March 31, 2011

2010 Armenia Corruption Survey of Households: Report Becoming Available

CRRC-Armenia is about to go public with the results of the 2010 Armenia Corruption Survey of Households. Conducted in November 2010 with 1,528 respondents nationwide, it is the third annual survey implemented within USAID’s Mobilising Action Against Corruption Activity in Armenia.

The final stage of the project will be the dissemination of survey results. An analytical report in Armenian and English presents findings for 2010 in comparison to survey data from 2009 and 2008. It contains information on general corruption perceptions, personal experiences, corruption-related individual behavioral patterns, perceptions of governmental and non-governmental anticorruption activities, and other issues.

CRRC-Armenia is planning a total of 7 public presentations for various auditoria during the month of April. The presentations are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Presentation

Tentative Date

Vanadzor: for a mixed group made up of the general public, NGO and business community, youth, local government and media representatives

7.04

Gyumri: for a mixed group made up of the general public, NGO and business community, youth, local government and media representatives

11.04

Yerevan: for the general public, NGOs, private sector groups, profit and non-profit organizations

12.04

Yerevan: for representatives of universities and research centres, including Yerevan State University, the American University of Armenia, the National Academy of Sciences, and other universities and research centres

15.04

Yerevan: for high school and university students in cooperation with Jinishian Memorial Foundation

18.04

Yerevan: for officials from the Government of Armenia and from different governmental structures

20.04

Yerevan: for journalists

21.04

The electronic version of the analytical report, dataset, survey instruments and some presentations materials are available at CRRC-Armenia website http://www.crrc.am/index.php/en/7/999/.

March 29, 2011

Carnegie Research Fellowship Program

CRRC is happy to announce the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) for the 2011-2012 academic year. The program offers exceptional research opportunities in the United States for scholars from the South Caucasus. The Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) is administered by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) in collaboration with the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (American Councils) and the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC).

Specifically, scholars in the social sciences and the humanities may apply for individual, non-degree research opportunities at universities and institutes in the United States. The program is directed at advanced researchers that already have a demonstrated track record in research. The research period lasts up to a full semester (4 months), starting either September 2011 or January 2012.

Individuals who are eligible to participate in the fellowship program:

  • Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
  • Applicants whose proposals relate to the following themes: The South Caucasus: Life in Transition.
  • Advanced graduate students, university faculty and scholars at any stage in their careers who have not recently conducted research projects at U.S. institutions.
  • Scholars who hold a "Kandidatskaya" degree or higher, or who are working towards a "Kandidatskaya" degree at the time of application.
  • Scholars who have publications (advanced graduate students may cite papers presented at academic conferences) in a particular field.
  • Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written and spoken English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and engage colleagues.
  • Scholars who are able to receive and maintain a United States J-1 visa.
  • Scholars who are able to begin the CRFP in the United States in September 2011, or January 2012.

NCEEER, the American Councils, and the CRRC do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, and disability. For more information please visit NCEEER website.

Applications need to be submitted in a hard copy to CRRC-Armenia office (52 Abovyan Str., room 305, Yerevan, Armenia). Deadline for applications is April 29, 5 p.m., 2011. We suggest applicants to study details in the guidelines and the application form closely, and in good time, to avoid disappointment. We will be accepting applications in the social sciences and the humanities. All costs for the scholars are covered, including round-trip airfare.

The Carnegie Research Fellowship presents an extraordinary chance to researchers that can advance their work through a period of self-directed study in the US. Note that the application process is very competitive, since a concise research proposal is expected.

If interested in the fellowship program, have a look at guidelines, application and privacy policy.

March 18, 2011

Comparitive study of Armenian and Turkish civil society

Counterpart International-Armenia partnered with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey(TUSEV) to develop another comparative study, which compliments the CIVICUS CSI country analytical reports of Armenia and Turkey. The study was conducted in the framework of the Cross Border Cooperation Initiative supported by The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The CSI assessment combines multiple indicators to provide a visual display of five following key dimensions:

1. Civic Engagement: 'The extent to which individuals engage in social and political initiatives.'

2. Level or Organisation: 'The degree of institutionalisation that characterises civil society.'

3. Practice of Values: 'The extent to which civil society practices some core values.'

4. Perceived Impact: 'The extent to which civil society is able to impact the social and policy arena, according to internal and external perceptions.'

5. External Environment: 'The above four dimensions are analysed in the context of "external environment", which includes the socioeconomic, political and cultural variables within which civil society operates (CIVICUS Civil Society Index, 'Armenian Civil Society', Analytical Country Report, 2010. pp. 6.).

The five key dimensions are plotted in order to produce the 'Civil Society Diamond diagram'. Armenia's 'Civil Society Diamond diagram' looks like this:

The 'Civil Society Diamond diagram' for Turkey's presented in the above-mentioned report looks like this:

The dimensions of each country measured by the CSI compare:


Both Armenian and Turkish civil society are plagued by low levels of civic engagement and perceived impact. However, both countries have better scores in level of organisation, practice of values and external environment. The countries share common weaknesses and common strengths. The shared weaknesses include, among others, low levels of citizen participation and weak internal governance. Common strengths include the interest of international players in the region and formal internal governance mechanisms in place in each country (Counterpart International and Third Sector Foundation, ‘The Two Diamonds’, 2010. pp. 4-5).

- CIVICUS Civil Society Index, 'Armenian Civil Society', Analytical Country Report, 2010.

- 'The Two Diamonds: Comparative Study of the State of Civil in Armenia and Turkey', Counterpart International/Armenia and Third Sector Foundation/Turkey, 2010.