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Overcoming Actual Problems in Social Field
2019 March 05

The text is in Armenian.

Effective Social Services for an Accountable Social State: Developing the Agenda
2019 March 05

The Conference Announcement soon will be available in English.

Lessons Learned: After a quarter of century
2019 March 03

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We were the Pioneers
2019 March 02

 

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Empowering Community Social Workers
2019 February 08

  

Armenian Association of Social Workers is continuing its mission to promote The capacity of the social service workforce. This time the main topic of training was "Community Social Work".

The main purpose of the training was to extend the knowledge and develop skills of social service professionals on community-based social work.

In his welcoming speech to trainees vice minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said: "I am assured that this kind of training is very essential for effective social policy and programs."

Welcoming speeches also were delivered by USAID representative Ani Manukyan, WVA Child Protection Programs Manager Aida Muradyan and Chairperson of Armenian Association of Social Workers Mira Antonyan.

The training was conducted by the Armenian Association of Social Workers in the frame of USAID funded "Community-level access to social services" project implemented by World Vision Armenia.

 

 

The "Anti-trafficking fight in the student's competition" program
2018 December 19

 

The knowledge-raising program of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia on the theme "Combating Trafficking in the Student Competition" was launched to raise the awareness of young people about the vulnerability and the awareness of the dangers of human trafficking. Experts of the Armenian Social Workers Association always keep in touch with young people and continue to share their experience and knowledge with them.

Mira Antonyan, Chairwoman of the Armenian Association of Social Workers' Association, and Board-member of the Armenian Social Workers Association Nune Geghamyan delivered a lecture and expert consultation on the topic had speeches about trafficking, victims of trafficking, people exploitation, causes, objectives, and sequencing of actions. Special attention was paid to the themes about misconceptions of trafficking and youth as a risk group for trafficking. During the interactive lectures youth also watched films and had discussions.

At the end of the preparatory stage, the participants were presented as antitrafficking.am and help telephone numbers as an additional information platform.

 

  

 

 


 

 

Interregional coalition dealing with the issues of children with disabilities
2018 November 28

 

The launch event and founding assembly of the Interregional coalition dealing with the issues of children's with disabilities were held on 27th November 2018. Armenian Association of Social Workers as a founding member of the Coalition expressed its support and willingness to contribute to the development of Coalition. 

The main purpose of the Coalition is to promote the development of inclusive education in Armenia and to ensure the protection of the rights of children with disabilities by increasing the impact of CSOs on the development and implementation of public policy in this sphere.

Within the framework of the founding assembly, 33 member organizations discussed the main directions and joint action plan of the Coalition.

 

"Role of Social Protection in Sustainable Development Agenda: Leave no one behind" International Conference
2018 November 18

The post soon will be available in English.

EU supports professionalization of social workers in Eastern Partnership countries
2018 May 04

The European Union and the Austrian Development Agency support the project "Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change". It is implemented by the Austrian organization "Hilfswerk International" in cooperation with the Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW), the Armenian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (ASWPU) and the Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova (NARM) in the time period August 2015 until May 2018.

The main aim of the project has been to contribute to the social well-being of vulnerable groups, to greater social justice and social change by developing and strengthening the concept of and access to social work in the four project countries.

On 28th of March, 2018 was held the closing conference of the Project, where were presented the main results achieved over the course of the project․ 

Please see attached the Post-Press Release for Conference.

More information can be found here.

 

CHILDREN’S VOICE FOR AN ACCOUNTABLE SOCIAL STATE
2017 August 22

How do children in Armenia participate in the decision-making process about their future? What are the main gaps in child protection field and how to find their solutions?

To answer these questions, the Armenian Association of Social Workers organized a Youth camp for current and former beneficiaries of child care institutions in Armenia. The camp took place in Yenokavan village of Tavush province in July, 2017.

Activities performed at the camp gave children the opportunity to express their own views on child protection issues and suggest possible solutions.

The camp also hosted participants from Norwegian “Stiftelsen Hiimsmoenkollektivet” organization, who shared their own experience on specific cases.

The child participation principle served as a basis for the whole concept of the camp. This idea is expressed through the creation of appropriate conditions and opportunities for children to be heard, to freely express themselves, to be protected from all forms of violence and discrimination. This is one of the fundamental principles of the Association, and it stems from the best interests of the child.

Consolidated results and complete analysis will be shared at a public hearing to be held in Fall of 2017.

[The Youth camp was conducted by the Armenian Association of Social Workers through the support of UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in July 10-14, 2017 in the frame of “Acting together for an Accountable Social State in Armenia” project].

IFSW e.V Delegates Meeting 26-28 of May, Reykjavik, Iceland
2017 May 30

Reykjavik (Iceland) hosted the IFSW European Delegates Meeting 2017 on 26-28 of May. The Armenian Association of Social Workers has been represented by the President of the Association Mira Antonyan and the Executive Director Manane Petrosyan.

