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EPFEurasia Partnership Foundation was established in 1992 in Washington DC as a non-profit organisation (sponsored by the US State Department). Its Armenia office was opened in 1995.

EPF launched its Armenia-Turkey Cross-Border Dialogue and Cooperation Programme in 2006. The programme aims at supporting Armenian-Turkish normalisation by strengthening the capacity of the NGO, media and business sectors and by developing and maintaining cross-border partnerships (Eurasia initially acted as a donor in this area but later engaged in project implementation.).

EPF has provided funding for Armenia-Turkey projects to organisations such as the ICHD, AIPRG, the Yerevan Press Club, Patker Photo LLC, the Analytical Center for Globalization and Regional Cooperation, the Urban Sustainable Development Foundation and the Youth Academy. EPF has focused on three main areas: (a) support for cultural projects; (b) research; (c) exchange visits of eminent journalists and opinion-makers (retired officials, academicians, etc.) to Armenia and Turkey.

In October 2010, EPF, the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (UMBA), Yerevan Press Club (YPC), and the International Center for Human Development (ICHD) - which have formed a quadrilateral consortium to engage in joint programming in the context of Armenia-Turkey relations- won the USAID tender with a proposal titled Support to Armenia-Turkey Rapprochement. The proposal foresees work on three priority areas: business partnerships, civil society, and informal inter-governmental dialogue. Changes in the operating environment will be adapted to through an open-door grants pool to support innovative ideas in any area related to the process of rapprochement. This work will span until September 2012 and has a budget of nearly 2.5 million USD.

 

Cultural projects

In 2007 and 2008 – as part of a project entitled "Musical Bridge across the Armenia-Turkey Border"

August 2010

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