1. NGO support work.
Disabled people NGOs.
1.1 "Disability Awareness Programme".
TV films - The 5th film - "Disabled Sportsmen" was
broadcasted on AzTV-1 at 17.40 on June 9th. 98. The
6th film , 'Gender and Disability' was broadcasted on June 10, at
17.30 on the same channel.
Radio Programmes. The 9th RP - 'Disability Rights and local
NGOs' was broadcasted on the 16th of June. This programme
described the situation of disabled women in regions.
Poster - The 3rd poster devoted to Gender is already designed
and produced. Now they are being distributed.
1.1.2 Disabled Women Group (DWG).
The training on human rights for Disabled Women Group in Sheki
was held in 1st of June by WRDA. They also participated in radio
programme. On 23rd of June Regional Disability Advisor also held
training on the Social model of Disability. Some articles for the
Regional Disability Newsletter were produced. A member of this
group attended the 2nd International Conference for
Disabled Women which was held in Moscow in early June.
1.1.3 Information Centre for Disabled People.
The centre is providing free consultation and disseminate
information to Disabled People on the following issues:
Disability Law, Addresses of the required institutions and
Legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic.
During June 62 people attended the centre and 28 telephone
calls were received. The total number of enquiries in the
following categories were 96:
Rights of Disabled people (48), Medical Treatment (16),
Utilities privilege (6), Education (6) Employment (20), Creation
of farm (1).
Disabled people have visited centre from 10 districts of Baku
(96%) and from other districts of Azerbaijan (4): Goychay (1),
Gusar (1), Davachi (1), Khachmaz (1).
The analysis of enquires shows that at the moment the number
of disabled people looking for a job is increased by 4 times, 20
against 5 in May. All this figures might be seen as an evidence
that at the moment disabled people are the most vulnerable in
Azerbaijan: 40 quires out of 96 were about material help, rights
for privileges and utility privileges. Training on
"Privileges for disabled people" and "Government
Institutions, responsible for disability issues" was held
The Centre is open from 10.00 till 18.00 except Sundays.
Address: 26, Talibli St., metro "Inshaatchilar", (near
Notary office). Telephone: 321060
1.2 Women's NGOs.
1.2.1 Training on Rights and Laws for IDP women at the Oxfam's
Community Centres, Women Rights Defence Association - This
project is to hold a training programme on Rights (Human's,
Women's, Educational, Civil and Public, Refugee's Law) for the
IDP women at the 29 Oxfam's community Centres in Barda (south and
North), Terter, Yevlakh, Sheki and Mingechevir in order to
increase their Legal Awareness and self confidence. Fifth
training "Refugee's Law" was held in 29 communities.
The fourth training on "Educational Rights" was held in
13 communities. A questionnaire was distributed among the
participants in order to estimate the project results. At the
moment the analysis of the questionnaires is going on. IDP women
were upset with the ending of the project because they became
very friendly with the trainers and considered them as a people
who really would like to improve their social life as well.
1.2.2. "Monitoring of Women's Rights" - Human Rights
This project is to produce a newsletter in Azeri, English and
Russian on a 10-day basis. The focus of the newsletter is the
review of the women's movement in Azerbaijan and reporting on
observance of women's rights. There were produced 2 editions
(Azeri and Russian) in June. The hard copies have been sent to
the local Women's NGOs, Government Institutions and International
1.3 Advice and Information
1.3.1 Legal Advice Centre
"Independent Lawyers Centre" - This project is to
organise Legal Advice Centre (LAC) to provide free access to
legal advice and to a Library on current legislation. Two Lawyers
and the clerk are working full time, 6 days a week (except
Sundays) at the Centre and give free consultations on Legislation
to everybody who visit or telephone.
During June 136 people (55 pensioners, 29 veterans of Labour,
21 disabled people) used this service. Majority of queries were
on general information (40), Civil Procedure (20) and Housing
issue (16). The rest was Fringe Benefits (21), Family law (11),
Criminal law (9), and other. It is worth mentioning that twice as
many women apply to Centre than men - 88 women and 48 men. LAC
produced a third bulletin and 2 information sheets where the
information on most frequent queries was given.
LAC had organised lecture on a theme "Features of
military crimes" with the participation of the lawyers,
students and NGO representatives.