The meeting has been welcomed by the Icelandic Association of Social Workers and attended by overall 45 Delegated from 22 European countries. 

Manane Petrosyan has been re-elected to serve as the First Deputy Executive for a one-year-period.

SUB-GRANTS PROGRAMME Questions & Answers
2017 March 17

 Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change in Eastern Neighbourhood Countries (SWIC)

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SUB-GRANTS PROGRAMME

 

Questions & Answers

Questions related to the applicants and their experience:

  1. What is preferable way of sub-grant application: in consortium or single CSO? Is there any advantage in this case?

According to point 2.2. of the Guidelines, “Eligible applicants can either apply alone (without partners) or act together with other partners”. This implies that there is no preference as to applications by single CSOs or CSOs acting as consortium and applications will be evaluated in the same way. Preference, however, will be given to applicants representing “smaller CSOs registered in regions outside the capital“ (point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines). If several CSOs decide to cooperate as a group (consortium), “at least one applicant (lead applicant or co-applicant) of the group must be registered outside the capital” (point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines). The input of each organization should be clearly justified in the Application and the share of responsibilities clearly stated in point 5 of the Grant Application Form. Furthermore, the share of responsibilities should also be reflected in the Budget.

  1. Please specify what you mean by saying that international organisations and their local branches/representative offices are not eligible. What if the local branches are registered as local NGOs?

Eligibility of organisations is clearly defined in point 2.2.1 of the Guideline. Eligible applicants are those registered in Armenia only. Any international organisation or their local branches which are not registered as local CSOs are not eligible for this call.

  1. Can the Lead organization be based in the capital?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, “smaller CSOs registered in regions outside the capital are particularly encouraged to apply”. This at the same time implies that CSOs registered in the capital can also apply for this call, if project activities take place “in one or several regions of the country outside the capital” (point 2.3.3. of the Guidelines).

  1. What do you mean by proven experience of project implementation? How it should be proved?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, the lead applicant must “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital”. To prove this experience, please fill in the table under point 9.1 of the Grant Application Form.

According to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, co-applicants “are obligatorily required to prove that min. two employees that will be involved in the Action on behalf of the co-applicant have been involved in the coordination or implementation of donor-funded projects for min. 6 months each by indicating the names of the suggested employees, the name of the projects they have been involved, their function in these projects, the implementing organisations, contact data of referees, donors and duration of their involvement”. To prove this experience, please fill in the table under point 9.2 of the Grant Application Form.

  1. If the organization was established just a year ago or this year and it doesn’t have experience with projects, is it eligible to apply?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, in order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital”.

If an organization does not have sufficient project experience, it can alternatively cooperate with an eligible lead applicant and apply as co-applicant (see point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines for the eligibility criteria of co-applicants).

  1. If only NGOs can apply for the program. Can city halls also apply? (In some city halls there is the department of Social Assistance)

According to points 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, eligible applicants must be non-profit making civil society organizations.

  1. Оur organization operates in the capital and has several filials  (one of them in the east part of the country). The filial  has been implementing projects (in region) written by capital branch.  But till March the regional filial will be registered as an independent organization, but still will provide the same services. Is it possible for it to apply in grant competition? Can they show the experience they had while they were a filial of our main office?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, “smaller CSOs registered in regions outside the capital are particularly encouraged to apply”. This at the same time implies that CSOs registered in the capital can also apply for this call, if project activities take place “in one or several regions of the country outside the capital” (point 2.3.3. of the Guidelines). In order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital” (point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines).

  1. Is it relevant for the grant competition if a grant applicant (registered, experienced organization) will apply with a project which will refer to strengthening the organizations that are not registered as an organization yet but operated as a non-formal one?

Only registered organizations can act either as lead or co-applicants under this call, non-formal organizations are not eligible (see points 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 of the Guidelines).

 

  1. Should we include CVs of the project staff (personal information and working experience) together with the grant application documents?

Provision of separate CVs is not necessary; please only fill in the tables of point 9.2. of the Grant Application Form.

  1. The applicant organization must include a Copy of the registration certificate in its project documentation. But there is a question: The certificate is the one that was made when organization was established or an extract from National Agency of Public Registry that also shows if there was any changes made recently. Which one do you think is more relevant?

If any changes were made to the registration certificate since the first registration, please provide a more recent extract from the National Agency of Public Registry.

  1. If both previous projects (in the guide is stated the organization should have at least 2 achieved projects) should constitute 33% or for each project.

According to point 2.2.1 of the Grant Guidelines, (lead) applicants must have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects in the country within the last 5 years, preferably related to the social field, whereby at least one should have mainly targeted one or several regions outside the capital. Thereby each of these two projects should have had a minimum project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount.

  1. Does the required 33% for both Lead and Co-applicant? Should it be constituted out of one project only or all projects?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, in order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects, each with a min. project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount, preferably related to the social field, in Armenia within the last 5 years, thereof at least one mainly targeting one or several regions outside the capital”. This implies that each of these two reference projects of the lead applicant should have had a minimum project budget of at least 33% of the requested grant amount.

