ISAR/AZERBAIJAN:
INITIATIVE FOR SOCIAL ACTION AND RENEWAL IN EURASIA

THIRD SECTOR NEWS
INFORMATION BULLETIN
News and Information on Third Sector Development in Azerbaijan

September 1999
No 19

DEVELOPMENT OF THE NGO SECTOR IN AZERBAIJAN

LOCAL NGO ARTICLES

INTERNATIONAL NGO ARTICLE

COOPERATION BETWEEN LOCAL NGOs AND THE GOVERNMENT

REGIONAL NGOs

CHILDREN’S PAGE

TRAINING PROGRAM NEWS

INFORMATION PROGRAM NEWS

CASPIAN PROGRAM NEWS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROGRAMS OF THE ISAR/AZERBAIJAN

ISAR/Azerbaijan’s new address is:
24, Jafar Jabarli St., apt. 2
Tel: 95-25-57, 95-30-37; Fax: 97-31-55

  

The ISAR/Azerbaijan Training Program announces the beginning of 2 new program components:

1) Advanced Level Training for local NGOs on the following four topics:

  • Advanced Level Fundraising
  • Project Management
  • Conflict Management in Organizations
  • Structural Development (including leadership/group dynamics)

2) Organizational Development Consulting for mid-level organizations to assist these organizations in finding solutions to internal management problems and develop organizational capacity.

Applications for both new components can be obtained from members of the ISAR training team.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE NGO SECTOR IN AZERBAIJAN

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER PLANS TO BEGIN ACTIVITIES IN AZERBAIJAN

On September 2, 1999 a meeting including representatives of the TACIS Environmental Program and local environmental organizations took place at the United Nations Resource Center. To open the meeting, Irene Lucius, representative of the TACIS Coordination Bureau, informed participants about the creation of the Regional Environmental Center (REC) to be based in Tbilisi and also told about a set of TACIS toolkit books for environmental NGOs.

Christopher Leberton, the REC Coordinator, provided participants with detailed information on the objectives and tasks of the new center focusing on environmental issues and he stressed the importance of creating such a Center in the Caucasus region. Mr. Leberton also explained that he had already paid a visit to Yerevan and after his meetings with Azeri NGOs, he was planning to visit Tbilisi. After meetings with environmental organizations from the three Transcaucasian countries, a final version of the REC’s Charter will be drawn up and the Center will be officially inaugurated in late September in Tbilisi. Along with a Head Office located in the Georgian capital, offices in Baku and Yerevan are to be opened in the near future.

One essential aspect of the REC will be the awarding of grants to implement environmental projects in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. The Grant Program budget will be approximately 120,000 Euro and will be proportionally divided between NGOs of the three Caucasus countries. Mr. Leberton provided a draft copy of the REC charter to meeting participants, answered questions and listened to comments and proposals concerning this document.

Faud Dargahli
ISAR/Azerbaijan

LOCAL NGO ARTICLES

NGOs AND THE INTERNET: PROSPECTS AND REALITY

In today’s world of information technology, the Internet is widely used in all spheres of modern society - from electronic balloting and education to a complete spectrum of home services. As Bill Gates once said, all the advanced technology designed for information management, coordination of business links and many other things, is a digital nervous system very sensitive to the level and pace of development of society. The Internet possesses huge potential, which can be used to improve people’s standard of living, as well as the effectiveness of their education and work.

In order to share the value of the Internet with local Azeri NGOs, the International Foundation Eurasia Press organized a two-day training-seminar focused on the World Wide Web in the late July. At the invitation of the Foundation’s Director, Umud Mirzoyev, the training was led by Dr. Berhard Luber, a Professor from Frankfurt University. The training included online resources for NGOs, organization of web pages, how to conduct an information and research-based search, virtual diplomacy, etc. Special attention was given to topics such as searching for financial support on the Internet and web page design, both of which are quite important for NGOs. Considering the short timeframe of the course, Dr. Luber was able to assist the participants through a variety of directories, servers, and catalogs.