- The number of Centre's telephone is 973457.
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Address: 90/2, Bashir Safaroglu St., Baku, 370009.
1.3.2."Consulting Centre on further development of the
private sector and farming"-"VATAN"- this project
is to organise two Advise Centres on creation and further
development farms in Saatli and Sabirabad districts. Two advisors
on each centre will help the inhabitants of the 18 villages both
local population and refugees (about 34850 people) in farm
creation and development of agricultural enterprises and make
links with the potential investors as well. During June
"Vatan" made analysis of the survey results of the
potential farmers. Survey's findings are:
- - people/farmers still could not get land certificate
from the government institutions
- - farmers have not any juridical support
- - no links with the potential investors
- - poor social conditions of the peasants
- - no free market for selling of harvest/crop
- - needs in technical, economical, meliorate and fuel's
The trainers are now preparing a training programme based on
the survey findings called "How to solve problems".
Training materials were given to advisors as well. Special
literature on these issues was distributed among the
On 9th of June the second linking meeting of Project
co-ordinators from Consulting services mentioned above was held
at the Legal Advice Centre office in Baku for the purpose of
sharing information, joint training and identifying strategy for
advocacy. It was also agreed that the lawyers from Legal Advice
Centre and Information Centre for Disabled people will provide
training for the advisors from the Consulting Centre for
Developing Farms..." on issue relate to General Legislation
and Disability Law.
1.4 The closing date for this years grant submission was
12th of June. 28 projects were submitted. Grant approval
procedure will be going in the beginning of July.
2. BARDA Programme activities
As we were awaiting approval of future ECHO funded activities
very few little was done during the month under ECHO except
Pre-test on Malaria Awareness. This was carried out in
13 selected communities so as to determine the current awareness
level of children about malaria before comic distribution. Pre
test results (average out of 20 correct answers) are as follows:
||No. Of Children Interviewed
|Boarding Sch. No 96
Distribution of Comic Book. The comic book was
distributed to all centres. A copy was also given to selected
International Health NGOs as well as UN offices.
|Yevlakh ECHO 1 & 2
|Sheki ECHO 1 & 2
|Mingechevir ECHO 1 & 2
|Guzanli ECHO 1, 2 & 3
|Goranboy ECHO 1 & 2
|Khamtorpark 1 & 2
|Boarding School No 96
A copy was furnished to IFRC, MSF-B, MSF-H, IRC, CAD, NRC,
MDM-G, DRC, UMCOR, RI, UNICEF, UNHCR, MoH and ECHO.
MSF-Belgium expressed their interest in using the original
comic book and add in treatment information. IFRC has also
expressed their interest in getting more copies. Both cases were
left at CR level for discussion. UMCOR has also forwarded a
formal request of 40 copies for their childrens groups.
2.2. NOVIB Programme:
The current Savings and Credit programme, due to finish at the
end of May, was granted an extension up to the end of July. A new
proposal for the year 98-99 is currently awaiting approval by
3. OTHER ACTIVITIES
- Barda hosted an Inter Agency Field Co-ordination meeting
on 2 June.
- European Union Commissioner together with Prime-Minister
and Deputy Prime Minister visited Yevlakh ECHO camp on 3
June. Anna de Roos from ECHO and Didier and other UNHCR
personnel were also present during that time.
- Staff from UMCOR visited Oxfam Barda and Oxfams
Children groups in Barda.
- Patrick from IRC visited Barda office to discuss the
possible co-operation between two organisations.
- Regional Disability Advisor, Jacquie Christie, visited
Baku and Barda programmes.
- Lina Payne, Oxfam Social Policy advisor for EE/FSU,
arrived in Azerbaijan for a 6 week visit to look at the
issues surrounding education, health and the elderly and
to develop advocacy strategies. She will spend most of
her time in local and IDP settlements in Barda.
- Baku office manager spent two weeks in the UK on an Oxfam
Management training course as well as visiting Oxfam
departments in Oxford. Staff from Georgia and Armenia
- Oxfams Disability Awareness Programme assistant
attended the 2nd International Conference for Disabled
women in Europe which was held in Moscow.
Prepared by Shovcat Ali-zadeh, Kishor Sharma and Oxfam staff.