About UNDP in Armenia

 A cooperative kitchenA cooperative kitchen operating in Lusadzor community, Tavush region

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

UNDP in Armenia was established in March 1993 and supports the Government to reach national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

The UNDP Armenia Programme for 2010-2015 was developed under the leadership of the Government of Armenia and in close consultation with civil society and development partners.

What do we want to accomplish?

 Forest wild fire managementForest wild fire management training in Syunik region

During these 20 years, as a key development partner of the Government, civil society, the private sector, donor community, and Armenian Diaspora, we worked in an open, impartial and transparent manner to address the needs of people in Armenia, including the most vulnerable.

We seek partnerships with international and national stakeholders to apply universally proven best practices and standards to implement bold and deeper reforms which are needed to:

Reduce poverty and bridge regional disparities and socio-economic inequalities;

Enhance citizen participation in decision-making processes, and promote protection of human rights, tolerance and social cohesion, and

Create a better environmental condition for the population and promote a culture of disaster risk reduction.

The focus of UNDP’s initiatives will be three-fold:

1/ offsetting the impacts of the economic challenges faced by the country, in particular high poverty and unemployment levels;

2/ advancing democracy and trust, and enhancing public institutions’ capacity for policy making and implementation;

3/ promoting sustainable development with an emphasis on green economy and energy efficiency, and further enhancing the capacity of the disaster risk reduction system.

In the field of Poverty Reduction, UNDP will continue to support the Ministry of Territorial Administration in developing and implementing the Regional Development Strategy, analyzing socio-economic development levels of the RA regions using the UNDP supported database of Rural and Urban communities.

In 2014 special focus will be put on increasing competitiveness of SMEs by improving quality management and sustainable production, strengthening capacities of entrepreneurs and business organizations as well as establishing service provision institutions that support exporting of products. In addition, a new approach will be applied in 2014 on the community level with the development of a project on resilient communities which will be developed in close cooperation with the Environmental Governance portfolio.

UNDP will continue providing support to the Government in ensuring efficient and sustainable agriculture, contributing to better conditions in rural areas of the country as well as exploring opportunities for investing in better consumer protection.

UNDP will continue implementing the Pilot Agricultural Census Project initiated in October 2013. The results of the pilot Census as well as tested methodology will then be used as basis for the organization of a full scale Agricultural Census to be conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Census will provide benchmark data on the situation and role of agriculture for evidence-based policy making.

Within the framework of Youth Career Trail initiative, UNDP will continue providing paid internship positions to new graduates, offering them an opportunity to be involved for the first time in employment relevant to their education, and to gain valuable work experience and practical knowledge to become more competitive in their access to the labor market.  

Finally, UNDP will continue implementing the “Beautiful Yerevan” project rejuvenating and upgrading urban fabric of the capital and promoting active labor market policies and increasing tourism potential.    

UNDP will continue to support policy development, institutional strengthening, participation and empowerment at national and local levels in key priority areas of Democratic Governance. Providing high level and strategic policy advice to the Government within the framework of the EU Advisory Group will be continued in 2014, focusing on democracy and human rights, and JLS issues.  At the policy/institution level UNDP will continue to support the development of the new Anti-Corruption strategy, and its implementation in sectors (IBM) to enhance public trust.

The Innovations Lab will continue to incorporate new approaches such as advanced user insights, crowd intelligence and co-design into UNDP’s programming, thus establishing a mechanism for prototyping and testing ideas before turning them into fully-fledged projects. In addition,

UNDP will continue to engage youth groups in policy debates, with a focus on youth employment.

UNDP will support Armenia in meeting its international obligations in human rights and preparing for the second national report under the UPR mechanism.  UNDP will also help strengthen free legal aid and alternative legal services and increased public legal literacy focusing specifically of marginalized groups.  UNDP will continue to work on enhanced engagement of women in decision making and improved participation at local level in the Women in Local Democracy (WILD) programme and will upscale activities in view of the 2016-17 local elections, and develop capacities of those elected ensuring that the community clustering reform is gender-sensitive and based on parity democracy.

UNDP will continue supporting the government in the implementation of the National Action Plan on Integrated Border Management for 2011-2015 including modernizing the border management sector in the framework of the Modernization of Bavra, Bagratashen and Gogavan Border Crossing Points of the Republic of Armenia, and the IBM Flagship Projects.  UNDP will continue its support to capacity development of border agencies to facilitate trade and transit and to instill public confidence, with an emphasis on enhanced accountability, transparency and integrity, as well as supporting neighbourhood communities to benefit from the upgrade of border infrastructure. UNDP will also continue to assist in introducing the concept of “single window”, with a new project aimed at simplification of border crossing procedures for enhancing the quality of services provided to general public.

