Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik Regions Supported to Increase Stability, Resilience and Socio-Economic Security
UK Government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, UNDP and UNICEF mark year one results in strengthened resilience, good governance and socio-economic security in target communities
Yerevan, 17 February 2021 – Wendy Morton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office visited UN Armenia today where Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF Representative in Armenia together with government officials, heads of communities and beneficiaries presented the main results of a joint project. In the framework of “Strengthening Stability and Resilience of the Bordering Communities in Vayots Dzor, Gegharkunik and Syunik Regions” project (2020-2021), funded by the United Kingdom Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), partners aim to increase resilience and improve good governance and socio-economic security in borderline regions of Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik in Armenia.
UNDP presented the results of the socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19, which was carried out in nine consolidated communities, looking at local level risk management and vulnerabilities in 21 communities in three target regions. The assessment also looked at the quality of community-based services in Gegharkunik region.
In 2020, partners established three community resilience teams and professional networks for social service workers, reinforced disaster management plans at 15 schools, 11 kindergartens and 10 health facilities, as well as equipped 30 schools with COVID-19 response supplies, in line with government guidelines.
The planned results for capacity building and awareness raising interventions were exceeded in terms of reach, coverage, and trainee satisfaction. 415 parents and caregivers from 22 communities were reached with information about emergency foster care, with over 200 parents expressing their interest to become foster parents. 70 displaced women and young people received upskilling and reskilling training with further job-placement.
In the three regions, social service workers were trained to provide mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), which became vitally important as borderline communities were affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The training reached and included social workers, social service providers from state institutions and non-governmental organizations, youth workers, and special pedagogues. UNICEF also established a helpline for social service workforce professionals (+37455086111), sustained by the Armenian Association of Social Workers, that received over 650 calls from August to December 2020.
In partnership with the Armenian Association of Social Workers, Armenian Association of Child and Educational Psychologists and Parenting School NGO, UNICEF developed gender responsive and age appropriate materials for professionals with a focus on MHPSS in the context of COVID-19 and provided capacity building interventions (training, coaching, mentoring, individual and group supervision and counselling, anti-burnout support) to 175 social service workforce professionals who ensure first psychological aid.
In 2021, UNDP and UNICEF will continue to train 250 vocational education and training (VET) faculty from 15 regional VET institutions in using electronic educational platforms and modern teaching technologies to expand the quality of VET services in these regions. To strengthen community resilience at the local level, partners have embarked on training of 90 representatives from community resilience teams and the civil society in disaster risk management principles and local level risk management, while disaster risk management plans are being developed for Goris and Vardenis towns in Syunik and Gegharkunik regions respectively.
About the project:
“COVID-19 Response: Strengthening Security, Stability and Resilience of the Bordering Communities in Vayots Dzor, Gegharkunik and Syunik Regions” project (2020-2021) is funded by the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and implemented by UNDP and UNICEF in partnership with the Government of Armenia. The project contributes to advancing resilience, good governance and socio-economic security in border communities of Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik.
UNICEF works to ensure that every child in Armenia is cherished, nurtured and cared for. Building on more than 70 years of global experience and 25 years of achieving results for children in Armenia, UNICEF is committed to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children living in poverty and isolation. From the maternity ward to the end of high school, UNICEF teams up with partners so that all children and families in Armenia benefit from improved policies, services and facilities across the country.
UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.