Institute for Civil Society and Regional Development
29 March 2017
Institute for Civil Society and Regional Development (ICSRD) held a Round-Table discussion “Elections to the National Assembly of Armenia in the Context of Foreign Policy and Security Issues”. See more at: http://www.ra.am/archives/14147
Քաղաքացիական հասարակության և տարածաշրջանային առաջընթացի ինստիտուտը (ՔՀՏԱԻ) կազմակերպել է Կլոր սեղան-քննարկում «ՀՀ ԱԺ նախընտրական քարոզարշավն անվտանգության հարցերի և արտաքին քաղաքականության համատեքստում»:
Through 2013-2016 Institute for Civil Society and Regional Development (ICSRD) within the Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) in cooperation with International Alertimplemented number of initiatives in the framework of EU financed ‘Business Advocacy of Peace’Programme. Type of activities includes promotion of Caucasian Brands – Honey, Cheese, Tea, Wine, and Herbal Teas. During these events, locals and guests have been invited to taste and comment on the Caucasus Brands, which includetea,honey,cheese, wine, and herbal teas. These have all been produced as a result of the collaborative efforts of CBDN members and local businesses in the South Caucasus and Turkey (Kars).
On December 17, 2014 – ICSRD within the Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN)program supported by International Alert, was invited to take part in a Christmas reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Yerevan, to showcase the results of its work supported by the UK ‘Conflict Pool.’ We had our own stand, where we exhibited the ‘Caucasus Brands’ – tea, honey and herbal tea produced by the joint efforts of experts from across the region. While very symbolic, the ‘Caucasus Brands’ demonstrate the tangible results of cooperation between conflict sides.
In her welcoming speech, Katherine Leach, British Ambassador to Armenia, spoke in particular about the project, the work of CBDN and our achievements so far. These include modelling regional cooperation through creation of the Caucasus Brands, advancing cross-border discourse through engaging professionals in dialogue around common interests and organising cross-learning and study trips to build professional capacity within sectors across conflict lines. She advised everybody to visit our stand, which was at pride of place next to the Christmas tree, and try our products.
We took part with the presentation of the ‘Caucasus Brands’ – ‘Caucasus Tea’ and ‘Caucasus Herbal Tea’. Visitors to the bazaar showed great interest in the work of CBDN, and had the opportunity to find out more about our goals, methods, format and products. Members of the press, civil society organisations and the diplomatic community also visited our stall with interest. US ambassador to Armenia, John Heffern, was among the visitors to our stand. He admired the presentation of our stand, and revealed that he was already well acquainted with the network and with many aspects of our work, and wished us every success.
In October – November 2014 ICSRD as CBDN/Yerevan office representative together with partner from CBDN/Kars and International Alert participated and co-organised the CaucasusBusiness and Development Network (CBDN)’sFundrising campaign in Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara) and Armenia (Yerevan). We aimed at promoting networking, coordination and information exchange, identification of priority areas of foreign missions – embassies and international organisations – in Armenia and Turkey, as well as their stand in supporting initiatives of Turkish- Armenian context, and possibilities of future cooperation. (+Photos ‘Istanbul-Ankara – Yerevan)
On July 4, 2013 ICSRD participated in CaucasusBusiness and Development Network (CBDN)working discussions on starting the process understanding the state of the Beekeeping Sector across the South Caucasus and Turkey. As the result of this meeting, we put together a report, which is available at: www.caucasusbusiness.net(Istanbul, Turkey) (+ Photo ‘Istanbul July’)
May 31 – June2, 2013 – Director of ICSRD Aghavni Karakhanian together with delegation of women-MPs from National Assembly of RA and women-representatives from NGO sector of Armenia took part in ‘The South Caucasian Forum of Women in Decision-Making’ in Tbilisi. The event was organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
On July 19 – 22, 2012 – ICSRD took part in a cross-learning trip of South Caucasian beekeepers to Kars, Turkey, organised by Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) and InternationalAlert. The trip was part of CBDN’s ongoing work in this sector, which aims to promote and strengthen regional cooperation among beekeepers in the South Caucasus.
On May 29-30, 2012 – Director of ICSRD Aghavni Karakhanian participated and presented a report at the International Conference ‘Security and Development in a Complex Policy Environment: Perspectives from Moldova, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan’ organised by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)at the University of Tampere, Finland in the framework of ‘Security and Development Research within TheWider Europe InitiativeSecurity Cluster’Research Project, supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland within the Finnish Development Cooperation programme. The conference aims to increase knowledge of the perspectives from these countries and deepen our understanding of their complex operating environment for security and development policies. The conference deals with a range of topical issues related to regional development and conflict dynamics and discuss how actors and agents in these countries respond to, and in their policies and action take into account external tensions, how they seek to resolve conflicts as concerns the unsettled national borders and the management of natural resources.
On May 7-9, 2012 Director of ICSRD Aghavni Karakhanian presented Armenia’s country report, prepared by G. Makaryan and M.Galstyan on the links between labour market developments and migration at mid-term workshop in Krakow, organized by CASE – Center for Social and EconomicResearch in cooperation with the CentralEuropean University (CEU) (Budapest) and the Institute for the Study ofLabour (IZA)(Bonn). The country reports of the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and five EU member states (Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom) were discussed within the study on ‘ENPI – Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries’.The project is sponsored by European Commission DG EuropeAid
Director of ICSRD Aghavni Karakhanian was among representatives of Armenian civil society organizations who met in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
On July 3, 2010 – ICSRD’s Coordinator of Programmes Shushan Khatlamajyan as a member of delegation ofthe representatives of Armenian and Azerbaijani intellectuals took part in the ‘Good Will Tour of Ambassadors’ that visited Nagorno-Karabakh, Yerevan and Baku, and met the Azerbaijani President in Baku. The initiative was organised under the auspices of the Ambassadors of Armenia and Azerbaijan to Russia – Armen Smbatian and Polad Bul Bul-oglu with the participation of the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on International Humanitarian Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy.
On December 1, 2009 – Aghavni Karakhanianas the Head of Subcommittee on International Integration of the Committee of Religion, Diaspora and International Integration of Public Council of RAwas a member of delegation of Public Council of RA at Bilateral Meeting of Members of Public Council of Republic of Armenia and Civic Chamber of Russian Federation in Moscow. (+ Photos Public Chamber