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  • 14 Aug 2014
    Big hits and blunders: A social innovation lab in Armenia

    When 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.

  • 11 Jul 2014
    Armenia’s Human Rights Action Plan – the beginning of a journey

    Human 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?

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Connecting local and national decision-makers: women taking the lead

    More 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.

  • 04 Jul 2014
    Journalists from Yerevan and regions trained on covering climate change related challenges

    UNDP 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.”

  • 26 Jun 2014
    Hunting Black Swans

    The 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.

  • 09 Jun 2014
    Design literacy for development

    Last 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.

  • 23 May 2014
    PM appreciates UN-Armenia cooperation and implementation of joint projects

    Yerevan, 23 May 2014 - Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan received UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto.

  • 16 May 2014
    A Training Center was opened at the Crisis Management State Academy

    Yerevan, 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.

  • 23 Apr 2014
    The Forest and Climate Change: Children’s painting contest on occasion of the Earth Day

    Yerevan, 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.

  • 08 Apr 2014
    The future starts with you

    Many 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.

  • 03 Dec 2013
    Donate to Save

    Blood 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.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    Bradley Busetto visited UNDP projects’ sites in the regions

    On 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.

  • 09 Nov 2013
    Call for Proposals (second phase) EU-NGOs Project: Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

    The 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)”.

  • 01 Nov 2013
    Opening of Urtsadzor Eco-training Center

    01 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.

  • 18 Oct 2013
    Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the UN Office in Armenia

    Today, 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.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    DHL prepares an airport in Armenia for emergencies

    Bonn/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.

  • 15 Aug 2013
    UN RC/UNDP RR and Ambassador of Finland visited Tavush region

    Today, 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.

  • 24 Jul 2013
    Linking Poverty Reduction and Environmental Sustainability

    In 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.

  • 11 Jul 2013
    #HuriLab: Human rights and social tech – a mashup

    Last 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!

  • 20 Jun 2013
    UNDP supported public discussions to review Armenia’s regulations field

    Public 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.

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