Community Micro Inquiry as a Method of Public Involvement in Resolution of Community Problems
On April 28, a meeting was held with Natalya Harutyunyan and Zhanna Harutyunyan, coordinators of “Women in Local Democracy” project, in the conference hall of Goris municipality. The meeting was attended by the Aarhus Centre coordinator, representatives of the NGOs operating in the region, local government, media and rural communities.
It was presented the “Community Micro Inquiry” program, which is jointly implemented by the Office of the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Territorial Administration since September 2013.
Zhanna Harutyunyan presented in details the mechanism of the micro inquiry. That is: through short messages community residents provide their opinions on issues of concern to the community.
The micro inquiry is arranged through the short messages sent by the LSG of the community. In this way the community resident is directly involved in the decision-making process for the solution of the problem.
Within the framework of this program, in several communities of Armenia, including Goris, back in December 2013 has been tested the mechanism of participating in community decision-making process through the short messages (SMS).
For example, in Goris community an attempt was made to resolve the issue of transport through the SMS: to have transportation until 18:00, at the cost of 50 AMD, or up to 20:00 at the cost of 100 AMD. As a result of the residents responses was adopted the 1st option.
In the near future a micro inquiry through SMS will be conducted in Verishen, Akner, Khndzoresk, Nerqin Khndzoresk and Hartashen communities of Goris region.
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Translated by Anush Beybutyan