Peaceful mass protests brought a watershed moment to Armenia in 2018. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was elected as prime minister by parliament in May after weeks of rallies against the ruling party. The unrest had led to the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan, who had been elected to the newly-empowered role of prime minister in April after his ten-year presidency ended.
Armenia has experienced a series of turbulent political processes since 2013, not least the change from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary republic. However, hopes are high that the so-called ‘Velvet Revolution’, which brought together a broad cross-section of classes and backgrounds, may usher in a period of genuine transformation towards democratic goals. Civil society, civic activists and independent media have important roles to play to underpin the ongoing reform process, and keep citizens engaged to bring about sustainable change.
EED approach and added value
- Provide fast and targeted support to new actors and new forms of activism
- Ensure that key civil society and political activists are able to maintain their activities
- Support start-up and innovative initiatives seeking to inspire structural democratic changes, particularly outside the capital, and unregistered movements unable to benefit from other funding
Examples of supported initiatives
- Creative grassroots civic activism and initiatives to increase political engagement with a focus on young people
- Innovative independent media outlets and small media initiatives
- Reform-related initiatives with an accent on civic activism