This book intends to provide the assessment of the reforms implemented in local self-government in Armenia in 2011. The methodology of assessment has been generated by the experts of the Communities Finance Officers Association (CFOA). The assessment is construed around the performance of government initiatives in the area of local self-government, indicators reflecting its current status, performance of communities, as well as performance of Armenia under the obligations
assumed in the framework of cooperation with international organizations.
CFOA has been participating in and monitoring the process of local self-government reforms in the country since 1996, i.e. the year of its institution. Throughout the fifteen years CFOA has published four books setting out the assessment of the reforms and a host of recommendations on sustainability and continuity of the reforms. The first of these books (Local Self-government Reforms in Armenia: Policy Options and Recommendations, edit David Tumanyan, PhD Economics), was published in 2004. This publication encompasses articles describing the course and progress in reforms implemented in local self-government between 1996 and 2004.
The second book (Local Self-government Reforms in Armenia (2004-2006), Book 2; edit David Tumanyan, PhD Economics) was published in 2008. It sets out the assessments of reforms implemented in local self-government in 2004-2006.
The third publication (Local Self-government Reforms in Armenia (2007- 2008), Book 3; edit David Tumanyan, PhD Economics) was issued in 2009. Effective 2007, CFOA implements assessment of local self-government reforms in Armenia in the shape of reports and their presentations to the public at large. These reports are designed and produced in unified format and contain assessments grouped by individual components of local self-government, such as administrative and territorial division and inter-community cooperation, community property, finance, local elections and operations of LSGs, local democracy, administrative institutions and delivery of municipal services.
The fourth named Local Self-government Reforms in Armenia (2009, 2010) Book 4, edited by D.S. Tumanyan, PhD, was published in 2011.
And this book is the fifth publication of CFOA focusing on reforms in local self-government in Armenia. In addition to the description of the progress in the local self-government reforms, the pending problems of the local self-government system as it exists in Armenia, as well as recommendations on their solutions have also been set out in this publication.