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 Report - THIRD SECTOR NEWS (ISAR)

 Report date: 31.10.1999

ISAR/AZERBAIJAN:
INITIATIVE FOR SOCIAL ACTION AND RENEWAL IN EURASIA
THIRD SECTOR NEWS
INFORMATION BULLETIN
News and Information on Third Sector Development in Azerbaijan
NOVEMBER 1999
No 21

INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

LOCAL NGO ACTIVITY

LOCAL NGO ARTICLES

INTERNATIONAL NGO ARTICLE

CHILDRENS PAGE

REGIONAL NGOS

ISAR NEWS AND PROGRAMS

ISAR/Azerbaijan new address:
24, Jafar Jabbarly str., apt. 2, Baku
Telephone: 95 25 57, 95 30 37

   

ISAR/Azerbaijan is pleased to announce the beginning of a Large Grant Program of up to $10,000 for NGOs. This grant program is focused on supporting projects in social, educational and ecological spheres as well as NGO development projects. For details please contact the grant program at ISAR. Tel: 95-25-57, 95-30-37

New Book on Funding Opportunities for Local Azeri NGOs

Local Azeri NGO representatives were pleased to learn that ISAR/Azerbaijan has prepared and produced a book entitled Funding Sources for Azeri NGOs. This book provides detailed information about foreign funders and other grant-giving organizations including the types of support provided, application procedures, as well as contact information.

The book is the result of several months work, during which time ISAR/Azerbaijan volunteers have been in correspondence with foreign funders, searching the web and collecting materials. While preparing this reference-book, we relied on existing published works, including Sources of Financing for Non-Commercial Organizations, published in Moscow, 1997, by the organization Ecoline and the Center for Coordination and Information of Social-Ecological Union, and a book entitled Financing Civil Society published by VOICE International for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasian NGOs.

ISAR/Azerbaijans Funding Sources for Azeri NGOs is organized by sectors including the following: business and economic development, gender issues, civil society and human rights, law and democracy, public health and social issues, art and culture, peace and conflict resolution, education and research, NGO development and support for civil initiatives, mass media and communication, and the environment. In addition, part 2 of this book includes a list of useful Web-sites for NGOs and Internet addresses to assist NGOs in finding funders, establishing contacts with foreign NGOs, and learn about NGO activity in other countries.

Funding Sources for Azeri NGOs, currently in English, is available at the ISAR Resource Center. Both an Azeri and Russian version of this book are being produced and should be available in the near future. The ISAR Resource Center also has an electronic version of this book as well as additional materials, including applications, requirements for grant seekers and detailed descriptions of the activities of funders.

The creation of this book was prompted by the NGOs themselves through a series of focus groups in spring 1999 about needs of the NGO sector in Azerbaijan and how the ISAR Resource Center could better address these needs. Participants of these focus groups emphasized that current publications on funding opportunities often provide obsolete or incomplete information. In order to address this issue, the new funding book has been produced in a manner that allows it to be updated and added to on a regular basis.

Gulia Tagiyeva
ISAR/Azerbaijan

Legal Education in the Regions

The Children Rights Protection League held training seminars entitled Peace and Conflict in September-October for teachers and school staff of refugee children and IDPs in the Barda region. The seminars were supported by the organization Relief International. About 50 participants from different schools attended lectures and took part in debates. Using interactive methods of training, organizers of the seminars explained the importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts worldwide.

The seminars are expected to continue in November in the Barda and Sheki regions.

In addition, the Children Rights Protection League and the organization Tutu are planning to take part in a project this spring with the international organization NRC on human rights education.

NGO ACTIVITY

Free Consumers Union Holds a March

The Azerbaijani press often publishes information about the activities of the NGO Free Consumers Union. Many people in Azerbaijan are aware that the Free Consumers Union is responsible for the defense of consumers rights and the protection of Azerbaijans market against ecologically dangerous and environmentally harmful goods and services. Recently, the Consumers Union received support from ISAR/Azerbaijan to combat pollution on Bakus streets.

