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  • Developing rural tourism through engaging local community
    Oct 16, 2017

    On the first weekend of October, the Integrated Rural Tourism Development project initiated a Fam Trip (familiarization trip) for tour operators. The main idea of the trip was to show tour operators new spots, guest houses in Bjni in order for them to attract and bring tourists here. This way local community members will actively engage in rural tourism development process, thus creating alternative income generating tool for sustainable living.

  • Empowering Vocational Education Schools for Better Training

    Vocational education (VET) colleges see their role as providing general education, as well as work-related skills demanded by the labor markets. In order to match the international best practices, the Armenian educational system needs to reassess the roles of general education and the VET system; schools need to develop general education curricula, while VET system needs to focus on the skills needed in non-academic professions and required by the labor market.

  • Environmental and social benefits of energy efficiency

    UNDP Climate Change Programme is already 15 years on the ground, assisting Armenia in planning and implementing activities aimed at reduction of impacts of climate change, as well as active participation of the country in international cooperation mechanisms.

  • Finding hidden gems: supporting local festivals in Armenia
    Aug 22, 2017

    Each year people all across Armenia celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of St. Mary, one of the most awaited events of the year. At the church of the Holy Mother of God in the village of Bjni, Kotayk province, for whom St. Mary is the Patron, it is an even more important event and locals prepare for the day very carefully.

  • From journalist to local official: an Armenian woman destined for the public good

    A journalist, and an active citizen of Sisian in southern Armenia, Srbuhi Grigoryan used to report on the news, covering many local government meetings. She got so involved that she decided to run as a local representative in a local council, also known as Avagani. This was the first woman the council in Sisian admitted as a member. Although a few women ran for office, they never used to get elected. Srbuhi wondered whether men and even women would be interested in voting for her.

  • From rubble to revival: Nune’s experience

    Nune Movsisyan was 21 years old when her life changed forever. She was at home alone on the morning of December 7th, 1988, when a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck, levelling Nune’s house with her inside. Seven hours passed before she was pulled from the rubble and taken to hospital with severe injuries. She was one of the luckier ones – the earthquake killed an estimated 40,000 across Armenia’s northern region of Lori.

  • Growing hope in greenhouses

    Marietta moved to Tavush at the age of seven. Back in 1989, the village of Ptghavan sheltered her family who fled their home in the Vardashen region of Soviet Azerbaijan. The family of eight children farmed to make ends meet. Marietta left school after finishing 8th grade, as the family could no longer afford her tuition costs. At 22 she met Armen. Shortly after, they got married and moved to Voskevan to live with his parents. Throughout 13 years of marriage, they’ve had to face many hardships, but as Marietta says, they’ve also managed to form a strong partnership.

  • I am the Community: In Action
    Mar 16, 2016

    16 March 2016 – Today, UNDP in Armenia, within the framework of the “Women in Local Democracy 2” project, funded by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, organized a Community Leadership awarding and networking event called “I am the Community”.

  • In Armenia, energy efficiency is heating homes and warming lives

    Arev Shirikchyan used to come home to a cold and dark apartment after working two shifts to support her family. In winter, getting proper heat was an ongoing battle for the residents of Avan, the Yerevan neighborhood where she lives.

  • Local Solutions to Wastewater Problems

    Wastewater treatment is a rare luxury in rural areas of Armenia, and domestic wastewater is subjected to either direct disposal to water bodies or land. The same is true for most of settlements in Ararat Valley, where the ground water table is rather high, and there is a high risk of contamination of groundwater aquifers with domestic wastewater and fertilizers.

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