According to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, “co-applicants can, but are not required to provide evidence on one or several successfully implemented projects.” This implies that they do not have to state reference projects. If they nevertheless decide to state reference projects under point 9.2 of the Grant Application Form, then no restrictions as to the minimum project budget apply to these reference projects.

However, according to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, co-applicants “are obligatorily required to prove that min. two employees that will be involved in the Action on behalf of the co-applicant have been involved in the coordination or implementation of donor-funded projects for min. 6 months each by indicating the names of the suggested employees, the name of the projects they have been involved, their function in these projects, the implementing organisations, contact data of referees, donors and duration of their involvement by filling in table 9.2 of the Grant Application Form.

  1. Should the co-solicitants also have 2 previous projects?

According to point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines, “co-applicants can, but are not required to provide evidence on one or several successfully implemented projects. Instead, they are obligatorily required to prove that min. two employees that will be involved in the Action on behalf of the co-applicant have been involved in the coordination or implementation of donor-funded projects for min. 6 months each by indicating the names of the suggested employees, the name of the projects they have been involved, their function in these projects, the implementing organisations, contact data of referees, donors and duration of their involvement” by filling in table 9.2 of the Grant Application Form.

  1. If the organization was the co-solicitant in another project but it didn’t manage itself the funds, can it apply for the project?

If the organization can show that it managed part of the project funds and this part is at least 33% of the requested grant amount, this project can be accepted as relevant reference project.

If an organization does not have sufficient project experience, it can alternatively cooperate with an eligible lead applicant and apply as co-applicant (see point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines for the eligibility criteria of co-applicants).

  1. If an organization is newly established and does not have any project experience, but the director of this organization has a proven track record of managing bulk projects, can this organization apply as lead applicant?

According to point 2.2.1 of the Guidelines, in order to qualify as a lead applicant, an organization should “have demonstrable experience of implementing at least two projects”. This implies that the grant recipient should be the organization, not an individual person.

If an organization does not have sufficient project experience and only selected staff members of this organizations, it can alternatively cooperate with an eligible lead applicant and apply as co-applicant (see point 2.2.2 of the Guidelines for the eligibility criteria of co-applicants).

Questions related to the project scope, eligible activities and expected results:

  1. If a project applicant decides to choose the third option (named as C in project application guidelines) from section 2.3.5 of project application guidelines, does this mean the applicant must choose point (a) or (b) in this case, or applicant can use the surveys/researches done recently and also concepts made after that?

It is not necessary to conduct all activities listed under 2.3.5 in sequence. Surveys/research recently conducted and concepts made can of course be used and should not be duplicated by the project proposal.

However, winning applicants must choose minimum 2 of the stated activities. Only choosing the third option would not be sufficient. Furthermore, according to point 2.3.5 “for each chosen activity, applicants have to obligatorily incorporate a Social Work component”.

Applicants wishing to pilot services need to give sufficient justification for the proposed pilot concept and why especially this pilot concept was chosen. Justification can either be developed in the course of the project (e.g. by conducting analyses/surveys and subsequently developing concepts) or by referring to already previously conducted research/surveys outside of the framework of the suggested project and its main findings in the Grant Application Form (point 3 / background).

  1. Is it possible to make a research of needs and give recommendations? Is it possible to build project only on those two activities?

Applicants are free to choose minimum 2 of the eligible activities listed under point 2.3.5., However, for each chosen activity, applicants have to obligatorily incorporate a Social Work component, e.g. by analyzing social work specific issues in the context of family strengthening and preservation or improved inter-sectorial cooperation, by demonstrating how Social Work can contribute to improvements in before stated areas, etc.

  1. Is it preference to focus on a specific social issue, such as domestic violence and child abuse in selected villages and work on actions on the improvement of family strengthening policy from this perspective. This would mean to focus on victims of domestic violence and child abuse as the relevant target group. Or: - to focus on a more general social level in the selected villages and on the policy which should be in place and to work on measures which are missing - in the field of protection of families. This would mean to address primarily vulnerable families in general on the village level.

Winning applications can clearly demonstrate the specific pre-action situation in the target region(s) and/or community(ies); identify specific problems; and define a logical, sequential sequence of activities (comprising minimum two of the eligible activities listed under point 2.3.) that address this specific problem and that contribute to a coherent and consistent project design and sustainable project outcome. Depending on the identified problem and the chosen approach, actions may address one or several policy and impact levels and involve different stakeholder groups, if duly explained and justified in the Grant Application.

