AAAS has been active in Armenia since 1988. The purpose of its actions at the time was mainly humanitarian.
Once the emergency period passed, AAAS realised that its action could not be limited to short-term charitable work.
The organization, therefore, decided to create a permanent structure in Armenia, dedicated to the sustainable development of the country. In 2004, a foundation was registered under Armenian law.
The Armenian Fund for Sustainable Development (AF4SD) was founded to make Armenia a better place to live by supporting empowering actions to fight social and economic inequalities.
The AF4SD is a non-profit focusing on the promotion and protection of the rights of women, migrants, children, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable layers of our society.
Prioritizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the AF4SD has implemented upwards of 350 projects in Armenia since its inception with the support and partnership of organizations such as the European Union, the World Bank Armenia, the United Nations agencies, OFII (French Office for Immigration and Integration), BAMF (German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees), UEFA Children’s Foundation, UFAR, Veolia Foundation, Saint Sarkis Charity Trust, Embassies of France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and others.