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2016

GOOD GOVERNANCE: Two new InfoTuns were opened in Ararat and Vayk within the scope of CELoG, program, supported by the USAID. InfoTuns are resource and training centers for local population. EPF organized study visit to Estonia to learn best practices of local governance. Moreover, EPF produced two educational cartoons, on local governance.

MEDIA: Within the MICE, program, supported by the USAID, EPF organized Mardamej Social Innovation Days in 8 InfoTuns situated in 8 regions of Armenia. As a result around two dozens of projects were funded. The projects focused on bettering local governance, transparency and solving community issues. Only in six InfoTuns more than 250 events (trainings on media literacy, capacity building and debate skills) were organized with the involvement of more than 4000 participants. Within the scope of the program local media organizations were supported to develop policies on fact checking and news verification, as well as to make media production.

PEACEBUILDING: EPF began implementation of ‘Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two’ program, funded by the European Union. A group of Armenian and Turkish architects visited Artvin to map Armenian cultural heritage. The group will prepare a report mapping all the cultural sites and providing recommendations concerning possible renovation works. Young YouthBankers from different regions of Armenia and Turkey gathered in Armenia to discuss future joint projects to improve not only relations between Armenians and Turks, but also raise community issues and find solutions.

HUMAN RIGHTS: EPF in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice developed a draft law on Equality. After discussions with the Armenian civil society organizations and considering the feedback they provided, EPF provided the final draft to the Ministry of Justice. The law is expected to be adopted in 2017. The development of the law is supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Armenia.

EPF developed a toolkit, and organized training for CSOs on how to work with UN Human Rights bodies which is a part of the project ‘Raising Awareness of UN Human Rights Mechanisms among Armenian Civil Society Organizations’, funded by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). EPF was able to invite Morse Flores from OHCHR, who provided extensive two-day pro bono training for the Armenian civil society representatives.

EPF organized annual media award for journalists covering religious tolerance issues. Around 10 journalists received prizes for the best stories.

2015

CIVIL SOCIETY DEVELOPMENT: Within the scope of CSO DePo program, EPF started organizing CSO Management School for Armenian Civil Society organizations. The School aims at developing sustainable organizations through providing training on financial, strategic and programmatic management.

Online platform for CSOs, www.hkdepo.am, was launched. The portal provides job and donor announcements, information on training courses, projects and workshops, as well as news and resources (research, templates of policies and procedures).

An Armenian-language Capacity Enhancement Tool (CET), was developed to identify and measure the Organizational Development achievements and gaps and enhance organizational capacity of CSOs.

PEACEBUILDING: EPF organized Media Bus Tour for Armenian and Turkish journalists as part of EU-funded “Support to Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process”, program. As a result more than dozen of stories and reports were produced by participating journalists.

HUMAN RIGHTS: A study, on cases of discrimination against children from ethnic and religious minority groups was conducted by EPF, supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Recommendations on how to fight discrimination and promote tolerance were presented, as well.

2014

EPF became a USAID implementing partner in 5-year-long CSO DePo program, which aims at developing the organizational capacities of civil society organizations in Armenia. EPF implements this program with five other partners from Armenia.

2013

EPF acquired its own premises a guarantee for sustainability.

The EPF affiliate CRRC became an independent Foundation.

The Support to Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process (ATNP) project started, funded by EU, implemented by EPF with seven other partners, three in Armenia and four in Turkey.

2012

EPF obtained support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its Human Right Program’s Promoting Religious Tolerance in Armenia project.

2011

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) supported EPF’s core operation in October 2010-March 2012 with a grant of one million Euro. 

2010

The USAID-funded Alternative Resources in Media (ARM), a 4-year-long project kicked off. EPF implemented the project in cooperation with Internews (from USA, lead), Internews Media Support NGO and Yerevan Press Club.

2009

Implementation of the USAID-funded Support to Armenia-Turkey Rapprochement (SATR) project started with EPF as the lead partner of a consortium with three other Armenia-based organizations.

2008

EPF started implementing its first ever Freedom of Expression project with the support of United Kingdom Human Rights Fund.

2007


Eurasia Partnership Foundation, serving Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, is launched.
East Europe Foundation, serving Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, is launched.

2006


The Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia is launched in Bishkek and Osh (Kyrgyz Republic), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Dushanbe (Tajikistan).

EF assists the U.S. State Department in designing and launching a new foundation for the Middle East.

2005


Celebrations are held in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to mark ten successful years of the Eurasia Foundation in the region.

EF’s Russian Far East office in Vladivostok officially becomes part of the New Eurasia Foundation.

Since 1992, the Eurasia Foundation has invested nearly $275 million through more than 7,700 grants and technical assistance projects.

2004


The New Eurasia Foundation is launched in Russia as a joint Russian-American-European partnership.
The Izmirlian-Eurasia Universal Credit Company makes its first loan in Armenia.

2003


The Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC), a project incubated by EF, becomes an independent, non-profit organization. EERC maintains a research program in Moscow, Russia, and an advanced-degree education program at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine.

EF reaches the $50 million milestone in private funding.

2002


With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, EF establishes the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) to support researchers in the social sciences in the work and contributions to public policy.

The office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan begins operations.

2001


The Foundation is awarded the Yusus Mamedaliev Award in Azerbaijan for its significant contribution to the development of education and culture in the region.

The Foundation establishes the Municipal Workers Training Center in northern Tajikistan to train government employees in best practices.

The Foundation funds the first independent higher education institution in Uzbek history: the Kelajak Ilmi International Business School.

Former Secretary of State and current Eurasia Foundation Advisory Council Member James A. Baker III is honored with the Eurasia Leadership Award.

2000


EF’s regional office in Almaty, Kazakhstan begins operations.

1999


In northern Russia, the Eurasia Foundation creates the St. Petersburg School of Management offering an MBA-style program.

EF’s Board of Trustees directs the Foundation to open an office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

1998


Eurasia Foundation establishes the South Caucasus Cooperation Program (SCCP) to increase cooperation between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

1997


The Azerbaijan office begins local operations in Baku.

Eurasia Foundation implements the Media Strengthening Program in Armenia, which liberalizes newspaper production and distribution in the country and breaking the monopoly on newspaper printing.

The Foundation develops BASA Press, the only independent news agency in Moldova.

1996


EF’s Board of Trustees directs the Foundation to create the first independent loan program in Armenia, the Small Business Loan Program, which later becomes the Izmirlian-Eurasia Universal Credit Company, and the Media Viability Fund for Russia and Ukraine.

EF leads a donor consortium in the creation of the Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC), a program that supports contemporary economics education and research across the former Soviet Union.

EF’s Board of Trustees directs the Foundation to open offices in Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

1995


Local offices is Armenia and Georgia begin operations.

1994


Eurasia Foundation makes its first grants from its Washington, DC office benefiting local organizations in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

EF’s Board of Trustees directs the Foundation to open offices in Yerevan, Armenia; Tbilisi, Georgia; Almaty, Kazakhstan and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

1993


Eurasia Foundation makes its first grants from its Washington, DC office benefiting local organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.