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In September EU-funded project “SolveNet” was marked in Armenia with another event dedicated at stimulating citizen engagement and attended by Armenian NGO and local government representatives. Also there were more problems and new solutions posted on the Armenian citizen engagement platform www.publicpolicies.am as well as concrete steps undertaken toward possible solutions.
In particular, on September 9 an information session on citizen engagement in local development policies was held in Yerevan for 30 NGO and local government representatives from the project’s target regions in Armenia (Tavush, Gegharkunik and Syunik). During the event the participants were presented the project “SolveNet”, SMART Method of Public Policy and the Armenian citizen engagement platform operating in the framework of the project. The participants shared their experience in participation of local development policies, and then active discussion followed on the importance and stimulation of citizen engagement.
During September active participation was recorded on the project’s Armenian citizen engagement platform www.publicpolicies.am. Namely, there were raised 2 new problems of public concern: one referred to the transportation issue in communities of Torunik and Dastakert, the other – to loan terms for beginner SME’s. Based on the solutions proposed to the latter problem, as well as on cunsultations with relevant experts a policy paper was worked out and mailed to SME DNC of Armenia. The policy paper is available on the mentioned platform. There were new solutions posted to other problems on the platform as well and their coordination is in process.
NGO “European Integration” is implementing project “Citizen engagement in the prioritization, design and implementation of local development policies (SolveNet)” in Armenia in cooperation with SMART Development Center, Romania (Main Applicant); Association for Cross Border Cooperation “Lower Danube Euroregion”, Romania; Agency of Sustainable Development and European Integration “Lower Danube” Euroregion, Ukraine and “The Institute of Public Policy”, Republic of Moldova. The project is funded by the European Union in the framework of the Joint Operational Programme “Black Sea Basin 2007-2013”
The overall objective of the project is Capacity building for organizations of civil society in order to strengthen their role in the prioritization, design and implementation of local and regional development public policies.
In Armenia the target groups of the project are:
- Non-governmental organizations from the regions of Tavush, Gegharkunik and Syunik,
- Local public administrations that are decision makers,
- The Business community from the regions of Tavush, Gegharkunik and Syunik.
Contact Details: NGO “European Integration”, Vardanants str. 28/2-34, Yerevan 0070, Republic of Armenia, Phone: +37410 528472, Email: email@example.com, Contact person: Heghine Narayan (Project Coordinator), Haykuhi Katrjyan (Communication Manager)
This newsletter has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this newsletter are the sole responsibility of NGO “European Integration” and can in no way reflect the views of the European Union.