AN ANALYSIS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF BEIJING DECLARATION AND PLATFORM FOR ACTION IN ARMENIA

This analysis was prepared by UNDP MAP Project Responsible Party OxYGen Foundation,  in the frames of the UNDP “Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia” Project. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s observations and do not reflect the view of the UNDP or its other partners on this Project.

This paper, being an analysis of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in Armenia, is a version of alternative reporting, which reflects on the three out of the twelve critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action of pivotal significance for Armenia: Education and Training of Women, Women and Armed Conflict, and Women and the Economy.

ROAD MAP FOR ENSURING EQUAL LABOR RIGHTS FOR WOMEN AND MEN IN ARMENIA

Gender analysis of the labor and employment area in Armenia demonstrates that despite the high educational level of women, their input to the economic development of the country is significantly lower than their actual potential. In reality, women hardly have an influence on political decision-making and are, overall, not engaged in the governance and development processes to the necessary extent. Sucha situation is characterized as inefficient use of human resources and has a direct impact on the country’s development processes and competitiveness.
Barriers to women’s participation in the workforce result in underutilization of valuable human capital and economic losses not only for women and their families but for the entire society.

Policy briefs on Insuring Equal Labor Rights for Women and Men in Armenia

Policy briefs on Ensuring Equal Labor Rights for Women and Men in Armenia was developed
within the frame of INSPIRED+ Armenia project implemented by OxYGen Foundation, the
European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty
Democracy (NIMD) and the Club de Madrid with financial support from the EU.
This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. It’s contents
are the sole responsibility of OxYGen Foundation and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
European Union.

Women's Agenda for Development

The Women’s Agenda has been developed within the framework of the program EQUAL: Promoting
Women’s Political Participation at National Level in Armenia funded by the Government Offices of
Sweden and implemented by OxYGen Foundation in cooperation with the experts of
ProMedia-Gender NGO and WomenNet.am website.

Կանանց մասնակցությունը Երևանի ավագանու ընտրություններում

Տեղեկանքը կազմված է «ՀԱՎԱՍԱՐ». Խթանելով կանանց քաղաքական մասնակցթյունը Հայաստանում» ծրագրի շրջանակներում անցկացված Երևանի ավագանու ընտրությններում կանանց մասնակցթյան մշտադիտարկման արդյունքների հիման վրա: Ծրագիրն իրականացվել է «ՕքսԵՋեն» hիﬓադրաﬕ կողﬕց՝ ՊրոՄեդիա-Գենդեր ՀԿ-ի գործընկերթյամբ և Շվեդիայի կառավարության ֆինանսական աջակցթյամբ:

PARTICIPATORY POLICY ASSESSMENT
Women Labor Rights in Armenia

Gender analysis of the labor and employment area in Armenia demonstrates that despite the high educational level of women, their input to the economic development of the country is significantly lower than their actual potential. In reality, women hardly have influence on political decision-making and are, overall, not engaged in the governance and development processes to the necessary extent. Such a situation is characterized as inefficient use of human resources and has a direct impact on the country’s development processes and competitiveness.

THE EFFECT OF GENDER QUOTA ON THE ELECTIONS OF 2017: ANALYTICAL BRIEF

This analytical brief was compiled based on the outcomes of monitoring women’s participation in elections. The monitoring was conducted within the framework of “Promoting women’s political participation in Armenia” project.
The Project is implemented by OxYGen Foundation for Protection of Youth and Women Rights with partnership with the info-analytical portal WomenNet.am and Family Academy NGO with the financial support of Government Offices of Sweden

Impacts of Armenia's Eurasian Economic Union Membership on the Local Economy and Agriculture

Armenia’s food and agriculture sector has never been characterized by abundance and self-sufficiency. Even during the flourishing time of the Soviet era, Armenia was a net importer of agrofood products, although there were many ranges of products for export due to their special or unique qualities.
In 2015, Armenia became a full member of the EAEU. The EAEU market has a population of about 183 million. Russia, which is the ninth most populated country in the world with 146 million people, counts for 77 percent of that. Most “Made in Armenia” agro products are exported to the Russian market. The major characteristics of the Russian and EAEU markets are higher incomes, exotic and quality-oriented tastes, and high e-commerce.

