Cooperation Program SCCP is established to increase cooperation between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
    • 2002 With funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, EF establishes the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC)
    • 2007 Eurasia Partnership Foundation EPF is launched
      • EPF in Georgia becomes a strategic partner to Sida
  • 4. Proven Capacity
    • From the time of its establishment until the registration of EPF as local foundation in 2007,
    • EF invested nearly $80 million in the South Caucasus
    • Since 1993, Eurasia Foundation and the network invested $365 million
  • 5. Armenia: GIND Printing House 1997
    • A profitable company responsible for 50 percent of
    • the newspapers circulated in Armenia. It has effectively
    • introduced competition to the newspaper printing
    • market in the country
    • EF purchased a four-color printing press
    • By 2005, GIND repaid its $350,000 loan
    • Cafesjian Family Foundation donated additional
    • pre press equipment and software, and a computer-
    • to-plate system through EF to Gind
  • 6. EPF’s 2010 Programs
    • Youth Leadership Development
    • Freedom of Expression, Media and Democracy in Armenia
    • Transparency in Municipal Service Delivery in Azerbaijan
    • Cross- border cooperation
    • Caucasus Research Resource Centers
    • Europe’s Eastern Partnership Program
  • 7. Relevance: EPF’s Objectives
    • Like Sida, EPF promotes:
    • Freedom of Expression
    • European and Democratic Values
    • Transparency and Accountability
    • Civil Society Development
    • Cross-Border Cooperation
  • 8. Systems for Guiding and Control
    • Governance structure: local expertise, international Board of Trustees
    • Unique regional joint strategy development
    • Over 15 years of experience in Grant-making
    • Increasing number of Operating Programs
  • 9. Governance Structure
  • 10. Governance: International Board of Trustees
    • Horton Beebe-Center Eurasia Foundation Director
    • Dieter Boden OSCE Ambassador
    • Andrew Coxshall KPMG Tbilisi
    • Sabine Freizer International Crisis Group Europe Director
    • David Lawrence Lee MagtiCom Tbilisi
    • Danielle del Marmolle Belgian Ambassador, ret.
    • Daniel Matthews Baker and McKenzie Baku
    • Margaret Richardson IRS Commissioner, ret.
    • Mary Sheehan International Organization for Migration
    • Roy Southworth World Bank Tbilisi, ret.
    • Jonathan Stark Cascade Capital Holdings, Yerevan
    • Daniel Tarschys Council of Europe President, ret.
    • Kenneth Yalowitz US Ambassador, ret.
    • Dr. Daniel Tarschys
  • 11. Strategy Development
    • The only South Caucasus entity with a united strategy jointly developed by offices in Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku
    • Flexible
    • Evidence-based
    • Innovative
    • Standards of excellence
    • Transparent
    • Attuned to local needs
  • 12. Operating Programs
    • EPF directly manages project activities
    • Increasing focus on operating programs
    • EPF as a convener
    • Larger-scale, sustained interventions
    • Leverage small achievements for long term, sustainable impact
  • 13. Grants Management
    • EPF is a regional leader in grants management
    • Building local capacity
    • Proven systems for grant awards, monitoring
    • Usually $5,000 to $35,000, with occasional grants up to $50,000
  • 14. Open Door Grants
    • Flexible and demand-driven
    • Unsolicited proposals reviewed on a rolling basis
    • New and innovative pilot projects
    • Daring, experimental ideas
  • 15. Grant Review Process
    • 2-page inquiry
    • Full proposal
    • Due diligence
    • Independent Advisory
    • Committee review
    • Pre-award site visit
    • Grants Management Seminar
    • Ongoing monitoring and reporting
  • 16. Cross-Border Strategies
    • Build linkages across borders
    • Citizens and professionals with common interests: from journalists to seismologists
    • EPF operating programs build ties
    • Organizations submit joint proposals
  • 17. Today’s Challenges: Azerbaijan
    • Declining donor support
    • Democracy backsliding
    • Increasing control over Civil Society: NGO law
    • Freedom of Expression routinely curbed, journalists attacked
    • Corruption and lack of transparency
  • 18. Low Trust toward NGOs: Azerbaijan
  • 19. Little Trust in Media: Armenia and Azerbaijan
  • 20. Demonstrated Capacity: What Have we Achieved in 15 years in Azerbaijan?
    • Support for Freedom of Expression & Access to Information
    • Transparency of Local Governments
    • Youth Engagement – Next Generation for Democracy
  • 21. Azerbaijan: Access to Information
    • 20 municipalities now involve citizens in public hearings
    • Meetings with constituencies
    • Budget-related information shared
    Public Hearing
  • 22. Azerbaijan: Transparency in Municipal Service Delivery
    • Over 100 “ municipal indicators ” that measure the performance of local governments
    • Improving citizen participation
    • Small grants for meetings with constituents, sharing budget information and research
    • Strategic plans that include input from local citizens
    Training in Barda
  • 23. Youth Leadership
    • Decision-makers from disadvantaged
    • Communities:
    • A ddress community
    • p roblems themselves
    • A ccountable , transparent
    • small grants programs
    • Become a ctive citizens
    • E xpress themselves
    • Become leaders
  • 24. Today’s Challenges: Armenia
    • Civil Society under-developed and not trusted
    • Deteriorating human rights
    • Limitations on Freedom of Expression
    • Conflict as an excuse for the lack of democracy and transparency
  • 25. LowTrust Towards NGOs: Armenia
  • 26. Demonstrated Capacity: What Have we Achieved in 15 years in Armenia?
