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 Report - THIRD SECTOR NEWS (ISAR)

 Report date: 31.07.1999

THIRD SECTOR NEWS
INFORMATION BULLETIN
News and Information on Third Sector Development in Azerbaijan
August 1999
No 18
INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE

1) DEVELOPMENT OF THE NGO SECTOR IN AZERBAIJAN
NGOs DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF LANDMINES

2) NGO INTERVIEW
NGO IRS FOCUSES ON SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF STREET CHILDREN IN GANJA

3) LOCAL NGO ARTICLES

4) INTERNATIONAL NGO ARTICLE
SILENT TRAGEDY OR BATTLE AGAINST GOITER

5) REGIONAL NGOs
MINGACHEVIR BRANCH OF THE GREEN MOVEMENT OF AZERBAIJAN INTENSIFIES ITS ACTIVITIES TO PROTECT THE CITY

6) INFORMATION PROGRAM NEWS

7) TRAINING PROGRAM NEWS

8) QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION

9) ANNOUNCEMENTS

10) ISAR-AZ PROGRAMS

  

ISAR/AZ has moved
Our new contact information is 24 Jefar Jabbarly, apt. 2,
tel: 95-25-57, 95-30-37; fax: 97-31-55; email: ngo@isar.baku.az

DEVELOPMENT OF THE NGO SECTOR IN AZERBAIJAN

NGOs DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF LANDMINES

Landmines are a serious problem today in countries that are either currently engaged in armed conflict or that have experienced conflict in the recent past. It is estimated that every 22 minutes someone dies somewhere in the world as a result of a landmine and numerous others are injured and become physically disabled in one way or another. One of the countries where the solution to this problem is being tested is Azerbaijan. The most dramatic situation in Azerbaijan in terms of landmines can be seen in Agdam, Goranboy, Terter and Fizuli regions - recent battle areas - where landmines were used actively by both sides. As a result, IDPs returning to their homes become victims of landmines.

Recently the international organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) pilot tested new survey tools in Azerbaijan for problems faced by landmine victims as well as staff of hospitals and orthopedic centers where these victims are treated. Results from this test case were presented to the local Azeri NGO community on July 19, 1999 at a conference organized by ISAR/Azerbaijan, in collaboration with the PHR representative Adam Kushner. This was the first conference in Azerbaijan dedicated to the landmine problem and it was attended by representatives of nearly 30 local NGOs, dealing with problems of healthcare, education, human rights, children, and the disabled. The main goal of the Landmine Conference was to draw public attention to the problem itself and coordinate efforts of local NGOs and international organizations in implementing future plans for demining activities, mine awareness programs and assistance to landmine victims.

Emil Mamedov from Relief International, which supported PHRs survey activity, provided a general overview of how this activity was carried out among landmine victims, physicians, representatives of state bodies, and private organizations. The survey looked at what kind of assistance exists and how timely it is rendered to landmine victims, what is done for psychological and social rehabilitation of the disabled, and how well local orthopedic centers are supplied with necessary equipment and technology. The survey has also determined that quite often people become victims of landmines because of an underestimation of and lack of knowledge about the seriousness of this threat, and an inability to recognize and handle landmines. In order to inform people about landmines and their effects, the local office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has developed a special landmine program. Vagif Sadikhov, ICRC Field Officer, informed the conference participants about the activities of his organization in producing and disseminating various informative materials as well as their direct work with the population. Mr. Sadikhov demonstrated some of these materials to conference participants such as samples of illustrative materials for adults and children and examples of different types of model mines.

The Director of the Azerbaijan National Association for Mine Awareness (ANAMA), Ilyas Badalov, informed participants about the Azerbaijan state program for demining and also about the situation in Agdam, Goranboy, Terter and Fizuli regions, where landmines remain in a majority of the territory. According to Mr. Badalov, despite the Governments serious attention to the landmine problem, due to Azerbaijans current difficult position, this problem will not be solved without the active participation and assistance of international organizations. Such assistance, Mustafa Gulan, Deputy Resident Coordinator of the UN in Azerbaijan, informed participants, has already been provided by the United Nations. In particular, the United Nations Development Program worked out a special project designed to coordinate humanitarian activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, United Nations Food Program, WHO and a number of other UN Agencies to work towards a solution to the landmine problem in Azerbaijan and other countries.