As a result of limited waste disposal services in Baku (including food waste), residents of the capital suffer from intensive pollution from empty beverage and food packages on the streets of the city. The numerous piles of these packages on the streets threatens the citys environment. The Free Consumers Union project was designed to: identify the extent of empty food and beverage packages disposed of on Bakus streets; create a data bank for environmental organizations, state bodies and manufacturers; and attract public attention to this issue. Official information on the deteriorating environment in Baku was collected and the organization was in correspondence with various state and commercial structures with the purpose of obtaining statistical data on this issue.

Many people demonstrated an interest in this issue, not just the Free Consumers Union. As a result, the municipal authorities gave their permission to hold a street demonstration with slogans and placards on one of Bakus central streets. The action of the Free Consumers Union was aimed at educating the population and drawing the attraction of citizens to the cleanliness of the capital. This march was widely covered by the local mass media. The march was followed by a seminar and press conference about pollution on Bakus streets.

Yegana Jafarova
ISAR/Azerbaijan

NGO ARTICLES

Conference on Homelessness Takes Place in Hungary

An international conference, News of the Homeless in Europe, was held in Balatonfoldar (Hungary), 28-30 October 1999. Representatives from 20 European countries attended the conference. CIS representatives included Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Azerbaijan was represented by the coordinator of the Jewish Women in Azerbaijan youth group, Stanislav Druker, as well as the chairman of the Homeless Society, Yevgeniya Atramonova. It should be noted that the governmental organizations and NGOs of Europe are doing their best to resolve the problem of homeless in the larger towns and cities. Homeless citizens, including among others the elderly, the ill, single mothers, drug addicts, and drunks, are incapable of paying for their homes due to their social and material situations and find themselves on the streets. The Hungarian representatives told conference participants that there is a large homeless population in their country.

However, there are not many organizations that work with the homeless in Azerbaijan. Following my presentation at the conference on the Infringement of Rights, about the problems of the homeless in Azerbaijan, some lawyers and experts and other participants of the conference indicated their concern about the taking of flats and property from other persons in Azerbaijan. Many people could not understand the concept of people being turned out of their homes and those who did this living illegally and unpunished in these peoples homes instead. As a result, the participants of the conference, at the request of Homeless Society, applied to the President of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, to work toward resolving this issue.

The participants of the conference learned about related organizations worldwide and their experience in resolving the problems of homelessness. For instance, a Polish organization in charge of psychological rehabilitation of homeless children has organized a summer camp. In Moscow, NGO members in charge of homeless problems issue their own newspaper, while in Hungary, in addition to a newspaper, the homeless have their own theater. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan still does little to address this issue.

Yevgeniya Artamonova
Chairman of Homeless Society

Invitation for Cooperation on the Caspian

Dear friends,

Today, the exploitation of biological resources of the Caspian has given rise to serious problems: degradation of biological variety, threat of extinction of various species of fish, climatic changes, and sea level fluctuations. It is evident that the level of pollution that exists is damaging the Caspian ecosystem. The dangerous situation resulting from oil contamination has led to alterations in water temperature, reduction of fertile plant life and an increase in mutations.

At present, Caspian protection programs, studies of marine ecology and NGO projects are being carried out with financial support from international organizations. However, public support is still required in order to complete the projects.

The Caspian with its unique ecosystem is truly a great property. Throughout centuries the Caspian has served our ancestors and today it serves us. We enjoy its gifts and decorate our table with fish from the sea that strengthen our health. But how do we repay the Caspian for its service? The voice of public opinion is urgently required to remedy the situation!

Our movement entitled For a Clean Caspian has been set up to attract the publics attention, especially that of young people, to the deteriorating ecological situation in the Caspian. We call for cooperation. Lets focus on solving the Caspians problems to save the sea from the Arals fate. Lets preserve it for future generations! For further information please contact Yegana Mehdi or Vusala Hasanli at tel: 76-57-38.

