Key highlights of CARC 2021

  • Smart governance as a basis for good governance is applicable in almost all areas.
  • Education and digital literacy are equally important for society and public servants.
  • Statistics show that 130% of the population has access to mobile connections, yet a large portion of our society, the youth, in particular, don’t use it for practical purposes. Hence, informing and properly educating the public should precede any actual provision of services.
  • The offered solutions are often person-centered and lack longevity.
  • We should display a problem-and-fact-based approach. To solve a problem, we must first understand and examine its origin.
  • No entity or individual can act alone in bringing progress and development to rural communities.
  • The presence of the private sector and the contributions made by its representatives is noticeable in remote regions.
  • Along with creating job opportunities, it is crucial to empower rural populations with modern skills and knowledge as it’s often difficult or even impossible to find experienced professionals for particular vacancies.
  • The dilemma of unskilled labor for particular jobs should be solved through education-skills-jobs schemes and vice versa.
  • The collaboration between the government, private sector, international donor organizations, and development agencies, which set speed, quality, and innovation as core values, guarantees tangible results.
  • The suggested solutions and mechanics to make Armenia’s agriculture greener include:
  • a) legislative policy, which is under implementation,
  • b) professional policy-making team that needs to supervise the process,
  • c) active participation and involvement of the private sector, leading to reversing the outflow from rural communities and bringing farmers back from the city,
  • d) existence of cooperatives as they ensure sharing the experience and the creation of a value chain,
  • e) serious potential for agroforestry in Armenia, in the framework of its commitment to double the forest cover,
  • f) necessity to scale up the effort and improve the monitoring tools and the overall role of government agencies and their collaboration with rural communities.
  • Social recovery was considered in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and post-war situation in Armenia: its role in the rural communities’ rehabilitation and development.
  • The conversation revolved around problems and opportunities in the most challenging circumstances.
  • The importance of a decentralized approach and local decision-making becomes more and more pertinent.
  • It is vital to maintain unity and continue to display coordinated effort even after the critical situation has passed. One of the lessons learned was that there are no institutions ready to respond to the aftermath of the next crisis.
  • The crisis made many Armenian companies come up with alternative solutions.
  • The main challenge we’re facing is to bring the rural communities, not to the level they were at in February 2020 but to take them one level higher. We have to be a few steps ahead, which will require greater effort and coordination.

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Children of Armenia Fund

Children of Armenia Fund

Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) is a non-profit organization that employs community-led approaches aimed at improving the quality of life in rural Armenia.