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The Heinrich Böll Foundation is the political foundation of the German Greens and has an office in Istanbul since 1994. The foundation provides support to local NGOs and organizes its own conferences and publications. The activities of the foundation are divided into three areas: democratization, ecology, and foreign and security policy. In the foreign policy area the foundation's activities include Turkey-Armenia projects and support for projects dealing with Armenians in Turkey.

The Turkey office has been run by Ulrike Dufner since 2004.



Ani Dialogue between civil society organisations of Armenia and Turkey

In co-operation with the Caucasus Institute, the South Caucasus and Turkey offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation have initiated the Ani Dialogue process for young NGO activists (18-35 years old) from Turkey and Armenia.  There are 5 working groups:

  • Culture and Heritage
  • Education and Research
  • Environment
  • Human Rights and Democratization
  • Media and Journalism

The first workshop took place between 13-17 October 2010 in Yerevan.


Turkey Armenia Journalist Exchange Programmeme

The programmeme, launched in May 2009 and run jointly with the Hrant Dink Foundation, brings together 10 young (maximum 35 years old) print journalists from each country.

The Turkish journalists who participated are:

  • Demet Bilge Ergun (Radikal)
  • Ergun Colakoglu (Yeni Safak)
  • Bedia Ceylan Guzelce (Haber Turk)
  • Yonca Poyraz Dogan (Today's Zaman)
  • Namik Durukan (Milliyet)
  • Tugba Tekerek (Taraf)
  • Kemal Goktas (Vatan)
  • Asli Sozbilir (Hurriyet)
  • Gulsen Iseri (Birgun)
  • Erdinc Ergenc (Sabah)

Articles by these journalists about the programmeme can be found at:

Publication: "Ermeni Sorunu Tartisilirken" (Discussing the Armenian Issue), in Turkish and German, 2006,

Heinrich Boll Stiftung Dernegi
Inönü Cad. Haci Hanim Sok. 10/12+4
Gümüssuyu 34439 Istanbul

Tel: + 90 212 249 15 54
Fax: + 90 212 245 04 30


August 2010

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