Tourism in Tatev: Two major organizations join forces to raise funds for rural community development

Tourism in Tatev:  Two major organizations join forces to raise funds for rural community development

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Tatev rural communities in Armenia’s southern Syunik province will receive major assistance as part of a long-term program by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia (NCFA). The two structures signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday to join efforts and raise funds for the program.

Earlier this year the two organizations jointly elaborated a four-year community development program for Tatev rural communities. The program is comprised of thirteen sub-projects, focusing on community and tourism infrastructure development, and income generation. (Tatev is one of Armenia’ key tourist attraction sites, with its 9th century monastery (first structure dates back to 4th c) and picturesque natural surroundings. The remoteness and lack of infrastructure, however, make life in rural communities challenging,)

Arman Khachaturyan, CEO of NCFA, says the program budget is $1.6 million, 20 percent of which will be funded by the UN. UNDP and NCFA plan to organize a fundraising event in April to attract investments from international organizations, representatives of private and public sectors, and other sources.