For a Clean Caspian

INTERNATIONAL NGO ARTICLE

NGO Health Sector is Making Progress

For the past year, many organizations have shown an interest in the NGO health sessions held monthly by Mercy Corps International (MCI). We would like to take this opportunity to inform you about these sessions. The purpose of these meetings is to enable NGOs working on health and nutritional issues to discuss their achievements, problems and experience. Any organization that is engaged in implementing projects in these areas may attend the sessions. The sessions are held once a month as agreed upon by members of the working group. MCI has offered to organize the meetings in our office. However, any organization is entitled to organize seminars in their own office.

At the first meeting of health NGOs, the working group prepared a list of the first 6 topics to be discussed. At the end of 6 months, the participants discuss the results of the sessions, decide on the necessity of further sessions and topics for discussion for the next half a year were agreed upon at this point. The following topics have been discussed by members of the working group to date:

1. Exchanging training materials developed by various organizations.
2. MDM-Greece representatives presenting a report on diseases caused by iodine deficiency.
3. Stimulating voluntary health workers.
4. Involving the public in implementing health programs.
5. Collaborating with the Ministry of Health
6. Presenting programs of working group members.
7. Inviting specialists to make presentations on certain topics.
8. Identifying and working with the most interesting Internet sites on health and education.
9. Planning and holding press conferences on health.

As a result of these monthly meetings, a conference was organized and held on 4 October 1999 to discuss health programs in Azerbaijan. Specifically, the conference focused on drawing up a document about the achievements and experience of health programs and problems which can be solved in the near future and those with possible solutions in the longer term. At present, a final document on conference results is being completed. Upon completion, this document and conference materials will be distributed to all interested organizations.

Mercy Corps International

CHILDRENS PAGE

Children and the Caspian

The British-American company BP/Amoco has produced a wonderful present to Azerbaijani schoolchildren. The company published colorful books entitled the Wonderful World of the Caspian and Ecological Atlas, as well as colored posters. The presentation of this material took place at a ceremony at Bakus ecological lyceum, well known for its traditions and achievements in ecological education of children. It was very pleasant to find oneself in a decorated hall with adults and children talking heatedly about the ecology of the Caspian.

Attending the meeting were scientists - professors Abdul Kasymov and Rafik Kasumov. They stressed the unique nature of the Caspian and touched upon its flora and fauna. The audience listened intently to the representatives of BPs environmental protection department Faik Askerov and Yuliy Zaytsev who discussed industrial development of the Caspian and nature-protection activity of their company. Yuliy Zaytsev assured the audience that in 2000 the department is planning to publish the book in Azeri as well as issue new interesting books. The audiences questions were far from purely childrens ones and touched upon the importance of ecological stability and monitoring of the sea, sources of financing of ecological projects, etc. The children voiced their readiness to take part in ecological monitoring with the company.

In addition, representatives from the following NGOs attended the ceremony: Green Movement of Azerbaijan, Childrens Ecological Organization Azerbaijan in the 21 Century, and the Youth Ecological Movement. Those present underscored NGOs role, especially childrens organizations, in resolving many of societys problems. Thus, the manager of BP/Amocos ecological department, Faik Askerov, called upon the children to be actively involved in the environmental movement, develop projects and raise their voice in support of nature. The representative of the company see NGOs as an effective force to lead all strata of the population into more active involvement in public life including collaboration with BP/Amoco and other companies.

The NGO sector and the public should thank the oil company for its noble action toward the welfare of our children.

Irada Guliyeva
Azerbaijan in the 21st Century

TUTU Post

The Childrens Culture Center TUTU is currently engaged in implementing several projects. One of them is the TUTU Post project being backed by the organization Relief International. The projects implementation is based out of Relief Internationals two traveling libraries that regularly go to numerous refugee camps throughout Azerbaijan within the Mobile Library program framework. Each traveling library has a colored TUTU Post box. The children are well aware of TUTUs role as a publishing house. The traveling library usually exhibits more than 20 titles of illustrated books and magazines published by TUTU. Through TUTU Post, the children can post a letter and enter into direct correspondence with their favorite writers and express their views on childrens literature and other issues. A return message and a blank envelope an invitation to continue correspondence - arrive immediately at the childs address. Employees of the traveling libraries themselves deliver TUTUs answers to childrens messages.

