http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles2014-09-11T22:26:08.078ZArticlesAdobe CQBig hits and blunders: A social innovation lab in Armenianoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyanWhen UNDP in Armenia launched Kolba over a year ago, it was the only social venture incubator and design lab within the organization.
Twelve months and a lot of (emotional) scars later, we thought it was time to share some of our big hits and blunders.
http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/08/14/big-hits-and-blunders-a-social-innovation-lab-in-armenia2014-08-14T12:41:23.733Z2014-08-14T12:41:23.733ZArmenia’s Human Rights Action Plan – the beginning of a long firstname.lastname@example.orgHuman Rights have always been high on the agenda of progressive states, including Armenia. And while I fully acknowledge that we still face many human rights issues, it is worth noting that never has such a commitment and readiness to advance human rights been recorded in Armenia as in recent years. We now have a new Human Rights Action Plan, but how do we ensure that it doesn’t gather dust on a shelf?http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/07/11/armenia-s-human-rights-action-plan-the-beginning-of-a-long-journey2014-07-14T13:15:13.261Z2014-07-14T13:15:13.261ZConnecting local and national decision-makers: women taking the email@example.comMore than twenty Avagani (community council) members recently brainstormed with the Vice Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly on the importance of women’s involvement in democratic governance. Here UNDP’s Natalya Harutyunyan captures the key points.http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/07/08/connecting-local-and-national-decision-makers-women-taking-the-lead2014-07-09T13:37:27.385Z2014-07-09T13:37:27.385ZJournalists from Yerevan and regions trained on covering climate change related firstname.lastname@example.orgUNDP in Armenia and Armenian Red Cross Society teamed up to organize a two day training on climate change related challenges and their coverage by media in Yerevan in the scope of the UNDP-EU “Clima East Pilot Project” and Armenian Red Cross Society “Climate Forum East Project.”
http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/07/04/journalists-from-yerevan-and-regions-trained-on-covering-climate-change-related-challenges2014-07-07T07:38:30.177Z2014-07-07T07:38:30.177ZHunting Black Swansnoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyanThe nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard.
Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples.
For this reason, old approaches are looking tired. The idea that development was about poor countries just doing what rich countries have been doing is increasingly absurd. Development is now a shared challenge for all of us.
http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/06/26/hunting-black-swans2014-06-26T11:48:21.129Z2014-06-26T11:48:21.129ZDesign literacy for email@example.comLast week we were joined by the Waag society, one of Europe’s foremost social innovations incubators. Waag was in Armenia to develop design literacy. This means empowering citizens to influence their environment through structured design processes.
http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/06/09/design-literacy-for-development2014-06-09T12:14:42.475Z2014-06-09T12:14:42.475ZPM appreciates UN-Armenia cooperation and implementation of joint firstname.lastname@example.orgYerevan, 23 May 2014 - Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan received UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto.http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/05/23/pm-appreciates-un-armenia-cooperation-and-implementation-of-joint-projects2014-05-26T08:12:07.322Z2014-05-26T08:12:07.322ZA Training Center was opened at the Crisis Management State Academynoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyanYerevan, 16 May 2014 – Today, the opening ceremony of the Multi-functional Simulation Training Center took place at the premises of the Crisis Management State Academy (CMSA) of the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations. http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/05/16/a-training-center-was-opened-at-the-crisis-management-state-academy2014-05-19T07:22:44.408Z2014-05-19T07:22:44.408ZThe Forest and Climate Change: Children’s painting contest on occasion of the Earth Daynoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyanYerevan, 23 April 2014 – Today UNDP in Armenia, in partnership with the “Armenia Tree Project.” organized “Forest and Climate Change” children’s painting exhibition and contest on the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day. The event took place in the Geological Museum of the NAS Institute of Geological Sciences. http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/04/23/the-forest-and-climate-change-children-s-painting-contest-on-occasion-of-the-earth-day2014-04-25T13:04:04.134Z2014-04-25T13:04:04.134ZThe future starts with email@example.comMany of the solutions to the challenges facing Armenia already exist. But these solutions are yet to become mainstream. Over the coming three months, UNDP is looking for social innovators and their projects with a view to helping them scale up. Help us to spot the future.http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/04/08/the-future-starts-with-you2014-04-08T14:11:05.059Z2014-04-08T14:11:05.059ZDonate to Savenoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyanBlood donation is a pressing problem in our country, since we have no national registry, which means that it is quite a challenge to locate a matching donor. Recently, within one of our projects the UN supported Anna Sahakyan to implement her idea of digitizing the Blood Banks Registry all over Armenia that she had developed during the Social Innovation Camp.http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/12/03/donate-to-save2013-12-03T10:48:44.230Z2013-12-03T10:48:44.230ZBradley Busetto visited UNDP projects’ sites in the firstname.lastname@example.orgOn November 27-29, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto visited UNDP projects’ sites in Ararat and Syunik regions, including the energy efficient social housing in Goris. The energy efficiency measures of the social residential building were supported and co-funded by the UNDP-GEF “Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings” project.
