Armenia: Communities have their say via SMS pollingLast 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: Increasing Resilience by Reducing the Risk of DisasterFor years, the people of Sipanik expanded the area of land under cultivation in an attempt to grow more food. But each time the Hrazdan River thwarted the efforts of this small, remote community, situated in one of the most disaster-prone areas of Armenia. It swelled and flooded their crops, and the people had to start over once more.
Climate Change: a predictable shockMay 7, 2015Last month UNDP in Armenia held Yerevan’s very first TEDx Salon. Speakers of all shapes and sizes – environmental experts, civil society leaders, government ministers, and academics – spoke in front of a packed audiences on the perils of climate change and what we need to do to combat it.
Empowering Vocational Education Schools for Better TrainingVocational 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 efficiencyUNDP 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.
Local Solutions to Wastewater ProblemsWastewater 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.