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Vardenis and Chambarak regions of Gegharkunik marz: Current situation and perspectives for development
Implementation period:
February 2004 - March 2005
Partner:
Shen Armenia
Gegharkunik marz (province) occupies 18% of Armenia’s territory and is the largest marz in the country. Gegharkunik is also the neediest marz of Armenia. According to UNDP estimates, a considerable part of Armenia’s vulnerable population is concentrated in Gegharkunik marz: every 4 persons out of 10 are poor or extremely poor. 

Severe social and economic conditions are more intensely reflected in Vardenis and Chambarak regions of Gegharkunik. This situation is conditioned by a number of factors, one of which is that many communities of these regions are populated by refugees. Having emigrated from urban settlements of Azerbaijan and mainly from Baku, the majority of inhabitants of these communities have no experience in agriculture. 

Quantitative and qualitative research carried out by AST allowed for needs assessment of the population and in-depth multi-dimensional situation analysis of 32 poorest settlements of Chambarak and Vardenis regions. Long-term community development strategy that was elaborated based on the results of the research, is currently used by Shen NGO in making targeted community development interventions.

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