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How to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development in communities

20 October 2012

In order to stimulate sustainable development in the communities of Armenia, the EU organised a four-day training course on social needs.
The training course was held from 16-19 October by the “Centre for Community Dialogue and Initiatives” NGO (CCDI) within the EU-funded “Poverty alleviation in the regions of Armenia – Integrated Approach to provide sustainable Community Development based on European experience” programme.
Since last year, CCDI held needs assessments in 50 communities in Armenia in order to reveal social needs. ‘Our goal was not only to speak out about problems: based on the analysis of revealed problems we will try to take practical steps and transmit corresponding skills to improve social life within communities,’ explained CCDI Head Rouzan Sedrakyan.
The training course was attended by representatives of the local government bodies from ten marzes, and by representatives from social services and the Armenian Area Management and Labour and Social Issues ministries, as well as non-governmental organisations.

Aimed at delivering practical knowledge and transferring the best experience of European countries, experts in the field came to Armenia from the UK and Finland. On the suggestion of the representative of Finland, Mannila Simo, the logical framework approach has been selected for the work with community representatives. Janis Barrett, the UK representative suggested developing appropriate guidance mechanisms to satisfy the social needs of communities.

The overall cost of the “Poverty alleviation in the regions of Armenia – Integrated Approach to provide sustainable Community Development based on European experience” programme is €150,000. It is being implemented with financial support of the EU and involves ten marzes of the Republic of Armenia.

How to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development in communities

In order to stimulate sustainable development in the communities of Armenia, the EU organised a four-day training course on social needs. The training course was held from 16-19 October by the “Centre for Community Dialogue and Initiatives” NGO (CCDI) within the EU-funded “Poverty alleviation in the regions of Armenia – Integrated Approach to provide sustainable Community Development based on European experience” programme. Since last year, CCDI held needs assessments in 50 communities in Armenia in order to reveal social needs. ‘Our goal was not only to speak out about problems: based on the analysis of revealed problems we will try to take practical steps and transmit corresponding skills to improve social life within communities,’ explained CCDI Head Rouzan Sedrakyan. The training course was attended by representatives of the local government bodies from ten marzes, and by representatives from social services and the Armenian Area Management and Labour and Social Issues ministries, as well as non-governmental organisations. Aimed at delivering practical knowledge and transferring the best experience of European countries, experts in the field came to Armenia from the UK and Finland. On the suggestion of the representative of Finland, Mannila Simo, the logical framework approach has been selected for the work with community representatives. Janis Barrett, the UK representative suggested developing appropriate guidance mechanisms to satisfy the social needs of communities. The overall cost of the “Poverty alleviation in the regions of Armenia – Integrated Approach to provide sustainable Community Development based on European experience” programme is €150,000. It is being implemented with financial support of the EU and involves ten marzes of the Republic of Armenia.