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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

USAID partners with the Government of Armenia, civil society, and the media sector to promote more transparent and participatory governance that is responsive to citizens. Activities support the implementation of a range of stated reform goals of the government that will lead to more effective and transparent governance, reduced corruption, and improved protection of human rights. Along with several other donors, USAID is supporting the Armenian government’s ambitious territorial and administrative reform, which aims to improve the quality of local governance and service delivery; increase citizen participation in democratic processes; devolve administrative authority; and spur domestic resource mobilization. 

USAID also supports civil society and media efforts to promote the constructive engagement of citizens in all areas of democratic life, including in the fight against corruption, and the strengthening of election processes. USAID promotes efforts to increase citizen access to reliable sources of information, while educating citizens to become savvy media consumers who expect high quality reporting. Activities also help consolidate the efforts of the human rights community to build additional institutional guarantees for stronger human rights protection in Armenia.

CURRENT PROGRAM

GOVERNANCE

Local Governance Programme South Caucasus - Armenia 

Partner:  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  |  Duration: February 2015-December 2018

Under this project, USAID provides technical assistance to the Territorial and Administrative Reform in Armenia (aka TARA). The reform was officially announced by the Armenian government and a first important step towards decentralization of power in the country. The program largely complements USAID’s direct support to the Armenian government by building the capacity of newly consolidated clusters through training and technical assistance.

Local Governance Reform Activity

Partner: Territorial Development Fund of Armenia  |  Duration: August 2015-August 2020

USAID assists the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development to implement its decentralization policy to improve service delivery to constituents, and provides matching grants for community development in the 13 consolidated clusters.

CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA

Civil Society Organizations Development Program (CSO DePo)

Partner:  Eurasia Partnership Foundation  |  Duration: June 2014-June 2019  |  http://www.hkdepo.am/en

The project works to develop the capacities of Armenian civil society organizations to become more business-oriented as well as sustainable service providers. CSO DePo seeks to expand the pool of professional and organizationally strong local partners in the country.  

Civic Engagement in Local Governance (CELoG)

Partner:  Communities Finance Officers Association   |  Duration: September 2014-September 2019

The project supports the joint efforts of local civil society organizations to increase civic engagement and oversight of local governance and decentralization reform at central and local levels. The project increases monitoring and advocacy capacities of the civil society, with a special focus on community-level civil society actors.  

Media for Informed Civic Engagement

Partner:  Media Initiatives Center  |  Duration: September 2014-September 2019

The project increases public media literacy and access to independent and reliable sources of information about government’s priority reforms and policies. While increasing public demand for information, the project also helps targeted media outlets to improve their professional capacity to produce fact-based, quality content as well as act as effective media watchdogs.  

ANTI-CORRUPTION

Engaged Citizenry for Responsible Governance

Partner:  Transparency International Anticorruption Center  |  Duration: November 2014-November 2019

The project supports a locally-led civil society consortium to reduce the space for corruption by mobilizing citizens in public oversight on national and local levels and ensuring citizens’ access to reliable information on corruption.  

Establishment of the Center for Development of Legislation and Legal Studies

Partner:  Ministry of Justice  |  Duration:  September 2016-September 2018

This Government to Government (G2G) activity supports Armenia's Ministry of Justice to enhance its institutional capacity and expertise in legislative drafting, review, and analysis through establishment of the Center for Development of Legislation and Legal Studies.

Digitalization of Court Materials and Introduction of Electronic Court Filing in the Republic of Armenia

Partner:  Ministry of Justice  |  Duration:  April 2017-April 2019

This Government to Government (G2G) activity helps increase the transparency and efficiency of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia through the use of the Court Automatic System Tool. The activity also improves the accessibility of public services for information users through digitizing case management data.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Advancing Human Rights for All in Armenia

Partner:  ABA/ROLI  |  Duration: September 2017-November 2019

The project helps improve the institutional capacity of the Office of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia in target areas, including persons with disabilities, women’s rights, socio-economic rights, and domestic violence prevention. The project also promotes and enforces human rights protection policy, and strengthens the capacity of the human rights protection community to effectively monitor, prevent, and report human rights abuses.

Promoting the Human Rights of LGBTI People in Armenia

Partner:  Public Information and Need of Knowledge NGO  |  Duration: September 2016-March 2019

The project aims to combat and reduce discrimination in policies, laws, and societal norms against LGBTI people in the country.

Last updated: September 07, 2018

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