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 Press release - Eurasia Foundation Approves Over $142,027 in Grants for Azerbaijan (EF)

 Press release date: 18.08.2003

Eurasia Foundation Approves Over $142,027 in Grants for Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan - The Eurasia Foundation's Baku Advisory Board has recommended $142,027 for four new grants to organizations in Azerbaijan to promote development of private enterprise and civil society.

Private Sector Development

NGO "Agro Meslehet" $42,102.
To support the development of green rural tourism as a viable small business in the regions. The grant recipient will publish an atlas of six southern regions (Lenkoran, Jalilabad, Masalli, Yardimli, Astara, Lerik) that are promising for rural tourism, create a rural tourism database and develop promotional tools including CDs, brochures, and a website. In addition to these promotional activities, the grant recipient will conduct a series of trainings for entrepreneurs and local government officials in the targeted regions. The project will increase farmers' knowledge of rural green tourism and improve the skills these entrepreneurs require to more fully develop the sector.

Azerbaijan Project Management Association $44,567.
To introduce international project management standards to businesses and non-governmental organizations in Ganja, Sheki, Guba and Lenkoran. The grant recipient will provide training in two areas, basic project management and project management for enterprise development, for 200 business people, public sector officials, and NGO activists in four regions of the country. Successful trainees will receive the first level of certification from the Zurich-based International Project Management Association. The training seminars seek to create a pool of qualified project managers so that local businesses can plan and execute projects more effectively.

Civil Society Development

Internews Azerbaijan $27,634.
To support regular program exchange between nine regional TV stations (one per region in Sumgayit, Zakatala, Mingecgevir, Tovuz, Lenkoran, and two per region in Ganja and Guba), that will improve cooperation between the stations and increase their awareness of each others' activities. The project will initially provide training for the regional TV stations on the latest production techniques. Following the training, the regional TV stations will produce their own programs and share them. As a result, viewers throughout Azerbaijan will learn about regional social, political and cultural attitudes and differences and gain a much better understanding of Azerbaijan's diversity.

Society of Women's Rights Defense named after D. Aliyeva $27,724.
To increase the participation of women and youth of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in the 2003 Presidential and 2004 municipal elections. The project will organize a survey before and after the elections to reveal voter attitudes on the election process. Training sessions and round tables on the voting process in Azerbaijan will be conducted for more than 200 women, who will then lead voter education seminars in their communities. Successful implementation of the project will help educate more Nakhchivani citizens on democratic principles and the voting process, improving the potential for free and fair elections.

About the Eurasia Foundation
Privately managed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and other sponsors, we have made more than 6,500 grants totaling approximately $130 million to support democratic and economic reform in 12 countries of the former Soviet Union since 1993. In Azerbaijan, we have awarded more than $4 million in grants to advance local initiatives in civil society, private enterprise, and public administration and policy. Please visit www.eurasia.org and www.efazerbaijan.org



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