At the policy level, UNDP will further assist in the reporting and implementation of UN environmental conventions particularly under the UNFCCC the development of the 3rd National Communication. UNDP will cooperate with UNEP to further promote the development of the innovative ecosystem services valuation methodology. A key priority in Energy and Environment will also be the improvement of urban energy efficiency in the building sector through the identification and adoption of new construction standards and support to legislative amendments in lighting sector. 

UNDP will pilot innovative income generating activities aimed at ensuring the financial sustainability of the protected areas network including development of new innovative management modalities.  UNDP will promote biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation through the rehabilitation of mountain rangeland and forest ecosystems as well as initiate activities to Mainstream Sustainable Land and Forest Management. UNDP will continue to support implementation of the Sound Chemical Management Framework through elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants stockpiles across the country. UNDP will further elaborate its efforts and resources to secure involvement of NGO sector to promote   solutions of environmental issues through UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme.

UNDP will continue strengthening national capacities for Disaster Risk Management with particular attention on implementation of the DRR national Strategy: assessment of seismic risks, decentralization of the crisis management centers and local level risk management activates.

In order to ensure sustainability of interventions, UNDP will further provide high level advisory services to government officials on Climate Change, energy efficiency, DRR and sustainable use of natural resources. UNDP will further support the government in strengthening the National Council of Sustainable Development chaired by Prime Minister.

What are our results?

 Social Innovation CampWinners of Social Innovation Camp

The Gender Equality Law, developed with technical support from UNDP, was adopted in May 2013, to ensure state guarantees for equal rights and opportunities for women and men at all levels.  To encourage more active representation of women in decision making, UNDP continued to support their engagement particularly in local governance: up to 600 women (elected, municipal servants, local activists) were trained on leadership, local governance and participatory processes. UNDP also capacitated the network of 82 female beneficiaries elected in 2012 and established a platform for their exchange and dialogue on local governance with the Parliament and the Ministry of Territorial Administration.

For the first time, the Government of Armenia introduced the term “Ecosystem Services” into legislation in the draft Framework Law on Environmental Protection, and into a new strategic framework entitled "Concept on Establishing Innovative Economic and Fiscal Mechanisms in Environmental Sector” and Plan of Action approved by the Government in 2013. Ecosystem Services is a concept that requires to assess in a comprehensive manner the impact of economic activity and related environmental degradation on human development and poverty. Once adopted, the law will serve as a legal platform for inclusion of environmental and social externalities into the formulation of the country’s development agenda.

In the framework of “Aid for Trade” project, UNDP supported 17 dried fruit producers creating more than 100 new jobs in Tavush region, involving greenhouses, dried fruit and cheese production. The support included training on business planning, production technology, and upgrade of technical capacities, such as provision of solar and electrical tray dryers. To complete the value chain UNDP decided to establish collection centers that will collect, pack, store and organize sales of the products. The first center was made operational in Bagratashen at the end of 2013 and 17 tons of fresh persimmon and 3 tons of dried fruits were collected and sold in the local market. The second center is being established in Armavir region. This model will be replicated in other regions.

UNDP’s intervention in piloting anti-hail nets in several high risk communities demonstrated successful results, as an alternative and low-cost measure to protect and mitigate the impact of devastating hailstorms on agriculture, and is now being used by the Government and other NGOs. The Ministry of Agriculture requested UNDP to share the pilot assessment results with them, to serve as a guide to further expand the project in 2014, as well as subsidize the communities in need of nets. Moreover, UNDP’s actions have catalyzed other NGOs, including CARD, World Vision Armenia and Oxfam to ensure similar projects in their programs for 2013-2014 targeting 30 communities.

To support the Government in the implementation of a comprehensive package of legal and judicial reforms aimed, among others, to reduce corruption risks in the justice sector and improve access to justice for all groups of the population, UNDP implemented assessment of state guaranteed legal aid in Armenia. The recommendations aimed to improve the quality and accessibility of the services for most vulnerable groups were validated by the Justice Ministry and will serve as a baseline for the government’s and UNDP interventions in this sector in 2014 and beyond.

