Armenia 2017

Analyticon Monthly Journal

Public Agenda


To stimulate public discussion on current events in the South Caucasus. The organization will publish a monthly journal on political, social, and economic developments. The grantee will organize twelve roundtable discussions after the publication of each journal.


Armenian Times Newspaper

Dareskizb LLC


To improve the quality and increase the availability of independent news and information in Armenia. The grantee will expand coverage of current events on its website. Under this program, participating journalists will devote particular attention to covering the Yerevan City Council and 2017 parliamentary elections.


Defending Freedom of Assembly

Protection of Rights Without Borders


To defend Armenian citizens’ right to peaceful assembly. The organization will provide legal assistance to the victims of police brutality during the July 2016 demonstrations in Yerevan. The grantee will coordinate with a coalition of NGOs to provide legal assistance and submit cases to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The organization will advocate for pre-trial detention in line with ECtHR standards, compile a report on its findings, and host a public discussion at the conclusion of the project.


Democracy, Security, and Foreign Policy

The Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs


To promote informed public debate about Armenian foreign policy. The organization will produce analytical articles, host roundtable discussions, conduct trainings, and organize conferences designed to place issues of democracy and rule of law at the center of discourse about foreign policy in Armenia.


Documentary Film: The Choice between Home and Freedom

Versus Studio


To foster understanding and discussion of Armenia’s Soviet history and the legacy of a totalitarian system. The organization will produce a documentary examining the differences between communism and democracy as described by Armenians who experienced both; create a graphic novel on the subject matter explored in the documentary; and host community discussions and presentations in three cities in Armenia.

Independent Journalists’ Network


To provide news and analysis of Armenian current events on its website, The network will produce daily news and analysis, including video reporting, discussion shows, in-depth video investigations, and documentary films on political and human rights topics.


Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy

Helsinki Association


To monitor human rights in Armenia and promote public understanding of human rights violations. The organization will provide legal aid, monitor court cases on human rights topics, and conduct strategic litigation. The grantee will produce video discussions and short films to raise awareness of human rights issues within the country. The organization will also compile a report outlining recommended changes to the judiciary.


Independent News Website

Investigative Journalists NGO


To promote independent journalism by maintaining a daily news website. Articles will be published in Armenian, Russian, and English and will focus on economics, politics, and the judiciary. During this two-year program, the organization’s investigative team will focus on issues of political and social relevance in addition to its regular news coverage.


Independent Television Broadcasting

Meltex Ltd.


To promote public discussion of current events in the South Caucasus. The organization will produce an interactive talk show to analyze the key challenges facing Armenian society. It will also investigate Georgia’s political and economic outlook during the second half of the program. The emerging picture will encourage comparisons between how Georgia benefits from its associations with the EU and how Armenia does not reap similar advantages from the Eurasian Economic Union.


Measuring Public Opinion on Foreign Policy

Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation


To promote informed public debate on Western values and institutions. The organization will monitor Armenian media outlets’ coverage of NATO, the European Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and the Eurasian Economic Union. The grantee will also survey public opinion on these institutions. The results of both studies will be summarized in two reports and disseminated widely. Finally, the organization will host two presentations to discuss how to combat disinformation about Western institutions.



Umbrella Journalists’ International Network NGO


To promote debate on controversial topics through the use of political satire. The grantee will produce monthly comics on relevant political and social issues in its newspaper Tsets. During the final two months of the project, the grantee will publish a comic book of the entire series. Materials from this project will also be made available online and shared on social media.


Monitoring the Parliamentary Elections

Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center NGO

Supplement: $40,830

To monitor the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in May 2017. The organization will train 500 monitors to observe the election procedures in 150 precincts throughout Armenia, and extend its election monitoring technology to 1,000 partner groups. The grantee will advocate for a full investigation and initiate litigation in the instance of serious electoral violations.


Promoting Government Accountability

Ecological Right, NGO


To encourage civic activism and to promote government accountability in Armenia’s mining sector. The organization will engage in national and international processes involving mining industry oversight; organize conferences and roundtables; and produce articles and press releases on its research.


Promoting Government Accountability

Veles NGO


To promote government accountability and access to justice in Armenia. The group will monitor instances of official misconduct, provide legal support to victims of crimes perpetrated by government employees, and produce informational materials on legal recourse in cases of rights violations. The grantee will also undertake strategic litigation on four cases in domestic courts, produce a report on cases involving government officials’ abuse of power for public dissemination, and host press conferences to announce the program’s findings.


Protecting Journalists’ Rights

Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression


To monitor freedom of the press in Armenia. The grantee will document violations of journalists’ rights, provide free legal aid to media organizations, and conduct strategic litigation. It will publish its findings in four quarterly reports and organize a roundtable discussion at the conclusion of the project.


Providing Legal Aid to Conscripts

Rights Information Center


To monitor human rights in Armenia and promote public understanding of conscripts’ rights. The program will provide legal aid to military conscripts, monitor court cases of soldiers and socially vulnerable citizens, and conduct strategic litigation. It will also organize public debates, produce videos, and publish a monitoring report on access to free legal aid.


Public Debate on Foreign Policy

Union of Informed Citizens Consulting Non-Governmental Organization


To promote informed public debate on Armenian foreign policy. The organization will analyze Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), focusing on the under-discussed negative implications of the EEU on Armenia’s democratic development and foreign policy achievements. The organization will research and produce articles and animated videos on fifteen thematic areas related to Armenia’s accession to the EEU and host two three-day seminars with journalists near Yerevan to increase awareness on the issue. 


Regional Broadcasting on Local Governance Issues

Progress of Gyumri Civil Society Development Center


To promote the accountability of local government officials and Members of Parliament representing Gyumri, the second-largest city in Armenia. The organization will produce television talk shows, live stream city council meetings, draft analytical articles, and organize a conference on local political developments. At the conclusion of the program, the grantee will compile a final report and produce a video on its key findings.


Strengthening Pro-Reform Dialogue

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To strengthen the Armenian business community’s engagement in the democratic reform process through economic policy advocacy, and to improve the internal capacity and leadership of the Business Advocacy Network (BAN). The center will assist BAN, a grassroots coalition of 18 business organizations, in launching a National Business Agenda advocacy campaign and engaging in dialogue with the government. 


Supporting Local Partners to Safeguard 2017 Parliamentary Elections

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To support citizen election observation of the April 2017 parliamentary elections in Armenia. The institute will utilize peer-to-peer learning, international trainers, and financial support to a local partner with the goal of strengthening the organization’s professionalism and outreach to Armenian citizens and the international community.


Supporting Political Parties to Develop Citizen-Centered Policies

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To promote the development of citizen-oriented public policies informed by public consultation. The institute will carry out an assessment of the current state of policy development, and develop and deliver targeted training and mentoring. Parties will engage a single area of public concern, analyze root causes and impacts, engage with citizens and stakeholders, and develop a comprehensive “platform” that the party will propose to address that concern.  

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