The Armenia Programme

Our engagement in Armenia started in the early 2000s. In 2006-2009 RWI, in collaboration with UNDP Armenia, implemented a Sida-supported project to strengthen the capacity of the Human Rights Defender’s Office towards the more efficient realization of its mandate to promote and protect human rights in Armenia.

Since 2020, RWI engages with Armenia also through the Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals, delivered in collaboration with Lund University. Human rights training targeting young representatives from governments and civil society from Armenia and other Eastern Partnership countries.

Our current collaboration started in late 2020. It is a 2-year program (2020-2022) supported by Sida. We aim to increase the capacities of local academic institutions and other key actors. To apply international human rights standards in support of ongoing reforms, in a highly complex environment.

The 2018 “Velvet Revolution” provided a window of opportunity for change. However, it also highly polarised Armenian society around a number of human rights issues, such as domestic violence and LGBT rights. Further destabilization and polarisation came in 2020 with the re-escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and Covid-19 pandemic. Armenia’s impressive reform agenda consequently faces delays, insufficient application in practice, and risk of its discontinuation due to political factors. This reiterates the need for human rights awareness and compliance with international human rights standards in both design and implementation of reforms.

Armenia Programme Staff


Zuzana Zalanova

Zuzana Zalanova

Director, Europe Office

Phone: +46 46 222 12 57
E-mail: zuzana.zalanova@rwi.lu.se

Zuzana has been promoting human rights, good governance, and civic engagement in various capacities in Europe and Central Asia.

Prior to joining RWI’s Europe Office, Zuzana was in charge of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ukraine with focus on civic and youth engagement. She previously coordinated rule of law programmes of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) in Mongolia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, supported regional human rights and justice initiatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Europe and Central Asia, and managed the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, a platform of civil society actors from the EU and Russia. Zuzana holds a BA degree in Political Science, an MA degree in Security Studies, and a joint (BA and MA) degree in International Relations with a specialisation in Non-Profit Management from her studies in the Czech Republic (Charles University, University of Economics) and the United Kingdom (University of Reading).

David Eile

David Eile

Senior Programme Officer

Phone: +46 46 222 12 58
E-mail: david.eile@rwi.lu.se

David Eile currently works as a Senior Programme Officer responsible for various projects under RWI’s Europe Office, focusing on different forms of academic cooperation in Europe and Cuba. Since joining RWI in 2006, David worked with various human rights programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. David has an MA in Anthropology from Lund University and is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Uppsala.