October 26, 2007

Gender Analysis of the Pension System of the Republic of Armenia

A presentation on the results of a research on "Gender Analysis of the Pension System of the Republic of Armenia"conducted by Gyulnara Hovhannisyan in the scope of the CRRC-Armenia Fellowship 2006 Program took place on October 26, 2007.

The research includes findings on gender inequality in the pension system in Armenia; analysis of unequal opportunities of men and women in the labor market, as well as the effects of gender inequalities in the socioeconomic and employment spheres on the pension system in Armenia. The research also includes recommendations for improving the gender disparities in the pension system in Armenia.

The presentation was widely attended since the topic is an actual one for the country taking into account the reforms considered within the sphere. The audience was competent enough and the discussion was professional in terms of raised questions and the suggestions regarding the presentation and the dissemination of the final report.

Mrs. Astghik Mirzakhanyan, the Team Leader of the Pension Reforms Group of the CBA, was invited as a discussant to the topic. Mrs. Mirzakhanyan pointed out that the research especially added value to the sphere considering that the government of the RA undertook reforms within the pension system. The findings particularly enabled the working group to develop a part on “The Gender Aspects of the Reforms” within the approved program by the Government. The research noted to be effective both in terms of the reviewed literature and the analysis provided. Mrs. Gohar Jerbashian, Policy/Knowledge Management Team Leader, NOVA, USAID, also emphasized the importance of the research conducted within the research fellowship frames stressing that the finding will enable appropriate state bodies to better design the pension policies, if considered.

You can download the draft version of the research paper (in Armenian) from the CRRC-Armenia website. Comments are welcomed!

October 25, 2007

New Books at CRRC-Armenia Library

The library has received new books. The titles will be made available via online catalog by the end of November, meanwhile you can see the complete list here.

We would appreciate your comments on books you want to see on the CRRC-Armenia library bookshelves.

October 24, 2007

Fellows Meet for a Discussion

On October 23, 2007 CRRC-Armenia initiated a meeting with the fellows of 2007 to discuss the progress of their research projects and the problems they may encounter while conducting their research. Another objective of the meeting was to facilitate networking and idea exchange among fellows.

Each of the fellows briefly presented his/her research, the progress made and the problems they faced during the implementation. In general, all of them pointed out that their activities are within the work plans foreseen, while the main difficulty was getting official statistical data from state bodies needed for their research.

In addition, some research fellowship management related questions were addressed and discussed with the CRRC staff. The atmosphere contributed to a constructive discussion where both CRRC-Armenia staff and the fellows benefited. The meeting may hopefully support the fellows for producing high quality research products.

October 22, 2007

Adult Education Week 2007: CRRC-Armenia, Migration: Controversial Outcomes

Within the Adult Education Week 2007, 8-15 October, CRRC-Armenia Country Director, Heghine Manasyan held a presentation at International Workshop on Adult Education and Intercultural Dialogue at the Crossroad's of the Millennium.

The presentation entitled "Migration: Controversial Outcomes" was based on CRRC Data Initiative findings and revealed latest migration trends in three South Caucasian countries and included some policy recommendations.

October 16, 2007

Using Moodle Open Source eLearning System for Local eCourses

On 15th October, 2007 Albert Poghosyan conducted a training entitled "Using Moodle Open Source eLearning System for Local eCourses" at CRRC-Armenia premises. The training aimed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the administrative functions of a Moodle e-Learning system.

PowerPoint slides of the training are available online here.

The participants learnt how to adapt the layout of a Moodle site, how to manage users (including authentication, enrollments, course groups and the roles system), back up an entire site and individual courses. In addition, participants explored many of the features which impact the experience of tutors and learners. Particularly, the examples of Armenian Distance Learning Network and CRRC Research Fellowship 2007 application process were used. Under the guidance of the trainer, participants reviewed the principal administrative options of a Moodle site. Wherever possible participants engaged in activities to assess the impact of the various settings and options.

Albert Poghosyan holds a Master Degree in Electronic Governance from Salford University (UK). Currently he is doing research on Identity Management and Authorization technologies and teaching IT Project Management.