http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/12/02/bradley-busetto-visited-undp-projects-sites-in-the-regions2013-12-24T07:14:50.701Z2013-12-24T07:14:50.701ZCall for Proposals (second phase) EU-NGOs Project: Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)email@example.comThe Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Small Grants Programme in Armenia opens a call for project proposals in the framework of the “Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations” project, funded by the European Union, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and delivered by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)”. http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/11/11/call-for-proposals-second-phase-eu-ngos-project-strengthening-environmental-governance-by-building-the-capacity-of-non-governmental-organizations-ngos-2013-11-11T07:52:14.121Z2013-11-11T07:52:14.121ZOpening of Urtsadzor Eco-training Center within the framework of the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programmenoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyan01 November 2013 – Today, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) with its partner VivaCell-MTS, friends and partners, as well as media representatives celebrated the official opening of the Urtsadzor Eco-training Center. The Center has been constructed by FPWC with the financial assistance from UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme. http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/11/01/opening-of-urtsadzor-eco-training-center-within-the-framework-of-the-undp-gef-small-grants-programme2013-11-04T07:42:21.662Z2013-11-04T07:42:21.662ZMinister of Foreign Affairs visited the UN Office in Armenianoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyanToday, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visited the UN Office in Armenia where he opened the renovated conference hall together with the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto.http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/10/18/minister-of-foreign-affairs-visited-the-un-office-in-armenia2013-10-21T08:02:26.895Z2013-10-21T08:02:26.895ZDHL prepares an airport in Armenia for firstname.lastname@example.orgBonn/Yerevan, October 7, 2013 - Deutsche Post DHL is taking its GARD program (“Get Airports Ready for Disaster”) to the Zvartnots international airport in the Armenian capital of Yerevan and the Gyumri regional airport in the northwestern part of the country. The training will take place from October 7 -10 and will prepare airport personnel and infrastructure for the special logistical challenges that accompany natural disasters. The training demonstrates how logistics capacities and local expertise can be optimally utilized, bottlenecks prevented and inbound relief supplies handled quickly and efficiently after an extreme natural event. http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/10/07/dhl-prepares-an-airport-in-armenia-for-emergencies2013-10-08T11:20:53.299Z2013-10-08T11:20:53.299ZUN RC/UNDP RR and Ambassador of Finland visited Tavush email@example.comToday, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Ambassador of Finland Christer Michelsson visited Tavush region and got familiarized with the works implemented within the framework of UNDP Aid for Trade project.http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/08/15/un-rc-undp-rr-and-ambassador-of-finland-visited-tavush-region2013-08-30T08:09:56.512Z2013-08-30T08:09:56.512ZLinking Poverty Reduction and Environmental Sustainabilitynoemail@noemail.orghovhannes.sarajyanIn order to address development challenges in Armenia, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and UNDP introduced a joint Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI), which aims to contribute to poverty reduction and improved well-being of poor and vulnerable groups through inclusion of environmental issues into national development processes. http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/07/24/linking-poverty-reduction-and-environmental-sustainability2013-07-29T13:45:07.289Z2013-07-29T13:45:07.289Z#HuriLab: Human rights and social tech – a firstname.lastname@example.orgLast weekend nine teams from eight countries converged on Armenia to build ventures that advance human rights and increase access to justice. HuriLab is the first Social Innovation Camp to explicitly address these issues – quite simply, it rocked Yerevan!http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/07/11/-hurilab-human-rights-and-social-tech-a-mashup2013-07-12T11:02:55.998Z2013-07-12T11:02:55.998ZUNDP supported public discussions to review Armenia’s regulations email@example.comPublic consultations titled “Regulatory Guillotine Project in Armenia,” were held in May-June 2013 in Tavush, Shirak, Lori, Vayots Dzor, and Syunik regions. These forums targeted beneficiaries outside Yerevan and were aimed at presenting the Guillotine project to ordinary people, business communities, NGOs and local government representatives, and receiving their feedback on the challenges of current legislation, as well as hear their suggestions on possible improvements through interactive discussions. http://www.am.undp.org/content/armenia/en/home/presscenter/articles/2013/06/20/undp-supported-public-discussions-to-review-armenia-s-regulations-field2013-06-20T08:08:21.469Z2013-06-20T08:08:21.469Z