Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme was launched by the Hrant Dink Foundation in 2014 with a view to promote cross-border affiliation and cooperation of professionals from the two neighbouring countries. In 2014-2015, the Foundation supported 18 fellows for their activities at various host organisations in the neighbouring country.
In 2016-2017 the Fellowship Scheme will continue to offer 18 professionals from Armenia and Turkey the opportunity to live and follow a programme at a specific host organisation in the neighbouring country for 4 to 8 months within the framework of the programme Support to the Armenia- Turkey Normalisation Process financed by the European Union.
The Fellowship Scheme seeks to establish and sustain professional ties, to produce tools, mechanisms and platforms that will serve for long-term cooperation between Armenia and Turkey. In essence, it aims to enable cross-border learning opportunities in areas where further mutual expertise and cooperation is needed, such as - and not limited to - academia, civil society, media, culture and arts, translation and interpreting, language-learning, law, medicine, technology, economics.
For further details and questions, you can contact the project coordinators Zeynep Sungur, Armenuhi Nikoghosyan and Anna Yeghoyan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.