The Director of the Open Society Institute-Azerbaijan, David Stubbs, expressed his firm support to the initiative of PHR and ISAR/Azerbaijan to involve local NGOs in finding a solution to the landmine problem in the country. However, in his opinion, it is particularly necessary to attract the population and organizations in the regions where landmines are an actual threat into the discussions as well. It is also important that local NGOs are better informed about the work taking place with landmines at both the national and international levels. The numerous questions asked of the speakers clearly demonstrated that local NGOs have received insufficient information on this problem to date.

Conference participants expressed their interest in continuing the discussion on the problem of landmines in Azerbaijan as well as developing cooperation between non-governmental, state and international organizations to address this issue. As representatives of local NGOs believe, such cooperation is the key to finding a successful solution to this problem.

Kamilla Gezalova
ISAR/Azerbaijan Volunteer

NGO INTERVIEW

NGO IRS FOCUSES ON SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF STREET CHILDREN IN GANJA

Almost everyone has seen little beggars and orphaned children on the streets of our city. The difficult economic situation and results of the war have dramatically affected the lives of these children. As a result, they remain homeless, without adult care, and have no access to education. These children live in the streets and in order to survive need to find food to eat and shelter for the night. Sometimes in searching for better conditions they are forced to move from one place to another, from one region to another. Thus, today it is possible to meet homeless children not only in Baku but also in all other regions of Azerbaijan irrespective of how far they are from the capital city. From time to time people try to help them by providing shelter or necessary clothes or food. Today we want to speak about such people.

In Ganja, like other regions of the country, there are homeless children. It was clear to those people who wanted to help these children, that individual assistance would not solve the problem. As a result, members of the NGO Irs began to work actively at the eradication of this problem and to attract the publics attention to the plight of these children. However, even with this organizations work, children continue to live on the streets and public officials, who are in a position to help solve this problem, continue to declare that homeless children do not exist in Azerbaijan. In order to increase public awareness and get the population more involved, Irs has decided to produce a film about these children with support from ISAR/Azerbaijan.

Members of the organization have visited many institutions dealing with childrens problems, schools, kindergartens, commissions on under-age affairs, and have interviewed some teachers and members of the public. They found that every year, as a result of families difficult financial situations, more and more children leave schools. After finishing the collection of data, members of Irs began to work directly with the homeless children. They make regular visits to places where these children tend to gather, have recorded what they have seen there for a TV program and have also kept track of children facing particular difficulties. In general, the members of Irs have tried to develop open and supportive relationships both with individual children and groups of children. In some cases the activists have even succeeded in convincing children to return to schools.

This project has attracted many new members to the organization and new ideas have been developed for future work toward solving the problem of homeless children.

For further information, please contact Irs at (89522) 44332.

Yegana Jarafova
ISAR/Azerbaijan

LOCAL NGO ARTICLES

A NGO ACTIVIST - JOURNALIST NETWORK IS CREATED

Many NGOs are being developed in Azerbaijan to deal with problems of women, children, human rights, environment, migration, public health, etc. A number of organizations working in the same fields have begun to meet regularly and form coordination councils of some type. Despite an increasing interest by the local press in the theme of civil society and social and environmental organizations, Azerbaijans mass media continues to inadequately cover the activities of NGOs. As a result, the public still does not have a clear understanding of the activities of non-governmental organizations.

This situation has led journalists who work for non-governmental environmental and social organizations (including the International Center for Environmental Tourism Kavkaz, Union of Children of Azerbaijan, Yashil Dalga, Humanitarian Information-Analytical Agency Saniya) as well as their colleagues from the Mir TV-radio company, State Radios Pulse program, and some local newspapers to establish a Social Network of journalists and NGO activists this year. The purpose of the Network is to increase cooperation between NGOs and the mass media in raising public awareness to development of the third sector in Azerbaijan and to develop partnership relations with similar organizations abroad.