REPORT ON THE RESEARCH REGARDING NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF RA POPULATION

In April 2015, the Advanced Research Group NGO started research, initiated by OXFAM, on the nutritional state of the RA population. The research was conducted as part of the Food Security Project funded by the European Union. The research was carried out using qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection among 1,600 respondents (citizens) and key informants/experts. The research was tasked with uncovering issues characterizing the state of nutrition of the RA population as well as identifying national policy priorities and a number of other issues in this area through policy analysis and qualitative interviews with experts/key informants.

NUTRITIONAL DIVERSIFICATION IN ARMENIA

Nutrition today continues to be a considerable challenge in Armenia. Low income level of the population, conditioned with social-economic hardship, as well as the nutrition culture and education level, play a prominent role in malnutrition among the population of Armenia. More importantly, the improvement of nutrition in Armenia requires active engagement of all, including national authorities and civil society in coordination with nutrition policy development and implementation processes, thus promoting effective application accountability and monitoring mechanisms. For the implementation of national policies, systematic measures need to be taken for poverty reduction, as well as increasing knowledge and awareness of the population on healthy nutrition, with a particular focus on women’s nutrition.

NETWORK WEAVING FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the agricultural alliances in Armenia and Georgian established by Oxfam in 2011 in Armenia and 2013 in Georgia using a framework that posits three stages of alliance development (Connecting, Cementing, and Scaling) coupled with the social network
analysis technique. Using network mapping and metrics, the structure and characteristics of sharing information and collaborating in advocacy in these alliances were assessed to determine which stage of development the FSN networks most closely match at this time. Knowing the current characteristics and structure of these networks will help Oxfam and network members weave more effective and sustainable networks for food security and nutrition in the Caucasus region.

GENDER COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NUTRITION DIVERSIFICATION IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS

This briefing paper relied on the data collected during the nutrition diversification research carried out in the three countries of the South Caucasus. Elkana coordinated the research for Georgia and Azerbaijan, the field survey was carried out by ACT and the analysis was provided by the nutrition expert Ms Tamar Manjavidze. In Armenia, the research was conducted by APR Group in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of Armenia. The research in all three countries as well as this briefing paper were made possible with the financial contribution of the European Union in the framework of the project “Improving Regional Food Security in South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production”
This report was prepared by Claudia Lazarte Pardo, International Nutrition Consultant and the Oxfam team. For more information on Oxfam’s activities in the South Caucasus region, please visit www.foodsecuritysc.com

SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS: A TOOL TO SUPPORT THE ROLE OF SNA IN NETWORK SUSTAINABILITY

Project graduation is a crucial aspect in international cooperation. However, an analysis of the literature shows that limited attention has been devoted to the issue of exit strategy during graduation. A central issue is the lack of assessment of the local partners’ network to which international governmental and non-governmental organisations alike phase-over when leaving a community. This article thus presents the use of social network analysis (SNA) in this specific field, as a tool to depict project networks with precision and analyse them thoroughly to suppor project graduation. Drawing on an exemplary case of an implementation tailored based on an advocacy coalition, it highlights five variables that account for the success of this approach: timing, information disclosure, expectations, the role of experts and ownership of the results. Moreover, it underlines two additional factors that help to ease the implementation: clarity on the exit strategy and partners’ engagement.

FOOD SECURITY POLICY BRIEF

This briefing reports on the findings and recommendations of a project on improving food security in the South Caucasus which was carried out in 2013-17, mainly in Armenia and Georgia, by Oxfam GB on behalf of the European Union (EU). Armenia and Georgia face challenges of food security due, in part, to their mountainous terrains and threats to national security and territorial integrity, and partly to poverty and low agricultural yields among the large shares of their populations who are engaged in farming. In addition, they are only beginning to address the problems of poor rather than insufficient diets, which lead to modern problems of nutritional health in the form of non-communicable diseases.

Visegrad Experts at Resilience Forums in the South Caucasus

The publication was prepared in the frame of “Visegrad Experts at Resilience Forums in the South Caucasus” project, which is funded by International Visegrad Fund and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Netherlands and implemented by OxYGen Foundation.

EVALUATION OF AT-HOME SOCIAL SERVICES TO THE SINGLE ELDERLY BUDGET PROGRAMMES

This document was developed by the Economic Development and Research Center NGO within the framework of the “Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project under the component of Monitoring and Evaluation of Budget programmes. The project is implemented in cooperation with OXFAM and is funded by the European Union. The report summarizes the results of discussions with the MLSA, elderly care and social service provider organizations, international organizations and CSOs held on July 28‐29, 2016.

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