  1. Is piloting a mandatory activity for this call?

No, piloting services (point 2.3.5 (c) of the Grant Guidelines) is not an obligatory activity. Applicants are free to choose minimum 2 of the eligible activities listed under point 2.3.5. However, when applicant(s) choose to test concepts in practice and pilot services, a professional social worker with social work degree as consultant or practitioner has to be involved obligatorily. The only obligatory requirement would be to incorporate a Social Work component, e.g. by analyzing social work specific issues in the context of family strengthening and preservation or improved inter-sectorial cooperation, by demonstrating how Social Work can contribute to improvements in before stated areas, etc. in any chosen activity.

  1. Please specify what do you mean by "incorporate a Social Work component"?

According to point 2.3.5, “for each chosen activity, applicants have to obligatorily incorporate a Social Work component, e.g. by analyzing social work specific issues in the context of family strengthening and preservation or improved inter-sectorial cooperation, by demonstrating how Social Work can contribute to improvements in before stated areas, etc.”

  1. Is cooperation with local government and state agencies mandatory?

Applicants are free to choose minimum 2 activities from the list of eligible activities stated under point 2.3.5, whereby points (e) and (f) explicitly focus on inter-agency and inter-sectorial cooperation. Even if an applicant does not chose either of these two points and plans to implement a set of specific activities on inter-agency cooperation, he should be plan involvement, regular consultations and cooperation with relevant stakeholders, amongst them local government and state agencies, wherever possible to increase the sustainability of the planned Action. Winning applicants will be able to prove in their Grant Application how they intend to involve relevant stakeholders in the planned Action.

  1. Please explain whether the project can be implemented in the capital whereas serve beneficiaries coming from the regions?

According to point 2.3.3 of the Guidelines, “actions shall take place in one or several regions of the country outside of the capital.” This is irrespective of the fact where the beneficiaries come from.

  1. Can the project be implemented only in 1 village or more?

According to point 2.3.3 of the Guidelines, “actions shall take place in one or several regions of the country outside of the capital.” If the project is only implemented in 1 or several villages, not an entire region, the applicant should clearly demonstrate how he intends to balance the ratio between the proposed estimated expenses and the expected results (including number of target groups and final beneficiaries).

Questions related to the project budget and eligible costs:

  1. Is it possible for the applicant organization to have a service contract with research organization? (the applicant organization plans to study a concrete issue but has no experience or staff to research on the issue)

According to 2.5.1, point D, of the Grant Guidelines national external experts are eligible direct costs. Service contracts with a research organization fall under this category too.

  1. Is it possible for the applicant organization to have a contract with a State Social Service agency representative (to hire her/him as a consultant or as an expert?) The State Social Agency is  a Public Legal Entity.

According to 2.5.2. of the Grant Guidelines, “salary costs of the personnel of governmental state and local administrations” are ineligible costs. If this person is however hired as an external Social Work expert for his/her input in the project and if staff members of state social agencies are allowed to conclude service or similar contracts next to their usual work under the local labour law, then hiring this person as consultant would be acceptable.

  1. If social workers engaged in city halls can be engaged in the project as experts.

According to 2.5.2. of the Grant Guidelines, “salary costs of the personnel of governmental state and local administrations” are ineligible costs. If this person is however hired as an external Social Work expert for his/her input in the project and if staff members of city halls are allowed to conclude service or similar contracts next to their usual work under the local labour law, then hiring this person as expert would be acceptable.

  1. If civil servants can be engaged in the project as experts.

According to 2.5.2. of the Grant Guidelines, “salary costs of the personnel of governmental state and local administrations” are ineligible costs. If this person is however hired as an external expert for his/her input in the project and if civil servants are allowed to conclude service or similar contracts next to their usual work under the local labour law, then hiring this person as expert would be acceptable.

  1. In the guidelines there is furniture indicated under eligible costs but does it include also e.g a bed (not office furniture)?

In principle any kind of furniture is eligible for funding, as long as it is directly linked with the planned Action, the necessity to purchase this furniture is well explained and justified and the overall budget is well balanced. The type of furniture would essentially depend on the nature of the project and the suggested services. For instance, if an organization decides to also pilot social services and for this would need e.g. beds for a child day center and if this is well explained and justified, then such beds would also be acceptable, as long as the majority of the expenses would not be spent on furniture.

  1. Are eligible activities that renovate some centres for vulnerable people, the elderly, disabled, etc. Can the organization purchase equipment, furniture, etc.? Can it provide community centres with the necessary equipment so the center can provide social work for children, minors with disabilities and the elderly?

In principle any kind of furniture and equipment is eligible for funding, as long as it is directly linked with the planned Action, the necessity to purchase this furniture is well explained and justified and the overall budget is well balanced. The type of furniture and equipment would essentially depend on the nature of the project and the suggested services. For instance, if an organization decides to also pilot social services and for this would need e.g. beds for a child day center and if this is well explained and justified, then such beds would also be acceptable, as long as the majority of the expenses would not be spent on furniture.