The Network has already made great strides in this work. Journalists who founded the Network joined the Editorial Staff of the humanitarian newspaper Saniya and published 4 issues with columns Social News, Development of Civil Initiatives and Non-profit Organizations, Environment and Health, Programs of Social Support of Azerbaijan, Do you know about Migration? and Legal Assistance. The Network has also organized Round Tables and discussions entitled Development of Information Exchange among NGOs, NGOs Public Image, Cooperation between NGOs and the Mass-Media, and has prepared screen plays for programs of the State Radio, Space and ANS TV companies.

Today 12 representatives of NGOs and 10 journalists actively cooperate within the Network. In the nearest future the Network is planning to organize a radio-bridge between Azeri and Georgian NGOs dealing with problems of migration, and publish special supplements to the Saniya newspaper on activities of social and environmental organizations. We hope that our activities within the Network help to raise public awareness to the work of NGOs and attract creative-minded and ambitious people from the local mass media, scientists, students and others to the NGO movement. Contact telephones are 71-04-28, 71-27-68.

Aida Dadasheva
Executive Director Saniya

LOCAL NGOs FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF THE KURA AND ARAK RIVERS

As results of studies, examinations and observations have shown, the water of Kura and Arak rivers is not always used in a rational way and environmental and technological standards are frequently violated. One of the reasons for this situation is the limited awareness of the population living in the towns and regions situated along these rivers which leads to their passive participation in polluting the water.

In June-August this year, with support from the TACIS Program for Raising Environmental Awareness, the local Club of Amateurs of Flora and Fauna The Lively Nature and the Humanitarian Information-Analytical Agency Saniya implemented a joint project to inform the population about the environmental problems of the Kura and Arak rivers.

Activists jointly collected materials on the environment of these rivers from Azerbaijan and Georgia, published special information leaflets, prepared a mobile bulletin board with photos and drawings of school children from Baku, Sumgayit and other regions of the country, organized meetings and discussions on environmental protection with students in Sumgayit, Yevlakh, Imishli, and Sabirabad, and published a special supplement to the social-humanitarian newspaper Saniya dedicated to the environment of the Kura and Arak rivers.

This was the first joint project that the Club of Amateurs of Flora and Fauna Lively Nature took part in and we relied on the experience of the Humanitarian Information-Analytical Agency Saniya. Members of our Club participated in the preparation of the environmental bulletin board and in organizing meetings with environmental NGOs, experts and school students. Saniya provided information support for the project and published leaflets and environmental supplements of their newspaper. In addition, members of the Club prepared articles about the work carried out in the schools of Baku, Sumgayit and Sabirabad and presented them to local newspapers Yezhednevniye Novosti (Daily News) and Azadlig (Liberty). Saniya also organized a press conference to inform the population about the project.

We believe that the struggle for environmental cleanliness of the Kura and Arak rivers is an important factor that can unite the efforts of the three Caucasian countries in solving their problems of water resources and conservation of fauna. Education about environmental protection in schools is of special significance. Often the absence of information, illustrative materials and practical work deprive children of the possibility of having a personal view of the problem. Without this it is difficult to convince them of the necessity of actively participating in the protection of nature. The solving of environmental problems depends largely on the joint efforts of appropriate public and non-governmental organizations as well as mass public participation.

For further information about this project or our organization please contact: 72-27-71.

Famid Surkhayev
Leader of the Club of Amateurs of Flora and Fauna
Lively Nature

INTERNATIONAL NGO ARTICLE

SILENT TRAGEDY OR BATTLE AGAINST GOITER

   

Chronic Iodine Deficiency is known to be one of the major global health problems in developing countries. Endemic goiter is the most obvious and common manifestation of impaired iodine intake. Brain damage, miscarriges and stillbirths as well as mental retardation are the other consequences of the iodine deficiency. The Republic of Azerbaijan has been reported to have a high goiter rate mostly in the northern regions. Presently there is no national preventive program and no evidence of improvement. Meanwhile, humanitarian NGO Medecins du Monde-Greece (MDM-Greece) offered their contribution in the solution of this problem. To receive further information concerning the issue we applied to Dr. Apostolos Veizis, Medical Coordinator of the (MDM-G)