This project has just been created. At the moment, students from the journalism faculty voluntarily reply to childrens messages. As we see it, the correspondence between a refugee child and TUTU gradually develops into the correspondence between refugee children and children from successful families, between their families into personal meetings between them, a sort of guardianship over compatriots in trouble. The mechanism of TUTU Posts project implementation is likely to continue to develop through Baku and Ganja schoolchildren.

Hikmet Huseynov
TUTU

Sahib Assists Disabled Children

The reasons and consequences of disability are different in different countries. These differences account for the different social and economic conditions and the welfare of citizens with disabilities as well as the treatment of people with disabilities.

Today, Azerbaijan is in transition, which has its effect on the countrys social and economic life, especially that of the vulnerable strata of the population. Even worse is the ignorance, disregard and prejudices which characterize our attitude toward invalids leading to their isolation, which hampers their development.

The democratization of society and the new ideology that comes with this implies changes regarding the disabled. At present, there are several NGOs focused on the disabled, their families and their supporters. One such organization is Sahib Society founded by parents of children with disabilities. The problem of children with disabilities is pressing and global in our time and those directly involved with it know it best.

Sahib Society began its activity in September 1996 and today there are 325 children with disabilities and 120 orphans involved. The society provides all types of aid to children with disabilities in Baku and other regions of Azerbaijan. With support from international organizations such as OXFAM, Caledonia Society, SOROS Foundation and private sponsors, the society has so far accomplished a lot including creating summer camps, conducting training including computer training and providing medical assistance for disabled children. Members of the society rely on an individual approach in their work with children and they adjust this according to the childs abilities and enthusiasm. Children are taught painting, history and singing. Isolated from nature and their surroundings, children gladly listen to teachers who tell them about nature and its beauty, go on field trips to the country, take part in planting trees, etc. Their cultural life is interesting as well and the children regularly visit the circus, the Republican Palace, the Zoo and the boulevard.

The Sahib society is doing its utmost so that disabled children enjoy equal rights and opportunities. For further information about Sahib please telephone: 91-06-18.

Zohra Jafarova
Chairman of the charitable society Sahib

REGIONAL NGOs

Initiative Gives Birth to Initiative

There are some problems in society that should be addressed not by the state, but by society itself. It is natural that our newly independent state is facing many problems as it transitions from communism into a new system. Therefore, it is initiative that plays a key role in this matter. While establishing the Center Initiative in 1999 we relied on the potential and active participation of the population to promote initiatives and thus solve deep-rooted social problems.

It should be noted that the Sheki-Zagatala region is notable for its natural beauty. Despite the beauty of its nature, including forests, rivers and mountains, the air of the region is humid and the water is lacking needed iodine and bromine resulting in many diseases among the population. It is not mere coincidence that many residents of the region suffer from goiter, gastric diseases, diabetes, and dental diseases. If we add to this material and economic difficulties, it becomes evident that a greater percentage of the population of the region needs moral and material support.

These diseases are also spread as a result of limited information among the population. Lets, for example, consider the dental problem. It is largely attributed to the fact that young people are unaware of how to take care of their teeth. Our project is concentrating on this and some other problems, including educational work among youth and children.

Mustafa Islamov
Director of Initiative Center

News from Sheki

A coordination council of NGOs has been operating in Sheki for 6 months. Sheki based organizations conduct their meetings twice a month with the participation of representatives from 12 NGOs. Two new organizations recently attended one of these meetings as initiative groups. One organization is the Sheki Womans League for Rights of Choice headed by Adila Novruzova. This organization prioritizes womens participation in the social and political life of the country. The other organization is the Center of Youth Development headed by NGO chairman Alirza Magerramov. The Center focuses on youth participation in cultural, intellectual, ecological and societal development.

