Laying Strong Foundations for Lasting Democratic Change in Armenia
In July 2019, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) awarded MSI the Armenia Support Initiative (ASI). The program’s objective is to support the Government of Armenia’s efforts to implement a democratic reform agenda.
In April 2018, peaceful street protests across Armenia culminated in the resignation of the Prime Minister and former President Serzh Sargsyan. In May, protest leader and opposition parliamentarian Nikol Pashinyan was elected as the new Prime Minister. In order to consolidate the political changes, the PM resigned, forcing snap elections in December, giving the pro-government Civil Contract Party, as part of the My Step Alliance, an overwhelming majority in parliament.
The government has subsequently pivoted to focus on reforms, beginning with ministerial consolidation, drafting of long-term 2050 plans, and focusing on anti-corruption measures and judicial reforms. It is also seeking to set the foundations for an “economic revolution” to tackle unemployment and emigration.
Recognizing the new government’s clear political will to institute change, along with the public’s expectations for quick results, there is a pressing need to provide assistance to effectively envision and implement much-needed reforms.
ASI works primarily with government entities to lay the foundations for lasting democratic change. The program’s initial objectives are to support the government’s efforts to implement its reform agenda and to build public confidence through visible and tangible achievements.
MSI has won four task orders under the SWIFT IV indefinite quantity contract (IQC), including ASI, the Lebanon Community Resilience Initiative (LCRI), and both the Colombia Transforma 1 and Transforma 2 programs. We are also one of nine implementing partners recently awarded the SWIFT 5 IDIQ.