Our Stories

  • 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.

  • 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 express their opinions.

  • Armenia: empowering women to lead their communities

    Since it opened an office in Armenia, UNDP has been advocating for gender equality. More recently, however, UNDP and the European Union have teamed-up to support women’s leadership in local communities.