Community Development

What we do

 UNDP beneficiary at work

Armenia was hardly by the 2008 global financial and economic crisis, which affected the poverty alleviation process and jeopardized the achievement of many of the national Millennium Development Goal targets. According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, in 2012 32.4 percent of the overall population was poor compared to 27.6 percent prior to the crisis, 13.5 percent of them are very poor and 2.8 percent live in extreme poverty.

Although the current situation has greatly improved, the recovery is still fragile, especially in rural and bordering communities. According to the latest available data, in 2009, 38.8 percent of economically active population was residing in the rural areas, where unemployment was 15.4 percent, with the remaining 61.2 percent of economically active population residing in urban areas, where unemployment was 36.9 percent.

UNDP addresses community issues and disparities between the regions of Armenia through:

  • Supporting agricultural and small businesses in vulnerable communities to promote economic revitalization and improve the living standards of the population;
  • Supporting the Ministry of Territorial Administration in Strategic Policy Development and Decentralization;Promoting cross border cooperation between bordering regions of Armenia through encouraging and supporting trade and economic cooperation;
  • Making efforts to regenerate the urban environment in the cities, making them a more attractive place to live, visit and work.

Some results so far

The Municipality of Yerevan rejuvenated the heart of Yerevan, refurbishing and painting buildings, repairing streets and sidewalks, and fixing up green areas – temporarily employing around 100 people.

Geghamasar community received 100 tons of wheat seeds and 62 tons of fertilizers, and established a pool of agricultural machinery.

Pambak and Daranak community received 145 cows, as well as artificial insemination equipment and quality semen. 6000 fruit tree seedlings distributed in all three communities.

Potable water networks were reconstructed in Artamet and Arevadasht communities.

An irrigation network was reconstructed in Baghramyan community.

An agricultural machinery pool was established in Myasnikyan community.

Farmers in the Aknaghbyur community of Tavush region received 17 greenhouses, helping to increase household income by 20 to 30 percent annually. (In partnership with Oxfam)

More than 250,000 people living in more than 150 communities benefitted from increased access to energy, water, and sanitation services, new employment and income generation.

New employment and income generation opportunities (95 projects) are available in agro- and food processing and construction.

The Government created a database on Armenia’s urban and rural communities. It contains more than 600 indicators, which measure income, unemployment, land ownership, access to health services and education for every community in Armenia.

Who Finances It?


Donor name

Amount contributed per year


$ 383,500.00

Government of Italy

$ 597,913.00


$ 30,555.00


$ 256,035.00

Government of Armenia

$ 126,318.00



$ 417,500.00

Government of Italy

$ 232,250.99


$ 34,622.00

Government of Armenia

$ 51,538.23



$ 558,220.00

Government of Italy

$ 32,153.89

Fruitful Armenia

$ 204,000.00

Government of Armenia

$ 465,000.00



$ 239,000

Government of Armenia

$ 113,513

Government of Italy

$ 21,000



Fruitful Armenia

$ 186,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Dec 2013

$ 678,587.96

Dec 2012

$ 807,429.09

Dec 2011

$ 514,449.66

Dec 2010

$ 1,215,442.84

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