In April this year the non-violent revolution took place. Given the inefficiency of the pervasive corrupt state system of previous years, the lack of democracy, and the partial, often inconsequential nature of reforms, EPF participated in the popular movement, believing that the changes would help Armenia emerge in a new direction of development. Upon the formation of the new government, EPF took a number of actions within the framework of its programs, aimed at helping the new government to create a more effective public administration and to reform state institutions. EPF participated in various consultative frameworks set up by the government and attached to agencies and the government. In August of 2018, EPF organized a major event dedicated to dialogue between the new government and civil society, with several discussions on how to implement organizational reform, particularly in the public sector.

The revolution created a need for civil society to clarify its position and strategies in a new situation, and created new opportunities for new ventures. Conditions were created for more effective cooperation of the state with civil society, in particular between the EPF and its stakeholders and the government. For the first time in its history, EPF received a grant from the Government of Armenia to collect, as an intangible culture, oral stories about Yerevan in the 20th century, in partnership with Hazarashen organization. Another program addressed the problems of book sales and distribution in Armenia.

At the same time, many of the gaps that had accumulated in the past became even more apparent, creating the need to re-address the reform agenda and the way it is done.

Updated on 26 June, 2021