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March 31, 2017

To highlight the role women can and should play in the development of Armenia’s rural regions, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr. traveled to Gegharqunik province on March 30 and met with female farmers, civic activists and civil society leaders – all beneficiaries and partners of USAID development efforts.

group photo of young women and a man
March 29, 2017

Increased female employment offers great potential to Armenia’s economy. Currently, women constitute 67 percent of Armenia’s economically non-active population and their unemployment rate is almost double that of male unemployment (51.5 percent female vs. 21.8 percent male). According to World Bank estimates, Armenia loses as much as 14 percent of its potential GDP due to unequal opportunities for women to participate in employment and entrepreneurship. To highlight the importance of women’s leadership and economic empowerment in Armenia, on March 29 the U.S.

young women with certificates of course completion
February 3, 2017

The future of Armenia’s food supply is more secure now that the first group of students has completed a special training course offered in Armenia thanks to an innovative cooperation agreement between U.S. and Armenian universities, with USAID support. 

The USAID Tax Reform Project Marked Successful Completion
December 29, 2016

For the past four years USAID has been working with the Ministry of Finance to transform Armenia’s tax regulations and the administration of the tax code to ensure increased transparency.

September 24, 2013

Over twenty years on since independence, Armenia in 2013 has demonstrated its resilience and has made strides in its development yet it remains far from ready to “graduate” from assistance. Review of the key indicators of Armenia’s economic, democratic and social transition reveals progress, yet a mixed record on reform. Armenia presents a particularly challenging and unique development context because of its geopolitical constraints and unresolved conflict with Azerbaijan, its energy dependency, the influence of an engaged and diverse Diaspora, Russia’s dominance in major sectors, and the small size and population dynamics of the country.


Last updated: July 21, 2021

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