Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process Stage Three: Consolidation and Moving Forward (ATNP-3) is implemented by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey: Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), Civilitas Foundation (CF), Regional Studies Center (RSC) and Public Journalism Club (PJC) from Armenia and Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Anadolu Kültür (AK), Hrant Dink Foundation (HDF), and the Citizens’ Assembly (CA) from Turkey.
The project is a logical continuation of the earlier EU-supported Actions – ATNP: Stage One (ATNP-1) and ATNP: Stage Two (ATNP-2), implemented by the same Consortium in 2014-2015 and 2016-2018, and it will complement the earlier efforts of the Consortium.
The Overall Objective of the project is to prepare a fertile ground for bolder political developments and larger-scale interventions that will contribute to the opening of the Armenia-Turkey land border and establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The project started in September 2019 and will last for two years.
The project aims
- to enlarge the ranks of supporters of the Armenia-Turkey dialogue and normalization through building-up on the long-term cooperation with existing partners and engaging new actors in the dialogue process.
- to explore and map multi-dimensional interventions in support of Armenia-Turkey normalization through effective engagement with local state and non-state stakeholders, as well as with international actors.
In order to achieve its goals the consortium members will implement a number of small to medium-scale activities targeting different layers and diverse stakeholders of the society. The consortium will facilitate engagement, interaction and dialogue between the people of Armenia and Turkey, which will build on the relationships developed among the beneficiaries of ATNP-1 and ATNP-2, and will engage new actors from among the grassroots, civil society, women and youth groups/organisations, policy, government structures and business communities.
The results of all activities will be shared with the public through its trilingual website: www.armenia-turkey.net.
Description of ATNP-3 activities
Mush Assessment Report of the Architectural Cultural Heritage (Anadolu Kültür, EPF)
Anadolu Kültür and EPF will initiate the process of scientifically documenting the present condition of monuments comprising the Armenian cultural heritage in Mush region, assessing the risk, and contributing to extending their lifespan. This will be conducted through a site-visit to Mush in order to assess the current conditions of Armenian monuments in the region. In addition to this, the group of experts will also document the present conditions of buildings and the damage they have suffered as well as architectural drawing programs will be used to digitize the measurements of buildings carrying the risk of collapse or lacking architectural plans. This will greatly contribute towards increasing the attention of local and national authorities, facilitating the advocacy for emergency actions to save the historic structures and provide the related stakeholders with a proper methodology for existing and future restoration projects. The findings and the recommendations will be compiled in the publication of the “Mush Assessment Report of the Architectural Cultural Heritage.”
- Follow-up Support to Sub-grants and Other Beneficiaries (EPF; Consortium)
EPF and the Consortium will provide a small-scale support to ensure follow up funding to some of the crucially important developments from ATNP’s Sub-grant Scheme and other components/activities of ATNP’s previous stages. It aims to have several (at least five) small projects implemented by either the ATNP sub-grant beneficiaries or the beneficiaries of other components of the ATNP programme. It will strengthen the overall impact of the ATNP programme, and enlarge the circle of beneficiaries and stakeholders.
- ‘Think Future’ Event (EPF; Consortium)
‘Think Future’ event aims at gathering the ANTP beneficiaries and stakeholders to brainstorm on ideas for the future programming of Armenia-Turkey dialogue which will be backed by wide range of stakeholders involved in Armenia-Turkey dialogue initiatives. This event will bring together businessmen and artists, filmmakers and scientists, architects and political analysts, journalists and teachers from Turkey and Armenia to discuss the future of Armenia-Turkey relations.
- ‘1.5 Track Diplomacy’ Event (EPF)
1.5 Track Diplomacy is a one-day round-table discussion to enhance the programme’s visible policy impact through the engagement of policy-makers in more open policy discussions at the Track 1.5 and Track 2 Diplomacy levels. It will bring together ex-politicians, diplomats, representatives of humanitarian organizations, high-ranking officials and civil society representatives, journalists and academicians from Armenia, Turkey, and presumably from other countries of the region. The round-table discussion will result in a policy paper that will be disseminated among stakeholders in Armenia and Turkey. It will also establish partnerships among participants at the track 1.5 level.
EPF organized similar Track 1.5 event on “Regional and National Security Dynamics: Armenia-Turkey Relations” in 2017 within ATNP Stage 2. The event resulted in a publication presenting the overview of national security concepts and frameworks of the past 25 years in Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, as well as Russia, United States of America, European Union, and China with a special focus on Armenia-Turkey relations.
Sub-grant Scheme (EPF; Consortium)
Sub-grant scheme aims to engage a larger group of beneficiaries/stakeholders in the programme activities ensuring a wider engagement of civil society actors in the Armenia-Turkey dialogue. The activity will support a series of sub-grant projects that may or may not engage partners from the other side (Armenia or Turkey) and offer new (innovative) ideas in promoting the normalization between the two countries. This may include ideas that promote economic/business collaboration and cooperation and best practice exchange in protection of the rights of the disabled. All supported projects will adhere to the principles of gender equality and inclusive participation. They will increase the impact and visibility of ATNP and other confidence-building initiatives between the two countries.
This project is funded by the European Union.