Participatory formulation of national policies on youth has also improved: with help from UNDP, the 2013-17 National Youth Strategy and Action Plan was prepared in broad-based consultations with youth groups, civil society and international organizations. With an ambitious goal of supporting evidence-based youth policy formulation, UNDP partnered with the Government to establish in 2013 a Youth Studies Center/Institute and ensured the Government’s long-term cost-sharing for office space, salaries for the five staff members and implementation of researches. Jointly with UNDP, the Government established a Council/Advisory Board to advice on priorities for research, review policy inputs provided by the Institute.

In parallel, UNDP has further advanced the innovation model of a social venture, Kolba Lab, to incubate home grown solutions that tackle Armenia’s most pressing societal challenges, create a pipeline of high-quality social initiatives and enhance the national ecosystem for social innovation. 

UNDP capacitated the Regulatory Guillotine Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for transparent, interactive and gender-sensitive process. To broaden public outreach,  UNDP  enabled the PIU to present the Regulatory Guillotine platform and seek recommendations from business, local governance and civil sectors on tax/customs, entrepreneurs’ issues, social challenges  and community development in five regions of Armenia, with the participation of 388 people. Out of 154 recommendations received and posted on the website, 50 were adopted by the PIU.

Provisions on Disaster Risk Management were integrated – upon the advice of UNDP - into the amendment to the Law on Territorial Administration and became mandatory consideration for the elaboration of community development plans, thus creating enabling environment for the implementation of DRR strategy and Hyogo Framework for Action at the local level.

With UNDP’s financial and technical support protected areas system was expanded by 16.000 ha in 2013. In the meantime, the Law on Specially Protected Natural Areas has been fully revised to enable the establishment of Protected Areas with innovative operational modalities allowing participation of local communities in PA management.

Driven by the international best practice, UNDP provided financial and technical assistance to the National Institute of Standards of the Ministry of Economy to develop new “Standards on building passports,” and energy performance labels for seven residential buildings.

UNDP developed “Greenhouse Gases Inventory of Armenia” which served as the main reference document for making amendments to the “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Law and Building Code” and to the Government Programme 2014 to address Climate Change mitigation issues in construction sector.


Who are the decision makers?

 Bradley Busetto meeting with RA President Serzh SargsyanBradley Busetto, UN RC/UNDP RR in Armenia, meeting with RA President Serzh Sargsyan, 5 April 2013

UNDP in Armenia was established in 1993 and since then it has positioned itself as a strategic and substantive partner to the Government and other stakeholders assisting their efforts towards advanced human development and improved well-being of citizens.

In order to ensure national ownership and help strengthen the government's role in coordinating development assistance, the projects within these portfolios are led by National Portfolio Directors appointed by the Prime Minister.

The total volume of UNDP programme since its inception to date is USD 74.5 million, which includes UNDP core resources and donor cost-sharing. RoA Government cost-sharing totals USD 12.2 million for 2004-2013. The annual approved budget for 2013 reached USD 19.8 million.

UNDP’s country programme for the period 2010-2015 is fully aligned with national priorities and development needs and it is in further strengthening national capacities for accelerated human development focusing on environmentally sustainable local and regional development and promoting democracy and good governance. 

In capacity of the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General for development operations, Mr. Bradley Busetto, UNDP Resident Representative leads the UN Country Team as the Resident Coordinator. UNDP, as a lead agency, coordinates development operations of UN agencies, funds and programmes in Armenia, as well as promotes strategic support for national plans and priorities and makes operations more efficient.

How many are we?

 UNDP Armenia staffUNDP in Armenia staff

Current Staff Count for Armenia

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 74
UN Volunteers 1
UNDP Staff 23
Total 98

Our Consultants

The following is a list of Consultants and Service Contract holders who receive USD 30,000 or more from UNDP in Armenia over a 12 month period.

Consultant Name or Number Job Title Project Title Amount of contract (USD)/contract duration
Consultant 1 EUAG International Advisor EU Advisory Group
Consultant 2 EUAG International Advisor EU Advisory Group 88,350
Consultant 3 EUAG International Advisor EU Advisory Group 98, 167
Consultant 4 EUAG International Advisor EU Advisory Group 88,350
Consultant 5 EUAG International Advisor EU Advisory Group 94,240
Consultant 6 International Consultant on Communications and Programme Development UNDP in Armenia 48,750
Consultant 7 International Consultant on POPs/Project design UNDP in Armenia 37,000

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