MEDECINS DU MONDE-GREECE (DOCTORS OF THE WORLD-GREECE) has been working in Azerbaijan since 1995 providing the local population and the health centers with essential medicines and medical consumables in the areas of Mingechevir, Agdash, Sheki, Qakh, Oguz, Zaqatala and up to Balaken, where a great number of refugees/IDPs from Karabakh are living. MDM-G has also rehabilitated and equipped several health care centers, especially obstetrics and pediatric facilities in Balaken, Sheki, Turan, Qakh and Zaqatala. Since October 1996, MDM-G along with the frequent deliveries of consumable medical material to some hospitals of the region, has been running four outpatient dispensaries tackling mainly the needs of the refugees/IDPs and the local population in the areas of Mingechevir, Sheki, Oguz and Qakh.

Through our experience in this country we found out that a remarkable segment of the Azeri population have health problems related to iodine deficiency. As a result of this disease in the organism the thyroid begins to grow until a goiter has developed. This can also cause mental and physical retardation of healthy children and increase their susceptibility to communicable diseases.

As a result, MDM-G co-operated with the Patras University medical team specializing in Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), who visited Azerbaijan and conducted a medical survey of this problem in October 1998. This survey was the first of its kind in Azerbaijan, and the results showed that there is a real emergency need for medical intervention to prevent this silent tragedy among the new generation of the nation.

As you know, IDD problems affect the intellectual future of children as well as adults. According to the survey, the whole population (men, women and school children) were found to be suffering from IDD in the regions of Balaken, Zaqatala, Qakh, Sheki, Oguz, Gabala, Ismailli, Quba, Qusar, Xachmaz and also Ordubad. The children affected by this can become victims of mental retardation if a step is not taken to protect their health and their future. The number of school children living in the endemic area and included in our emergency program is 220,000.

Given the current high levels of IDD and the particularly acute endemic iodine depletion in certain regions of Azerbaijan, MDM-G proposed to launch a two phased emergency program:

  1. Emergency intervention by providing the above mentioned endemic regions, with Iodine Oil Capsules in regular doses and medical monitoring and follow-up provided with special care and accuracy.
  2. In order to promote the sustainability of the first phase, the second phase is to establish the technology of producing iodized salt in the country to put an end to IDD problems once and forever.

Through close cooperation with other relief agencies, we have discovered that some UN bodies, particularly UNICEF, have included in their plan for 1999 a full program for establishing the technology of producing iodized salt in Azerbaijan. Therefore, this part of the problem hopefully has a solution through the UN. In addition, based on the finding of the MDM-G survey on iodine deficiency conducted in 1998, the World Food Programme (WFP) Headquarters has approved the request of WFP-Azerbaijan to include iodized salt in the food basket for IDPs in Azerbaijan. Approximately 24,000 beneficiaries will receive these parcels in the areas where MDM-G works.

Therefore, the emergency intervention remains the main concern of MDM-G. However, MDM-G does not have a sufficient budget to move forward with this project. As we endeavor to implement this very important medical program which addresses a real medical need among the Azeri people, we stand short of securing funding for our program. Children are the future and these children stand prone to mental retardation if assistance is not provided.

Sevinge Aliyeva
MDM-Greece

REGIONAL NGOs

MINGACHEVIR BRANCH OF THE GREEN MOVEMENT OF AZERBAIJAN INTENSIFIES ITS ACTIVITIES TO PROTECT THE CITY

The Mingachevir Branch of the Green Movement of Azerbaijan was founded in 1991. The main goal of the organization is to preserve the environmental balance and bio-diversity in this region. Since being established, the Mingachevir Branch of the Green Movement has accomplished a number of environmental actions, including a study of the Kura River basin, an analysis of the composition of chemical wastes of Mingachevir-based plants and factories polluting the atmosphere, the development of environmental normative acts for a number of industrial enterprises of the city, and the organization of environmental actions to attract public attention.

