Organising an innovation camp? 4 things you need to consider

Last month’s “Healthcare Heroes”  was our fifth innovation camp in five years. For the uninitiated, social innovation camps are intended as a space for using tech to solve social challenges. These two-day events help to crowdsource ideas, especially from those citizens (youth, or minorities) who are often lacking...

From rubble to revival: Nune’s experience

Nune Movsisyan was 21 years old when her life changed forever. She was at home alone on the morning of December 7th, 1988, when a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck, levelling Nune’s house with her inside. Seven hours passed before she was pulled from the rubble and taken to hospital with severe injuries. She was...

UNDP and Impact Hub Proud to Announce Armenian Finalist in Accelerate 2030

  Highlighting the role of impact-driven enterprises towards a better world #Accelerate2030 #SGSGeneva Yerevan, 13 September 2016 - UNDP and Impact Hub are proud to announce that one entrepreneur from Armenia is among the five international finalists of their joint Accelerate2030 initiative; aimed at supporting...

UNDP to develop the untapped rural tourism potential in 60 communities of Armenia

Yerevan, 7 September  2016 – Over the next three years 60 communities in Armenia will benefit from UNDP’s intervention to support rural tourism in the country, which will ultimately reduce the level of rural poverty and promote community based tourism and rural development. The “Integrated Rural Tourism...

Community development: making each voice count

Tavush, 06 September 2016 – For the past year and a half, residents of 16 bordering communities of Tavush region, working together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, have been busy assessing the needs of their communities and  developing community plans. The plans address a range...

Growing hope in greenhouses

"Actually, they are the chiefs of the greenhouse", Marietta laughs showing her daughters of 11 and 12, who run along the high tunnels of pepper and tomatoes while demonstrating how they do artificial pollination in the greenhouse. Marietta moved to Tavush at the age of seven. Back in 1989, the village of Ptghavan...

Armenia Receives Landmark Grant in Energy Efficiency

Diana Harutyunyan is UNDP in Armenia’s foremost Climate Change guru. Between heading an all-star team of experts and giving now-renowned TEDx talks, Diana’s team have just secured the region’s first investment from the new Green Climate Fund. We sat down with her to find out more… Diana, you and your team...

Adding value to agriculture: the story of one Armenian woman

Armine Muradyan resides in Lori region of Armenia, in a community playfully called Gargar of around 1000 people. In a family of six, Armine lives with her husband, two sons, daughter-in-law and grandchild. Her younger son currently serves in the Armenian Army. "Our community lives mostly on animal breeding and crop...

UNDP Armenia for Youth - Shifting the paradigm: expanding opportunities

  Each year, UNDP Armenia teams up with the Armenian Missionary Association to provide young people with internship opportunities, under an initiative called “Youth Career Trail”. Six-month paid positions are made available to around 60 young people from an employer of their choice. There is a wide range of...

Inspiring the Paradigm Shift

Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investments in International Development Organisations A breakthrough discussion on the role of Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investments for International Development Organisations was held on 13 July in Geneva. Presenters Prof. Hans Wahl from INSEAD, Katherine Milligan from...