The Travel Funds Opportunity is an instrument that enables individuals to travel and have joint meetings and discussions in a mutually convenient place. These meetings and discussions should facilitate the process of their mutual engagement in the design of peacebuilding initiatives that aim at building trust and confidence across the conflict divide. These initiatives should focus on (but not limited to) one or more of the following areas and target groups in random order:
Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Armenia (EPF-Armenia), Eurasia Partnership Foundation in Azerbaijan (EPF-Azerbaijan) through Caucasus Research Resource Centre in Georgia (CRRC-Georgia), and International Alert (Alert), hereinafter the Partners, announce a Call for Concept Notes for Peacebuilding Funds Opportunity. The Peacebuilding Funds Opportunity is part of the “Peacebuilding through Capacity Enhancement and Civic Engagement” (PeaCE) programme funded by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
Since October 2014, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) is implementing the USAID-funded Civic Engagement in Local Governance (CELoG) program as a part of the Consortium led by Communities Finance Officers Association (CFOA). The CELoG program is a five-year activity, aimed at increasing civic engagement in decentralization and local self-government reform. It provides citizens with reliable information and strengthens civil society’s capacity to promote effective, accountable and participatory local governance. One of the objectives of the program is to sustain and improve civil society’s ability to engage citizens and articulate their interests in local self-government and in the process of implementation of decentralization reform, as well as the development of recommendations on improvement of the reform process. To this end, among the activities carried out by EPF is the Organizational Activity Seminar (OAS), called also Creative Game, that will involve project stakeholders in developing public strategies for communities’ participation in the decentralization reform.
The CSO Market research was conducted within the framework of CSO DePo: CSO Development Program. The primary objective of the research was to evaluate the gaps in CSO capacity building and the services necessary for their development. The research consisted of two components – a selective quantitative survey of the CSOs located throughout the territory of Armenia and a qualitative study of the opinions of other stakeholders. Comparing the results of this research with previous and other contemporary studies, one can note that the self-awareness of CSOs and the wording used for their problems have become more diverse and nuanced. Obviously, this has happened due to several factors, including the different kinds of assistance that CSOs have received from their supporting structures over the years. In this research, that issue becomes particularly noticeable when comparing the results of the quantitative and qualitative studies.
On December 6, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) held a movie screening of two educational documentary films on anti-discrimination and tolerance at Mkhitar Sebastatsi Educational Complex.
Vayk, Armenia – The Communities Finance Officers Association and partners marked the official opening of the new InfoTun (Information House) in Vayk on June 13. The Vayk InfoTun was established within the framework of the Civic Engagement in Local Governance (CELoG) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Representatives of the local government, civil society, media, USAID Armenia and implementing partners attended the opening ceremony.