A Three-Day Anti-Corruption Training for CSOs and Media took place in Ararat Marz

A three-day Anti-Corruption training in Ararat marz. The training is designed for the Civil Society and Media Organizations that work in the marz. “Armenian Yong Lawyers Association” NGO in Cooperation with the “Freedom of Information” NGO organized the training in the framework of “Multi-Faceted Anti-Corruption Promotion” project.

“Our project aims to increase the role of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in promoting anti-corruption reforms and their implementation,” Nvard Loryan, Project Assistant of “Multi-Faceted Anti-Corruption Promotion” Project said.

The schedule of the first day includes Principles of Good Governance, the notion of corruption, history of development, the reasons of occurrence, adverse consequences, the stereotypes on corruption, typology, etc.

“Adequate political will should be expressed by the population, showing that there really is a desire to eliminate corruption in Armenia,” Marat Atovmyan, Head of Yerevan Anti-Corruption Center, Independent Experts of the European Charter of Local Self-Government Group said.

Each participant has his own idea on the phenomenon of corruption. They talk and discuss effective mechanisms of fight against corruption.

“This should be combated with joint efforts of the civil society representatives,” Tigran Shirinyan, President of “Miasin” (Together) NPO for Protection the Rights of People with Disabilities indicated.

During the second and the third days of training, the participants were introduced the concept of anti-corruption public monitoring, the methodology, and international experience.

The aspects and issues of the RA Government Program, Strategic Program of the RA Legal and Judicial Reforms 2012-2016, international experience and mechanisms of creating anti-corruption coalitions were discussed.

The themes covering mechanisms and sources to receive information, and the rule and specifics of implementing journalistic investigation were included as well.

“In my opinion, the most important thing is the political will. If this comes from the upper levels, then a lot of things may be achieved,” Carl Ulbricht, International Expert noted.

CSO and Media Organizations, who have completed the training successfully, will have opportunity to participate in the tender for small grants to undertake monitoring, watchdog activities and journalistic investigations.

You can see the list of CSOs participants of the Anti-Corruption Training here.