  1. Is there any limits for salaries or any other budget line?

There is no pre-set limitation on the project staff members, but each position should be necessary for the project implementation, duly justified in the budget and each member should have a clear role in the team, which will be subject of the assessment. Costs must be necessary for carrying out the project activities and comply with the principles of sound financial management, in particular value for money (price-quality ratio) and cost-effectiveness.

  1. Which percent of the total sum is allowed for salaries?

Please refer to answer to question 31.

  1. Can an international expert be invited for the implementation of the grant program?

According to 2.5.1 of the Grant Guidelines, only national external experts are eligible.

  1. Is the office rent an acceptable cost for the grant program and if yes where this has to be indicated in the budget?

Yes, office rent would be an eligible cost, if directly connected with the proposed project.

However, office rent would only be regarded as eligible indirect costs and as such does not have to be indicated in the budget separately.

According to point 2.5.1 of the Grant Guidelines “Indirect costs refer to the following: overhead for Action management, such as rent of project office and electricity/heating/maintenance of office, communication (phone/mobile phone/Internet fees), bank charges and financial services, office supplies etc. The indirect costs incurred in carrying out the action will be covered by flat-rate funding (i.e. by applying a percentage of the eligible direct costs fixed ex ante), but the total must not exceed 7 % of the estimated total eligible direct costs. The applicant will be asked to justify the percentage requested before the contract is signed. However, once the flat rate has been fixed in the grant contract, no supporting documents need to be provided.”

  1. Do social entrepreneurship activities (aiming to ensure organization’s sustainability) are considered as eligible costs?

Costs to secure the sustainability of the Action after the implementation period are in principle acceptable.

  1. What is the budget percentage for lead and co-applicant (50/50?)

It is up to the applicants to agree on their share of involvement in the Action, the share of their responsibilities and the appropriate share of the budget. It is left to the agreement between the applicants. Please note however that all partners should have real roles in project implementation, the input of each organization should be clearly justified in the Application and the share of responsibilities clearly stated in point 5 of the Grant Application Form. Furthermore, the share of responsibilities should also be reflected in the Budget.

  1. Will sub-grants be VAT exempted?

Before the implementation of the small grant projects, AASW will apply for VAT exemption for project costs which are covered by the small grant (funded by EU).

  1. Please explain whether charity activities (like house construction for poor families) are considered to be eligible under this program?

This call is seeking to support the comprehensive developments of social services with a particular focus on social work services and inter-agency / inter-sectorial cooperation on community level. Winning applications can demonstrate a logical, sequential sequence of different inter-related activities that contribute to a coherent and consistent project design and a sustainable project outcome. Therefore actions concerned only or mainly with construction, procurement of works or supplies, one-off events or pure charity or humanitarian activities are not eligible. The types of eligible activities are listed in the point 2.3.5 of the Grant Guidelines.

  1. Can the organization donate financial support to vulnerable families?

Please refer to answer to question 37.

Questions related to administrative issues and evaluation criteria:

  1. Our organization is serving beneficiaries after they are addressed to us by the State Social Agency. For the project implementation we would have to cooperate with the State Social Agency in order to have outreach to the beneficiaries. Should we include a letter of cooperation with State Social Agency with all the project documents? Or they we present it later in case project wins? The same question regarding the Memorandum.

For the application, please only describe any previous or intended consultations and cooperation with SSA under point 4.5 and point 5 of the Application Form. It is not necessary to provide any letter of cooperation with SSA at this stage. You should however ascertain yourself that cooperation with SSA will be possible in order to implement the project activities as suggested. A letter would only be necessary, in case a grant agreement is signed.

  1. When the application is written in application form, the small tips should be deleted or not? (for example tips about what a sustainability of the project means?) Because it also takes space of application form.

Yes, the small tips can be deleted when filling in the Grant Application Form. However, please make sure to provide information on all points requested under the headings and in the order in which it is requested.

  1. The question about the shrift of the application. If the applicant writes the project in Armenian then the shrift cannot be ARIAL as it is English. How will be the shrift checked (e.g generally a shrift Sylfaen is used in Armenia)

If the application is written in Sylfaen 10 characters with 2 cm margins, single line spacing should be used.

  1. The project summary should be in English plus Armenian or written in one of them?

If the Grant Application is prepared in Armenian, then the “Summary of the Action” has to be submitted in English. If the grant Application is prepared in English, then the “Summary of the Action” has to be prepared in Armenian.

  1. If the application form should be in English too or just the summary of the project, if it is written in the native language.

If the Grant Application is written in native language, then the “Summary of the Action” has to be submitted in English.

  1. What are the requirements for the reporting in case of group application?

Upon award, the funds of the small grant project will be transferred to the lead applicant, covering the whole grant amount and any potential co-applicants. Therefore the lead applicant will be responsible to provide comprehensive financial and narrative reporting for the entire Action including parts of any potential co-applicants) to the Donor.