At the beginning of this year the Mingachevir Branch of the Green Movement implemented a project named Saving Seaside Park. This project, aimed at renovation of the park, was successfully carried out in Mehdi Huseynzadeh Park. In order to accomplish this project the organizers involved a number of factories, organizations and schools including the Glass Fiber Plant, the City Committee on Environment and Control over Utilization of Natural Resources, the Mingachevir branch of the Association of Karabakh War Veterans, and students from secondary school no. 12. This activity confirmed that much of the population of Mingachevir today is not indifferent to the environmental future of the city. University and school students as well as teachers took an active part in the renovation. Our work was also highlighted in the local press, which published several articles on the project.

In addition, this project helped to reconstruct a dilapidated city park and inform the citys population about Mingachevirs environmental problems. The success of this project has also had a positive impact on the organizational development of the Mingachevir Branch of the Green Movement itself. The organization now receives membership applications from students, chemists, biologists, and zoologists who would like to join the organization and assist as volunteers.

In the near future, the Mingachevir Branch of the Green Movement of Azerbaijan is planning to distribute appropriate legislative acts related to environmental protection among the population, and organize a series of environmental seminars and lectures in schools and universities throughout the city.

Aliaslan Mamedov
Chairman of Mingachevir Branch
of the Green Movement of Azerbaijan

INFORMATION PROGRAM NEWS

On August 13, ISAR/Azerbaijan hosted an information session for NGOs attended by representatives of 12 local organizations as well as Azer Hasanov from OXFAM and Sabina Kafarova from Save the Children.

Azer Hasanov briefed the participants about the history of OXFAM and its activities in Azerbaijan. He informed them that OXFAMs work in Azerbaijan pays special attention to providing access to education and healthcare for the poorest layers of the population. Today the organization also provides support for local NGO projects on reporting on the disabled in the mass-media, organizing summer camps for disabled children, providing legal assistance to vulnerable populations, etc.

The Information Officer from Save the Children, Sabina Kafarova, provided information to meeting participants about AZERWEB, a web site on relief and development activities in Azerbaijan, and demonstrated this site on a computer. Ms. Kafarova commented that providing information on AZERWEB will allow local NGOs to increase international organizations and funds knowledge about local NGO activities in Azerbaijan, attract potential donors and develop stronger ties between local organizations themselves. The website address is www.azerweb.com.

During this session local NGOs also received information about new educational and grant programs run by international organizations and foundations.

TRAINING PROGRAM NEWS

On July 26-30, 1999 the training team of ISAR/Azerbaijan carried out the first organizational development consultation* for the Society of Disabled Women. Ten representatives from the Baku, Sumgayit, Barda and Sheki offices of the Society took part in an organizational strategic planning session facilitated by ISAR/Azerbaijans training consultants. Five active days of work resulted in the participants developing a concrete organizational mission statement and a 6-month workplan for the period from August 15, 1999 to February 15, 2000. The role of the consultants was focused on facilitating the decision making process during the strategic planning session as well as providing training when necessary in strategic planning methods to Society representatives.

In September, ISAR/Azerbaijans training team will open this a new service to all local NGOs and will begin collecting applications. For further information, contact, ISARs training coordinator.

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Organizational development consultation or consulting is practical work with an organization on a specific organizational issue requested. During the consultation, the training consultants work with organization representatives to determine weaknesses in the organization and provide recommendations to solve these problems. Consulting can also take the form of facilitation for example, facilitation of an organizations strategic planning sessions.

QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION

  What documents are required to register an NGO?

State registration of NGOs in Azerbaijan is carried out according to the 1992 Law On Public Associations and the 1996 Law On State Registration of Legal Entities. In order to register a non-governmental organization, a registration request letter signed by a founder of the organization should be submitted to the Minister of Justice. According to Article 8 of the Law On State Registration of Legal Entities the following documents must be attached to the request letter:

  • Statute of the non-governmental organization;
  • Resolution or establishment agreement on the creation of the non-governmental organization (the establishment agreement needs to be notarized);
  • Document confirming payment of the appropriate state registration fee;
  • Document with legal address of organization.

