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Last updated: June 27, 2022

June 26, 2022

BELLA MARGARYAN - 1992- 2022

Meet Bella Margaryan, Senior Government Specialist, one of USAID/Armenia’s longest serving staff members. 

Bella, thank you for your contributions to advancing Armenia’s development, and for your service. 

Learn a little more about Bella’s 30 years working with USAID.


Melissa: Can you tell us broadly a bit about your career and your work with USAID? 

June 26, 2022


For 29 years, Davit Pogosyan has worked with USAID/Armenia, from the cold, dark days in the early 1990s, to today, Davit has helped lead USAID’s operations: ensuring all our staff are able to work in comfortable, safe conditions, that processes and protocols are in place and operationalized, and that all the behind-the-scenes work remains steadfastly reliable.  

Thank you Davit, for your commitment and contributions to USAID’s work in Armenia!  We’re grateful to have been a part of your life!

December 6, 2021

Just over 20 years ago, USAID began a four year program that led to the revitalization of the city of Gyumri, jump-started a privatized housing market, and moved 7,000 households out of “temporary” housing after more than a decade following a devastating earthquake.  The Earthquake Zone Recovery Program (EQRZP) followed a market-driven approach and demonstrated extraordinary cooperation among donors, civil society organizations, and the Government of Armenia.  The program led to a highly successful model that the government continues to use today when assisting disaster victims.  It also le

September 28, 2021

For decades, water usage in Armenia’s fertile Ararat Valley has suffered from a classic case of the tragedy of the commons.  Corruption and weak enforcement of existing regulations, government decisions informed by outdated data and calculations, a rapid increase in the number of fish farms, and poor infrastructure resulted in users extracting far more water than could naturally recharge.  Due to this over-exploitation from

July 16, 2021

A critical part of USAID’s work around the world is building the capacity of local organizations to drive continued change and improvement. In Armenia the Center for Agribusiness & Rural Development Foundation (CARD) has grown over the last 16 years from a fledgling organization unsure of its viability to a vital USAID partner and a financial and commercial success, with the capacity to transform Armenia’s agricultural systems.