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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 1:30pm

Yerevan, Armenia – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Smithsonian Institution have partnered for an innovative project to support cultural sustainability through cultural tourism in Armenia. The project was launched on November 20 at an official ceremony at the Matenadaran Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts in Yerevan, which holds one of the world’s richest collections of medieval manuscripts and books. The ceremony included remarks by the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., Prime Minister of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan, and the Senior Advisor of the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations, Halle Butvin. About 100 people attended the event, including representatives of the Government of Armenia, the private sector and the tourism industry at large.

The goal of the four-year project, which is funded by USAID, is to enhance and increase cultural heritage tourism in the regions outside of Armenia’s capital Yerevan, through a unique combination of research, scholarship, support for artisan craft, capacity building, and a strong focus on fresh thinking for tourism development.  

USAID helped install energy-efficient street lighting in remote village of Armenia.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:45am

Darbas, Syunik – On February 20, the USAID Clean Energy and Water Program (CEWP) supported a community workshop in Syunik’s Darbas village to mark the successful completion of the energy efficient street-lighting project and present the results to other communities and organizations in the region. One of the major objectives of the event was to promote the replication of small-scale energy efficiency projects by communities and organizations by focusing on the financial benefits that energy saving technologies generate for users.

USAID/Armenia will support the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia to develop a country brand for Armenia.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:15am

Yerevan, Armenia – On February 20, USAID and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia (NCFA) signed an agreement under which USAID and the Government of Armenia will provide financial support to the Foundation to create a country brand for Armenia.

USAID/Armenia and UNICEF signed a two-year agreement for children's health and nutrition improvement program.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 6:00am

Yerevan, Armenia – On February 12, USAID and UNICEF signed a cooperation agreement for a two-year program that will help improve the health and nutrition of Armenian children 0-5 years of age.

USAID/Armenia and partners launch PRP and ARDI rural economic development projects.
Friday, January 31, 2014 - 6:15am

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.

USAID and Armenia's Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs sign two grant agreements
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 9:15am


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.

USAID Armenia Mission Director Karen Hilliard presented 2013-2018 CDCS for Armenia
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 7:45am

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.

USAID Armenia launches PRIP
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 8:45am

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.

USAID and partners open ANEL engineering lab in Armenia
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 9:00am

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.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 11:00am


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.


Last updated: April 15, 2015

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