In addition, this Article requires some additional documents including:

  • Identification code, issued by the State Statistics Committee;
  • Copies of passports of founders;
  • Information about place of residence of founders;
  • Information from employers of founders.

Note: if the founder/s is/are not employed the appropriate document confirming their current unemployed status must be submitted.

Letters of Request are to be considered and answered within a 2-month period from the date of receipt. Registration may be denied in writing, with an explanation of reasons. Denial of registration may be appealed in court within a 10-day period.

  What should be included in an NGO statute?

In accordance with the Law of the Azerbaijan Republic On Public Associations, the statute of a non-governmental organization must contain the following principal parts:

  • General provisions (name, legal basis for activities, geography of activities, information on organizational founders, legal address of organization).
  • Purposes of creation and activities of organization: The purpose for the creation and activities of the NGO may not contradict the Legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic and an organizational statute may not provide for political goals. Azerbaijani Legislation does not allow for the creation and functioning of NGOs with purposes which are directed at the forcible change of the constitutional system, violation of territorial integrity of the Azerbaijan Republic, indoctrination of war, violence, cruelty, social, racial, ethnic or religious hatred, carrying out of criminal acts, or the creation and functioning of secret organizations. The creation and functioning of a NGO that causes damage to the health and morals of the population, will be held responsible according to the law.
  • Organizational structure: This section must contain detailed information on the controlling body of the organization and their responsibility. It must also describe how the organizations executive body was formed and what its level of competence is, what are the legal principles for activities of the leader of organization and how the controlling and implementing bodies of the organization were created.
  • Membership in the organization: Membership in NGOs may be both individual and collective. Any person living in the Azerbaijan Republic is eligible for membership. Participation or non-participation of a citizen in activities of an organization can not be a reason for limitation of his/her rights and freedoms or non-execution of responsibilities set forth by law.
  • Rights and responsibilities of organizational members: Members of a non-governmental organization may participate in meetings/assemblies of the organization, elect and be elected to its steering and controlling bodies, obtain information about activities of the organization, and participate in organized events. At the same time members are responsible for timely payment of membership fees (in respect of organizations providing for membership), be adhered to Statute of the organization, implement decisions of steering bodies, etc.
  • Property of the organization: An organization may possess its own property needed to provide activities and services stipulated by its Statute. Moreover, this section may contain information on sources of property.
  • Regulation of the introduction of changes and additions to the Statute: This section defines a body competent to introduce changes and additions to the Statute and describes decision-making procedures. Any changes or additions to the Statute are subject to the same registration procedure as non-governmental organizations.
  • Ceasing organizational activities: Ceasing of organizational activities can happen through reorganization (merger, joining, division) or liquidation of an organization. An organization can be reorganized as a result of the decision of the steering committee of the organization, decision of the court, or for other reasons set forth by the Legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic.

The above questions, posed by local NGOs and initiative groups, were answered by Sabina Masimova, a lawyer and ISAR/Azerbaijan Trainer.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS

The Baku office of the Eurasia Foundation announces an open competition for funding of projects for the creation and development of business associations. Through this competition funding will be provided to:

  1. Opening projects (up to 7,000 USD) aimed at the foundation of new business-associations;
  2. Starting projects (up to 15,000 USD) directed to support of initial activities of associations;
  3. Projects directed to strengthening and development of existing business-associations (up to 30,000 USD).

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm, August 30, 1999. For additional information and document package, please contact the Foundation on the following address: 122, Tolstoi St. (corner of Husi Hajiyev St.) apt. 4, Tel: 97-25-50, e-mail: <eurasia@ef.baku.az >

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The TACIS Coordination Bureau is currently accepting applications for participation in its new Democracy program. Applications may be submitted by both public and non-governmental organizations. The application deadline is August 27, 1999. The program is focused on rising the publics awareness about civil society, human rights protection, election assistance, assistance to refugees and other fields. Materials on the program can be copied on floppy discs in the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.