Shahsuvar Agayev is the coordinator of the Sheki coordination council. These NGO meetings deal with project development, solving problems in the region and exchanging views. Recently, ISAR/Azerbaijan provided support to Goy Gurshagy to implement a project aimed at solving the problem of deforetization. Beginning on 27 September, the organization has been engaged in implementing this project. According to Ismail Sadykhly, the head of Goy Gurshagy, the Sheki coordination council is working hard to identify the most important problems of the region and prepare projects for ISAR/Azerbaijan and other funders.

Jafarov Tehran
Secretary of Sheki NGO Coordination Council
President of Diabetics Association

ISAR/AZ NEWS AND PROGRAMS

Training Program News

ISAR Conducts a Training in Agjabedi

ISAR trainers held a training for national staff of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) from 30 September 1 October in Agjabedi. IRCs office in Agjabedi is responsible for 9 programs focused on providing assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons in Agjabedi and adjacent regions. More than 100 employees are involved in these programs.

The 2-day training was held at the invitation of IRCs Credit Program Manager and was focused on increasing the skills and knowledge of IRCs Credit Program staff about NGOs in Azerbaijan, the development of effective organizational structure, as well as the creation of an NGO charter and procedures for registration. This training was conducted as a result of IRCs interest in assisting their Credit Program staff in creating a sustainable organization that will continue to provide credit in the long-term to IDP/refugees and the vulnerable population in Azerbaijan.

The program will be turned over to the local organization stage-by-stage, and the training participants were concerned about possible difficulties arising from the creation, formation and activities of a new organization. In particular, the participants were concerned about the structure of the organization, writing an effective charter, and preparing information for registration. The trainers provided the participants with a number of facts and interesting practical exercises aimed at improving the participants knowledge and actively involving them in the training process. Throughout the training, the participants asked many questions. Of particular interest were questions related to the establishment and re-registration of NGOs.

Upon completion of the training, the participants of the training thanked the trainers for the valuable information and voiced their interest in further collaboration.

Alekper Guliyev
Enver Safarzadeh
ISAR/Azerbaijan

NGO Management Training in Sheki

On 12-15 October 1999, ISAR/Azerbaijan held a 4-day NGO management training for representatives of Sheki NGOs, including Sheki-Balakan branch of Diabetics Society of Azerbaijan, Sheki regional Hemophilia Patients Association, Sheki branch of Woman and Development, ecological-cultural center Goy Gurshagy, Sheki branch of the Blind Society, Center of Youth Development, childrens center Tashabbus, health center Inam, and childrens cultural center Jyrdtan. Representatives of an initiative group from the Gakh region in charge of social problems of children also attended this training. This was the second training held by ISAR/Azerbaijan for Sheki NGOs (the first one was held last year). The range of questions asked during the training were rather broad including NGOs role in society, the structure and planning of NGO activity, financial and other resources needed for an organizations work, as well as effective mechanisms for communicating with the mass media.

ISAR/Azerbaijans regional program is aimed at involving the training program in the process of development of regional NGOs and initiative groups of Azerbaijan. It was this cooperation that has resulted in three 4-day training courses within the last 4 months in different regions of the country: Khachmaz in July, Ganja in August and Sheki in October. One more 4-day course on NGO management is scheduled to be held in Khachmaz in December.

Telman Yelchiyev
ISAR/Azerbaijan

Information Program News

As explained by Mr. Joost van der Alst, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Azerbaijan, at the 5 November ISAR/Azerbaijan information session, the IOM is interested in developing the NGO sector in Azerbaijan. Therefore, its previous activity and future plans are linked to supporting the NGO migration sector and strengthening cooperation between migration NGOs in Azerbaijan.

