I am the Community: In ActionMar 16, 2016
Today, UNDP in Armenia, within the framework of the “Women in Local Democracy 2” project, funded by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, organized a Community Leadership awarding and networking event called “I am the Community”.
The main purpose of the two-day event was to strengthen the “I am the Community” network of young people in order to advance their activities in the areas of gender equality, local governance and participatory processes and reward those young people who had implemented their community initiatives. These activities and initiatives were facilitated jointly with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development.
In total, 73 young women and men from all 10 regions of Armenia and Yerevan benefited from this leadership development model. As a result, 26 community initiatives were completed by 35 young people in 21 communities of Armenia.
“Youth affairs and aspirations are always at the heart of UNDP’s activities, both globally and nationally. And I am glad that the Government of Armenia and UNDP have a shared vision and agenda for the youth empowerment. I would like to extend my thanks to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development and the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency for their excellent partnership and commitment. A year has passed since UNDP first experimented with youth leadership model and I am truly impressed to see so many young people who took leadership in their communities and succeeded,” said Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia.
UNDP has initiated two Youth Camps on Community Leadership in 2015. The first was financed by UNDP’s Scaling Up Fund, while the second was by the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development. The main purpose of those camps was to foster leadership models, focusing on gender equality, local governance and participation at the community level. The camp model is a combination of interactive learning, practical work in the community, inspiro sessions and lab works for co-designing solutions in user-led approach. The participants came up with community initiative plans to be implemented within the next 6-8 months. The campers locally mobilized all the needed human and technical resources, volunteer networks, as well as ensured the necessary partnerships.