Welcome to the websites of Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), a recognized leader in the field of grants management and program administration in the South Caucasus. EPF’s mission is to empower people to effect change for social justice and economic prosperity through hands-on programs, helping them to improve their communities and their own lives. Through its foundations, registered locally in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, EPF engages citizens in social, economic, and political developments in order to effect substantive and sustainable positive socio-economic change at the local, regional, and national level through both operational programs and grant-making.
Since May 2013, three EPF entities in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have been managed by local Presidents/Chief Executive Officer and governed by Country specific Boards, while maintaining international standards and strong regional communication. EPFs in each country recruited several new Board members who are local residents with significant expertise and deep knowledge of the region.
Since July 2013, EPF’s longest running program, Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), joined the EPF network as separate legal entities in Armenia and in Georgia. In Azerbaijan, CRRC is still part of EPF. CRRCs maintain a commitment to regional cooperation and continue to serve the common goal of promoting social science research and policy analysis in the South Caucasus.
EPF is guided by five program mandates and approaches: Creating Opportunities for Civic and Economic Participation; Building Capacity for Evidence-Based Research to Improve Policy-Making; Fostering a Culture of Corporate and Community Philanthropy; Cross-Border Cooperation; and Open Door Grant Making.
Each EPF office sets its program priorities annually based on consultations with local and international stakeholders and the Board of Trustees. EPF is a member of the EF Network: five local foundations supporting civil society and based in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Washington, DC.
EPF is supported by the Eurasia Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sida, and other public and private donors.
Eurasia Partnership Foundation and Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg launched Getting Involved! in February 2009 to strengthen civic engagement among young people in the South Caucasus. The project provides participating young people a unique space and an opportunity to advance personally and professionally, take responsibility for improving their communities, and develop their practical management skills
Increasing the amount of accurate and unbiased reporting of the bilateral relationship between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Assisting the three countries of the South Caucasus in meeting common ENP Action Plan commitments in the areas of waste management, food standards and safety, and vocational education.
On September 25, 2012, EPF, in cooperation with the Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung organized seminar Georgia and Peaceful Conflict Resolution. Conceptualizing on civil society’s role in peace-building, the seminar took a comprehensive view – looking backward to what civil society has been able to accomplish and forward to post-conflict opportunities. The seminar also capitalized on the potential of both genders to contribute to conflict mitigation and peace building. This one-day event brought together practitioners in the areas of development and conflict transformation to discuss these dynamics and address the most effective process for building peace.
19 September 2012
Eurasia Partnership Foundation is concerned about the facts of torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners in Georgia, which has been once again demonstrated by the video materials released on September 18. Despite the fact that such problems in the penitentiary system have been consistently underscored by the Georgia Public Defender and numerous human rights defender organizations, the Georgian authorities have not had the political will to remedy the situation.
31 July 2012
On March 2, 2012, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and Turkish Economic Social Studies Foundation organized an international conference titled “Turkey’s South Caucasus Agenda: Roles of State and Non-State Actors” in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event brought together analysts, diplomats and decision makers from Turkey, Europe and the South Caucasus to discuss Turkey’s role in stabilizing the region both on the level of government engagement and civil society.