Meeting: Children's Issues Coordination Meeting
Date: 31 March 2003-04-01
1) Introductions/ introduction of the new coordinator
2) Last meeting minutes
3) Letter to ministries - suggestions, approval
4) Gwen Burchell - Government
5) Id priorities
Chairperson: Barbara Greenwood, UMCOR, Head of Mission
Nazim Ibadov, Buta
Meftuna Ismayilova, Caspian Mental Health Assoc.
Yana Suleimanova, CP
Rasimiyya Aliyeva, ECFSP
Nailya Aliyeva, Goncha Sick Children Assoc.
Venera Askerova, IWC
Gulana Husaynova, LOTOS
Khuraman Hasanova, Mercy Corps
Valida Abbasova, Mushfig
Emin Imanov, Mushfig
Gwen Burchell, UAFA
Gula Aliyeva, UAFA
Bela Mamedova, Ufug
Barbara Greenwood, UMCOR
Dr. Inara Makayeva, UMCOR
Naila Velikhanova, UNHCR
Siraj Mahmudov, UNICEF
Laura Peer, WVI
Natasha Palubinski, WVI
Barbara Greenwood sets a time limitation for closing time of the meeting 5.30
1) Introduction of attendees.
Attendees introduce themselves; Laura Peer introduces the new coordinator, Natasha
2) Follow - up from the last meeting
Ms. Greenwood gives an introduction to the minutes, hands out the minutes in
Azeri, and asks the attendees to review the minutes whether any topics were
missing. No one adds any items. Then she gives a summary of the last meeting.
Her point is that we all came to the group from a variety of angles and different
levels. However, Barbara underlines, we all agreed on general issues regarding
the nature of the policies related to the children's issues.
3) Introduction of the reviewed and updated letter to the ministers.
Ms. Burchell from UAFA passes the copies of updated letter to the attendees.
Time is given to review the additions incorporated into the letter, which were
made by some of the participants. Ms. Burchell emphasizes on the importance
of timing for sending this letter to the ministers. She urges that the letter
should be sent now, though the hearing of the Children's Commission is in October.
Her point is that the forum should act now, so the more letters sent, more attention
they will attract.
Vailda Abbasova from Mushfiq suggests that the coalition could get more results
by going directly to the President of the country. She underlines that President
have an experience to deal with such issues and he has the right people who
could help. To which Gula from UAFA replies that Children's Commission next
meeting is the 28th October and that sending letters should prepare us for that
now. Her argument is that President could ask what the Forum about this issue,
besides seeking his assistance, had done. Ms. Burchell comments, for this reason
the letter should be sent as soon as possible, which would help the process
and 4 months of work will be saved. She also adds that the letter campaign was
an action suggested to her by a member of the Children's Commission.
Vailda from Mushfaq suggests that everyone submits the letter, and visits the
Inara Makayeva notes that the letter needs to be submitted in order that the
President could be informed. Venera from IWC joines the discussion by suggesting
that before going to the President the forum should perhaps to appeal to Gular_Ahmedova,
a deputy who deals with children questions, and who, Venera feels, could help
to pass over the bureaucracy. The idea is, Venera from IWC suggests, to target
the ministers and also send the letter to the President.
Gwen replies to that a single person cannot help, and therefore letter must
be passed on and stamped because of the bureaucracy. Her argument is that more
letters being sent, and every letter stamped and registered, more pressure applied,
and more momentum gathered.
Barbara Greenwood summarises the argument that more letters are sent to various
ministries, more chance for the coalition to achieve the target. Venera suggests
that a general letter could be sent now in order to raise the issue, but more
specific letters needed to be sent to various ministries.
Gwen Burchell appeals to trust their judgement and approve the letter so it
could be send now, in order for the issues be raised and be heard by the Commission
in October. She mentions that some official from the Children's Committee suggested
the format and manner in which the letter was written. She also, at this point,
introduces National Plan for action to which she came back later. Laura Peer
from World Vision underlines that the letter is the coalition's first step in
working with the Government.
Gwen Burchell requests the number of children being represented by NGOs present.
Some NGOs express their difficulty to give the exact number because of the dynamics
of their work, and some NGOs on the other hand feel that they could come up
with exact figure. The discussion starts to revolve around either projects NGOs
involve and or their plan to be involved. WV representative brings to attention
the difference between direct and indirect beneficiaries. Laura Peer from WV
suggests that the number of beneficiaries should be narrowed to direct involvement,
and Barbara Greenwood suggests those NGOs who did not have number of children
at hand, could email those figures to Gwen as soon as possible.
At this point in the discussion, concerning the letter to the ministers, comes
to conclusion that letter need to be signed by all NGOs, and the list of the
names and the letter will be photocopied and send to various ministers. Laura
suggests that WV will oversee the signing by all the signatories and inquires
under what name this coalition will send the letter. Suggestion is made to keep
the present name. Some members feel that perhaps, the name had been already
taken. Proposal is made to check whether the name is taken and then if the name
is available, to take it.
Proposal is made that
a) Letter should be signed on the same week, as was the meeting.
b) Create the list of all signatories
c) Send the list to those who were missing
d) WV to prepare the list on one sheet, the letter on the other, and send to
e) The letter will be ready as soon as all figures are available
f) All signatories are to come to the WV office to sign Wednesday, Thursday.
4) Barbara moves the meeting to next point on the agenda. Gwen shares about
her meeting with Hadi Rajably Chief of Social Policy Committee, and his willingness
to work with UAFA and thus with the coalition. He has suggested for NGOs to
submit their pilot projects, in order for the Social Policy ministry to understand
better their work. Ms. Burchell urges that everyone' responsibility to submit
their list, in order to be represented. Laura Peer from WV reminds everyone
who has not submit yet a table of activities she sent, to complete it and return
it by Friday.
5) Due to the timing restraint, it was moved that agenda item #5 be addressed
at the following meeting.
Next meeting is planned for 16th April, 4pm at the same venue.
- National Plan for action
- Preliminary discussion on the Government's expected actions.
- UICEF plan of action 2003
- Looking at coalition's mission.