Building Skills and Knowledge: Demography Training for Government Staff

Recently, the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) - Armenia and the United Nations Fund for Population Armenia (UNFPA) organized series of lectures on "Demography Statistics", hosted by CRRC.

The Training of Trainers (TOT) (October 1-5, 2012) was conducted by an international expert on demographic statistics, Mrs. Svetlana Novoselova. The main target audience of this training was Armenian state civil servants from various state agencies that deal with demographic issues. Building on the success of the TOT, three more trainings (October 22-26, November 5-9, and November 19-23) were conducted by acknowledged experts R. Yeganyan, K. Kuyumdjan, L. Kharatyan, and others.

A comprehensive syllabus was created, addressing the need for state and public functionaries to have a deeper knowledge about the demography of Armenia, which they use in various aspects of their work. The course covered the basics of demographic data analysis, demography dynamics, population makeup and predictions, demographic policy making, and included a wide variety of practice exercises and lectures.

After the conclusion of the trainings, CRRC Armenia and UNFPA hosted a celebration dinner at “Camelot” restaurant, where all the participants were awarded with certificates of completion.