The training seminar was a definite success. Discussions about Internet searches for funding opportunities were of particular interest to the participants and a special tribute must be given to the organizer of the training, the International Foundation Eurasia Press, which covered all travel expenses for Dr. Luber.

Dr. Luber is the Executive Director and founder of the “Threshold Foundation”, which focuses on the development of peaceful initiatives and strengthening of Eastern European NGOs through training courses, consultations on human rights, conflict management, etc. At the same time Dr. Luber is the editor of the monthly bulletin “Grassroots Good News”, which includes news, events and initiatives of the third sector. Today the bulletin is distributed to over one thousand subscribers. All interested organizations are invited to include information about their organizations in this electronic bulletin or just subscribe to it to establish partnerships and participate in international programs and projects. Further information about the training and “Grassroots Good News” bulletin can be obtained from the International Foundation Eurasia Press or the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.

Chimnaz Shabanova
NGO “Ecoscop”

ENVIRONMENTAL NGOs FOCUS ON ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS OF ABSHERON AND SUMGAYIT

This September, the Azerbaijan Ornithological Society provided a public presentation of reports on environmental problems of the Greater Baku and Sumgayit region, produced as a follow-up to the project “Public Environmental Monitoring of the Seaside of Greater Baku and Sumgayit”. This project was aimed at raising public attention to the ecological problems of the Absheron Peninsula and Sumgayit and to create an environmental monitoring network in this region.

On September 21, 1999 a seminar was organized in cooperation with the Azerbaijan Country Studying Society, at which 39 reports concerning different aspects of the environment of the Absheron Peninsula were presented. Participants heard environmental organizations’ reports on the problems and possible solutions of oil pollution, issues of ecological education, the importance of alternative forms of development in the Caspian region, problems of fish preservation as well as ornithological resources of the Caspian. In order to follow-up on some of the issues presented, representatives of the State Committee for Ecology, SOCAR and the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan conducted a joint investigation, which confirmed facts revealed during the seminar of dying birds and oil pollution of Kamni and Zenbil islands in May-June 1999.

Elchin Sultanov
Ornithologist Society

INTERNATIONAL NGO ARTICLE

AZEWEB PROVIDES SERVICES AND INFORMATION TO NGOs

Dear readers,

I would like to introduce AzerWeb - an Internet system created to improve dialog and awareness of the humanitarian and commercial sectors in Azerbaijan. AzerWeb is an electronic information system created with the purpose of collecting, integrating and organizing information on the humanitarian aid effort in Azerbaijan. AzerWeb is supported and operated by Save the Children and financed by a grant from Mercy Corps/USAID. This Internet site is an instrument, which will bring the humanitarian and development sectors closer together and help them to understand each other’s interests. It can also be used by local NGOs to place information about activities and the mission of their organizations on the Internet. AzerWeb offers its users large numbers of different graphics, links, reports, press releases and search services. In addition, maps detailing the location of humanitarian aid activity throughout the country are accessible with links to specific organization’s activity. The following types of information can be found on AzerWeb:

Information on Azerbaijan:

Economy, government and policy, demography, socio-economic conditions, business information, tourist information, food and agriculture, interest-based sites, geography, and useful telephone numbers.

Humanitarian Activities in Azerbaijan:

Information on international organizations’ activities, humanitarian assistance and development activity maps, humanitarian assistance matrix, profiles of beneficiaries, minutes from coordination meetings, projects on reconstruction, and rehabilitation and revival of Goranboy.

Sector Reports, Publications, Web-sites:

Humanitarian and development organizations monthly reports, bulletins and news, sectoral information, press releases by humanitarian and development organizations, research and strategic documents, sector sites of interest, United Nations resolutions.

Directory of NGOs and Donor Organizations:

Type of organization (International NGO, Donor organization, local NGO), activity maps of organizations, links to homepages of local and international organizations.

News and Media:

Azeri news and media, international news.

Employment:

Grant opportunities and educational exchange programs, employment opportunities, local vacancy announcements, CV’s of individuals seeking employment.