Mr. Van der Alst briefed the sessions participants about the IOMs activity in raising the populations knowledge to migration issues, studies in this field, published works, etc. In the near future, the IOM intends to continue backing NGO activity in economic migration, migration, and health. For further information, visit IOMs webpage: http://www.un-az.org/iom.

First Monthly Environmental NGO Meeting

In addition to regular meetings of health and childrens NGOs, in October, ISAR/Azerbaijan began holding monthly meetings of environmental NGOs. Heated debates during the first meeting following reports by Lydia Kulizadeh (TETA Khazri), Farida Huseynova (Green Movement of Azerbaijan) and Elchin Sultanov (Ornithology Society) once more confirmed the need for local environmental NGOs to have a forum to exchange information and coordinate activity. The participants demonstrated an ardent interest in the debates and did not have enough time to discuss everything on the agenda. As a result, the NGOs decided to hold two additional meetings during the month to continue debates on Azerbaijans public ecological examination, creation of the Regional Environmental Center and Azerbaijans participation in the worldwide NGO network to combat desertification.

Representatives of approximately 25 environmental organizations attended the first meeting. The participants became familiar with new materials available at the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center as well as learned more about ISARs Caspian program focused on environmental NGOs. The participants of the meeting agreed that at the next meeting they would discuss the development of international cooperation between environmental NGOs and state structures.

Meetings of health and childrens NGOs also took place this month. At the health NGO meeting, representatives of the international organization UMCOR explained their projects in public health. The childrens NGO meeting focused on the activity of Baku based organization in the regions of Azerbaijan and the establishment of closer ties between Baku based and regional NGOs.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOCAL NGOs

The International Society for the Study of Local Lore and Ecological Tourism Center Kavkaz and the flora and fauna lovers club Animate Nature held an exhibition on 5 November of childrens drawings entitled Take Care of the Caspian! at schools #86 and #257 of Khatai district, Baku. The best drawings on Caspian ecology by schoolchildren were exhibited. People interested in seeing the drawings may apply to the head of Kavkaz, Elchin Orujov at telephone: 71 24 68.

Photo: Exhibition of children drawings

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The initiative group Enthusiast was set up by a group of physicians on 5 September 1999. Enthusiast focuses on medical-educational work among the broader strata of Azerbaijans population. The group is pleased to invite all local and international organizations as well as specialists in public health for cooperation. The organization leader is Purzhini Farrukh. Telephone/fax: 40-64-26, 95-77-23

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Scholarships

The United States government is pleased to announce an open competition for participation in a regional research exchange program in the US in 2000-2001. The program is sponsored by the Cultural and Education Bureau of the US State Department and carried out in Azerbaijan by ACCELS.

Individuals eligible for this program include researchers in humanitarian and social sciences to carry out individual studies in the United States within 4-6 months. The application deadline is 15 December 1999. For details please contact the Baku office of ACCELS at the following address: 17, Rasul Rza str., apt. 10. Telephone: 93-84-88.

IREX is pleased to announce a scholarship program for professionals, advisers, politicians and leaders of NGOs as part of the Cultural and Education Bureau of the US State Department. The program provides for one hundred 4-month scholarships for citizens of the CIS to carry out scientific studies, gain experience and establish contacts in the United States. Scholarships will be provided in the following areas:

  • Steady growth and development of CIS economies in transition
  • Democratization, human rights and rule of law
  • Political and military problems, security and state policy
  • Development of civil society
  • Mass media and access to information

The application deadline is 26 November 1999. The full text is available in the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center. For more details please contact the IREX office in Baku. Telephone: 92-99-61; 97-21-48

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The John Hopkins Institute of Political Studies and Center for Civil Society Studies are pleased to begin accepting applications for participation in an international scholarships program for the academic year 2000-2001. The program provides for training and studies in managing non-profit or charitable organizations outside the United States as well as state or commercial structures in charge of NGO work. Scholarships are granted for 1 semester or an entire academic year. For details and application form please visit the Web-site: www.jhu.edu/~ips/fellows/index.html or contact the program manager Carol Wessner by E-mail: cwessner@jhu.edu.

