Introduction of local government practices in Armenia was launched in 1996. For more than ten years since then reforms of the local government system have continued. Communities Finance Officers Association of Armenia (CFOA) have convened series of conferences to bring awareness on, assess and provide relevant recommendations on the process and
progress of reforms in the sector in question. The first such conference of large scale was held July 14-15 2004 in Yerevan. Materials of this conference were published in the compendium, called Local self-government reforms in Armenia: Policy options and recommendations in 2004 (edited by D. Tumanyan, PhD Economics). This publication includes articles reviewing progress of local self-government reforms between its introduction and 2004, which, inter alia, set out a variety of recommendations on how to continue the reforms.
This Compendium contains articles presented at the second Conference on Reforms in Local Self-Government in Armenia (2004-2006), which was organised by the CFOA on December 12 2007 in Yerevan with the support of Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative of the Open Society Institute (OSI-AF/LGI). This publication includes articles on a variety of local government topics. Articles were prepared by independent experts on the basis of relevant terms of reference stemming from the following main requirements:
• Legal and actual assessment of reforms in local self-government implemented in Armenia in 2004-2006;
• Review of reforms as per mandates assigned to central and local authorities;
• Comparison between reforms and internationally accepted standards and indicators;
• Implementation of recommendations made earlier on the reforms.
The articles as well as the presentations and discussions held at the Conference come to indicate once again that reforms of local self-government in Armenia are implemented in the absence of systemic or comprehensive conceptual approaches. Even the fragmentary government programmes called to regulate this sphere are not implemented. It is appropriate to reiterate an idea, which was regularly voiced, that it is mandatory to design and consistently implement a programme of decentralisation or development of local government in the effort to review the challenges of local government systems in the context of general development trends and feedback. In the absence of these preconditions
reforms in the local self-government sphere cannot have any significant impact.
Organisation and holding the above Conference, as well as preparation of this publication have been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the entire staff of the CFOA.