Education:

Directory of Baku Universities, Information on grants, GMAT/GRE exams schedule, Pen Pal programs, existing resources.

Monthly Calendar of Events in Azerbaijan:

Announcements of meetings, conferences, activities, receptions, seminars, trainings, special events.

Photo gallery of humanitarian and development organizations

Photos from humanitarian assistant and development activity in Azerbaijan.

Embassies:

List of Embassies in Azerbaijan, Azeri Embassies abroad.

Announcement board:

Announcement board allows organizations and individuals to post information of interest.

Access to AzerWeb is available 24 hours a day through Internet or in dial-up mode (in case if you do not have access to Internet, you can apply to our technical assistant who will install a dial-up system in your computer). If necessary we can also create detailed maps of your organization’s activity to be used during presentations, meetings, while planning and coordinating your activities, attracting funds or merely as illustrative material. The AzerWeb team also runs trainings and consultation sessions in order to help you learn how to access AzerWeb. For further information or to make an appointment contact the AzerWeb Team at: Tel: (994.50) 97-32-88; Tel/Fax: (994.50) 98-92-93; E-mail: azerweb@savechildren.org.az. Please visit the AzerWeb site at www.azerweb.com.

Sabina Kafarova
Save the Children/ Azerbaijan

COOPERATION BETWEEN LOCAL NGOs AND THE GOVERNMENT

NGOs DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES OF COOPERATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT

On August 25, 1999 the Baku Press Center hosted a seminar entitled “Cooperation Between NGOs and the State Sector” organized by the Fund for Development of Democracy. This was the third such seminar run by the Fund as part of an Open Society Institute supported project entitled “Legal Assistance to NGOs”.

Representatives of local NGOs and the mass media attended the seminar, received information about the work of local NGOs in Azerbaijan, local and international experience of cooperation between NGOs and the state, and legal norms regulating the activities of NGOs.

Gulamhuseyn Aliyev, Member of the National Assembly; Novella Jafarova, Chair of the Society for Protection of Rights of Women; Saida Godjamanli from the National Institute of Democracy; Oulvi Hakimov, representative of the National Fund of Democracy; Hafiz Hasanov from “For the Sake of Civil Society”; Annagi Hajibeyli, Chairman of the Association of Lawyers of Azerbaijan; Mirvari Gahramanli, representative of the Azerbaijan Committee for Protection of Human Rights; and others took floor at the seminar and spoke about different aspects of cooperation between NGOs and the state.

Speakers noted that cooperation between NGOs and the state is developing at a very slow pace and that NGO potential is not effectively appraised or used by the state. Among the reasons cited for barriers to mutually beneficial dialog and cooperation were imperfect local tax regulations and difficulties associated with NGO registration.

According to Abil Bayramov, a representative of the Fund for Development of Democracy and one of the organizers of the seminar, the state should be interested in creating favorable conditions for the development of NGOs because of the important role NGOs can play in the development of civil society in Azerbaijan. At the next seminar representatives of the Fund of Development of Democracy are planning to discuss the draft of new tax legislation for Azerbaijan.

Elchin Sardarov
ISAR/Azerbaijan

REGIONAL NGOs

AN ORGANIZATION IN GANJA PROMOTES THE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

The Ganja Association of Carpet-Weaving was founded in 1992. From day one, the Association has supported the development of popular crafts such as carpet weaving, sculpturing and painting. The organization has more than 20 active members. Every year the Association organizes an exhibition of members’ art works in Baku. Moreover, with support from this organization, the works of masters from Ganja have been shown at different international exhibitions in France, Britain, Germany and Turkey.

Like many creative-minded people, members of the organization actively participate in charity projects. ISAR/Azerbaijan has supported one such project implemented by the Carpet-Weavers Association. This project provided training on a variety of crafts for the disabled and a number of invalids took part in the realization of the project and passed courses in applied arts. After the success of this project, the organization is continuing the search for new funds to implement their ideas to assist the vulnerable communities.

