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A local democratic deficit – SMS polling to the rescue?

Armenian public decision-making has typically been marked by distrust and low engagement, despite having access to the necessary legal framework and institutions. Recently, though, there have been signs of greater civic activism and trust in local authorities. According to data from the Caucamore


Armenia: Communities have their say via SMS polling

Last November we discussed the development of an easy-to-use micro-referendum tool – an SMS polling application – to encourage citizen engagement in communities throughout Armenia. We wanted to help local authorities reach their constituents by providing them with a safe and open forum to expmore


Armenia: empowering women to lead their communities

“I got inspired during the workshops and decided to run in the elections to support my community to the best of my abilities.  Now, the more I get involved in community governance, the more I learn, the more anxious I am of the level of responsibility I have,” says Javahir Yeghiazaryan. But Javmore

Report on Application of the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Armenian Courts

The report highlights main issues within the national legislation vis-a-vis the Covenant and lack of mechanisms to support proper implementation by the courts of the Covenant.