While Western societies may be able to function without their churches, political parties, and institutions, the Armenian Diaspora relies heavily on these vital components. Our schools, our cultural, social and sports organizations, our press, owe their existence to our community structures. It is crucial for us to evolve with wisdom, fostering mutual respect between the traditional structures and the emerging Civil Society.
The relationship between Armenia and the Diasporas should evolve from the current “center-periphery” representation to a more inclusive and multi-centric Armenian identity fostering a federal approach that strengthens the connection and collaboration between them.
While the Diaspora is a gold mine of talents and wealth, the lack of networking hinders its empowerment. As a case in point, the estimated number of French Armenian students is around 20.000, yet the Armenian Students Association of France comprises just 200 members. This disparity prevents Armenian students from accessing vital resources and opportunities and from connecting with their community. With the aim of bridging this gap, a groundbreaking initiative is being established, a comprehensive networking platform to enhance existing ones with the objective of fostering global connections among individuals and organizations. Recognizing the need for change, the proposed networking platform aims to address these challenges and empower the Armenian Diaspora in a significant way.