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 Report - Humanitarian Information Analytical Agency (Saniya)

 Report date: 24.06.2003

SANYA

HUMANITARIAN INFORMATIONAL ANALYTICAL AGENCY


MISSION

The Humanitarian, Socially - Environmental Information Analytical Agency (SANIYA) was founded on 15 June 1994. It is one of the first non-profit, humanitarian organizations in Azerbaijan which collects and disseminates information and analysis on humanitarian, ecological and social issues from sources such as the media, the bulletins of non-governmental organizations. SANIYA also promotes the development of NGO networks and networks between NGOs and the media. It is, in fact, the co-founder of the Social Environmental Forum of Azerbaijan "SEFA", Network of journalists on civil education issues.

In pursuing these activities, SANIYA has developed partner relations with non-governmental, governmental organizations, business structures and media, ISAR - USAID, TACIS, International Organization on Migration, OSI, World Learning - USAID, Oxfam, OSCE, UNHCR, UNDP, Caspian Environmental Program, World Bank, CENN, INTERNEWS, the Embassies of the UK, Ministry of Work and Social Protection, Ministry of Environment and Natural Recourses, Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic, Exxon Azerbaijan Operating Company LLC, Azevrotel, oca Cola, "Lider" TV and Radio, "Space" TV, State radio program "Puls", newspapers "Zerkalo", "Echo", "Halg", "Bizim Esr", "Azerbaijan", "Caspian news", "Baku sun", "Azernews" and others.

Representatives of "SANIYA" took part in NGOs management, Environmental journalism, Media and Legislation, Civil Society Involvement in Poverty Redaction, Press Relation, Coalition Buildings, Civil Society in Europe, Training for trainers and other international trainings.

"SANIYA" PROGRAMMS :
Information program

  • Resource Center and library of civil, social environmental literature
  • Social - environmental newspaper "SANIYA"
  • Bulletin: "SANIYA NGO Media news", "SANIYA - Econews",

"SANIYA - Humanitarian news"

  • Monthly information sessions for NGOs
  • Web site
  • Monthly public meetings with communities, municipalities and local government
  • Monthly press conferences for mass media
  • PR actions with network of journalists on civil education
  • harity actions for children, youth, vulnerable groups

Training program

  • Press and public relation trainings for NGOs
  • Facilitation and presentation skills development training
  • Trainings for journalists on Ecological, Social journalism, civil society issues
  • Trainings on community and NGOs management
  • Coalition building
  • Fundraising
  • Financial Management

Consultation program

  • Social - economic information and consultation service for vulnerable groups
  • Consultations of NGO activists, community leaders, students

Partnership development program

  • Social Development Forum of Azerbaijan "SEFA"
  • Network of Journalists on Civil Education

Research program

  • Democracy building
  • NGO development
  • Civil Education
  • Media development
  • Poverty redaction
  • Environment
  • Migration
  • Social protection
THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY SANIYA INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

- Collection and distribution of information about social issues, legal and social help for the vulnerable groups in mass media and NGO bulletins and in consultation sessions with the members of the public and the vulnerable groups;
- Preparation and distribution of the Social - Environmental newspaper "SANIYA";
- Preparation and distribution of Briefing notes and Newsletters on social and environmental issues "SANIYA NGO MEDIA NEWS"; "SANIYA - ECONEWS", "Civil society in the Mirror of Mass media"" (OSI-Azerbaijan support)
- Conducting consultation exercises with the public and the mass media on the issues of social protection; NGO and Community Development, PR and Fundraising
- Preparation and implementation of Training courses for journalists, new NGOs, students and schoolchildren
on civic education, ecological, socially-economical issues; and develop the NGO and journalists network with support of OSI - Azerbaijan and DFID.
- Development of Civic Journalists Network and Social Partnership

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF EXAMPLES OF SANIYA's WORK TO DATE:

  • Articles in the national and international press about the problems of the vulnerable groups such as refugees, internally displaced people, families whose members died in the war with Armenia, war veterans, the old and the disabled;
  • Reports for UNHCR and UNDP on the state of the refugees and the impacts of the natural disasters on the population;
  • Reports and SANIYA bulletins on the environmental problems of the Caspian Sea and Kura and Araz Rivers funded by TACIS program of the European Union;
  • Report on the unemployment problem in Azerbaijan; Refugees and IDPs and poverty issues in Azerbaijan;
  • Dissemination of legal information and legal advice to the vulnerable groups through publications and expert consultation with respect to the rights of the refugees, rights of employment and social protection;
  • Preparation and dissemination of a Newsletter called 'The Refugees in Azerbaijan' in co-operation with the international organization ISAR;
  • A seminar on the role of information for the training of refugees and internally displaced persons for future employment;
  • Working groups of organizations involved in providing social services to the public with the aim of improving such provisions;
  • Community consultation and survey study in order to determine the income support and social service needs of the vulnerable groups in the society financed by OXFAM;
  • Medical - educational visits by experts to the local communities in Baku, Sumgayit and Barda aimed at the children of refugees and other vulnerable groups with an emphasis on information campaign about AIDS with support from the British Embassy in Azerbaijan;
  • Development of charitable actions in support of women, the disabled, the orphans and internally displaced persons in Lachin zone of Agdjabedy region which provided the population with timely help from national and international organization during winter time;
  • Coordinator of an international conference on the development of NGOs and resolution of conflicts in the Caucasus held in Baku and organizing within the framework of the Geneva Conference of the CIS;
  • Design and implementation of focus groups with over 1000 participants in four regions of Azerbaijan in order to gather socio-economic information about the rural population, assess their use of natural resources and the problems they encountered in doing so and gather public opinion about the various proposals for the economic development of their respective regions as input to the poverty - environment work within the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper sponsored by the UK Department for International Development and the World Bank.
  • Providing interactive trainings for schoolchildren of Baku and regions on environmental issues and organizing exhebitions on "Earth Day" issues (Exxon Azerbaijan support) and Polical Cartoon/Essay Competion on Economical Cost of Corruption (World Learning - USAID support


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