The dualism of means and goals haunts individuals, societies, nations and civilizations, and the choices humans make as individuals, members of societies, representatives of nations and carriers of civilizations provide some relatively long-term solutions to this dualism. Transitional democracies are particularly challenged with this ambiguity, since transition implies a choice of new goals and a search for means that would provide for these goals in the possibly best way...

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To understand the logic of the state's economic policy one needs to cast a look at the long-term goals it has defined. This is a truism and in this regard, one can both understand and accept the policy being implemented in our country...

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John Maynard Keynes claimed that when in experience straight lines apparently parallel often meet, there is no need to rebuke the lines for not keeping straight. One simply needs to throw over the axiom of parallels and to work out a non-Euclidean geometry...

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"The President went to negotiate, and we don't even know what has been discussed. To whom and about what shall we complain? We don't know anything. There is a lack of information". "The government officials are too far away from the people. No one asks us, "What shall we do?"
"I am not certain that, for instance, the President will read the opinions we expressed today at this discussion and consider those later while negotiating. When have they ever taken into account the public opinion?"...

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You'll say this is an absolute nonsense - we do not have oil. I'll say we do: our oil is imaginary, not tangible. Our "oil" is the love, the dedication to the family, the responsibility we take for our parents. Our "oil" is the compassion, the request, the plea on a state level which we express fully and get rewarded. But the inflow of "oil" dollars adequate to a small-scale economy continually intensifies (and will go on doing so) the pathologic tendencies...

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Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)

Violence against women is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights prevalent all over the world. Women face gender-based violence (GBV) in workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban communities. They are exposed to GBV irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other condition. The violence is particularly rampant when it occurs at home, a place where women are supposed to be provided with safe family environment.

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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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ICHD THM | MoD projects discussions in Yerevan and 5 provinces

News coverage by "POSTFACTUM" TV program on Town Hall Meeting discussions organised by ICHD in Yerwevan and 5 provinces of Armenia.



Analysis of Public Policy on Extending Early Childhood Care and Development Services to Prevent Gender-Biased Sex Selection

The present public policy analysis was prepared by the International Center for Human Development in close collaboration with the Working Group set up to implement the Program to Prevent Sex-Selective Abortions. In fact, the analysis ranges among the most successful efforts in recent years in collaboration among relevant specialists, NGOs, governmental agencies, international development partners and other stakeholders overcoming the most dangerous challenges facing the public at large. The analysis report and the data, information, evidence, findings and recommendations therein will lay a solid and reliable foundation for mapping out and implementing a public policy on setting up an early childhood care and development system, introducing service models and outlining further actions to achieve enhanced women’s labor force participation and work-family reconciliation, a primary objective of combating gender-biased sex-selection.