    • Transparency and Accountability
    • Freedom of Expression
    • Youth Engagement
  • 27. Armenia Anti-corruption 2008
    • Series of talk shows on
    • corruption
    • Weekly reports on municipal
    • transparency
    • Freedom of Information requests: overwhelming municipalities and state agencies with information requests
    • Drivers’ licensing reform, transparent walls
    • of the test room
  • 28. Armenian Regional Print Media 2007 25 regional newspapers Improved management, design, editing, photo-journalism. 3 newspaper websites created and sustained
  • 29. Europe Program: 2009
    • What is EU? Manuals on Europe
    • How to assure that civil society is taking part in EU-Armenia relations?
    • How to reform one University in light of the Bologna process?
    • 2010
    • Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement
    • Visa Facilitation
    • Food security and standards
  • 30. Freedom of Expression Article 27 Talk Show 2009:
    • Checking and challenging the boundaries of
    • what is ‘acceptable’ to be discussed on TV
    • Giving a chance to ‘opposition’ film-makers to
    • express themselves
    • Targeting the issues of corruption; tradition;
    • democratic values; government’s irresponsibility
    • Service to the Government: Armenia is not as
    • closed a society as it may seem
    • Making people learn how to be protagonists
    • and entrepreneurs of FoE
    • 2010
    • Increase opportunities for public discussion of FoE and FoI issues outside the capital
    • Regional TV stations network provides more pluralistic information
    • The entire country will  learn about the FoE and FoI issues in the regions
    • Some issues will be addressed and solved.
  • 31. Youth Bank: Examples
    • 49 committee members work with 500 young people; 9 regions; 64 micro
    • projects; 30 000 USD in 2 years
    • Sports club making USD380 AMD monthly
    • Food Bank charity action in 2 towns helped 49 families with food at Easter holidays, 42 volunteers
    • Exhibition sales generated USD250 to support needy students in Armavir
    • Support local tourism promotion by installing drinking water pipeline in the area of old chapel
    • An exhibition-sales of young craftsmen’s work was organized for Yeghegnadzor community
  • 32. Human Rights 2010 New generation of HR activists in the regions How to fill in the cases for European Court Of Human Rights
  • 33. Demonstrated Capacity: What Have we Achieved in 15 years?
    • Cross-Border Cooperation!
  • 34. Armenia-Azerbaijan Media Bias Reduction CLICHÉS AND STEREOTYPES
    • In Armenian mass media
    • Armenia does not regard the issues of territorial integrity and inviolability of borders, included in the protocols, in any reference to the problem of NK.
    • The statements made by Turkish leaders in regard to considering the interests of Azerbaijan during the signing of the protocols, have the aim of ‘comforting the junior brother’ and are addressed exceptionally to the audience of that country.
    • In Azerbaijani mass media
    • Improvement of Armenian -Turkish relations impairs the process of the settlement of Karabakh conflict.
    • Turkish-Armenian protocols will not come in effect before the Karabakh conflict is settled .
  • 35. Armenian-Turkish Initiatives
    • 95% of all the illegal Armenian workers in Turkey are women workers;
    • Schoolchildren with Armenian citizenship cannot go to school.
    • When a child of an illegal Armenian couple is born in Turkey, the parents can’t apply for the citizenship
    • for their child
    • They were full of mistrust to Turks
    • before they came to Turkey. Their
    • attitudes drastically change shortly after they arrive.
  • 36. Media Bias: Viewpoints
    • In Turkish Press
    • 28% of the articles have one viewpoint
    • 28 % of the articles have two viewpoints
    • 17 % of the articles have three viewpoints
    • In Armenian Press
    • 50.3% of the articles have one viewpoint
    • 9.6% of the articles have two viewpoints
    • 9.4% of the articles have three & more viewpoints
  • 37.  
  • 38. Youth Bank 2010: Armenia-Azerbaijan
    • Youth meet in Tbilisi 2-3 times in 2010 to take a conflict transformation course, identify issues of common interest and design joint projects
    • Youth Banks become a way to build trust between youth groups across the conflict divide
  • 39. Why EPF?
    • A unique and lasting regional institution
    • Combination of local knowledge and international expertise
    • Strong systems and governance
    • Proven capacity
    • Shared vision & objectives
  • 40. Why a Strategic Partnership?
    • Bolster connections between the three countries of the South Caucasus
    • Balance and focus Sida’s commitment to the South Caucasus region
    • Expand Sida’s strategic partnership with EPF-Georgia