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Supporting the ongoing democratic transition in Armenia, building on the momentum of 2018's Velvet Revolution.


In April 2018, peaceful protests across Armenia, known as the Velvet Revolution, culminated in the resignation of Prime Minister (PM) and former President, Serzh Sargsyan. In May 2018, Armenians elected protest leader and opposition parliamentarian Nikol Pashinyan as the new PM, launching a democratic transition. While the new Government of Armenia (GoAM) focuses on its reform agenda, the COVID-19 pandemic and conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have significantly stressed the young administration. The program’s initiatives advance the USG’s goals in the Caucasus, which include assisting Armenia to succeed as a secure, prosperous, and democratic country that is better able to fight corruption and improve governance.


USAID/OTI’s Armenia program  focuses on sustaining positive momentum for the post-revolution government to improve prospects for enduring democracy in Armenia. The program seeks to:

  • Advance reforms in the executive branch of the GoAM and key public institutions that improve transparency and reduce corruption; and
  • Address emerging challenges that could threaten citizens’ confidence in democratic governance.


  • USAID/OTI augments the GoAM’s reform agenda by providing technical assistance, equipment, and training to ministries, press secretaries, governors, and the PM’s Office. Through these efforts, USAID/OTI helps the GoAM demonstrate progress to its citizens, who are eager for the change promised during the Velvet Revolution.

  • USAID/OTI supported the GoAM’s immediate efforts to mitigate COVID-19’s impact through technical assistance for strategic communications, IT equipment for emergency response and telework, medical supplies and surge personnel, and food packages for vulnerable families. The program’s response to rapid requests during this period allowed USAID/OTI to be at the forefront of the USG’s early response to the COVID-19, while seeking to ensure that the crisis does not undermine citizen confidence in democratic governance.

  • USAID/OTI enables local governments to address citizens’ needs by providing in-kind assistance to resolve community-identified issues, thus demonstrating that the democratic government prioritizes the needs of all Armenians. The assistance USAID/OTI has provided thus far is helping to meet community priorities in Syunik Marz--with a specific focus on newly-designated border villages and other areas affected by the conflict--such as livelihoods assistance and psychosocial support. 

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Last updated: January 07, 2022

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