1) NGO support work.
1.1 Disability Awareness Programme.
TV Programmes - As it was planned, the 1st part of
the 1-hour "Final Film", based on the previous seven
20-minutes films, was broadcast on August 7, 98 at 17.30 by the 1st
State Channel (Az TV -1). This 30-minute film was also repeated
on the initiative of TV authorities at 17.30 on August 20th
At the moment the disability programme staff together with TV
Crew are working on the 2nd part of the Final Film. It is planned
to be completed and broadcast by the end of September. The Final
film will be translated into English and will be available for
all NGOs and people interested in disability issues.
Radio Programmes - The 11Th radio programme was
relayed on August 16th at 21.30 and was dedicated to
disabled people in the Binagady region of Baku.
The 12th radio programme will be broadcast on
September 22nd and is dedicated to elderly disabled
We are planning to produce a Disability Newsletter in Azeri
which will consist of 5 highlights - Disability Rights, Activity
of NGOs, Disabled Women and Children, Letters from Regions and
Monitoring of local mass media on disability.
First meeting of disability NGO representatives will be held
early in September.
1.1.2 Disabled Women Group (DWG).
DWG started to work on the project "Research on Disabled
Women in Baku". At the first stage of the project 14 members
of DWG and a sociologist will develop a questionnaire.
New groups of Disabled Women are organising in Barda. Now the
work on strengthening of these groups is progress. The
"Information" subgroup of DWG is linking with
Disability NGOs with the purpose of creation an "Information
Team" for the development of the Azeri version of
Oxfams Regional Disability Newsletter.
Discussion were held on the materials sent by Disabled
People's Union of Finland concerning Disabled Women and
Architectural Barriers. The information has proved very
interesting and useful. The "Employment" subgroup of
the DWG organised knitting training for 50 disabled women. All
these women will be provided work at home. The new training on
carpet making for 20 disabled women will start in the middle of
1.1.3 Information Centre for Disabled People.
The centre is providing free consultation and disseminating
information to Disabled People on the following issues:
Disability Law, Addresses of the required institutions and
Legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic.
During August 94 people attended the centre and 5 anonymous
calls requesting information and advice. The total number of
enquiries in the following categories were 101: Rights of
Disabled people (77), Utilities privileges (9), Education (1),
Employment (5), Family problems (1), Medical rehabilitation (8).
sThe Centre w visited by Disabled people from 11 districts of
Baku(88%) and from other districts of Azerbaijan (12%) : TerTer
(3), Sumgayit (4), Gazakh, Lankaran, Sheki, Khanlar, Kurdamir,
Imishli (1) from each.
84 queries out of 101 were about receiving Disability status
and the privileges given by legislation to disabled people. This
figure might be seen as evidence that at the moment disabled
people have difficulties with understanding and interpreting the
new amendments to the Disability Law.
On the basis of most frequent queries an information sheet on
the Amendments for the Pension Law was prepared. Also the
training on "Pension Law" and on "Housing Law and
Privileges for disabled people" was held for the project
staff by the lawyer of the centre.
43 out of 94 visitors were women, 10 of whom asked about
children's disability, which could indicate that the care of
disabled children in the family is completely women's
The Centre is open daily from 10.00 till 18.00 except
Sundays. Address: 26, Talibli Str., metro
"Inshaatchilar", (near Notary office). Telephone:
1.1.4. Disability research in Barda. The data collection on
1,500 disabled people and children was completed in Barda town
and IDP settlements. The results of the research will be produced
over the next month.
1.1.5. Summer camp for disabled and able bodied children. -
SAHIB associations. Three 3 week camps for 60 disabled and 30
orphans were organised between 29th of June and 29th
of August. The venue was provided by Government which was
situated near the sea in Pirshagi. Parents and volunteers
assisted teachers and nurses in organising integrated social and
educational activities for the children. It is clear now that
there is no discrimination against disabled children by able
bodied children if they really participate in joint activities.
They became very friendly, challenging and supporting each other.
This project is now finished but OXFAM will continue to assist
this NGO - (SAHIB) and government in future joint initiatives.
1.2 Women's NGOs.
1.2.1 Training on Rights and Laws for IDP women at the Oxfam's
Community Centres by Women Rights Defence Association. This
project was 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. This project
is now finished and a final report with the project findings will
be submitted to Oxfam. Detail information about the project is
going to be given at the project presentation, which will be
organised in September at the WRDA office. The positive impact of
this project is also the strengthening of the district network
and capacity building for the National NGO.
1.2.2 Monitoring of Women's Rights News Letter - Human Rights
This project has been 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 3
editions produced (Azeri and Russian) in August. The hard copies
have been sent to the local Women's NGOs, Government Institutions
and International NGOs. The English version of the newsletter for
May, June and July were also produced. These newsletters were
distributing according to the mailing list "WomeNet"
and "WomeList" including more than 60 NGOs, INGOs and
media in Europe, Asia and America. Useful contacts were published
in the newsletter as well.
