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 Press release - The Eurasia Foundation Awards Nearly $70,000 For Civil Society Development In Azerbaijan And Opens Ngo Support Center In Sheki (EF)

 Press release date: 13.02.2002

THE EURASIA FOUNDATION

AZERBAIJAN OFFICE

THE EURASIA FOUNDATION AWARDS NEARLY $70,000 for CIVIL SOCIETY DEVELOPMENT in AZERBAIJAN and OPENS NGO SUPPORT CENTER in SHEKI

Baku, Azerbaijan (February 14, 2002)-The Eurasia Foundation representative office in Baku has awarded $69,156 in 2 new grants to promote civil society development in Azerbaijan. The grant recipients are the Association of War Veteran Journalist and the Union of Journalists of Azerbaijan. In addition, an NGO Support Center was opened in Sheki.

Association of War Veteran Journalists ($34,211)
"Mass Media and Courts"
To support and normalize relations between the press and the courts by improving journalists' knowledge about legal processes and court proceedings. The Association will be conducting 12 seminars for journalists and publish a handbook for journalists on relevant terms. They will also create a consulting service and prepare recommendations to parliament for laws that apply to journalists.

Union of Journalists of Azerbaijan ($34,945)
"Role of Mass Media in the Development of Regions"
To support the professional development of journalists in areas outside of Azerbaijan's major cities. This project builds on an earlier grant to the Union that provided training to regional mass media. It will continue to introduce Western standards of journalism through training courses in 3 regions (14 districts) for 90 media representatives. In addition, the Union will host two discussion forums to help the Azerbaijani press resolve their problems.

Eurasia Foundation Grant Opens NGO Support Center in Sheki

On January 24, 2002 the Azerbaijan Union of Youth opened the Sheki NGO Support Center to provide legal and educational assistance to existing NGOs, assist the formation of new NGOs in the regional center of Sheki and its neighboring cities of Gakh, Zagatala, and Balaken, and inform and involve citizens of NGO activities throughout the northwest region. Funded by a grant from The Eurasia Foundation, the NGO Support Center will contribute to the development of a budding civil society in northwest Azerbaijan. The Center is located at: 18A Chagali Bulaq Street, 31st Raion, Sheki; Tel: (171) 2-52-47 or (50) 365-91-91; Email: azgencler@hotmail.com. For more information about the Sheki NGO Support Center and its activities, contact: Ildar Mustafayev, Director; 10 Tabriz Street; Baku, Azerbaijan 370008; Tel: 96-11-68; 96-11-69; Fax: 96-05-00; Email: fabdullayev@agi.baku.az

Please see the separate announcement for Private Sector Development grants including training for journalists in oil and gas topics.

Privately managed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and other sponsors, the Eurasia Foundation has made more than 5,800 grants for $115.9 million in 12 countries of the former Soviet Union since 1993. The Eurasia Foundation in Azerbaijan supports local initiatives in civil society and private enterprise and has awarded nearly $3 million in Azerbaijan since 1994. For more information about the Eurasia Foundation, please visit http://www.eurasia.org.

 

Contact: Greg Stephenson, Outreach Coordinator
122 Tolstoy Street, Ste. 4, Baku, Azerbaijan 370005
Tel: (994 12) 97 25 50, 97 21 47, 95 40 03 Fax: (994 12) 97 17 33 * E-mail: greg@efazerbaijan.org



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