The Leadership Academy in Armenia is the oldest and most particular one organized by VVD International. Every year, together with the Dutch Social Democrats (PvdA), Christian Democrats (CDA) and a German Foundation (FNF in 2020, before KAS), the Leadership Academy is organized during summer in Armenia.
Liberalism, Socialism and Christian democracy were always the main political ideologies amongst political parties in The Netherlands. The origin of this academy therefore lies in cooperation between different political parties and their respective ideologies. About 20 years ago the Academy was first brought to Armenia and had the intention to let political youth of different ideologies talk and meet each other. Basis for discussion: their political differences but also their similarities. Still every year this results in a group of 20-30 young and talented politicians from different political angles befriend and connected with each other. The core of the Leadership Academy in Armenia is to set up this inter-ideological dialogue but also to facilitate training on both theoretical and practical exercises that contributes to the acquisition of new knowledge, experience and skills. The exchange of experiences, the establishment of contacts and the establishment of a dialogue between the participants of various Armenian political parties are still today the main aspects of this Academy.
The young politicians originate from the following Armenian political parties: Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP), Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), Civil Contract Party, Bright Armenia, Heritage Party, Rule of Law Party, Armenian National Congress Party and Free Democrats.
Interested? The participants for 2020 are not yet selected so don't hesitate to show interest in the 2020 edition! You can reach us at: Internationaal@vvd.nl or through our socials, Instagram and Facebook for more information.