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Civil society participated in strategy development
12.09.2008

Civil society participated in strategy development

Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) attended and addressed World Bank consultation on "Governance and Anti-corruption," held in Congress Hotel on September 12, 2008. The event brought together civil society representatives of different spheres for a public dialogue to ensure the widest possible involvement for drafting the World Bank's work plan, Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with Armenia for the next 4 years.


TIAC observed local government elections in Yerevan's Arabkir community
07.09.2008

TIAC observed local government elections in Yerevan's Arabkir community

A group of 11 domestic observers, representing Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) members and its partners, deployed in five polling stations of Yerevan's Arabkir community on September 7 to carry out election observation mission (EOM) of local elections. It was the fist experience of TIAC to launch an EOM, though certain representatives of the organization had monitored elections as observers both in Armenia and abroad.


Publish What You Fund Campaign calls on donors for transparency
04.09.2008

Publish What You Fund Campaign calls on donors for transparency

The Publish What You Fund campaign called on donor governments to act immediately on commitments to greater transparency of aid made in the Accra Agenda for Action on Aid Effectiveness. Donor governments have committed to publish "regular, detailed, and timely" information on aid spending. They also committed to open procurement of services, as well as to providing "full and timely information" on current and planned aid spending, up to 5 years in advance.


The ecologists are anxious about the policy pursued by the Armenian authorities
03.09.2008

The ecologists are anxious about the policy pursued by the Armenian authorities

A number of NGOs and independent experts expressed their concerns over ecological policy currently pursued by the Armenian authorities and its possible outcomes in a press conference held in Friday Press Club on September 3, 2008. The speakers particularly focused on the obstacles to the implementation of garbage recycling project in Yerevan's Nubarashen district, the groundless release of water from Lake Sevan, destruction of Teghut Forest and recurring loggings for the construction of various establishments.


A week campaign has started
19.08.2008

A week campaign has started

Concerned over ecological danger, dozens of civil society representatives from August 19 to 21, 2008, held protest actions in front of the parliament building against the Government's legislative initiative to increase the volume of water release from Lake Sevan up to 360 million cubic meters. The government-drafted Bill on Amendments to the Republic of Armenia Law on Approval of Annual and Complex Program for the Lake Sevan Ecosystem Restoration, Conservation, Reproduction and Use was debated and eventually adopted during the National Assembly's special session.


The Armenian authorities' latest anti-corruption activity in "A Crossroads of Viewpoints" program
09.08.2008

The Armenian authorities' latest anti-corruption activity in "A Crossroads of Viewpoints" program

Broadcasted via Radio Liberty, "A Crossroads of Viewpoints" program on August 9 2008 brought together TIAC Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan and MP Hermine Naghdalyan. The program, hosted by Anna Israyelyan, reflected on the Armenian authorities' fight against corruption within the latest months, manifested by arrests of middle- and lower-ranking functionaries and law enforcement officials. Hence, an attempt was made to sort out if it implied a start of a true fight against corruption or was merely a skilful PR action.


Freedom of Information Law as an anti-corruption instrument
28.07.2008

Freedom of Information Law as an anti-corruption instrument

TIAC Vice Chair Varuzhan Hoktaynan was a guest speaker at a discussion on "Freedom of Information Law as an Anti-corruption Instrument," convened on July 28 in Vanadzor and on July 29 in Ijevan. Among other issues, the discussion covered corruption level in Armenia and the Armenian government and civil society efforts in reducing corruption.


Live TV program on corruption
26.07.2008

Live TV program on corruption

On July 26 2008, TIAC Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan appeared as an anti-corruption expert on "Shirak" Public Television and Radio Company's "You are on the Air" live program. Together with education experts, Amalia Kostanyan answered the anchor's, TV viewers' and the people's questions directly broadcasted from downtown Gyumri.


TIAC General Meeting reelected Board and Chair for another 2 years' term of office
25.07.2008

TIAC General Meeting reelected Board and Chair for another 2 years' term of office

TIAC held General Meeting on July 25, 2008 to give an account of the organization's implemented and ongoing projects within the reporting period, to inform the members of its future activities and to elect new members, Board and Chair. Chairwoman Amalia Kostanyan presented biannual activity report on accomplishing the organization's mission and goals, while Executive Director Sona Ayvazyan reflected on the organization's inventory usage report and introduced work plan for 2008-2009.


Awareness raising process on Teghut goes on
24.07.2008

Awareness raising process on Teghut goes on

July was a hot month for Teghut Defense Group and environmentalists who, in addition to the customary protest actions in front of the government building to suspend logging of Teghut forest, paid a visit to Etchmiadzin to hand in a message addressed to His Holiness Garegin II, arranged a two-day trip to Teghut to confer on the consequences of exploitation of the copper-molybdenum mine with the local residents and participated in a number of meetings and discussions, including in the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia on that regard.