- FACT SHEET ON UNHCR PROJECT 1998
- INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
The sub-agreement between UNHCR and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) was signed in February
The UNHCR project for 1998 targets IDPs mainly from the Fizuli areas. Aiming at a
preparation for peace and return the project includes the following elements:
1. Skills development/ vocational training within the following areas:
- reconstruction: masonry, carpentry, electric installation, welding and plumbing
- community service
2. Small scale income generating activities
The project is based on the longstanding positive results and experiences that DRC has
obtained with a similar programme in Sumgait.
The general project objective is to equip returnees with some practical skills and
practical knowledge that will ease their return. Thus there is a great emphasis on the
practical and applied approach in this project.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BENEFICIARIES
The Sumgait programme is based on a working co-operation between the Ministry of
Education, co-ordination with other international organisations and DRC. Thus when the
sub-agreement was signed the assessment of possible partners was initiated. From the MOE a
representative from The Methodological Cabinet was assigned to the assessment tour of four
technical schools in the Baku area and two technical schools in Sabirabad and Saatli. The
assessment was carried out and finalised with MOE in March.
The selection criteria of the schools are that they must have:
- access to a large population of Fizuli IDPs preparing for return
- teach the fields relevant to the projects
- the rooms available for the workshops
- willingness to actively co-operate with DRC.
Together with MOE, the respective directors and authorities it was decided to implement
the project in the technical school in Sabirabad and Saatli. The conclusion in based on
the following observations:
- the IDP population preparing for peace and return in that region is numerous. Thus the
target group in that area is more likely to return and benefit from the projetc than
beneficiaries from the Baku area.
- few international organisations are working in that region compared to the number in
- the project idea was very welcomed among both the local governmental authorities,
international organisations, school directors and beneficiaries.
At a later meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Rustamov DRC was requested by the
chairman of The State Committee for Refugees and Displaced Persons Mr. Gulabbas Gahramanov
to include the Bilasuvar area in the project. DRC is at the moment investigating how to
accommodate this request either in this project year or in the 1999 project year.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSISTANCE
Vocational training and skills development
The schools selected for the project have prepared for the courses and DRC has assisted
with equipment where necessary. Selection of participants is jointly carried out by the
directors of the school, DRC and the local Executive Committee.
The courses are being carried out by teachers and masters from the schools in question
and monitored by the directors and two permanently placed regional DRC staff members, one
expatriate and one local employee.
The courses are mostly practical and practical exercises are incorporated.
As with the technical schools and similar courses in Sumgait these regional schools
receive from The Methodological Cabinet a relevant curriculum for these courses of three
months duration and with an emphasis on the pratical training.
According to previous programmes DRC is paying for the material and the salaries for
teachers and masters: furthermore the directors and deputy directors also receive salary
from DRC. Administration and communal expenses are paid by the schools.
Small scale income generating activities
After the skills training is finalised a small number of the course participants can
apply for minor assistance for opening their own small businesses. This project component
will start earliest in September/October and will be implemented along the lines known
from the Sumgait project.
The local partners will in the course of the implementation also benefit from the
project through information meetings, and teachers seminars and material input in
- Ulla Fomsgaard
- Project Manager
- Danish Refugee Council