AWARDS

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Reuters Foundation established a Media Award in the field of environmental journalism. The Reuters - IUCN Media Awards will be presented annually and are open to practicing journalists from the written press around the world. These awards will include 1 international and 8 regional prizes. Winners will receive study or training opportunities organized by the Reuter Foundation. The first Reuters - IUCN Media Awards will be presented in late 1999.

Selection Criteria: Candidates for the awards may submit articles on environmental management, environmental degradation, nature conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, public and private investment, and social, economic and development issues relevant to the environment. Entries will be evaluated on their potential to capture the interest of a wide readership, especially key policy and decision makers. Articles submitted for the 1999 Reuters-IUCN awards must be published after 31 August 1998. A journalist may submit any number of articles with a single entry form. Applicants for the Media Award should have at least five years experience in journalism and should currently be practicing journalism as their main, though not necessarily sole, activity.

Participation may be by direct application or by nomination. For direct application, application forms can be obtained from IUCN offices throughout the world or from the IUCN World Headquarters in Switzerland. Nominations may be by print media publishers or editors, IUCN members, IUCN offices, IUCN commissions and Reuters bureaus in the various regions. Entries for the 1999 Reuters - IUCN Media Awards should be received by the IUCN respective office or Headquarters no later than 30 August 1999. All entries should be accompanied by an application. Candidates have to submit the entire publication in which the proposed article first appeared, with the article/feature clearly marked. Where the article appears in more than one publication, these publications should also be submitted or listed. Reuters/IUCN will not return material submitted (except in case of prior agreement).

Winners of the 1999 Reuters-IUCN regional media awards will be invited to participate in a Reuter Foundation regional environmental journalism workshop in the year 2000. The global award winner will receive a three-month Reuter Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University. All awards will include, travel, accommodation and living costs for the duration of the respective courses.

For further information please contact:

Ms. Kseniya Chernaya, IUCN office for CIS
17, Marshal Vasilevsky St. Moscow 123182, Russia
Tel: (095) 190-46-55; 190-70-77; Fax: 490-58-18
E-mail: <xvc_iucn@interset.ru> or < iucnmos@aha.ru>

CONFERENCES

On 10-15 October 1999 the South Korean capital Seoul will be hosting an International Conference entitled The Role of NGOs in the 21st Century: Inspire, Empower, Act. The aim of this international forum is to evaluate the implementation of pledges made by Governments at recent UN Conferences, strengthen cooperation and interaction between national, regional and international NGOs, provide theses NGOs with a forum to exchange experience and information, highlight concrete measures for consolidation of NGOs, and develop links between these organizations.

More that 500 organizations worldwide have already expressed an interest and a willingness to participate at this Conference. Leading figures and officers from the United Nations and many other international organizations, known public personalities and politicians are expected to participate in the Conference as well.

For further information please contact the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.

ISAR/AZERBAIJAN PROGRAMS

ISAR/Azerbaijan continues to implement the following programs:

Training Program

  • NGO Management Courses
  • Individual Consultations

Information Program

  • Resource Center for NGOs
  • Informational Sessions for NGOs
  • Monthly meetings of NGOs with the mass media
  • Individual Consultations for NGOs on working with the mass media
  • Monthly informational bulletin and quarterly NGO Directory

Grant Program

  • Small Grants for Social and Environmental NGOs
  • Individual consultations
  • Financial management training for NGOs

Regional Program

  • Dissemination of NGO information and providing consultation in the regions of Azerbaijan

YOU ARE INVITED TO ISARS RESOURCE CENTER

ISAR/Azerbaijans Resource Center has approximately 600 publications in Azeri, Russian, and English available for local and international NGOs to use including reference and training materials. The Center also has computers and email available for local NGO use. The Resource Center manager can assist organizations in locating appropriate material, help organizations in their search for partners in Azerbaijan or abroad, and provide information about new financing possibilities. The Center is open from 10.00am to 18.00 Monday through Friday. If you have questions or would like to use our computers, please contact Gulia Tagiyeva.

