Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two (2016-2018)

Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two (ATNP2) was a programme implemented by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey with the financial assistance of the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. ATNP2 built upon the achievements of ATNP1 implemented between 2014-2015.

The overall objective of the programme was to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies. This was achieved through engaging new actors in economic, cultural, educational, and awareness-raising activities between Armenia and Turkey, and improving information flow, communication exchange and networking between media, expert communities and institutions. 

The Consortium partners included Civilitas Foundation (CF), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), Public Journalism Club (PJC), Regional Studies Center (RSC) from Armenia; and Anadolu Kültür, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (hCa), and Hrant Dink Foundation from Turkey.

The programme started in April 2016 and lasted for 16 months. 

The programme included a series of activities in the areas of Business, Policy Research, Culture, Education, Media and Youth. The programme supported travel and fellowship opportunities targeting different actors and segments of societies. Within the programme various activities were implemented,including workshops and trainings for youth; exchange of architects and entrepreneurs; research on business and economic opportunities; media research;agribusiness development; youth and community development as well as policy analysis. 

One of the main pillars of the programme was inclusiveness – to engage and support new actors in the dialogue process. To this end, the Consortium continued the Grant Scheme initiated within the ATNP1 to invite individuals and civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey - other than the Consortium members - to propose and implement their own project ideas, which contributed to the overall objective of the programme and multiplied the shared outcomes.

The results of all activities are shared with the public through the trilingual website, which serves as a networking tool featuring the overall picture of the past, current, and future developments in Armenia-Turkey dialogue initiatives.