SOCIAL WORK INTERNATIONAL DAYS IN LINZ (AUSTRIA)
2017 February 23

The Department of Social Work and the International Office Linz in collaboration with Armenian Association of Social workers  are inviting YSU department of Social Work  teachers and students to join the 6-day programme of lectures, workshops and cultural activities – offering everyone the chance to meet people from different countries and to look at Social Work from an international and intercultural perspective. In addition, we will visit social organizations active in a variety of different areas, such as child and family welfare, immigration or homelessness.

 

5 participants from Armenia will receive scholarships (200 EUR).

Interested candidates are requested to send the filled up application forms via e-mail: mazmanyanmariam1@gmail.com.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 27 February.

More information and Registration Form.

Call for Applications
2017 February 17

 

ANNOUNCEMENT SUB-GRANTS PROGRAMME  

The “Harmonic Society” Armenian Association of Social Workers (AASW), with funding from the European Union and Austrian Development Cooperation, is announcing a call for applications to strengthen the capacities and role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the local development of the social sector in Armenia.

We are pleased to invite Armenian CSOs registered or mainly active in regions outside the capital to apply for a sub-grant within the scope of the targeted Sub-Grant Programme (SGP) that is part of the regional project “Social Workers In Collaboration for Social Change in Eastern Neighbourhood Countries” (SWIC), funded by the European Union and the Austrian Development Cooperation.

The project is implemented by Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA) in cooperation with four local partners, the Armenian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the Georgian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (ASWPU) and the Nursing Association of the Republic of Moldova (NARM) and strives to contribute to the social well-being of vulnerable groups, amongst them families and children at risk, in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova by developing and strengthening the concept of and access to social work in the four project countries.

The main objective of the Call for Applications is to support local CSOs to engage in social reforms and contribute to social protection and family preservation practice. This encompasses strengthening and promoting the role of local civil society organizations (CSOs) in the European Neighbourhood Region to support ongoing reforms, particularly, family strengthening component, through social work practice, increased community participation and inter-agency, inter-system and/or inter-disciplinary partnership.

The application guidelines, application forms including all annexes, details about eligibility criteria and submission procedure can be found at: www.aasw.org

Information meetings for interested applicants will be organized on

  • 01.03.2017 in Yerevan
  • 03.03.2017 in Gyumri
  • 06.03.2017 in Lori and Syunik

(Please register for the information meeting via e-mail or phone latest until 24.02.2017. More details on the place and time of the meeting will be announced on the AASW website).

For questions, clarifications and consultation please contact us via e-mail pmanane.aasw@gmail.com or call at +374 060540150

The deadline for application is 31 March, 2017, 18:00 local time.

Applications must be submitted in a sealed and/or signed envelope. Hand written applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications will be selected according to the predefined criteria and methodology.

With regards,

AASW  on behalf of SWIC project team

 

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Acting Together for an Accountable Social State in Armenia
2017 February 06

We are pleased to announce that “Harmonic Society” Armenian Association of Social Workers has launched the new project “Acting Together for an Accountable Social State in Armenia", funded by The United Nations Democracy Fund. Project activity starts now and will continue until January 2019. 

 

The overall project goal is to work towards establishing a better social welfare system to protect the most vulnerable population groups in Armenia. The project addresses current social reforms in Armenia on Integrated Social Services, Child Protection, People with Disabilities, and Gender Equality. While the government has been leading the reforms, there is a limited understanding among state employees of how the reforms will affect their jobs, and among citizens in how these reforms will affect the services they depend on. Our project will take action toward a more participatory, effective, and accountable governance process for civil society organizations (CSOs) and citizens to participate in, comment on, and monitor the progress of these reforms.

 

We expect to raise public awareness about these reforms and to encourage CSOs to become mediators between decision makers and citizens. Our hope is that CSOs will fully understand new social policies and will be better able to fulfill their mandates through more effective processes. We also intend to encourage government officials and citizens to meet regularly to discuss best practices for social reform, as we believe citizen participation in reform activities will ensure greater accountability and transparency in the social reform process. 

 

Please visit our Facebook page to receive ongoing updates and to contribute to the development of a stronger social welfare system in Armenia through this important project! 

The Community development through social entrepreneurship project journal is published
2017 February 06

The Community development through social entrepreneurship (CODE-SE) project, funded

with support from the European Commission has published online-newspaper to raise

awareness about social entrepreneurship among relevant professionals.

Please read more information about the project here.

The journal is in Armenian.

THE OFFICIAL RARE DISEASE DAY 2017 POSTER IS OUT NOW!
2017 January 26

THE OFFICIAL RARE DISEASE DAY 2017 POSTER IS OUT NOW!

Available to download onlinethe official Rare Disease Day poster, is out now! Based on the theme of RESEARCH, the poster embraces the possibilities that research can bring, a bright and hopeful future. The visual also emphasizes the important role that everyone has to play in furthering rare disease research.
Let's raise more awareness of rare diseases than ever before, by sharing the poster on all the social media channels and websites that we can!

ARMENIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS WISHES YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS
2017 January 03

THE VOICE OF USERS – USER VIDEO CONTEST
2016 December 14

IFSW Europe and the Steering Committee for IFSW European Conference in Iceland 2017 want to invite social service user organizations and/or users in Europe to send a message to European Social Workers so their voice will be heard at the IFSW European Conference in Iceland 2017 and to give all user organisations the opportunity to be represented during the Conference.

 

A user video message contest is now launched

  • How can Social Workers promote sustainable communities?
  • How can Social workers fight against marginalization in the changing society of the 21 Century?

IFSW Europe and the Steering Committee would like to invite IFSW Europe members to participate as local coordinators of this initiative. 

 

We ask you to disseminate and collect user videos message and use them to celebrate World Social Work Day 2017 in your country on 20th  of March 2017.

 

Before 19th of March, we kindly ask you to send the videos to the programme committe (felagsradgjafafelagislands@gmail.com). The best ones, will be selected and used during the IFSW European Conference in Iceland.

Criteria for user message video:

  • Lenght of video: 1-2 minutes maximum.
  • Language: English or subtexted in English.
  • Topic:  From Marginalization to Community and Environmental Sustainability
  • Deadline 19th of March 2017.
The post is in Armenian language.  
2016 November 16

The post is in Armenian language.

The post is in Armenian language.
2016 November 16

The post is in Armenian language.

Study Visit in Georgia
2016 November 01

A five-day study tour visit was conducted in Tbilisi, Georgia from the 24th to the 29th of October with the support of Austrian organization, Hilfswerk Austria International and organized by the Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW) within “Shaping sustainable social change in Eastern Neighbourhood Countries by strengthening Social Workers and their Associations” program.  The study tour involved representatives from partner associations in Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan. Topics of focus encompassed Social Work Professionalization and Family Preservation. There were also field visits to services aimed at contributing to family preservation organized, roundtables with key stakeholders on the achievements and challenges of Georgian Deinstitutionalization Reform, and discussions of future steps held.

The goal of the study tour was in line with the goal of a current AASW project: Social Workers in Collaboration for Social Change, whose objective is to strengthen the organizational and networking capacities of CSO support organizations, namely Social Workers’ Associations.  This exchange of experiences will in turn empower local CSOs in rural and remote areas through training/consulting and joint practical “learning by doing” project activities via re-granting. This will help contribute to the social wellbeing of vulnerable population groups in the four Eastern Neighborhood countries including Armenia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Уважаемые коллеги!
2016 August 30

Приглашаем Вас принять участие в Первом Азиатско-Тихоокеанском форуме социальных работников, который пройде во Владивостоке 5-8 октября 2016 г.!

Направляем вам проект программы.
Очень надеемся, что в ближайшее время вы сможете сообщить нам о вашем участии (или невозможности участия).
Для наших коллег, отдаем приоритет в модерировании и выступлениях на Саммите!
Ждем Ваших регистрационных форм и тем докладов!
 
 
 
Message from the International Federation of Social Workers Europe (IFSW Europe) and World Social Work Day - 15 MARCH 2016
2016 March 05

You can see the  Message from the International Federation of Social Workers Europe (IFSW Europe) and European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) on World Social Work Day - 15 MARCH 2016 here.

Issues of the social workers are in focus.
2016 February 25
On September 11-12 Yerevan State University hosted a roundtable entitled “Current problems of social work: policy, practice and education.”
The goal of the round table was to discuss the problems of social workers. Armenian specialists and their colleagues from Switzerland (University of Bern) and Iran shared their ideas and experience in this area. The initiators of the meeting were YSU Chair of Social Work and Social Technologies, Armenian Association of Social Workers and the representatives of the University of Bern.
 
Participants were welcomed by the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia Ara Petrosyan, Vice-rector of Yerevan State University Ruben Markosyan, the UN Children’s Fund representative H. Ahrens and the representative of the University of Bern M. Tsvilling.

“The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has favored us and expressed the willingness to solve the employment issues of our alumni, as they have realized that those involved in their system, being non-experts, cannot provide quality service. This is very important because I think that all this will lead to the fact that they will order special places, that is, the state would not only pay for them, but also provide with jobs,” - said Head of the Chair of Social Work and Social Technologies Artak Khachatryan.
 
Cooperation with the University of Bern was established 4 years ago, when the chairman of the Armenian Association of Social Workers and YSU tutor Mira Antonyan was in Switzerland for a master course on the development of social work in post-Soviet countries.
 
“People there are interested what kind of problems the social workers face in the countries where this sphere is only just evolving, what are the process, differences and similarities. The formation of the Armenian school has become interesting research topic for the international community. The international community of social work thinks that this sphere has already been formed in Armenia to some extent,” - said Mrs. Antonyan and added that the Armenian specialists are sure that there is still a lot to do to reach the required level.

