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  • Municipality of Yerevan Join Efforts to Beautify Yerevan
  • One Year After Sendai – What The World Can Learn from Armenia
    Mar 18, 2016

    Armenia is prone to natural disasters. Eight out of every 10 citizens are likely to experience a natural disaster at some point during their lifetimes – an earthquake, landslide, hailstorm or flooding. Each year, the country incurs $33 million in damage from such disasters. As a Member State of the United Nations, Armenia joined the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2005, which brought a common understanding, at the global level, of what is needed to minimize the destruction caused by natural disasters.

  • Preparing airports for disasters

    Whether it's after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines or the recent outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, airports often become vital hubs where terrified people seek a passage out and where incoming aid is coordinated and distributed. More often than not however, the high volume of relief goods and personnel, combined with the overall burden of the disaster, are more than many airports are equipped to handle.

  • Public Innovation Award Ceremony
    Jan 27, 2017

    Yerevan, 27 January 2017 – Today, UNDP/Kolba Innovations Lab held a Public Innovation Award Ceremony, which concluded the Public Sector Innovation Week (#PSIWeek), organized annually as part of the “Innovation for Development” (#Inno4dev) project. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in Armenia.

  • Reliable information database - a key planning tool for elimination of regional disparities

    UNDP has been actively involved in the process of reducing regional disparities in Armenia through policy development and transferring of know-how to support regions that are underdeveloped or are suffering from structural problems, trying to promote socio-economic development and competitiveness.

  • Remodeling Rural Tourism Infrastructure through Education
    Sep 25, 2017

    The Integrated Rural Tourism Development project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, is currently entering a new phase which aims to train and educate rural communities throughout Armenia. One of the core goals of the project is to establish destination management system in rural areas and educate local people on how to identify their communities as a tourist attraction. This will allow local communities to create income-generating tourism activities for sustainable living.

  • Scaling Up the Impact of Local Ventures
    Dec 11, 2017

    The ImpactAim Venture Accelerator – the first impact accelerator in Armenia – was officially launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with ImpactHub Yerevan and the Catalyst Foundation. As part of the UNDP’s impact investment strategy, the venture accelerator is designed to leverage the unique global network and expertise of UNDP and to scale up the impact of ventures to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Armenia and beyond. Today, Karen Karapetyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, representatives of government agencies, as well as international organizations, diplomatic corps, private sector representatives, and media attended the launch event of the ImpactAim Venture Accelerator.

  • Social Innovation Camps: From an idea to implementation in 48 hours

    A recent Social Innovation Camp hosted by UNDP saw six teams turn ideas into functioning projects over a weekend. UNDP Armenia examines the next generation of participatory processes and how they’re empowering Armenia’s youth and engaging a much wider constituency in decision making.

  • Social cohesion: the glue that binds society
  • Social good with revenue: Incubating youth action in Armenia

    It was just a couple of months ago that Kolba Labs hit the road and visited all of Armenia’s ten regions. The objective was to get youth to design, test and lead what could become much bigger initiatives. One simple rule of thumb: All ideas should aim to resolve a social issue but also generate revenue. Social good + business.

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