EU earmarks over 674,000 euros for development of civil society in Armenia

EU earmarks over 674,000 euros for development of civil society in Armenia

YEREVAN, May 27. /ARKA/. The European Union allocated about 674.14 thousand euros for a project on better civil society involvement and dialogue aimed at improving policies in Armenia, director of Oxfam Armenian office Margarita Hakobyan reported.

The program aims at establishing dialogue between the civil society and the government, she said.

“We believe non-governmental organizations should be more actively involved in the country’s life’, Hakobyan said as quoted by Novosi-Armenia.

The program covers three fields – healthcare, agriculture and social security, and involves about 40 NGOs and five unions of non-governmental organizations in these fields. These are organizations that actively support and protect the rights of their beneficiaries, Hakobyan noted.

The head of the office said the organizations are going to monitor the government programs and provide the results of their monitoring to respective ministries.

Training courses and studies will be carried out for developing the capacities of NGOs.

The program is implemented by Oxfam and the center for economic development and studies.

Deputy minister of agriculture Armen Harutiunyan said their ministry is supporting the initiative and is willing to contribute to it.

The program-launching ceremony was attended also by deputy minister of healthcare Sergey Khachatryan, deputy minister of labor and social issues Jemma Baghdasaryan and head of EU delegation to Armenia ambassador Traian Hristea.

Hristea said development of civil society is very important in Armenia and should be paid special attention.

Oxfam is an independent international charity organization founded in the Untied Kingdom (Oxford) in 1942. –0—

10:54 27.05.2014

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