By the way, next year, two professors of the University of Bern will conduct researches in Armenia, one of which will be devoted to the study of the Armenian school of social work. The foundations of the academic cooperation between the Faculty of Sociology of Yerevan State University and the Swiss university will be laid at this time there.
 
Source - here.
 
Government, Civil Society and International Organizations Discuss Diaspora Engagement for Armenian Children
2016 February 04

YEREVAN,AASW--President Dr. Mira Antonyan and Board Member Ms. Manane Petrosyan today attended the Conference on Innovative Approaches to Diaspora Engagement and Use of Remittances for Child Wellbeing in Armenia, launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union in Armenia. Participants discussed innovative ways to engage the Armenian diaspora in support of vulnerable children, especially in the context of current social reforms. In addition, the discussion touched on ways in which the diaspora can contribute more meaningfully to development of the social sector in Armenia. With AASW’s international connections and network, this was a great opportunity for the Association.

 If you want to know more, please, click here. 

AASW President attended IFSW Executive Meeting
2015 September 01

This May, National President of the Armenian Association of Social Workers, Mira Antonyan, attended the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) Europe Executive meeting, in her capacity as an executive member. The meeting was hosted by the Georgian Association of Social Workers and included a one-day conference on social work, and two-days of internal IFSW meetings. At the meeting, Mrs. Antonyan had the pleasure to meet her colleagues, with whom she has been working by distance, in person, and to develop IFSW strategies and plans for the coming years.

Guide on Social Services Launched to Promote Child Rights’ Protection in Armenia
2015 May 15

YEREVAN, 14 May 2015 – A roundtable discussion organized by FAR Children’s Support Center, RA Police and the OSCE Office in Yerevan brought together stakeholders to discuss crime prevention among youth and children.

The roundtable served as an opportunity to introduce the newly developed Guide on organization’s providing social services to children and families, as well as to launch a new project to work on the development of juvenile crime prevention strategy.  The guide, which assists in coordination of services, raises awareness of existing services, and points to gaps which remain, is based on mapping of all social services in the country and includes information on 236 public organizations, 23 foundations, 3 associations and 10 services provided by 8 church units.

The event brought together representatives from various state and non-state institutions including police forces, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, National Assembly Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs, Child Protection Units of the municipalities, regional administrations and civil society, which deal with juvenile crimes.

“We very much hope that this initiative will be useful and instrumental for the child protection and welfare specialists in joining and doubling their efforts in strengthening the protection of the rights and best interests of a child, which forms an essential part of the OSCE Human Dimension Commitments acknowledged by the OSCE participating States,” said Lilian Salaru, Acting Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan. He said that close partnerships including families, schools and communities will be vital in developing juvenile crime prevention strategy in Armenia consistent with child-friendly justice standards.

Mira Antonyan, the Executive Director of the Children’s Support Center, said: “We would like to call on our partners and all stakeholders to co-operate in the framework of the new project which strives to assist the efforts of the state bodies aimed at development of juvenile crime prevention”.

The roundtable follows a series of forums held last year in different regions of Armenia by the Children’s Support Center Foundation with the support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan to ensure better co-ordination and closer cooperation among different state and non-state agencies dealing with juvenile offenders.

The guide, available only in Armenian, can be found here:

World Social Work Day in Armenia, 2015
2015 March 23

YEREVAN -- March 15 was World Social Work Day, which was celebrated at an event organized by the Armenian Association of Social Workers and Yerevan State University. The event was a conference and meeting during which several issues regarding the field of social work as a whole were discussed, including an especially important discussion about professional standards and ethics of the field. The celebration was opened with a celebratory flash mob by students, and was marked with a special World Social Work Day cake. Also enjoy the “World Social Work Day in Armenia” video created by students here.  

 

 

 

 

Resources for Promoting Human Rights
2015 January 12

As we welcome 2015, we would like to share some important achievements attained during 2014 in the human rights field. As social work in Armenia continues to develop, we seek to align our practices with the highest standards in Europe and with the mission of IFSW.

European Agency for Fundamental Human Rights (FRA) has developed many publications and tools to increase awareness of and access to fundamental human rights everywhere in the world. Below you can find links to useful resources for promoting human rights.

Here you can find the Review of 2014 Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU. It gives an overview of the progress made on several current issues in the human rights field. Here you can find information on combating violence against women, issues surrounding migration, and security issues in the EU.

This link provides a Summary of All FRA Publications in 2014. The publications address many diverse topics, including migration, LGBTQ issues, child protection, and many others.

Here you can find a useful toolkit about how to promote fundamental human rights – Joining Up Fundamental Rights. This online collection of tools shows the user how to implement fundamental rights across all sectors of government. It offers advice on how to help integrate fundamental rights into policy making, service delivery, and administrative practices.

Here you can read about the International Obligations  of the EU and its Member States. It provides links for the user to look at the formal acceptances of international human rights instruments, as well as the results of the monitoring of these instruments. This link to the Acceptance of European Social Charter Provisions  in particular shows which states have accepted which provisions.