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Civil society and national policy dialogue

3 June 2014
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On 26 May the launch event for the “Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project took place in the “Picasso” hall of the Best Western Congress hotel in Yerevan. Country Director of Oxfam Armenia Margarita Hakobyan opened the meeting by presenting an overview of Oxfam Armenia and its ongoing activities. She briefly outlined the concept of the project, which is to increase the capacity of NGOs and civil society organisations (CSOs) in policy making. Within the framework of the project, Oxfam will cooperate with the Armenian government, particularly the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, and Labour and Social Affairs.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan highlighted the importance of sustainable and constructive dialogue with civil society for the government: ‘In recent years we have strengthened our cooperation with several NGOs, for instance “The Agricultural Alliance”. This collaboration gives us an opportunity to provide spaces for all involved parties to express themselves and better understand the needs of society’. He added that cooperation with CSOs was very high on the government’s agenda and informed that the new EU-funded support to Agriculture and Rural Development will involve possibly high number of sectoral NGOs in its implementation.
Jemma Baghdasaryan, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and Sergey Khachatryan, Deputy Minister of Health, revealed details of their cooperation with NGOs and highlighted the importance of monitoring included in the project – only permanent control and evaluation could ensure proper dialogue between CSOs and the government.
Head of the EU Delegation Traian Hristea said that in Europe, as well as in third countries, the EU was using innovative approaches to improve dialogue mechanisms with NGOs and CSOs: ‘The role of CSOs is growing from being an implementing partner to sharing more responsibility with the state on poverty reduction. The EU shares the view that the government can benefit from constructive dialogue with civil society in the development, implementation and monitoring of national strategies at all levels’.
The “Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project is aimed at empowering CSOs to advocate and campaign for pro-poor reforms and engage in effective, transparent and substantial policy dialogue with the Armenian government, based on monitoring public budget and national policies in agriculture, health and social protection. The duration of this EU-funded project is three years, with an overall budget of €676,402.

Civil society and national policy dialogue

On 26 May the launch event for the “Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project took place in the “Picasso” hall of the Best Western Congress hotel in Yerevan. Country Director of Oxfam Armenia Margarita Hakobyan opened the meeting by presenting an overview of Oxfam Armenia and its ongoing activities. She briefly outlined the concept of the project, which is to increase the capacity of NGOs and civil society organisations (CSOs) in policy making. Within the framework of the project, Oxfam will cooperate with the Armenian government, particularly the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, and Labour and Social Affairs. Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan highlighted the importance of sustainable and constructive dialogue with civil society for the government: ‘In recent years we have strengthened our cooperation with several NGOs, for instance “The Agricultural Alliance”. This collaboration gives us an opportunity to provide spaces for all involved parties to express themselves and better understand the needs of society’. He added that cooperation with CSOs was very high on the government’s agenda and informed that the new EU-funded support to Agriculture and Rural Development will involve possibly high number of sectoral NGOs in its implementation. Jemma Baghdasaryan, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and Sergey Khachatryan, Deputy Minister of Health, revealed details of their cooperation with NGOs and highlighted the importance of monitoring included in the project – only permanent control and evaluation could ensure proper dialogue between CSOs and the government. Head of the EU Delegation Traian Hristea said that in Europe, as well as in third countries, the EU was using innovative approaches to improve dialogue mechanisms with NGOs and CSOs: ‘The role of CSOs is growing from being an implementing partner to sharing more responsibility with the state on poverty reduction. The EU shares the view that the government can benefit from constructive dialogue with civil society in the development, implementation and monitoring of national strategies at all levels’. The “Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project is aimed at empowering CSOs to advocate and campaign for pro-poor reforms and engage in effective, transparent and substantial policy dialogue with the Armenian government, based on monitoring public budget and national policies in agriculture, health and social protection. The duration of this EU-funded project is three years, with an overall budget of €676,402.