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UNDP in Armenia

Who we are

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP in Armenia was established in March 1993, and supports the government in meeting its development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP has been working to accelerate the development of Armenia for almost 25 years. It works at the upstream policy level, advising on legal and policy frameworks, and implements downstream initiatives, turning projects into policies and policies into actions. UNDP also has enormous reach across the country - in rural and urban areas and amongst a growing network of youth, innovators, and social entrepreneurs.

Vision

UNDP’s vision for Armenia’s development includes a reform-oriented Government keen to adopt and implement policies in line with the global Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, including the national adaptation and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals; a diversified economy with a focus on agricultural sector; climate resilient infrastructure with application of energy-efficient practices; and an open governance system with effective implementation of human rights legislation.

Achievements

Helped increase transparency of voting in polling stations during April 2017 election:

With the support of the EU and the Governments of the US, UK, Germany, and Armenia, UNDP procured 4,000 voter authentication devices and helped to develop software, which was used during 2017 National Assembly and Yerevan City Council elections in all polling stations. 

Launched the first social innovation lab in the region:

EU funded Kolba Innovations Lab, through its flagship incubation project, has received 730 ideas, and incubated 40 startups, 16 of which have generated a social impact within government, the civic and business sectors in Armenia.

Upgraded and modernized three Armenia-Georgia border crossing points:

With the generous financial support of the EU and the EIB, UNDP ensured simplified procedures and reduced waiting times for travellers and secure movement of goods across borders.

Co-organized the very first global summit on impact investment for development:

In partnership with INSEAD’s Social Impact Initiative, UNDP hosted 230 impact business leaders, social entrepreneurs, venture philanthropists, development organizations, government and academia representatives from 34 countries, creating a new platform for collaboration between all stakeholders.

Supported sustainable income for over 75,000 beneficiaries in more than 150 communities:

Through UNDP projects, residents have an access to new income-generating initiatives in sectors, such as agro and food processing, tourism, and construction industries, resulting in more than 20 present increase in their overall income.

Pioneered e-governance projects:

In 2003, UNDP with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the eVisa portal, the second such portal in the world at a time, and created an online payment system for public utilities, which is still in use.

Modernized street lighting in 12 cities of Armenia, including Mashtots and Isakov avenues in Yerevan:

The new energy efficient system generated 1300MWh annual energy savings, averaging 60 percent cost efficiency. Revolving municipal funds were established in each city to ensure transparent and targeted use of savings for expansion of similar activities under the cities’ ownership.

Spurred energy efficiency in public and residential buildings:

UNDP supported the Government in promoting energy efficiency in buildings through amendments of 2 laws, 2 new building codes and 8 national standards.

Helped establish national and local 911 centers:

UNDP supported the development of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy and Action Plan, as well as provided various grassroots assistance, such as installation of 88,000 square meters of anti-hail nets in two regions.

Turned hundreds of innovative green economy ideas from communities and NGOs into action:

UNDP rehabilitated over 7,000 ha of farmlands and grasslands, increased the reuse of more than 4 tons of plastic waste and reduced CO2 emissions by 120 tons annually, as well as protected 64 endangered species, through the GEF Small Grants Programme in Armenia.

29.4%

Poverty rate

0.743

Human Development Index

18.5%

Unemployment rate

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