December 20, 2010

Two-Day Training on “Scientific Project Management”

On December 14-15, 2010 CRRC-Armenia organized a two-day methodological training on "Scientific Project Management", delivered by Albert Poghosyan, the President of Armenian Project Management Association.

During the first day of the training the general overview of project management was presented, project life cycle and project estimation were discussed. During the second day of the training the main focus was on project quality management, project risk management, project human management, as well as project management and control. In the end of the training the lessons learned were summarized.

The training was attended by 15 interested participants, among them students, lecturers, researchers, as well as NGO representatives.

Mr. Poghosyan was enriching the training with real life cases, sharing his own experience on project management activities. Such examples made the training more interesting and useful for participants.

Mr. Poghosyan has Bachelors degree in Economics from Yerevan State University. He has studied MSc programme in eGovernance at University of Salford, Manchester, UK.

December 13, 2010

Preliminary Findings of 2010 Corruption Survey were Presented to the Media

On December 10, 2010, following the International Anti-Corruption Day, preliminary results of the 2010 corruption household survey were presented. The survey was conducted by CRRC-Armenia for the USAID Mobilizing Action against Corruption (MAAC).

The preliminary survey results were presented by CRRC-Armenia Data Initiative and Methodological Trainings Program Manager Dr. Yevgenya Paturyan. The presentation was followed by question and answer session, in which participated MAAC COP Francois Vezina, CRRC-Armenia Country Director Heghine Manasyan, USAID/Armenia Democracy Adviso Mark Lavinson and CRRC-Armenia Program Manager Yevgenya Paturyan.

This survey was the third one in the series of annual surveys since 2008 and gives a unique opportunity to monitor the change of public opinion perception on corruption in Armenia.

The press conference was opened by USAID/Armenia Democracy Advisor Mark Lavonson. “The survey shows that more and more Armenians consider corruption to be a fact of life. While we note the growing pessimism among citizens over the last two years”, added Mr. Lavinson,” USAID remains committed to supporting the Armenian government and civil society in their joint efforts to combat corruption. Continued support to the network of Advocacy and Assistance Centers that are run by NGOs and work in collaboration with local government counterparts is a prime example of this commitment.”

The preliminary findings of the survey reveal that corruption is one of the five most serious problems in Armenia according to the public opinion. The fact that more than half of the respondents think that corruption is very serious problem in Armenia and people can do nothing about it and it is “a way of life”, is very alarming. Moreover, half of the respondents consider corruption being most severe among high-ranking officials. Only three percent of the respondents agreed that government’s actions against corruption are very effective.

As Yevgenya Paturyan noted, the final findings of the survey will be published in February 2011.

December 2, 2010

Presentation on Data Initiative 2009 Survey Results

On December 1, 2010 CRRC-Armenia presented some findings of Data Initiative 2009 survey conducted among 6000 households simultaneously in the countries of the South Caucasus. The findings were presented by CRRC-Armenia country director Heghine Manasyan. The participants were welcomed by Eurasia Partnership Foundation country director Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Ara Petrossyan and the dean of the faculty of sociology of Yerevan State University Arthut Mkrtichyan.

Referring to the surveys conducted by CRRC every year, the Deputy Minister of Economy said such surveys directly or indirectly serve the public, as well as state administration bodies. This kind of surveys collect valuable data that help to analyze and understand the situations in different fields. The survey results may help to guide the reforms in the right direction in economic and social life.

The Armenian media has been widely covering this event in the news, both in printed media and television. Particularly, Public TV Company of Armenia, that has the widest coverage on the territory of Armenia and is broadcasted abroad as well, presented about 5 minutes long coverage of the event, right after presenting the news coverage of the Armenian presidents visit to Astana.

Below see the slides of the presentation with some findings and charts.