PROJECTS // 

Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus - CASCADE

2014 - 2017

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

(i) scrutinise Caucasian states and societies for the root causes of conflict and insecurity, conduct synergetic research on democracy and security in the Caucasus and investigate their interaction.

(ii) analyse the links between the region and its wider neighbourhood.

(iii) provide forward-looking analysis on regional security and democratisation processes.

(iv) develop a set of proposals on how the EU could enhance its role in the region.

 

The project will de-compartmentalise research on the Caucasus by exploring linkages between societal challenges, political developments and conflicts, and investigating the interactions between the North and South Caucasus, as well as between the Caucasus and its wider neighbourhood. On the basis of a strong comparative and interdisciplinary approach, a more accurate understanding will be provided, of how democracy and security are perceived, understood, experienced and exploited as political and social resources by Caucasus actors and other actors involved in the region. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in the North and South Caucasus, including in the conflict areas and de facto States, CASCADE will generate a wealth of empirical data as well as new and important insights into security and democracy in the Caucasus. The project outcomes will also be largely policy-driven and CASCADE’s impact will be considerable in terms of shaping the EU policy toward the Caucasus. The project will act as a knowledge hub to spur debate and bring together academic and policy communities from Europe and the Caucasus.

NEWS

11.04.2017

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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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

Cases

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VIDEOS

24.08.2016

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.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

04.05.2017

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.