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2015-2017

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International Center for Human Development (ICHD) in partnership with the Stichting Save the Children Nederland (STC Netherlands), Armavir Development Centre (ADC), Martuni Women’s Community Council (MWCC) and Save the Children (STC) International is implementing the project “Combating Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Armenia” funded by the European Union since May 2015.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a reduction of gender-biased sex selection in Armenia. The project will result in at least 15% positive change in knowledge, attitude and perception of target population groups toward gender-biased sex selection and at least a 10% reduction in the number of sex-selective abortions. This impact will be consolidated through three major results: (R1) Local CSOs, community leaders and authorities are equipped with knowledge and skills and have understanding of the negative consequences of gender-biased sex selection; (R2) Positive change in public perception and attitude towards gender-biased sex selection is achieved; and, (R3) Policy framework is effective in prevention of gender-biased sex selection. The project envisages achieving its three specific objectives through the sequence of interlinked activities including policy analysis and advice, research, institutional capacity building, training, awareness raising and advocacy campaign.

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2011

The project was implemented in 2011 with the support of Counterpart International Armenia. The goal was to develop comprehensive and consensual recommendations for improving policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks that would enable further progressive development of civil society in Armenia. The project team emphasized the necessity of facilitating an inclusive process of generating and analyzing various alternatives of such frameworks by engaging all key stakeholders in government, civil society and development partners. Towards this goal, ICHD carried out needs assessment, organized four OTRs and developed subsequent policy papers. 

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2012 - 2013

The project implemented with the support of Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation fund was one of the many initiatives of the Young Leaders Forum, established in 2010. The overall goal of the project was to establish a dialogue between young leaders and high level decision makers from different countries, and engage youth in public control over democratic reforms in their countries by facilitating an open discussion and allowing young leaders to freely express their opinions on the issue of democracy building.

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2014 - 2017

CASCADE is a large collaborative project implemented from 2014 to 2017 by a group of partners from 9 countries.

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2010 - 2012

In 2010-2012 Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), together with the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen of Armenia (UMBA), International Center for Human Development (ICHD), and Yerevan Press Club (YPC), known as the Fourth Wave Consortium, implemented the project “Support to Armenia-Turkey Rapprochement: The Fourth Wave” with the support of USAID. The four partner organizations have been at the forefront of Armenia-Turkey rapprochement for many years and have played a major role in engaging civil society organisations, businesses, media, and youth in cross-border cultural dialogue, and track two and people’s diplomacy. The Fourth Wave focused on three priority areas: business partnerships, civil society engagement and inter-governmental dialogue. Throughout the whole project top-quality research has supported activities within these areas.

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2012-2013

The project is led by the International Center for Human Development (Armenia) and is implemented together with project partners from V4 countries: Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia), Policy Association for an Open Society (Czech Republic), European Center for Non-for-Profit Law (Hungary), Association Integration and Development (Poland) and two EaP countries: Laboratory for Legislative Initiatives (Ukraine) and Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Georgia). 

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2009-2011

ICHD supports the capacity building of Armenian institutions directly involved in the implementation of the EU-Armenia ENP Action Plan. Since April 2009, ICHD together with its partners in Consortium: Altair Asesores (Spain), the leading partner, East West Consulting (EWC), European Consultants Organisation (ECO), and European Social, legal and Economic Projects - ESTEP (Lithuania) implements a 24 months long Armenian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre (AEPLAC)- Phase V project aimed primarily at building a long-lasting capacity in public administration of Armenia to implement the PCA and the ENP AP, in cooperation with the EU Advisory Group and under the guidance of the EU Delegation.

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2005-ongoing

ICHD’s vision of the future of Armenia and the South Caucasus portrays the people bearing European values, regulations and institutions meeting the European standards, political and business culture of European democracy and states committed to European principles of human rights. Following its vision, ICHD strives to foster integration of Armenia and the region with European community through promoting European values, creating demand for quality public services of European standards, supporting approximation of the regulatory frameworks to EU acquis, and advocating to keep the integration policies on the spot of national and regional political agendas.

In this effort ICHD uses its entire arsenal, organizes off the record meetings, prepares and distributes policy papers, works through its networks and social media, convenes conferences and seminars, etc. With the announcement of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and its instruments, ICHD has streamlined its work on European integration to support these frameworks. The Government of Armenia welcomed the ENP program in 2004, and began developing an EU-Armenia Action Plan under the ENP since March 2005. In the same year, ICHD instituted a new tool to consolidate Armenia’s progress towards its commitments under the instruments of European integration.

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2000-2002

In early 2000’s ICHD focused on supporting the just emerging business networks in Armenia promoting the interests of businesses. The local societies of business owners advocating on behalf of the business community in Armenia have been in the basic stage of their evolution in the beginning of the century. In this situation one of ICHD’s priorities have been the promoting business relations among Armenian businesses and their potential partners in various countries.

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2000-ongoing

Following its mission, ICHD focuses on contributing to the transition from authoritarian leadership culture to lateral and process oriented leadership culture since early 2000. A successful transition to market economy and democracy requires a new democratic pluralistic political culture with a different set of basic approaches to problem solving.  To address these issues in the experience of young leaders from Armenia and the region, ICHD has partnered with Conflict Management Group (CMG, later part of the Mercy Corps) in the Momentum Program: Changing Negotiation and Leadership Culture. The goal of this program is to assist young promising decision-makers from the region to acquire the leadership skills necessary to turn their respective countries into more democratic and prosperous entities that can hold their place in the world politically and economically and to apply new negotiation and leadership skills in developing cross-regional cooperative gain projects. Since April 2000, CMG, in close cooperation with ICHD and supported by renowned organizations of Armenian Diaspora, the Carnegie Foundation, and the USAID Mission to Armenia, developed and successfully ran eleven Armenia Momentum programs. The current outcome of this program is the extensive networks of over a hundred new style leaders in Armenia and across the region. ICHD, as the Librarian of the Momentum Network, in close cooperation with CMG and Mercy Corps and guided by CMG’s Director of Momentum program, Dr. Arthur Martirosyan have cultivated the network and regularly initiated various opportunities for the network members to interact and solve problems of shared interests through common efforts.

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NEWS

17.02.2017

Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

The current policy brief aimed at analyzing the monitored online print media outlets in cases when they covered the topic of sex selection and articles that were broadly linked to the value of girls and women. The content of web-based media outlets have been scrutinized to identify any statements or reporting that could have had distorted, untruthful or prejudicial elements against women or men. All these aspects were separately analyzed quantified and also handpicked, allowing analyzing the level of stereotypical reporting either as a media intention or as an absence of intention, leading to unobstructed penetration of prejudicial statements widely circulated in the society and back by reinstating the current state of the affairs.

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24.08.2016

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17.02.2017

Monitoring Public Policy and Programmes to Prevent Gender-Biased Sex Selection and Sex- Selective Abortions in the Republic of Armenia

The publication provides policy recommendations to the policy makers in the Armenian Government, civil society, human rights defenders and international development community, and is an instrumental in promoting policy dialogue in the area of prevention of gender-biased sex selection in Armenia. It particularly focuses on public policies that would promote the value of girl for parents, families, and the society at large.