INTERAGENCY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MEETINGMINUTES of April 26, 2002
Venue: Mercy Corps conference room
Chairperson: Ms. Pervana Mamedova, SFDI
1. Agenda: The participants of the meeting adopted the agenda
2. Minutes from the March meeting were adopted.
3. Discussion on "Implementation of Micro-projects and its challenges".
Israil Iskenderov from UMID suggested Ms. Pervana Mamedova to speak about challenges
of SFDI in identification of communities. Ms. Pervana Mamedova gave some information
about work procedures of SFDI before speaking about problems. According to the
procedures stated in SFDI Operational Manual communities either can submit a
CMP proposal on their own initiative or thorough the SFDI's promotion campaign
which is being delegated to the "intermediary NGOs". But the intermediary
NGOs should provide support to the SFDI activities on voluntary basis. These
NGOs should have a financing agreement with another donor which allows it to
commit some of its community development work to the SFDI program. In the first
stage of the promotion campaign SFDI has received several proposals form such
NGOs as Umid, Sulh, Care International, IRC, NRC, etc. According to the Credit
Agreement signed between World Bank and Government of Azerbaijan SFDI can not
cover overhead expenses of intermediary agencies. Due to this fact in the following
stages of the promotion campaign the NGOs stopped providing support to SFDI
in coordination with communities. SFDI should follow procedures of both World
Bank and Government of Azerbaijan. According to these procedures preparation
works for implementation of the micro-project takes about 145 days. SFDI coordinates
its every step with the concerned organization (for example, State Procurement
Committee, State Construction Department, etc.). All these delay SFDI's work.
Mr. Elnur Aliyev from IRC noted that there is gap between SFDI and communities
and NGOs can fill up this gap.
Israil Iskenderov suggested SFDI to make presentation for the representatives
of the communities and organizations and give them detailed information about
operational procedures of SFDI. He assured that SFDI could find people in these
organizations that would be volunteered for assistance SFDI in coordination
5. Topic of the next meeting will be the same as for last meeting: "Implementation
of micro-projects and its challenges.
- 1. Announcement: Community Development Manual Project by Mr.Lutful Kabir:
Community Development actors are working without a guidebook and without methodical
approach. A few months ago such organizations as NRC, Umid, Hayat, CHF and NRTC
are decided to establish an informal group and that group is called Community
Development Initiative group. This is an informal group right now however they
have a mandate. In order to achieve their mandate they eventually have to become
a formal group. What is the Community Development Initiative group's mandate?
The first item is to prepare a Community Development manual, which will guide
community mobilizers and community leaders in undertaking community development
program. Once this community development manual is ready the second stage is
go out in the field, share the knowledge of community manual and train the community
mobilizers. The third stage is very important. This is a stage where they are
hoping to establish a community development resource center. That will require
lots of commitment and lots of money. In that point the group can become a formal
2. Announcement: Training program on Women for Conflict Prevention and Peace
Building in the Southern Caucasus by UNIFEM: The UNIFEM project, "Women
for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in the Southern Caucasus",
is pleased to inform you that the project is prepared to begin its countrywide
training campaign aimed at supporting and building the skills of women in
conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding at the grassroots
level. The same activity is scheduled for Armenia and Georgia. Within the
project framework, sincere efforts are being made to include all districts
of Azerbaijan. The activity will be implemented through several national NGOs
that have already received training in the subject matter. This is a very
large training campaign and approximately 1200 individuals throughout the
districts of Azerbaijan will receive training in conflict resolution, conflict
prevention and peacebuilding (and the importance of women in the process)
between May and November 2002. As the project envisions several training sessions
for the IDP communities in different IDP camps (approximately 300 persons),
it is appreciated if you would provide us with the information regarding the
names of the most active women who you know from your previous working experience.
6. Chairperson for next meeting. Israil Iskenderov from UMID volunteered
to chair the next meeting.
7. Next meeting is set for: Friday, 31 May, 2002 at 10.00 a.m., at
Mercy Corps conference room.