In the near future, the Association of Carpet-Weaving is planning to create a material-processing laboratory, dye-works and also start sheep farming. One of the main areas of focus for the organization’s future activities is to provide assistance to local authorities in the creation of new jobs, and resolving some of the social problems of population. Please contact the Association of Carpet-Weavers for further information, telephone (89522) 68-786.

Yegana Jafarova
ISAR/Azerbaijan

LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM A REGIONAL NGO

Dear friends,

We are unemployed builders living in the Khachmaz region and have recently created our own initiative group - The Association of Unemployed Builders. Before the breakup of the Soviet Union, members of our organization, who then worked in various construction organizations of the region, took part in building many schools, hospitals, etc. Now the situation has radically changed. Since 1992, in Khachmaz, not only has the construction of new building been halted but also maintenance of existing buildings has been suspended.

Our organization works closely with the Human Rights Resource Center for the Guba-Khachmaz region. The main aim of our organization is to create conditions, which will allow unemployed builders to return to work. There are many unfinished buildings in our area, for example, some years ago, near the building of an old cannery (which no longer runs at full capacity) the construction of a residential building for workers of the cannery was begun. In our opinion, it is doubtful that construction of this building will be resumed. The area where this construction was begun has now turned into a makeshift garbage dump. Children living in nearby buildings play close to this “garbage dump” which is dangerous to their health and can lead to a number of contagious diseases. Adults who are using this area as a garbage dump do not appear to understand the gravity of this situation.

We would like to unite our efforts to settle this problem - clear the garbage dump and build a recreation park for the residents of this area. How real do you think this idea is? Is it possible to turn this idea into a reality with the assistance of your organization or financial and technical support from another international humanitarian organization? Hoping for your help.

With regards,
Shamistan Yusifov
Chairman of the Association of Unemployed Builders

FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Shamistan Yusifov,

Thank you for your letter addressed to ISAR/Azerbaijan informing us of some of the social and environmental problems of your city. We are happy to know that in order to settle the questions of employment and other social problems in Khachmaz, professional builders have united to form an initiative group called the Association of Unemployed Builders.

We would like to inform you, that ISAR/Azerbaijan could provide your organization with necessary information and training assistance. As far as financial and technical assistance is concerned, our organization provides financial assistance on a competitive basis in the form of grants for social and environmental projects carried out by local NGOs. ISAR/Azerbaijan does not finance projects that are just construction or maintenance in nature, however, construction or renovation can be included as part of a larger project. Please apply to the ISAR Office in Baku or to Fuad Dargahli, the ISAR Regional Coordinator with any other questions you might have.

CHILDREN’S PAGE

NGO “BIKYA”

The Association of Girl Guides of Azerbaijan “Bikia” was established on 30 September 1998. The idea to create this type of organization has existed since 1996 when Margaret Berd, Chair of the European Department of the World Organization of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) visited Azerbaijan. During her visit Ms. Berd met with the Chair of the Children’s Republican Organization, Gular Ahmedova, then working at the Department for Women Affairs of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan. Ms. Ahmedova informed Ms. Berd about the status of women in Azerbaijan, the history of the democratic women’s movement, women’s problems in Azerbaijan and possible solutions to these problems. Ms. Berd in turn explained about guiding and the advantages such an organization can provide.

Ms. Berd came to Azerbaijan for a second time with Christine Duches, a representative of the Association of Girl Guides from France, who expressed a desire to closely cooperate with Azeri guides. Today the Association of Girl Guides of France is a permanent partner of the NGO “Bikia”.

The main mission of “Bikia” is to promote the global personal development of girls and young women and their growth in society. The logo, program, oath and rules of “Bikia” are based on those of WAGGGS.

From 14 to 20 July 1999 a group of trainers from WAGGGS and the French Guides visited Azerbaijan to become more acquainted with our organization and to carry out appropriate training. The training was given to girl guides from Baku and refugee girls from the Saatli District. During the training we discussed the problems of girls and young women, and participated in various simple games designed to develop quickness of thinking and reaction skills. The trainers worked hard to make participants of the training feel their care and warmth. The joy and hope for a better future that could be seen in the eyes of refugee girls was the best reward of this training.

