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|A Better Way to Aid Citizens of Armenia
Editorial 6 December 2009
The "but" stands for the incompetent at best, corrupt at worst ROA governments which have mismanaged Armenia's affairs since independence almost two decades ago.
Is there a more sensible option than the above?
Since widespread corruption, lack of transparency and accountability in the ROA government are not mere allegations but indisputable facts, Diaspora Armenians should devise new ways to help their brethren in the motherland.
The Diaspora should work with existing non-governmental officers (NGOs), establish new NGO institutions, train individuals or groups of individuals for specialties much needed in Armenia and the neighbouring countries . Through these NGOs, Diaspora organizations should establish employment, social services, welfare and skills-teaching offices to directly assist needy families and individuals.
The Hamahaygagan fundraising organizations have the right idea, but more needs to be done. Let's by-pass the smooth-talking gangsters, and let's form a direct pipeline from Diaspora to the ordinary citizens of Armenia, without the benefit of interference from the vultures.