Community development in Tavush region in the focus of UNDP

22 May 2013

imageWheat seed distribution underway

Today Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, visited UNDP project sites in Tavush region.

The first stop was Dilijan State College, which used to be one of the leading vocational education schools in the former Soviet Union, mainly specializing in the field of tourism. Currently, the college students are specializing in fashion design and tailoring, cooking, IT, pedagogy, logistics, economics, linguistics, etc.

The partnership between UNDP and the college started in 2008 and includes areas, such as provision of the educational institution with state-of-the-art sewing laboratory equipment, VET educational materials, granting scholarships for VET students from socially disadvantaged families, as well as participation of college management and students in numerous trainings aimed at increasing their professional skills.

UNDP, jointly with Dilijan Regional Employment Center and representatives from private sector, provided long-term unemployed women with vocational training with further job placement, which helped them to integrate into regional labor market.

In the city of Ijevan, the regional administrative center, Bradley Busetto met with Armen Ghularyan, Governor of Tavush region. Warmly welcoming Mr. Busetto, the Governor of Tavush region praised the long-term partnership between UNDP and regional administration and acknowledged with appreciation the assistance provided by UNDP to Tavush region, especially in the areas of community development, income generation, and rehabilitation of community infrastructure.

In Sevkar community, Bradley Busetto visited the community kindergarten where UNDP supported the installation of the solar heating and photovoltaic systems for the kindergarten and solar accumulators that provide environmentally friendly energy to the system.  This produced tangible environmental and economic benefits. In particular, it resulted in reduced electricity and natural gas consumption with annual saving of about USD 7,000, and decreased of at least 13 tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere annually. The project activities were successfully replicated and scaled-up in Gyumri, Shaghik and Basen communities.

At the end of his field visit, Mr. Busetto got acquainted with the UNDP implemented projects in support of community development and income generation in Lusadzor community. UN RC/UNDP RR also met local community members who benefited from UNDP’s support in infrastructure development, facilitation of farmer cooperation, provision of agricultural inputs and knowledge transfer to the farmers.

UNDP’s engagement in Lusadzor resulted in construction of gas and irrigation networks, as well as provision of Lusadzor households with quality inputs for farming which resulted in returning of 55 hectares of the community arable lands into crop cultivation, establishment of 28 greenhouses and 20 hectares of persimmon orchards, as well as establishment of a cooperative kitchen and rehabilitation of community Cultural Center. This support proved to be self-sustainable and resulted in scaling up of some of the initiatives, such as the greenhouses, which are now being established and funded by the farmers themselves.