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Public consultation on civil society capacities in Armenia

15 April 2016

A public consultation on the findings of a capacity-building needs assessment of CSOs in Armenia took place on 14 April 2016 as part of the EU-funded “Strong CSOs for a stronger Armenia” project. A needs assessment paper on capacity building was presented to attendees alongside the upcoming activities of the project.
The project is aimed at increasing the competency of Armenian CSOs to allow them to be independent development actors, who are more responsive to citizens’ needs, and proactively support the country’s development through practical, project-based approaches. The target groups are CSOs based across Armenia.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador, Piotr Świtalski said: ‘Civic activism is part of the Armenian genetic code, like the spirit of entrepreneurship or the love of books. The EU wants to, equip you with the necessary know-how and modern tools for implementation. It all starts with a solid legal basis; we are watching the parliamentary discussions on the law of NGOs very closely. We hope very much that the law will be passed soon and will be in line with European standards. The EU views access to justice as very important to the public interest. Civic activism is now crucial for Armenia. Armenia needs a break through, needs to build a strong public capital, needs more trust and involvement of all CSOs, not just on selective issues’.
The capacity-building needs assessment conducted within the framework of the project is aimed at understanding and evaluating the capacity needs and gaps of CSOs in Armenia. The most appropriate approach to all subsequent CSO capacity-building activities implemented during the project will be chosen based on this detailed information.

Public consultation on civil society capacities in Armenia

A public consultation on the findings of a capacity-building needs assessment of CSOs in Armenia took place on 14 April 2016 as part of the EU-funded “Strong CSOs for a stronger Armenia” project. A needs assessment paper on capacity building was presented to attendees alongside the upcoming activities of the project. The project is aimed at increasing the competency of Armenian CSOs to allow them to be independent development actors, who are more responsive to citizens’ needs, and proactively support the country’s development through practical, project-based approaches. The target groups are CSOs based across Armenia. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador, Piotr Świtalski said: ‘Civic activism is part of the Armenian genetic code, like the spirit of entrepreneurship or the love of books. The EU wants to, equip you with the necessary know-how and modern tools for implementation. It all starts with a solid legal basis; we are watching the parliamentary discussions on the law of NGOs very closely. We hope very much that the law will be passed soon and will be in line with European standards. The EU views access to justice as very important to the public interest. Civic activism is now crucial for Armenia. Armenia needs a break through, needs to build a strong public capital, needs more trust and involvement of all CSOs, not just on selective issues’. The capacity-building needs assessment conducted within the framework of the project is aimed at understanding and evaluating the capacity needs and gaps of CSOs in Armenia. The most appropriate approach to all subsequent CSO capacity-building activities implemented during the project will be chosen based on this detailed information.