The format of the show involves five participants representing a variety of stakeholder groups and experts from government, NGO, media, business, etc., and one anchor. In the context of dialogue programmes, EPF, whenever possible, makes sure to involve a participant from the ‘other’ country to have the first-hand position on the issue considered at the talk show. EPF will produce six TV talk shows while, at least, three of the talk shows will host a guest from Turkey to let the Armenia audience learn about the Turkish perspective on the issues under consideration.
The talk shows will target mostly the educated viewer, and will keep the Armenia audience abreast of the alternative discourse on Armenia-Turkey relations and of the Consortium project. As a result, considerable audience in Armenia will have increased awareness of the Armenia-Turkey relations (to be measured via TV rating data provided by AGB Nielsen Media Monitoring System), and of the position and views that the progressively-minded representatives from Turkey have.
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.