Fact Sheet-February 1998
The DRC Social Rehabilitation project in Azerbaijan offers different
social, educational and skills development activities to internally displaced persons and
refugees. Activities that can improve the daily life and social condition of a target
group and motivate members of a group to take active part in their life and to create
meaningful occupation for the internally displaced population.
The DRC social rehabilitation programme consists of the 3 following
components; the number of beneficiaries by February is mentioned in brackets:
1. Community Service project (4350 beneficiaries)
- 7 activity centres in Sumgait, Tagiyev, Ali Bayramli and Salyan
2. Skills development project (165 students in the current courses, 152
- Vocational training
- Preparatory courses
3. Income generating p[project
- Micro Credit (81 projects, 315 clients (114 females), 1079 beneficiaries
- Small grant, support to self sufficiency project (55 projects, 192
Community Service Project
By opening of community centres in densely IDP and refugee populated
areas the aim is to try to normalize their daily life and improve their social conditions.
Here IDPs and refugees living in the area can, free of charge, come and
spend their "leisure" time either by participating in some of the organised
activities or by using the opportunity to read the daily newspaper, read a book from the
library or play a game of table games.
Different activities are organised targeting the different groups. For
the children, activities such as playgroups, folk dancing and drawing are the most
popular. The youth is engaged in sport activities and language courses. Women are mostly
engaged in sewing, knitting and embroidery. Men are frequent users of table games.
The centres are managed by an employed Social Worker in close
co-operation with the community. Instructors for the various activities are employed in
two of the centres. The centres have from 250 to 2230 members each. There are between
150-200 frequent users of each centre.
Skills development project
The purpose of the skills development project is to improve and develop
skills among the IDPs and refugees in trades and professions that are either useful in the
present life or in the future, when they hopefully return to their areas of origin.
Participation in a skill development course can improve the possibility
of IDPs / refugees to be involved in the DRC income generating project.
In the skills development courses the emphasis is on professions within
construction, building and other skills needed for the community.
The vocational training is organised together with the Ministry of
Education, and implemented together with the technical Schools in Sumgait. DRC works
together with 3 out of 4 Technical Schools in Sumgait. The Ministry of Education prepares
curricula and certificates are issues for the graduates at the courses.
Courses of 4-6 months duration are organised in the following
Smith, welder, turner, carpenter, typist, tailor, plumber and carpet
DRC has made an agreement with a number of workshops in Sumgait and
Tagiyev of taking 2-7 apprentices into their workshop. The duration of the courses is 4-12
Several of the students finishing their courses have stayed in the
The courses are organised in the following professions:
Carpentry, welder, carpet maker, hairdresser, barber, manicure, typist
& accountant, tailor, repair of household machines, repair of smaller mechanical
devices, book binder, shoe repair and shoe maker, photographer.
In the summer 1997 DRC organised preparatory courses in Narimanov area
for students who applied for the entrance at either the University or the Technicum.
Lessons were conducted in smaller groups within all necessary topics. 45% of the
participating students passed the entrance examination at the University or the Technicum.
Presently DRC is running computer courses together with a company in
Sumgait. IDPs from the typist course participate in this course.
Income generating project
In order to make the refugees and IDPs less dependent on relief aid and
more self-sufficient, the aim of the Income Generating Project (IGP) is to increase
household income for immediate poverty alleviation and to enhance the standard of living
of the target group.
Income Generating activities are established and managed by the refugees
From the experience gained during the last months, assessing the
interest, need and capacity among the IDPs and refugees to participate in income
generating activities, the target group can divided into the following groups:
- People who have already established themselves in some kind of business.
- People with entrepreneurial skills, but who for various reasons have not
been able to implement any business yet.
- People, who want to benefit from the project, but do not possess any
skills or ideas for a project.
- Special vulnerable people, who want to participate, but are not able to
implement a project generating income in terms of money.
Applicants from group 1&2 can participate in the micro-credit
project, either to establish a new business or to expand their existing.
Applicants from group 3 can not participate in IGP, but will be
encouraged to take part in the skills development and community centre activities of DRC.
Later they might be able to participate in an IGP. IDPs and refugees from group 4 can
participate in the small grant project.
Implemented with part loan, part grant. The loan size depends on the
applied amount of money, between 20-70%. The average loan size is 24%. The repayment
period is 6 months. DRC do not charge interest. The repayment rate is 90%.
Special vulnerable persons and families can participate in this project,
following some very certain criteria. This project is only implemented in Tagiyev
The micro-credit projects are organised in a huge variety of
The small grant project is mainly organised within poultry and trade
(reselling of goods). The last two mentioned can not be supported in the micro-credit
- February 29th 1998
- Shanna Jensen