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