Internship in an NGO

A branch of the School of Public and International Relations at Pittsburg University is creating a database of NGOs from the CIS, which are interested in providing internships for graduate students during the summer 2000. The internships will be a part of the students academic program for a masters in international development and relations. The full text is available at the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.

Conferences

A human rights conference will be held May 5-7 in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada). Participants from all over the world will discuss problems, achievements, prospects and chart human rights work in both international organizations and local groups. Main topics for discussion include:

rights of women and children;
aboriginal population and environment;
prisoners problems;
torture.

The organizing committee plans to draw up country profiles brief descriptions of geography, history, political situations, human rights protection problems, as well as contact information of human rights groups in participating countries. About 550 participants are expected to take part in the conference. At present, an organizing committee for the conference, as well as 13 regional geographical sub-committees, a fund raising group, and a few other structures have been created. The work has just begun and the organizers are looking for the support of human rights protection NGOs worldwide. The organizing committee is particularly interested in the participation of representatives from the NIS both in the preparation stage and in the conference itself. For details please contact: Mike Hudema, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, e-mail: hudema@ualberta.ca

ISAR PROGRAMS AND NEWS

ISAR/AZERBAIJAN OFFERS THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:

TRAINING PROGRAM

  • NGO Fundamental Management Training (What is an NGO, Effective Organizational Structure, Strategic Planning, Proposal Writing, Fundraising, and Public Relations).
  • Individual Consultations
  • Advanced Level Management Training (Advanced Level Fundraising, Project Management, Conflict Management in Organizations, and Structural Development for mid-level organizations).
  • Organizational Development Consulting (for mid-level organizations).

INFORMATION PROGRAM

  • NGO Resource Center - publications, reference materials on funding and educational opportunities for NGOs, access to computers and e-mail. Distribution of foreign publications (periodicals) and information on third sector development in different countries.
  • Information Sessions for NGOs (held the first Friday of every month at 15.00).
  • Practical Consultations and Meetings between NGOs and the mass-media (held the fourth Friday of every month at 11.00).
  • Monthly Information Bulletin (articles, announcements and photographs are accepted until the 5th day of every month) This bulletin includes articles about NGO activity as well as information on scholarships, seminars, conferences and other information important for activities and development of NGOs.
  • Quarterly Local NGO Directory (published in Azeri and English languages).
  • Sectoral Meetings (children, health and environmental NGOs) focused on developing information exchange and cooperation between local NGOs.

GRANT PROGRAM

  • Small Grants - $2000-$4000 grants to social and environmental NGOs for project implementation.
  • Large Grants - $10,000 grants to social, environmental, human rights education and NGO sector development organizations for project implementation.
  • Individual consultations about the grant program to all interested individuals or groups.
  • Financial Training for all grant recipients.

REGIONAL PROGRAM

ISARs Regional Program brings the training, grant and information programs to the regions of Azerbaijan to support the activity of local NGOs, link NGO activity around the country as well as instigate the formation of new organizations. ISAR currently works in Hachmaz, Ganja, Mingechevir, and Sheki

NGO Sectoral Meetings

ISAR environment, health and childrens sectoral meetings will be held on the following dates in November: 12 November environmental NGOs; 19 November health NGOs and 26 November childrens NGOs respectively. For more information please contact Gulia Tagiyeva.

ISAR Resource Center News

ISAR/Azerbaijan is pleased to invite NGO representatives to our new Resource Center equipped with 10 computers. The Resource Center also has a library of more than 600 published works in English, Azeri and Russian, video-materials and reference book Funding Sources for Azerbaijani NGOs.

The Resource Center is open daily (except for Saturday and Sunday) from 10.00 to 18.00. For information about the library, computers, and information materials please contact Resource Center Manager Naida Khalilova.

