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Enhancing Local Governance and Local Democracy

2001-2005

ICHD consistently focuses on promoting local democracy and developing the institute of local governance in Armenia through addressing various dimensions, including strengthening capacities of local governance institutions, raising public awareness on the scope and powers of local institutions, as well as promoting participation of the community residents in the local decision making.

Armenia has established fundamental democratic institutions since its independence. Armenia’s local self-government is clearly defined by the legislation, instituting representative and executive bodies in each of about 930 communities. However, the local democracy in the country remains the Achilles hill of the democratic transformations in the country. Despite to consistent efforts of the Government of Armenia, development partners and civil society, the local democratic governance does not show much progress for several years. The weak capacities of the local governance bodies to deliver public services to the community residents remains one of the major obstacles hindering development of the local democracy and the institute of the local governance in Armenia. Indicatively, the level of satisfaction of citizens with the scope and quality of services delivered by the local governance bodies is rather low.

 

Supported by the Armenian Social Investment Fund (ASIF), ICHD trained over 830 representatives of the local government in four regions of Armenia (Shirak, Lori, Kotayk and Armavir) in 2001-2004. ICHD and ASIF have enhanced through the project the skills of mayors, members of community councils, municipal servants in community development mid-term planning, preparation and management of community budgets. ICHD’s training improved the understanding of local government representatives on basic concepts of tax legislation and contributed towards improved local tax collection. The training also enhanced their knowledge and skills in community asset management.
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The integrated community development initiatives have been first ever genuinely piloted in Karakert village (Armavir region). A number of major development partners have agreed to distillate the community development assistance efforts in a way to ensure that all dimensions are addressed including reconstruction of physical and social infrastructures, development of skills, improving awareness of the residents, etc. Within the scope of this approach, the USAID funded Youth and Community Action Program (YCAP), implemented by Academy for Educational Development (AED), Junior Achievement of Armenia (JAA), aimed at increasing civic activism among young women and men, as well as enhancing community involvement in public affairs.

In 2005, by the YCAP request, ICHD conducted training for 20 young women and men of Karakert in asset mapping. The ICHD’s training equipped the young leaders of Karakert community with the knowledge and skills in asset mapping model and associated tools to initiate a change process. The young leaders also became aware of social capital concept. ICHD’s intervention has fostered teamwork and leadership in youth, as well as facilitated and supported the development of participants’ draft action plans.

NEWS

17.10.2019

Informative Local Meeting in Lori Region

The International Center for Human Development (ICHD) with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office (Germany) and in partnership with The State Migration Service of Ministry of Territorial Administration and infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia and “Armenian Caritas” Benevolent NGO, on 15 October 2019 has implemented of local meetings in Lori region in the framework of Preventing Irregular Migration from Armenia to the Federal Republic of Germany by Raising Awareness of Potential Migrants” project. State and local self-governance bodies, service providers, media and civil society representatives participated in the event.

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24.09.2019

Informative Local Meeting in Shirak Region

The International Center for Human Development (ICHD) with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office (Germany) and in partnership with The State Migration Service of Ministry of Territorial Administration and infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia and “Armenian Caritas” Benevolent NGO, on 17 September 2019 started implementation of local meetings in Shirak region in the framework of Preventing Irregular Migration from Armenia to the Federal Republic of Germany by Raising Awareness of Potential Migrants” project. State and local self-governance bodies, service providers, media and civil society representatives participated in the event.

The aim of the meetings is informing the participants about the risks, consequences of irregular migration, forms of protection given to migrants in Germany, as well as statistics on emigration and return policy from Germany to Armenia. The process of return and readmission of RA citizens, the reintegration programs of returnees implemented in the RA are also presented to the participants during the workshop.

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