Integrated Support to Rural Communities

What we do

 Someone lives here, a bordering community in Tavush region. Photo by Yulia Grigoryants

According to the National Statistical Service approx. 37% of Armenia’s population is living in rural communities. The majority of local population in rural areas is engaged in substantive agriculture on small farms with an average monthly income of USD 110. The poverty level among rural population is 36%. Rural communities are suffering from deprivations caused by the multidimensional poverty, including restricted access to quality infrastructures. Meanwhile the income generating opportunities in the rural areas are limited by the environmental risks and low production capabilities. All these factors contribute to the decline both in living standards and income level increasing the intensity of rural poverty.

UNDP’s extensive experience in development cooperation in Armenia indicates that promoting sustainable development requires an integrated approach which targets social, economic and environmental pillars of development to raise the resilience of the local population to social-economic and natural risks.

“Integrated Support to Rural Development: Building Resilient Communities” is implemented in bordering communities of Tavush Region of the Republic of Armenia. The overall goal of the project is to ensure balanced development of RA regions through an integrated socio-economic approach. The project aims at raising the quality of life and income level of the local population in 45 bordering communities of Tavush region.

Some results so far

The project has three main components:

1.    Development planning, which includes elaboration of integrated community development plans for 45 communities through direct engagement and participation of local population.

2.    Community economic sustainability through capacity building, enhanced production capability and enterprise development, including construction of small greenhouses, small-scale contemporary agro-processing units, collection centres, etc. 

3.    Community sustainability enhanced through rehabilitation of community infrastructures with focus on energy efficiency, introduction of water saving technologies, ensuring access to safe drinking water, etc.   

 

Who finances it?



Russian Federation USD 5,024, 988.70

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