   

ISAR/Azerbaijan has published its September Directory of Local NGOs in Azeri. Representatives of NGOs interested in acquiring the directory or receive a copy of the electronic version should contact the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center (to receive the electronic version of the directory, it is necessary to provide a floppy disk).

The ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource-Center Has Copies of the Following Directories and Bulletins:

  • Funds On-Line - is the first directory of web sites of independent funders on the Internet, created through the initiative of the Orpheus Program of the Center of European Funds. The goal of this Center is to provide support to funders and other financing organizations in Europe. Through this new directory on the Internet, users can gain access to sites of more than 300 funders and other financial institutions providing support of more than 3.5 billion Euro to the countries of New Europe. The Internet address is: http://www.fundersonline.org.
  • Directory of NGOs, lawyers and individuals, providing consulting services and information on legislation related to the questions of refugees, asylum, and state policy in the CIS countries. This edition, created by a working group of NGOs on legislation and questions of protection of refugees, provides a list of useful addresses of individuals and organizations, providing juridical services to refugees and asylum seekers in the CIS countries. It is divided into 12 parts according to country. A copy of this Directory can be obtained in the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.
  • The Georgian NGO Sector Bulletin issued in English publishes news of Georgias third sector as well as information on conferences, grant programs, and job vacancies in humanitarian organizations.
  • The Secretariat of the Caucasian Forum of NGOs began issuing a bulletin in Russian titled For Lasting Peace and Stable Development. The bulletin discusses the Forums activities, events, initiatives of Forum participants, as well as conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance and human rights activities of Caucasus region NGOs. The Forum Secretariat requests that interested NGOs inform them about their own activities and that of the NGO sector in their region. The Secretariats E-mail is: forum_npo@kbsu.ru. The first issue of the bulletin is available in the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.
  • Good Local News is a monthly English-language electronic bulletin focusing on human rights protection, diplomacy, peaceful conflict resolution and environmental problems. This bulletin looks to strengthen ties between the NGOs around the world by means of Internet and e-mail. All NGOs are welcomed to submit information to the bulletin. The bulletins web-site address is: <http://www.nonviolence.org/ggn>. You may subscribe to the bulletin at the following e-mail address: b.luber@bionic.zerberus.de
  • The weekly ITIC electronic bulletin issued in English and Georgian provides information about grants, stipends, competitions, vacancies and programs of different international organizations. The bulletin also contains news about the NGO sector in Georgia. A new issue of the ITIC bulletin (in English), can be found in the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.

Ecological news bulletins:

  • 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 of environmental NGOs not only in Russia but other nearby countries as well.
  • A new electronic Russian-language bulletin on environmental education of children AsEkO-Inform has begun to be published by the Association of Environmental Education (AsEkO). AsEkO-Inform is designed as a long-term project for distribution of information and discussions over the most important questions of education for solving environmental problems. The bulletin will also provide free consultations on questions of environmental education. The 1st and 2nd issues of the bulletin can be found in the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.
  • Caucasian Nature Protection News - this electronic bulletin in Russian is compiled by participants of the network of Caucasian NGOs focused on nature-protection. The bulletin publishes announcements; environmental NGO news from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia; international news; and information on upcoming events and publications related to environmental problems. The CENN web-page address is: http://cenn.virtualave.net or http://post.net.ge/cenn.
  • Central Asia: Desertification Problems - issued by the Central Asian Coordination Committee of RIOD. This international network of NGOs is working to combat desertification with financial support from the Secretariat of the UN Convention on combating the desertification and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

The ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource-Center also receives news bulletins issued by some Azerbaijani local NGOs. To learn more about the material available at the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center, please contact the Resource Center Manager.

For Your Information

Organizations wishing to ask and receive answers to questions on legal aspects of NGO activities, i.e. preparation of legal documents, registration, tax regulation, legislative basis, conflict management within the organization, civil law, etc., may present their questions in writing to 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
Third Sector News has been produced with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)



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