Currently members of “Bikia” are carrying out different projects, including intercultural exchange between various nations, reproductive health, and the establishment of a club. We believe that this work is needed for the creation of a better future for the younger generation.

Elyura Mamedova
Association of Girl Guides
of Azerbaijan “Bikia”

UMCOR SHOWS INTEREST IN COOPERATING WITH LOCAL CHILDRENS NGOs

The NGO sector in our country is still in its early stages. In this very important period, support from experienced international organizations is extremely valuable. We believe that children’s organizations will be interested in receiving a closer view of one such organization – UMCOR. The following questions were answered by Mr. B.Pathak, an UMCOR representative.

- What is the focus of your organization?

- Our organization provides humanitarian support to refugee and displaced persons as well as low-income members of the population. Through our work, we provide medical treatment for women and children, provide medicines and first aid products, carry out projects on reproductive health, provide educational training, and help to develop small businesses in the field of gardening and farming.

- Could you tell us about your activities related to children’s problems?

- We work with children groups in 2 geographic zones: in the northeast in Khachmaz, Guba and Divichi and in the southeast in Sabirabad and Saatli. In August, for example, children in these regions received necessary school supplies and books.

- Are your activities limited to just material aid to children?

- No, children we work with are deprived of the possibility of going to kindergarten and have attended pre-school education programs provided by UMCOR. These children were positively distinguished from other first-grade school children in respect to their qualifications. Furthermore, we have organized 22 sport groups for teenagers (total 658 children), and clubs for handicrafts, culinary, sawing, drawing, and drama.

- What resources are involved in your work with local communities?

- Mainly we work with our permanent staff and also with public committees composed of local teachers and initiators. There are 4 groups of 5 people each. Our mission is not just to provide humanitarian aid but to activate the population itself, decreasing its dependence on external aid.

- Are there any relations between the UMCOR and children NGOs of Azerbaijan?

- There are not long-term purposeful relations, although we had some short experience working with the children’s organization “Tutu”.

- As you are carrying out a number of children related activities, how can you explain such limited relations with children’s organizations? Maybe you are insufficiently informed about their activities?

- No, on the contrary we are well informed about activities of children NGOs via ISAR’s directory and information bulletin. You, perhaps, remember a meeting with children NGOs organized by ISAR. Usually, however, to date we have preferred to collaborate with individual specialists.

- However, before you told about the need to make society itself more active in solving problems. Isn’t the NGO sector the most effective leverage in this sense?

- Yes, certainly. But you have to bare in mind the specifics of our organization. We are responsible to our donor. We do not have a special children’s program and can not carry this out without independent financing. Our organization is currently in a development stage and in the future we are planning the creation of a children’s program to cover a wide spectrum of different problems.

- You mean that children organizations can hope for fruitful cooperation in the future?

- Not only in the future. Today we are developing a project that involves two local NGOs.

- Could you tell us who these organizations are?

- No, at the moment I am unable to.

- What is your criteria for choosing a partner?

- First of all these organizations need to be working with the Meskhetian Turk population. UMCOR is currently the only international organization that works with the Meskhetian Turks. We are also interested in organizations working beyond the Absheron peninsula, in the regions of Azerbaijan.

- What is the mechanism for joint activities of UMCOR and local NGOs?

- Unlike ISAR and some other organizations we do not provide grants. NGO projects must be actual and meet our mission. Then we are able to integrate this organization into our program. After the program is approved by our donor, we begin joint work and the participating NGO receives material assistance.

- What can you hope for children NGOs?

- More interesting and diverse work. Local NGOs must become an influential factor in civil society. As for our organization, we are ready for dialog and close cooperation.

We are sure these words will be received well by children’s organizations.

Nurlana Javanshir
Children’s Environmental Organization
“Azerbaijan in the 21st Century”

TRAINING PROGRAM NEWS

On 24-27 August 1999 the ISAR/Azerbaijan Training Team held a fundamental management training for NGOs in Ganja as part of ISAR’s program in the regions of Azerbaijan.

