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 Program Resume - Program Description (Saniya)

 Duration: 15.06.1994 - present
 Location: Baku
 Sectors: Local NGO development
Socio-economic conditions

Baku, N,Narimanov str.126, Tel../Fax (99412) 954 411 (99450) 317- 38-25,
312-07-25, E-mail:


The Humanitarian Information Analytical Agency (SANIYA) was founded on 15 June 1994. It is one of the first non-profit, humanitarian organisations 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 organisations. SANIYA also promotes the development of NGO networks and networks between NGOs and the media. It is, in fact, the co-founder of the Network for Civil Information on Ecological and Social Issues which has 15 NGOs and 12 representatives of national press.

In pursuing these activities, SANIYA has developed relations with national and local media, governmental and non-governmental organisations, UNHCR, UNDP, International Organisation on Migration, the World Bank, TACIS, CENN, ISAR, Fund Gorizonti (Georgia), Oxfam, INTERNEWS and the Embassies of the UK and the USA in Azerbaijan.

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 newspaper SANIYA;
  • preparation and distribution of briefing notes and newsletters on social and environmental issues;
  • conducting consultation exercises with the public and the mass media on the issues of social protection;
  • preparation and implementation of training courses for journalists, new NGOs, students and schoolchildren on ecological issues; and
  • develop the NGO network.

The following are some of the 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;
  • report and SANIYA bulletins on the environmental problems of the Caspian Sea and Kura and Araz Rivers funded by TACIS programme of the European Union;
  • report on the unemployment problem 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 US NGO ISAR;
  • a seminar on the role of information for the training of refugees and internally displaced persons for future employment;
  • working groups of organisations 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 Agdjabey region which provided the population with timely help from national and international organisation during winter time;
  • co-ordinator of an international conference on the development of NGOs and resolution of conflicts in the Caucasus held in Baku and organising 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.

The members of SANIYA has participated in a number of training events, to improve their skills and experience, including:

  • analysis and control of the migration process in the Caucasian countries provided by the International Organisation on Migration (Azerbaijan);
  • management of non-governmental organisations, provision of consulting services, facilitation of public meetings and focus groups provided by ISAR (Azerbaijan);
  • strategic planning and human rights provided by UNHCR (Washington DC);
  • civil society, human rights and the problems of immigration in Europe provided by the Institute of Social and European Research (Hungary);
  • environmental journalism provided by BBC - MPM;
  • interactive studies and seminars provided by TACIS and TEAP, and
  • a number of conferences and seminars on the problems of the refugees and internally displaced people in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Hungary.

Humanitarian Information Analitycal Agency "SANIYA"
Elchin Sardarov

February 2002

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