Yerevan, Armenia – On January 31, USAID/Armenia joined the Small Medium Enterprise Development National Center of Armenia (SME DNC), the Fuller Center for Housing of Armenia and local partners to mark the official launch of two rural development projects – the Partnerships for Rural Prosperity (PRP) and Advanced Rural Development Initiative (ARDI). U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Robert Makaryan, and Deputy Minister of Economy Karine Minasyan delivered opening remarks at the kick-off event in Erebuni Plaza.
Yerevan, Armenia – Head of USAID/Armenia Karen Hilliard and Armenia’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artem Asatryan signed two grant agreements on December 20 that will help increase public awareness of the country’s ongoing pension system and enhance the quality of social services. Representatives of the Armenian government and the U.S. Mission attended the ceremony.
Yerevan, Armenia – USAID presented its 2013-2018 assistance strategy for Armenia at a public event in Yerevan on December 11. Dr. Karen Hilliard, Director of USAID/Armenia, introduced the main strategic directions of bilateral cooperation in the areas of economic growth, governance, health care and social reform. Senior officials of the Armenian government, representatives of local and international donor organizations, the private sector and civil society attended the event.
Yerevan, Armenia – USAID officially launched the Pension Reform Implementation Program (PRIP) at a ceremony held on September 11, 2013 in Yerevan. The goal of the four-year program is to assist the Armenian Government to build its human and institutional capacity to ensure the successful roll-out of the new pension system. The program will support the broader goal of providing old-age income security in an environment that is fiscally sound and sustainable.
Yerevan, Armenia – On September 10, 2013, USAID, the Office of the President of Armenia, the State Engineering University of Armenia and local partners marked the official opening of the newly established Armenian National Engineering Laboratory (ANEL) at the university campus. The goal of the project is to help address Armenia’s shortage of and demand for qualified specialists trained in up-to-date technologies.
Yerevan, Armenia – On May 7, 2013, USAID/Armenia, Yerevan State University (YSU) and Arizona State University (ASU) marked the official opening of the new Center for Gender and Leadership Studies at YSU. The Center will develop a new curriculum in women and gender studies, promote career advancement for women university graduates, conduct outreach activities, and advance public policy research on issues related to gender equality and women’s leadership.
On April 2, the USAID-funded Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness (EDMC) Project and the Armenian Monuments Awareness Project (AMAP) announced the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) project, a two-year initiative that fosters tourism development, cross-border cooperation and economic development in 173 communities across four countries of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor – Armenia, Georgia, Greece and Turkey. A trail of cultural sites will be marked throughout the region.
Yerevan, Armenia – On November 6, 2012 Save the Children presented the “Report on Public Opinion Poll about Persons with Disabilities and Their Employment" which was conducted within the framework of the USAID-funded Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment for People with Disabilities (LIFE) Program.
Last updated: October 11, 2013