EPF has developed a unique portfolio of services to position itself as a ‘think and do’ tank with expertise in the nexus of project design and management, network building and consortium management, civil society capacity building, policy research and advocacy, alternative content development, and peace building. Today it works on critical thinking issues and alternative education methods every day within its different programs: human rights, conflict transformation and peace-building, and civil society building. It incorporates a group of highly motivated civil society leaders and public figures, who in their daily activities dismantle the propaganda myths and build the picture of the correct way forward for the Armenian society. It works on such major areas of change as anti-corruption and anti-discrimination.
In 2015-2016, about 110 CSOs throughout Armenia received assistance either through participation in the EPF-run CSO Management School or through organizational capacity measurement and individual consultancies, which deliver to beneficiaries a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills on different aspects of organizational development, communications, fundraising, partnership- and network-building.
Since 2014, following a comprehensive research on the need for an anti-discrimination law in Armenia, EPF in close collaboration with relevant CSOs and the Ministry of Justice of Armenia embarked on the elaboration of a “Law on Equality”. The draft law is currently under the consideration of the Government of Armenia.
EPF’s network of Information Centers (InfoTuns) includes eight multimedia hubs located in different regions of Armenia that increase media literacy and provide opportunities to access and create alternative media content for thousands of rural residents in Armenia.
EPF-run large-scale dialogue program between Armenia and Turkey in 2014-2015 directly targeted around 2,000 people from the two countries, while the number of people who benefited from numerous activities and events is estimated at about 10,000.
From 2008-2016, EPF implemented Armenia-Azerbaijan dialogue program. One of the core components of the program was Conflict Transformation Schools (CTS), an extensive 5-day course on developing critical thinking and exploring modern approaches in conflict studies. As part of this strategy, EPF produced a Manual for conflict-sensitive reporting in Armenian and a glossary of ethical coverage in the media of Armenia and Azerbaijan. This work and the work of EPF’s partners resulted in increasing the balanced coverage of Azerbaijan in Armenia.
Other areas of recent experience includes engagement in decentralization reform; support to youth engagement and empowerment; support to local media;advancement of religious tolerance; and building awareness of corruption and conflict of interest.
Foundation website: http://www.epfarmenia.am