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  • A local democratic deficit – SMS polling to the rescue?A local democratic deficit – SMS polling to the rescue?Nov 15, 2013Armenian 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 Armenia: Communities have their say via SMS polling Mar 11, 2014Last 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 DisasterArmenia: Increasing Resilience by Reducing the Risk of DisasterJul 2, 2013For 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.

  • Armenia: empowering women to lead their communitiesArmenia: empowering women to lead their communitiesJul 2, 2013Since 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.

  • Building Bridges Westwards: Armenia-EU collaborationBuilding Bridges Westwards: Armenia-EU collaborationJul 2, 2013

  • Empowering Vocational Education Schools for Better TrainingEmpowering Vocational Education Schools for Better TrainingJul 2, 2013Vocational 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 Environmental and social benefits of energy efficiency Jul 2, 2013UNDP 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.

  • In Armenia, energy efficiency is heating homes and warming lives In Armenia, energy efficiency is heating homes and warming lives Feb 10, 2014Arev 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 ProblemsLocal Solutions to Wastewater ProblemsJul 2, 2013Wastewater 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.

  • Municipality of Yerevan Join Efforts to Beautify YerevanMunicipality of Yerevan Join Efforts to Beautify YerevanJul 2, 2013