A total of 8 NGOs and initiative groups from Ganja participated in the training. Representatives of local NGOs learned about the role and purpose of NGOs in society and how to develop an effective organizational structure, carry out strategic planning, write grant applications, search for funding and work with the mass-media.

During the training process, the growth and development of the NGO sector in Ganja were ascertained. Among these were specific relations between NGOs and local authorities, weak information support and a limited system of communications between NGOs, and the absence of resource and information centers in Ganja. It must be mentioned that, like in many other regions of Azerbaijan, in Ganja international humanitarian organizations and funds are represented inadequately and do not work closely with the local NGO sector. Furthermore, it should also be noted that local NGOs have almost no information about international funds and organizations outside of Azerbaijan that provide support to NGOs in Azerbaijan.

The participants of this training were very active, asking numerous questions concerning the specifics of how NGOs work in foreign countries, provided practical recommendations on how to utilize the knowledge received during training, and had in mind real needs and characteristics for local NGOs work.

Sabina Masimova
ISAR/Azerbaijan

INFORMATION PROGRAM NEWS

“Combating poverty in the world” - under this general motto the Department for International Development of Great Britain carries out its programs, including the British program for bilateral technical assistance to Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia – the Know How Fund. Kazim Guliyev, a representative of the Know Now Fund, informed local NGOs of his organization at an ISAR Information Session for NGOs, on September 3, 1999.

According to Mr. Guliyev, the activities of the Know How Fund in countries with transitioning economies is directed at supporting the process of transition to pluralistic democracy and market economy, with attention to the interests of all layers of the population.

He also explained that support is provided to local NGOs in two ways: the Good Government Fund and a Small Grants Program. These 2 programs provide support to initiatives of civic associations directed at the development of NGOs, combating poverty, the development of independent mass-media, reform of local self-government, environmental protection, elimination of inequality, healthcare, etc.

Representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Henk Houvhov and Shahin Panahov also participated in this session. The representatives of 11 NGOs who participated in the information session, exchanged information, and asked questions about the Know How Fund and UNDP.

CASPIAN PROGRAM NEWS

On July 28-29, 1999 the first ISAR Caspian Program Board meeting comprised of representatives of environmental NGOs from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Georgia took place in Mitishi (near Moscow). At the meeting the Board chose, on a competitive basis, NGOs from Caspian basin countries to receive grants for the creation of electronic communications. Grants were awarded to NGOs from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Kazakhstan. In addition, at this meeting, Caspian Program Board members decided that the first of four program seminars on “Environmental Public Monitoring” would be held in Astrakhan (Russia) in February 2000 and that a grant round for joint environmental NGO projects from Caspian basin countries would be held at the end of the year.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOCAL NGOs

As a result of Azerbaijan joining, in 1998, the United Nations Convention on Combating Land Desertification, Azeri NGOs are invited to work in the RIOD NGO network on this theme. Land devastation, deforestation, chemical pollution, different erosions - these are just some of the problems falling within the framework of the Convention. The global network RIOD, created for NGOs from around the world, is now undergoing reorganization. The Global Coordination Committee, which is currently being created, will be composed of 15 regional coordinators elected by national coordinators of regional countries. National coordinators, in turn, are to be elected by representatives of NGOs participating in the RIOD network.

Organizations interested in the activities of RIOD and this theme can contact the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center or the Green Movement of Azerbaijan at the following address: 31, Istiglaliyyat St., 5th floor.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Grants

IREX has announced a program for research grants focused on contemporary problems in the CIS countries. Representatives of both public and non-governmental organizations as well as specialists working in different fields who are citizens of one of the CIS countries are eligible to participate. The application deadline for this program is November 26, 1999 at local IREX offices. For more detailed information, please contact IREX/ Azerbaijan or the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center.

