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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.EPFs Mission 3. EPF: History 1992Eurasia Foundation (EF) is founded and incorporated inWashington, D.C. 1993First grants from Washington, DC office benefiting localorganizations. 1995Offices in Armenia and Georgia begin operations. 1997Azerbaijan office opens.1998South Caucasus Cooperation Program SCCP is established toincrease cooperation between Armenia, Azerbaijan andGeorgia. 2002With funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, EFestablishes the Caucasus Research Resource Centers(CRRC)2007Eurasia 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 CaucasusSince 1993, Eurasia Foundation and the network invested $365 million 5. Armenia: GIND Printing House 1997 A profitable company responsible for 50 percent ofthe newspapers circulated in Armenia. It has effectively introduced competition to the newspaper printingmarket in the country EF purchased a four-color printing press By 2005, GIND repaid its $350,000 loan Cafesjian Family Foundation donated additionalpre press equipment and software, and a computer- to-plate system through EF to Gind 6. EPFs 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 Europes Eastern Partnership Program 7. Relevance: EPFs 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-makingIncreasing number of Operating Programs 9. Governance Structure 10. Governance: InternationalBoard of Trustees Horton Beebe-Center Eurasia Foundation Director Dieter BodenOSCE Ambassador Andrew CoxshallKPMG Tbilisi Sabine Freizer International Crisis Group Europe DirectorDavid Lawrence Lee MagtiCom Tbilisi Danielle del MarmolleBelgianAmbassador, ret.Daniel MatthewsBaker and McKenzie BakuMargaret Richardson IRS Commissioner, ret.Mary Sheehan International Organization for Migration Roy Southworth World Bank Tbilisi, ret. Jonathan StarkCascade Capital Holdings, Yerevan Daniel TarschysCouncil of Europe President, ret. Kenneth YalowitzUS 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 AdvisoryCommittee 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. Todays 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 informationshared 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 communityp roblemsthemselves A ccountable ,transparent small grants programs Become a ctive citizensE xpress themselves Become leaders 24. Todays 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 oncorruptionWeekly reports on municipal transparency Freedom of Information requests:overwhelming municipalities and state agencies with information requests Drivers licensing reform, transparent wallsof the test room 28. Armenian Regional Print Media 2007 25 regional newspapersImproved management, design,editing, photo-journalism.3 newspaper websitescreated andsustained 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?2010Deep andComprehensiveFree Trade AgreementVisa Facilitation Food security andstandards 30. Freedom of Expression Article 27 Talk Show 2009:Checking and challenging the boundaries ofwhat is acceptable to be discussed on TV Giving a chance to opposition film-makers toexpress themselves Targeting the issues of corruption; tradition;democratic values; governments irresponsibility Service to the Government: Armenia is not asclosed a society as it may seem Making people learn how to be protagonistsand 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 regionsSome issues will be addressed and solved. 31. Youth Bank: Examples 49 committee members work with 500 young people; 9 regions; 64 microprojects; 30 000 USD in 2 years Sports club making USD380 AMD monthlyFood Bank charity action in 2 towns helped 49 families with food at Easter holidays, 42 volunteersExhibition 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 craftsmens 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 CLICHS 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 signingof 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 cant apply for the citizenshipfor their child They were full of mistrust to Turksbefore 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-AzerbaijanYouth 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 Sidas commitment to the South Caucasus region Expand Sidas strategic partnership with EPF-Georgia