TCPA News

  • In partnership with Swedish Geological Company and AUA’s Center for Responsible Mining, TCPA is going to contribute to the World Bank-supported Armenian Strategic Mining Sector Sustainability Assessment. TCPA will analyze the role of civil society in regard to mining in Armenia. Project starts in October 2015, results expected end of 2015.
  • Preliminary qualitative results of the TCPA on-going study on Civic Activism in Armenia have been presented by TCPA Research Associate Valentina Gevorgyan at the 2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference in Leeds, United Kingdom. The conference program is available here. The study is supported by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net.
  • TCPA paper “Online vs Offline Civic Activism: the Case of Armenia” will be presented at The Caucasus Research Resource Centers Methodological Conference on Transformations in the South Caucasus and its Neighbourhood, in Tbilisi, Georgia (June 26-27, 2015). The paper is authored by TCPA Research Associate Valentina Gevorgyan and PSIA Alumna Armine Bagiyan. The research examines the interplay of the social media usage and actual civic activism in Armenia based on the resolved cases of civic initiatives in the recent history of Armenia. The paper is available here. The conference program is available here. The news coverage of the story is available here.
  • TCPA Assistant Director Jenny Paturyan was invited to be a special editor of the most recent Caucasus Analytical Digest issue on Civil Society. She wrote an article on Armenia “Armenian Civil Society: It is Not All about NGOs” and coordinated articles on Azerbaijan and Georgia. The issue of the journal is available here.
  • TCPA academic project on Armenian civil society was presented at the PSIA Seminar by Valentina Gevorgyan, Senior Researcher of the recently completed study. The talk was live-streamed by CivilNet and is available here. The news coverage of the story is available here.
  • TCPA ranks the 19th in the Top Think Tanks in Central Asia according to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report provided by the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The Institute is a home to a comprehensive database of over 6,500 think tanks worldwide. The report is prepared in the framework of the Think Tanks & Civil Societies Program and presents global think tanks ranking by regions, areas of research and special achievements. The report can be accessed here.
  • TCPA presentation entitled “Civic Activism as a Source of Trust: the Case of Armenia”, highlighting the results of the study on Armenian civil society (available here) has been presented by TCPA Research Associate Valentina Gevorgyan at the “The ‘Next Step’ in the Development of Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe” Conference, December 4, 2014 in Poznan, Poland. The conference program is available here.
  • TCPA has completed its study “Armenian Civil Society after Twenty Years of Transition: Still Post-Communist?” funded by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN). The study was conducted from 2012 to 2014 and is based on secondary data analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative methods: an organizational survey and semi-structured interviews. This study has resulted in two papers in peer-reviewed publications and five conference presentations. The final manuscript of the study is available here.
  • “Motivations to Volunteer: the Case of Armenia” paper presented by TCPA Research Associate Valentina Gevorgyan at the 20th Annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, September 10-11, 2014, Sheffield, UK. Link.
  • TCPA paper Is ‘Googling’ a technique? What the internet can tell us about the Non-Governmental Sector in Armenia” has been published in the Haigazian Armenological Review Journal of the Haigazian University Press. The paper discusses the method used to map the online visibility of Armenian NGOs. The manuscript is authored by TCPA Assistant Director Jenny Paturyan, Research Associate Valentina Gevorgyan and team member Mariam Matevosyan. The paper can be accessed here.
  • The Armenian Third Sector Twenty Years after the Post-Soviet Transition: Continuity or Change?” paper presented by the TCPA Assistant Director Jenny Paturyan at the 11th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) entitled “Civil Society and the Citizen”, July 22-25, 2014, Muenster – Germany. More information about the Conference can be accessed here.
  • TCPA has been selected by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) Scientific Board as one of the six regional teams out of 36 (!) to start a Novel project on the Armenian Civil Society in October 2014 that will build on the ongoing study. More information about ASCN can be accessed here.
  • TCPA paper “Trust toward NGOs and volunteering in South Caucasus: civil society moving away from post-communism?” has been published in the Southeast European and Black Sea Studies Journal. The paper compares, discusses and highlights differences between the civil societies of the three South Caucasus countries. The manuscript is authored by TCPA Assistant Director Jenny Paturyan and Research Associate Valentina Gevorgyan. The manuscript is available here.
  • TCPA paper Armenian Constitution: A Failed Attempt at Democracy Export has been selected as one of 13 applications out of 70 (!) to be presented at the Exporting Regimes? Interests and Strategies of Powerful States in the Post-Communist Space Conference to be held in Berlin, in June 2014. The Conference is organized by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net and the Hertie School of Governance.  The manuscript is authored by TCPA Assistant Director Dr. Jenny Paturyan, and co-authored by TCPA research team member and current MA student Tatevik Badalyan.The conference focuses on how influential democracies and authoritarian states effect the developments of political regimes in seemingly less powerful states. More information about the Conference can be found here.
  • In September 2013, AUA and TCPA provided a capacity building training for the staff members of the National Assembly of Armenia in the framework of the USAID’s Support to the Armenian National Assembly Program (SANAP) in cooperation with Tetra Tech and OSCE.
  • In  April-June, 2013 TCPA implemented  a study on “Estimation of Direct and Indirect Costs and Benefits Related to Consolidation of Communities of the Republic of Armenia” in cooperation with Counterpart International Armenia.
  • “Trust towards NGOs and Volunteering in Armenia: Moving away from Post-Communism?” study to be presented by TCPA Assistant Director Jenny Paturyan at the Political Transformation and Social Change in the South Caucasus – 3rd Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) Annual Conference21-22 June 2013, Tbilisi – Georgia
  • Is ‘Googling’ a Method? What Can Internet Tell Us about the Non-Governmental Sector in Armenia study to be presented by TCPA Research Assistants Valentina Gevorgyan and Mariam Matevosyan at the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) Research Methods Conference, June 20, 2013, Tbilisi – Georgia
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