September 27, 2012

Public Lecture by the World Bank Representative Dr. Souleymane Coulibaly

On September 18, 2012 CRRC-Armenia in cooperation with the World Bank organized a public lecture at the Yerevan State University on ”Fiscal Consolidation and Recovery in Armenia. Impact of Global Crisis on a Small Open Society”. 

The lecture was conducted by Dr. Souleymane Coulibaly, the World Bank’s Senior Country Economist, and Europe and Central Asia regional trade coordinator. He is also team leader of the "Fiscal Consolidation and Recovery in Armenia" study, and one of the principal authors of the World Development Report 2009 "Reshaping Economic Geography".  

During his speech, Dr. Coulibaly concentrated on the current challenges for Armenia’s fiscal policy, sustainability of Armenia’s external debt, as well as on the key policy recommendations on re-balancing fiscal situation in Armenia. 

The lecture was followed by discussion and QA session, actively participated by the audience, consisted of students, academic community, international organizations, NGOs, and other interested public. 

September 26, 2012

Webinar on How to Raise Funds from the European Commission

On September 24, 2012 CRRC–Armenia held a webinar on How to Rise Funds from the European Commission,  provided by, an online initiative, working for the sustainability of NGOs by increasing their access to donors, resources, and skills.

The online presentation was held by Erik Detiger, a successful international project manager and fundraising professional, the founder and managing director of Philantropia Inc – an international fundraising consultancy firm; and Meghan Arakelian, Program Associate at Philantropia Inc.

The presenters provided participants with an increased understanding into the systems established by the European Commission for funding NGOs, how NGOs can raise funds from it, and answered the questions of all interested participants.

September 25, 2012

Unemployed, poor and happy: Caucasus Barometer 2011

By Valeria Sargsyan

On September 12, 2012, Dr. Heghine Manasyan, Country Director of the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC)-Armenia held a presentation on selected findings from the Caucasus Barometer (CB) 2011 survey at the Ani Plaza Hotel in Yerevan, Armenia. The CB is a yearly cross-border project, initiated by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, which aims to study public opinion on social, political and economic processes in the South Caucasus region. 

The presentation was opened by Yerevan State University Vice-rector, Mr. Ruben Markosyan. He greeted the audience, which consisted of public officials, NGO representatives, the academic community, media persons, young activists and the general public. Mr. Markosyan emphasized the role of CRRC-Armenia in revealing public opinion trends towards development issues in South Caucasus. 

Dr. Manasyan presented the results of CB 2011 survey, which was simultaneously conducted in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia among 6,000 households. 

The findings show that, as compared to CB 2010 results, the population of the South Caucasus region remains concerned with socio-economic issues. In Armenia, 44% of the general population indicated unemployment  as the most important issue facing the country (32% in 2009 and 45% in 2010). Poverty was named as the most important issue by 16% (12% in 2009, 10% in 2010). Thirty one percent of Azerbaijanis noted unresolved territorial issues as country’s main concern, followed by 28% who said unemployment.

Another noteworthy tendency throughout the South Caucasus and in Armenia in particular, is an interest in migration. Generally, a large number of South Caucasians show interest in temporary or permanent migration; 57%, 47% and 45% of Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Georgians, respectively say they would temporary leave their country, while 25% of Armenians, 16% of Azerbaijanis, and 11% of Georgians say they would take an opportunity to move abroad for permanent residency. 

It is interesting to note that Armenians show a relatively higher level of happiness (6.6 out of 10 vs. 5.1 for general satisfaction of life) despite distressing socioeconomic and political perceptions (although Georgians' scores are  6.9 and 5.6, correspondingly).

Overall, the presentation was widely covered and encouraged a lively discussion.

CRRC's CB survey databases and the supporting documents are free and available for all those interested in in-depth analysis and in advancing social research and public policy.

Caucasus Barometer 2011 Presentation