Support to Democratic Government in Armenia | EUNewsletter

Support to Democratic Government in Armenia

9 June 2014
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The launching ceremony of the “Support to Democratic Governance in Armenia” (SDGA) project took place on 3 June. The project is to be implemented by the British Council in cooperation with the Civic Development and Partnership Foundation, and the Grand Thornton and Thomson Foundation. Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, Traian Hristea, spoke on the role of civil society in accountable governance: ‘Civil society can play a greater role in ensuring transparency in government decision-making processes. Despite the fact that Eastern Partnership countries are aiming towards this idea, the mechanisms for ensuring the participation of civil society are still limited. The main component of this project is to contribute to the creation of legal and financial frameworks for NGOs to strengthen their financial sustainability and capacity’.

The Armenian Minister of Justice, Hovhannes Manukyan, appreciated the support provided by the European Union in the fields of democracy building, human rights advocacy and justice. He added that this project, with its four components, would develop the capacity of civil society, and provide financial sustainability and opportunities for social entrepreneurship for NGOs.

The overall objective of the SDGA project is to foster the process of aligning Armenia closer to EU standards, to strengthen democracy and good governance through support to democratic institutions and civil society, and to increase the awareness of the Armenian population on EU-Armenia relations.

The 18-month project will be implemented in Vayots Dzor, Syunik, Gegharkunik, Tavush and Lori regions, as well as in Yerevan. The total budget for the project is €949,670.

Support to Democratic Government in Armenia

The launching ceremony of the “Support to Democratic Governance in Armenia” (SDGA) project took place on 3 June. The project is to be implemented by the British Council in cooperation with the Civic Development and Partnership Foundation, and the Grand Thornton and Thomson Foundation. Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, Traian Hristea, spoke on the role of civil society in accountable governance: ‘Civil society can play a greater role in ensuring transparency in government decision-making processes. Despite the fact that Eastern Partnership countries are aiming towards this idea, the mechanisms for ensuring the participation of civil society are still limited. The main component of this project is to contribute to the creation of legal and financial frameworks for NGOs to strengthen their financial sustainability and capacity’. The Armenian Minister of Justice, Hovhannes Manukyan, appreciated the support provided by the European Union in the fields of democracy building, human rights advocacy and justice. He added that this project, with its four components, would develop the capacity of civil society, and provide financial sustainability and opportunities for social entrepreneurship for NGOs. The overall objective of the SDGA project is to foster the process of aligning Armenia closer to EU standards, to strengthen democracy and good governance through support to democratic institutions and civil society, and to increase the awareness of the Armenian population on EU-Armenia relations. The 18-month project will be implemented in Vayots Dzor, Syunik, Gegharkunik, Tavush and Lori regions, as well as in Yerevan. The total budget for the project is €949,670.