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The Open Society Institute will provide year 2000 funding for research in the fields of culture and arts, economy, education, ecology, law, language studies, literature, philosophy, political sciences, sociology and others. Three groups of projects will be represented through this program: grants for individual projects, group projects and joint projects focused on developing cooperation. Preference will be given to inter-disciplinary projects. Grant amounts will range from $150 to $700 per month from 6 months to 2 years and will not provide for grantee’s travel abroad for long periods. The application deadline is October 18, 1999. Detailed information and application forms can be obtained at the Baku Information Education Center at the following address: 98, Shamsi Badalbeyli St., Opera Studio, 3rd floor; Tel: 93 77 46.

Scholarships

The Oak Institute of Colby College (Canada) has established a research scholarship in the field of human rights. The Scholarship is provided for teaching and conducting research at the College during one semester of the 2000-2001 academic year. The Scholarship will cover travel expenses, accommodation on campus and food expenses. The scholarship recipient will receive support for conducting his/her research, including office space, an assistant, access to a computer and library. The deadline for applications is November 8, 1999. Successful candidates will be notified on February 1, 1999. More detailed information can be found on the following website: www.colby.edu/oak. Applications can be sent by e-mail to: oakhr@colby.edu.

ISAR/AZERBAIJAN PROGRAMS

ISAR/AZERBAIJAN CONDUCTS 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 possibilities for NGOs, access to computers, e-mail and Internet. 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 and health 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.
  • Individual consultations about the grant program to all interested individuals or groups.
  • Financial Training for grant recipients.

REGIONAL PROGRAM

ISAR’s 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 and Sheki

THE FOLLOWING DIRECTORIES AND BULLETINS CAN BE FOUND IN THE ISAR RESOURCE CENTER:

  1. “Funds On-Line” - is the first directory of web sites of independent funders on the Internet, created under the initiative of the Orpheus Program of the Center of European Funds. The goal of this Center is to provide support to funds and other financing organizations in Europe. Through the new directory on the Internet, users can gain access to sites of more than 300 funders and other financial institutions providing support to the countries of New Europe for the amount of more than 3.5 billion Euro. The Internet address is: http://www.fundersonline.org.
  2. A 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 non-governmental organizations 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.
  3. The Georgian NGO sector bulletin issued in English publishes not only news of Georgia’s third sector but also information on conferences, grant programs, and job vacancies in humanitarian organizations. The latest issue of the Bulletin can be found in the ISAR Resource Center.
  4. 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 nearby countries as well.
  5. 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 operative 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 Resource Center.
  6. Electronic Bulletin of Caucasian Environmental News (CEN) is issued regularly 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 information about coming events and publications related to environmental problems. CENN’s web-site address:<http://cenn.virtualave.net> or <http://post.net.ge/cenn>
  7. The American organization “Sacred Earth Network” is starting a new project focused on intensifying information dissemination about practical methods for resolving environmental problems. The goal of this project is to increase public awareness about environmental problems and to establish information exchange. The bulletin, “Environmental Design”, will be published as part of this project on different thematic issues. The bulletin can be e-mailed monthly. The project coordinator Bogdan Popov is asking all environmental organizations to support the bulletin and participate in preparing materials. He can be reached at the following e-mail address: dancho@pcukr.kiev.ua A full version of the letter and the first issue of the bulletin can be found at the ISAR Resource Center.
  8. 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.
  9. “Good Local News” is the name of a monthly English-language electronic bulletin. This Bulletin is focused on finding alternative news in the field of human rights protection, popular diplomacy, nonviolent conflict resolution and environmental problems. It also consolidates linkages between world NGOs by means of Internet and e-mail. Any non-governmental organization is welcomed to submit information to the bulletin. The bulletin’s web-site address is: <http://www.nonviolence.org/ggn>. A new issue of the bulletin can be found in the ISAR/Azerbaijan Resource Center. Subscriptions to the bulletin can be made at the following e-mail address: b.luber@bionic.zerberus.de

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 organization’s 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.
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Telephones: 95-25-57, 95-30-37
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Bulletin Editor: Elchin Sardarov
The Informational Bulletin of ISAR/Azerbaijan has been produced with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)