In 2005 it registered as a local NGO and continued commitment to its principles. Today, NGO Center appears to public as a database of knowledge, information, and experience for civil society organizations.
Different international and local organizations, such as USAID, Eurasia Foundation, Counterpart International, Casals and Associates, Inc., Armenian Assembly of America, Education Development Center, European Partnership for Democracy, etc., support NGO Center in implementation of its activities.
“NGO Center” collaborates with different local and international organizations, is a member of different networks and committees, such as “Women for Peace” South East network, Interdepartmental committee for Gender Equality, Working group of National State Campaign for “Struggle against violence towards women”, World Cooperation against armed conflicts Working Group and coordinates activities of “ 16 days against Gender violence» network.
Different local and international organizations, Mass Media, regional and local Self Governing Bodies are among our co-thinkers. NGO Center is Counterpart International’s partner in the northern region of Armenia in the framework of Civic Advocacy Support Program. In the framework of the same program our organization’s partners are “Partnership and Teaching” NGO (in Goris) and Civic Development and Partnership Foundation (in Yerevan).
Members of NGO Center are members of Trainers Group (TG) of Armenia. Representatives from all regions of Armenia are involved in that group. Such kind of involvement gives the opportunity to have wide information and specialization network, which widens the geographic scope of our organization.
NGO Center is Eurasia Foundation’s partner organization in the northern region ofArmenia. In the framework of this cooperation NGO Center is a member of Armenian Network of Resource Centers, Migration Resource Centers and Youth Bank Armenian Network. Resource Center network is of formal character and operates based on developed regulations and according to clearly defined action plan.
The organization for years has been coordinating network of Caucasian NGOs of refugees and the displaced. The network includes more than 60 NGOs from South Caucasus and territory of southern Russia. Moreover, NGO Center is a leading organization dealing with gender issues in Armenia as well as in Caucasus region, and it is a member of several networks and coalitions.
Some of NGOC members are members of IPEN, which gives the opportunity to be informed about modern methods and technologies in the field of project monitoring and evaluation, as well as introduce NGOC experience in that field. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists of more than 100 NGOs of post Soviet region are members of IPEN. During the years of NGOC operation more than 1000 NGOs from Armenia,Tajikistan, Georgia, Russia and other countries participated in NGOC projects and received its services.
Since 1997 NGOC has been providing trainings and consultations in the field of advocacy and public policy advocacy, as well as awarded grants on competitive basis to NGOs, that were to bring some influence to decision making systems.
In 2001 NGO Center introduced the idea of Social Partnership in Armenia. In this field our achievements include deep thematic trainings and consultations provided to NGOs, as well as establishment of two social partnership mechanisms at local and national level. It’s worth to mention the social partnership projects implemented during 2003-2005. The grant amount of social partnership projects varied between 7000 USD – 22000 USD. 20% of the total grant amount was contributed by different state and private structures. The experiment of appliance of social partnership mechanism can be considered to be successful looking at it as a step forward towards consolidation of resources of non-commercial, non-governmental organizations and state structures for the benefit of satisfaction of needs of social vulnerable groups.
The updqated version of NGOC's strategy will be available soon.
Կազմակերպության գերագույն մարմին է հանդիսանում կազմակերպության խորհուրդը: Կազմակերպությունը ունի 4 ստորաբաժանումներ, որոնցում ներգրավված են համապատասխան ոլորտի պատասխանատուները:
Դրամաշնորհների Վերահսկման և կառավարման բաժնում ընդգրկված են կազմակերպւթյան Դրամաշնորհների ղեկավարը, Շահերի պաշտպանության մասնագետը, Վերահսկման և գնահատման մասնագետը, որը կրում է պատասխանատվություն ՀԿ կենտրոնի կողմից կառավարվող դրամաշնորհների իրականացման ընթացքի վերահսկման և գնահատման համար:
Վերահսկման և գանհատման բաժնում ներառված են ՀԿ կենտրոնի կողմից իրականացվող ծրագերի ղեկավարները, կազմակերպության համակարգողը, կազմակերպության վերահսկման և գնահատման մասնագետը, որը իրկանացնում է ՀԿ Կենտրոնի կողմից իրականացվող ծրագերի վերահսկում և գնահատում:
Ծրագրերի կառավարման բաժնում ներգրավված են ՀԿ կենտրոնի կողմից իրականացվող ծրագերի աշխատակազմը, կազմակերպության հաշվապահը:
Վարչական և ֆինանսկան կառավարման բաժնում ներգրավված են կազմակերպության համակարգողը, կազմակերպության գլխավոր հաշվապահը, գանձապահը:
Hripsime Nazaretyan – BOD member
Margarit Piliposyan – BOD member
Margarit Piliposyan is the Deputy Country Director of the Fund for Armenian Relief. Previously she was the director of the ‘NGOCenter’ civil society development NGO and the Head of the Training and ResourceCenterof the Armenian Assembly of America. She is a member of the International Program Evaluation Network and a Board member of several NGOs. Since 1995 she has been a Director/Coordinator/Advisor of different Programs. She has participated in different Trainings and Seminars. In 1992 she took internship inUSA, Economic Development Program of Institute of Soviet American Initiatives. In 1994 she won Cochran Fellowship Program, USDA, and Washington. She graduated from Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages, after V. Brusov.