1.3 Advice and Information.
1.3.1 Legal Advice Centre - Independent Lawyers Association -
This project is to organise Legal Advice Centre (LAC) to provide
free access to legal advice and 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
local Legislation to those who visit or phone the centre.
During August 149 people (75 women and 74 men) with 162
queries visited this Centre. 25 people also used the library.
Majority of queries were on general information (55). The next
important issue was Fringe Benefits (32), Housing (21), Family
law (19), Civil Procedure (9) and Civil Law (7) etc. LAC produced
the 4th bulletin and 2 information sheets giving
information on the most frequent queries.
As a member of the initiative group for NGOs consolidation,
the LAC has prepared a project for the consolidation of the Azeri
NGOs. LAC also became a member of the Government Commission on
Migration of Refugees and IDPs.
The narrative report on 6 months' activities of the LAC with
findings and recommendations was submitted to Oxfam.
- Centre's telephone is 973457, e-mail: email@example.com
- Address: 90/2, Bashir Safaroglu str., 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 at 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 to make links with
the potential investors as well. The most effective means of
disseminating information was found to be regularly visits to
each village to talk to people on the issues of concern to them.
During August "Vatan" continue to give the advice and
information to their beneficiaries. Training on "Links with
the potential investors and making contracts with them" was
held. Also some meetings with the potential investors were
1.4 Current projects under consideration by OXFAM for funding
are as follows:
- Advocacy and Lobbying - Law Magazine
- Home Help Service training for local NGOs - Jewish
- Village disability integration programme - KOMAK (charity
2. BARDA Programme activities
2.1. ECHO 1997-98
This Programme was completed this month.
2.2. ECHO 1998-99 PROJECT
2.2.1 To support 28 existing and 10 new community groups
1. Formation of groups in 10 newly identified communities:
This month community facilitators have visited different
communities in order to facilitate the formation of groups. In 9
new communities women groups have been formed and Women Group
Leaders have been selected by the communities. With the help of
women groups and communities formation of other different groups
are in the process.
2. Formation of Steering Committee:
Community Facilitators continued their discussion with
different groups on formation of steering committees. It is
expected to form some steering committees in September.
3. Resident Profiling:
Formats have been drafted, discussed and modified between
whole programme staff and the final version of format is now
ready. Resident profiling will start at the beginning of
4. Facilitate Bimonthly Training to Community Leaders:
Community facilitators are regularly involved in this process.
Next training is scheduled on 3 September, where discussion of
group development and resident profiling will be discussed.
5. Facilitate Exchange Visits among core groups by
settlements, within districts and among districts:
Exchange visit was organised between Yevlakh and Shaki
agriculture groups. The main objective of this visit was to learn
success and difficulties of Yevlakh groups in agriculture
6. Regional Exchange Visit: under process
2.2.2. To improve public health condition in new identified
1. Improvement of 8 small water schemes
Sites in Garatapa sovkhoz and Garatapa farm has been visited
and possible water sources were investigated. All relating paper
work and drawings are under preparation.
Minaret Group in liaison with Children Aid Direct (CAD) built
a washing place in Mingachevir Right Bank Hotel yard. As Oxfam
has planed some other activities in this area it has co-ordinated
with CAD so that any further interventions would not overlap.
According to CAD, Minaret Group is not planning to do any further
activity in this place, if they do so, they will contact Oxfam
2. Construction of 150 pit latrines:
A new design and quality requirement has been discussed with
IDP toilet superstructure producers. Related papers has already
been prepared so that contract can be tendered in September.
3. Construction of 30 shower cubicles in new bathhouses
Community workers have been involved in identification of
sites in the communities and election of bathhouse operators by
community members. Initial discussions were held in Mingachevir
Polytechnic hostel, Mingachevir Right Bank Hotel, Garatapa
sovkhoz and Garatapa farm about the future operation and
maintenance of bathhouses.
4. Construction of 30 washing places.
It is planned to discuss this with community facilitators and
communities next month. This activity will be carried out
together with those in 1.
5. Construction of 10 new community centres
Communities where these 10 centres are going to be constructed
have been visited by engineers and community facilitators in
order to identify sites for construction. It has been discussed
6. Provision of Small Repair Kits (SRK) to support 150
families through self-help approach.
The ways of how these small repair kits are going to be
distributed have been discussed with engineers. Close involvement
of communities in identification of beneficiaries in their own
communities was considered as a most appropriate way of
7. Public Building Rehabilitation (PBR) occupied by 150
Mingachevir town executive committee has been visited to get
permission for future engineering interventions in some of the
buildings belonging to this authority and agreements are signed.
Two large buildings, Polytechnic Hostel and Right Bank hotel,
have already been surveyed by engineers in Mingechevir town. It
has been decided to initiate the community activities before PBR
work. Detailed drawing of unfinished hotel has been done by an
engineer and estimates are to be completed by first week of
All measurements of Polytechnic hostel building have been
taken in order to produce drawings and to estimate quantity of
work in this building.