Bulletins received regularly by the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center

1) News Bulletin of Georgian NGO sector issued in English. The bulletin publishes not only news of the third sector of Georgia but also information on conferences, grant programs of various international foundations, and job vacancies in humanitarian organizations.

2) EKOSVODKA - bulletin of environmental information published in Russian by the Press Service of the Coordination and Information Center of the Social-Environmental Union. The bulletin provides news on the life of environmental NGOs not only in Russia but other countries close by as well.

3) Electronic Bulletin of the Caucasian Environmental News (CEN) is issued in Russian by the Caucasian Environmental News Network (CENN). This bulletin contains announcements, news from environmental NGOs of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, international news and also information on coming events and publications related to environmental problems.
CENNs web-site address:<http://cenn.virtualave.net> or <http://post.net.ge/cenn>

4) Weekly electronic bulletin issued by ITIC in English language and tells about grants, stipends, competitions, vacancies and programs of different international organizations. The bulletin also contains news of the NGO sector in Georgia.

5) Good local news is the name of monthly English-language electronic bulletin. Bulletin is directed to the search of alternative news in the field of human rights protection, peoples diplomacy, nonviolent settlement of conflicts and environmental problems and also consolidation of links between world NGOs by means of Internet and e-mail. Any NGO is welcomed to take part in discussions in the bulletin. The web-site address is: <http://www.nonviolence.org/ggn>
Subscription to the bulletin can be made at the following e-mail: b.luber@bionic.zerberus.de

6) New electronic Russian-language bulletin on environmental education of children AsEkO-Inform has started to be published through the initiative of the Association of Environmental Education (AsEkO). AsEkO-Inform is designed as a long-term project for operative distribution of information and discussions over the most important questions of education for settlement of environmental problems. Furthermore, the bulletin will provide free consultations on questions of environmental education.

NGO DIRECTORY

ISAR/Azerbaijan produces a Local NGO Directory once every quarter in English and Azeri. We would like to ask NGOs already included in the Directory to inform ISAR/Azerbaijan if your address, telephone number, or information about your projects change. Local NGOs currently not included in the Directory but that would like to be included should contact Gulia Tagiyeva at the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.

ISAR/AZERBAIJAN INFORMATION BULLETIN

The goal of the ISAR/Azerbaijan Information Bulletin is to provide a forum for local NGOs to exchange experiences, learn about the activity of local and international organizations, provide information on Third Sector development in Azerbaijan and disseminate information on relevant conferences, seminars, grant programs, and training programs. NGO representatives interested in submitting articles or announcements should provide material on a disk in Word for Windows 95 format by the fifth day of every month. Information submitted should be no longer than one computer page. Articles submitted by local NGOs should include the organizations mission. All articles or announcements submitted should be in some way related to local NGO activity in Azerbaijan. ISAR/Azerbaijan looks forward to receiving your material. If you have questions please contact Elchin Sardarov.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Organizations wishing to receive answers to questions on legal aspects of NGO activities, i.e. preparation of juridical documents, registration, tax regulation, legislative basis, conflict management within the organization, civil law, etc., may present their questions in writing to the ISAR/Azerbaijan. Answers will be provided by professional lawyers from NGOs. The most useful answers will be published in the QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION of the ISAR/Azerbaijan Information Bulletin. For further information please contact Elchin Sardarov.

All local and international NGOs and initiative groups are welcome to contribute articles, suggestions, responses, announcements, and pictures to ISAR/Azerbaijan for publication in Third Sector News. The material provided for the bulletin must in some way be related to NGO sector development in Azerbaijan. ISAR/Azerbaijan and the US Agency for International Development are not responsible for the content of information presented by local NGOs and the mass media. If material from this bulletin is reproduced, please cite the ISAR/Azerbaijan Information Bulletin.
Address: Baku, Jafar Jabbarly 24, apt. 2
Telephones: 95-25-57, 95-30-37
E-mail: ngo@isar.baku.az

Bulletin Editor: Elchin Sardarov
The Informational Bulletin of ISAR/Azerbaijan has been produced with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)



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