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  • Impact Investment for Development Summit 2017 Mar 22, 2017

    Yerevan, Armenia, 22 March 2017 - “How can we finance the next 15 years of development work? In what ways should true innovators be engaged in the development process? How viable is impact investment for business and governments alike?” - these were only a few of the many questions discussed at the very first global summit on impact investment for development, held in Yerevan on March 21-22. The summit, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and INSEAD’s Social Impact Initiative as a knowledge partner. Together they have brought together some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and development practitioners.

  • Public Innovation Award Ceremony Jan 27, 2017

    Yerevan, 27 January 2017 – Today, UNDP/Kolba Innovations Lab held a Public Innovation Award Ceremony, which concluded the Public Sector Innovation Week (#PSIWeek), organized annually as part of the “Innovation for Development” (#Inno4dev) project. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in Armenia.

  • A Modern Border Crossing Point in Bagratashen Nov 4, 2016

    Simplified procedures and reduced waiting times, modern infrastructure and equipment, and improved security – these are only a few of the many advantages that the new border crossing point (BCP) in Bagratashen will provide to ordinary citizens of Armenia travelling from Armenia to Georgia. H.E. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Vardan Harutyunyan, Chairman of the RA State Revenue Committee, Mr. Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr. Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Mr. Sébastien Husson de Sampigny, Head of the EIB Regional Representation for the South Caucasus, and representatives of government agencies responsible for border management, as well as international organizations, diplomatic corps and media attended the official opening ceremony of the Bagratashen BCP within the framework of EU-funded and UNDP implemented “Modernisation of Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan Border Crossing Points of Armenia” (MBBG) project. The event participants toured the facility.

  • Armenia Advances to Promote, Protect and Ensure the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Oct 20, 2016

    Armenia hosted a groundbreaking international conference today, themed “A World without Barriers,” dedicated to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) that brought together an impressive list of high level partners, marking commitment towards promoting, protecting and ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities. Organized by the Armenian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the two-day conference is supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and USAID-funded Armenia Pension Reform Implementation Programme (PRIP).

  • Modernising the border crossing with Iran Oct 3, 2016

    On 3 October 2016, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project cooperation agreement for the project “Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia” (MIBMA) in Yerevan. The project is fully funded by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD in partnership with UNDP.

  • UNDP and Impact Hub Proud to Announce Armenian Finalist in Accelerate 2030 Sep 13, 2016

    UNDP and Impact Hub are proud to announce that one entrepreneur from Armenia is among the five international finalists of their joint Accelerate2030 initiative; aimed at supporting impact-driven ventures that contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • UNDP to develop the untapped rural tourism potential in 60 communities of Armenia Sep 7, 2016

    Over the next three years 60 communities in Armenia will benefit from UNDP’s intervention to support rural tourism in the country, which will ultimately reduce the level of rural poverty and promote community based tourism and rural development. The “Integrated Rural Tourism Development” project is financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by UNDP in Armenia, in close partnership with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development. The project budget is USD 3 million.

  • Community development: making each voice count Sep 6, 2016

    For the past year and a half, residents of 16 bordering communities of Tavush region, working together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, have been busy assessing the needs of their communities and developing community plans. The plans address a range of critical areas for community growth, such as employment, rural development and development of agro-processing, revival of infrastructure, education, healthcare, as well as environmental protection and resistance to natural disasters.

  • UNDP and Impact Hub Announce National Finalists in Joint Venture: Accelerate 2030 Sep 5, 2016

    Together, UNDP and Impact Hub are excited to announce the national finalists of the inaugural #Accelerate2030 initiative; supporting impact-driven entrepreneurs accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. After the Accelerate2030 pitching events, out of eleven shortlisted ventures three national finalists have been selected for consideration by the international Jury in Geneva.

  • UNDP and IMPACT HUB launch a joint initiative to accelerate the SDGs Aug 4, 2016

    UNDP and Impact Hub are joining forces to launch the #Accelerate2030 platform aimed at supporting and promoting the most promising impact-driven ventures across the globe who focus on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Five entrepreneurs, selected with the support of the global Impact Hub network, will have the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Social Good Summit Geneva, Switzerland on October 6th 2016.