8. Provision of 38 sun/rain shelters in 10 new communities and
5 neighbouring settlements:
Discussion with beneficiaries is under process. Engineers are
reviewing the drawings and preparing documents for tender.
9. Provision of 50 rubbish collection points: Sites in the
communities are being identified
10. Distribution of relief items under 3.2: will be carried
out after production.
3. Income generation activities for 400 families:
1. Continue Local Production with 12 existing and 10 new
Producers have been identified in existing and new
communities. There will be 214 jumper producers, 103 floor rug
producers and 83 socks producers.
2. Produce 700 palas, 1500 woollen vests, and 3000 pairs of
Quotation for the materials has been obtained and all
materials are expected in the warehouse on the first week of
3. Identify and formation of 7 groups with specific skills to
set up small business: Community Facilitators are discussing the
possible small business within the communities. Questionnaires
have been developed. Draft contract is under process. It is
expected to identify the groups in September.
4. Provide grants to the groups identified in 3.3: Will be
carried out after the identification of groups in the community.
2.4 Agriculture activities in 10 selected communities:
1. Consult with local agricultural department: Primary visit
to all agriculture department within the project area has been
made by the Agriculture specialist and necessary information is
obtained. Regular visits will continue whenever required.
2. Provide seasonal vegetable and basic tools to 300 families
Ground work is already completed by agriculture specialist.
Seeds and necessary tools have been identified. The distribution
of vegetable seeds and tools is planned to be carried out in
3. Purchase of 1500 fruit trees to 500 families
Discussion have been done with communities, local agriculture
department and local authorities regarding proper land,
varieties. Identification of beneficiaries is under process.
4. Distribute fruit trees: Will be done after identification
5. Help 302 families in Sheki ECHO camp for wheat production:
Exchange visit to Yevlakh has been made. Discussions have been
carried out with communities, local agriculture department and
Executive Committee on this programme. Ex. Com. agreed to provide
75 ha and local agriculture department agreed to provide some
technical assistance if required. Community will write a proposal
which will include their present and future plan.
3. NOVIB Savings & Credit Programme
A new programme for one year started this month. A revolving
fund has been created to use the money as loan to groups. A
separate format has been developed to record these expenditures
and income. The groups have already started to take loans from
the revolving fund. Two separate accounts have been opened in
Yevlakh Bank to deposit money from repayment and interest from
All the groups are closely monitored by S/C staff. All
repayment of loans have been made in time except local s/c group
"Novruz" from Shirvanly village, which delayed the
first repayment. The leader explained that as they are very busy
in the agriculture field, he mixed up the dates. The group has
submitted a written explanation. Oxfam has accepted the
explanation and the contract will continue. However, the group
has to pay a penalty for delay as stipulated in the contract.
Savings and Credit Group conducted a "group development
workshop" on 22nd August. 20 women and 20 men
representing all groups, participated in the workshop. The
objectives of the workshop were to identify the current capacity
of the groups, to analyse what types of special training and
workshops are needed, analyse the business management capacity,
future plan of the groups and possible linkage between groups. 7
Oxfam programme staff also voluntarily participated in the
During the month of August Oxfam and ECHO worked jointly on a
proposal to provide temporary shelter to the victims of the
earthquake in the south of Azerbaijan.
5. OTHER ACTIVITIES
1. Children Theatre Performance:
Child actors for a theatre performance on malaria have been
identified during the month. 32 children from Railway Wagons and
Lak Forest communities will participate in the show. The show
will be in September.
2. Staff training
To improve the knowledge of English language, a teacher has
been recruited this month to give lessons to interested staff
It has been also decided to hire a computer specialist to
improve the basic knowledge and computer skills of key staff.
This has been discussed with the head of Mingechiver Computer
Centre. 24 1 hour lessons will start from 7 September, 2 hours
each day, three times a week.
Key programme staff attended a 2 day Regional workshop in
Tbilisi to discuss the future advocacy and lobbying strategy of
Oxfam in the Caucasus. The two key areas have been identified as
education and health.
Felix Martin (World Bank) visited Baku office on 10 August.
British Petroleum (BP) is interested to invest some money for the
welfare of Azerbaijan. He was interested to know which social
sector need more support.
Arne Shakmeraas (a Norwegian journalist) visited Barda office
on 14th. The objective was to write a story on the situation of
IDP for fund-raising in Norway. With the help of one of staff, he
visited Barda railway carriages and interviewed IDPs. Oxfam only
facilitated the visit.
Hidy from CAD visited Barda office to discuss agriculture
Rick Neal from IRC visited to discuss Oxfams community
and children activities.
- Report prepared by
- Shovcat Alizade, Project Officer Baku and Kishor
Sharma Programme Manager Barda.