Knarik Arabyan – BOD member
Knаrik Arabyan is a founding member of "NGO Center" NGO. For five years she has been coordinating NGOC's Training and Consultancy department programs aimed at institutional development of non governmental organizations. She has conducted/facilitated series of training and consultancy sessions on Organizational and Programmatic Management locally and internationally. Since 2002 Knarik serves on Parish Community Board of St.Sarkis Vicharial Church, Araratian Patriarchal Diocese. She graduated from Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Languages. Has participated in local and international trainings on NGO management and Organizational development topics.
Gayane Martirosyan - BOD member
Natalya Harutyunyan - BOD member
Arpine Hakobyan is the president of NGOC since 2015. She started her work in NGO Center Vanadzor office in 2002 as Vanadzor focal point . Than in 2005-2015 she was the coordinator of NGOC. Arpine is a certified master trainer as part of the Civic Advocacy Support Program. She has developed training modules, as well as conducted/facilitated a vast number of training sessions on Organizational Development and Programmatic Management for CSOs also for LSGBs. She has experience in evaluation and research spheres. During 2007-2011 Arpine Hakobyan conducted several project impact assessments of different projects implemented by international organizations such as Armenian Caritas and Jinishyan Foundation.
She has graduated from Yerevan State University, department of Sociology.
Hermine Gasparyan has joined NGOC in June, 2011, as “Vanadzor InfoTun” project coordinator. She has worked one year in the above mentioned project having her contribution in the successful start of the project, its blog and facebook page creation.
In 2011 June she joined Counterpart International’s “Civil Society and local government support” program and works as Lori and Tavush region coordinator. Hermine is a member of Vanadzor Youth Bank, is involved in various youth projects and has 7 years of volunteer experience.
Hermine has graduated from Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institure, has MA in pedagogy.
Established in 1994.
The goal of the NGOCenter is to promote democracy through civil society development.
The objectives are:
1. encourage citizen participation;
2. promote social justice through ensuring availability of resources;
3. support scientific research to track civil society dynamics;
4. promote civil society participation in anti-corruption processes.
The target beneficiaries of the organization are NGOs, community based organizations (CBOs), civic action groups (CAGs) and other civil society elements/entities. The number of officially registered Armenian NGOs who used NGOC services exceeded 1000.
The NGOs benefit from training, technical assistance/consultancy service, grants, information,ResourceCenterand other programs and services.
In order to fulfill the goal, the NGOC works on strengthening the organizational and institutional capacities of civil society entities on one hand, and promotes the increased profile of the latter on the other. Therefore, the identified stakeholders are legislative and executive branches of theRepublicofArmeniaauthorities, local self-governing bodies, private sector, mass media, academia, and specific beneficiary groups, public at large. The organization is working towards reaching civil society elements on a national level as well as regional (Caucasus) level.
Since 1997, the NGOC has been involved in providing training and technical assistance on advocacy and public policy advocacy as well as awarding relevant grants to NGOs whose activities have been and are directed towards influencing decision making systems. Starting from 2001, the NGOC was actively promoting the concept of social partnership. The achievements in this field include: extensive training and technical assistance to NGOs, representatives of national and local governments, establishment of two social partnership mechanisms on both levels: national and local. The most prominent activity was implemented throughout the period of 2003-2005 – social partnership grants programs. Grants from $7K – 22K were awarded to implement social projects. 20% of the total project costs were provided by diverse state and business structures. This was a successful enactment of the previously mentioned social partnership mechanisms created to consolidate NGOs, donors' and government’s resources to solve problems of vulnerable persons.
In 2001NGOCenter introduced the idea of Social Partnership inArmenia. In this field our achievements include deep thematic trainings and consultations provided to NGOs, as well as establishment of two social partnership mechanisms at local and national level. It’s worth to mention the social partnership projects implemented during 2003-2005. The grant amount of social partnership projects varied between 7000 USD – 22000 USD. 20% of the total grant amount was contributed by different state and private structures. The experiment of appliance of social partnership mechanism can be considered to be successful looking at it as a step forward towards consolidation of resources of non-commercial, non-governmental organizations and state structures for the benefit of satisfaction of needs of social vulnerable groups.
Within the framework of its operations NGOC conducted research and surveys either directly or through financially supporting relevant research initiatives by NGOs. These include: analysis of media coverage on NGOs, measuring social capital in selected communities of Vanadzor and Gyumri, etc.
During the last 12 years, the NGO Center has successfully developed and enacted a number of systems and mechanisms to ensure smooth operations to accomplish its stated goals and objectives.
In 2005 “NGOCenter” CSD NGO underwent the “Organization Certification Process”, conducted by Counterpart International and as a result received “Institutional Development Certification”. The certificate certifies that NGOCentermeets the accepted requirements in the following 6 fields:
1.Governance and Strategic Management,
3. External Relations/Communication,
4. Service Development, Management and Quality Control,
5. Human and Material Resources,