In 2012, the Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP), formerly known as the "Free Market Development Advisers Program (FMDAP)" celebrated its 20th anniversary. FMDAP began, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to assist businesses and business serving association in Eastern Europe. USAID recognized the need to maximize expertise in emerging markets to broaden the scope of the world economy. To date, 254 Advisers have participated in the program, providing assistance to over 200+ businesses and organizations in 50 USAID-assisted countries. EMDAP continues to assist organizations around the world as a leading USAID implementing partner.