CoNaKa: Covid-19 resilience in Armenia and Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict response

Contract partner: Arbeitsgemeinschaft - CoNaKa Country: Zentralasien, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 2.000.000,00 Project start: 01.05.2021 End: 31.08.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

Mitigation of Covid-19 impacts on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Armenia and Georgia. Increased resilience of affected women, girls, men, boys and those displaced from the Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) conflict zone and of host population in Armenia.


Expected results

Result 1: 12,920 Covid-19 affected population in Armenia and Georgia, most vulnerable local population in Armenia and Georgia and NK conflict affected people (8,238 female, 4,682 male) in Armenia received humanitarian assistance in form of cash support, food and hygiene parcels; Result 2: Gender-sensitive psychosocial support services (PSS) to 3,260 particularly female caregivers, Covid-19 and NK conflict affected population (2,115 female, 1,145 male persons) provided and HR capacities in gender-sensitive PSS in local partner organizations in Armenia and Georgia strengthened; Result 3: 3,245 Covid-19 and NK conflict affected people incl. 1.880 women and 1.365 men strengthened their ability to participate in the labor market (employability), found jobs and created businesses in Armenia and Georgia; Result 4: 263 older women and 157 older men have increased access to Covid-19 sensitive rural health care services and professionally led healthy ageing activities in Armenia and Georgia.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The number of direct beneficiaries is 19,665, including 12,383 female and 7,282 male persons. Among them are Covid-19 affected men, women, boys and girls , displaced people and most vulnerable people including people with disabilities and the elderly.

The programme will be implemented in a consortium with: Georgia Red Cross Society, IDPWA Consent, Armenian Caritas, Armenia Red Cross Society.

In the Armenia, following regions are targeted: Yerevan (capital), Gyumri (Shirak province), Tashir and Vanadzor (Lori province), Gavar (Gegharkounick province) and Artashat (Ararat province); disaster relief, PSS and sustainable livelihoods implemented in all regions in Armenia according to most urgent needs. In Georgia, activities will be implemented in Tbilisi, Imereti Region, Shida Kartli: Gori, Kvemo Kartli: Dmanisi, Bolnisi (incl. Kazreti).



The programme activities follow a humanitarian/nexus approach, combining immediate relief for the target groups with activities focused on medium-term sustainable development and on building resilience. Activities are: Disaster relief (Distribution of food items, non-food items and cash distributions; provision of rehabilitation services to war victims), psychosocial support, livelihoods, and health (Knowledge sharing, project coordination and monitoring)

Gender-sensitive PSS: Definition of minimum standards; provision of psychosocial support services to staff and volunteers and to Covid-19 and NK conflict affected particularly female persons;

Employment: Labour market study; career development for Covid-19 and NK affected women and men; vocational and capacity building training; business support services; temporary income opportunities to retired skilled persons; provision of seed funding for selected businesses; provision of equipment to women and men;

Rural health care development: Covid-19 sensitive refurbishment of “Houses of Support” and ARCS Gyumri 24 hours Care Center; healthy lifestyle activities; Covid-19 sensitive mobile care service provision, improved hygiene conditions, quarantine infrastructure.



Armenia and Georgia are heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Especially those already living in poverty and most vulnerable women and men need short-term assistance to survive and long-term support to become Covid-19 resilient. Armenia is hit by the Covid-19 crisis and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Families, older people, Nagorno-Karabakh arrivals and host communities need disaster relief and housing subsidies, employment actions and health support incl. mental health and psychosocial support services to fight against social isolation and war trauma.

project number 2867-07/2021
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Maßnahmen zum Wiederaufbau und Rehabilitierung nach Katastrophen
tied 0
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 2, Disaster risk reduction: 1, Inclusion: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.