Foundation Approves New Grants Totaling Over $166, 000 in Funds for Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan - The Eurasia Foundation's Baku Advisory Board approved $166,
792 in new grants and grant amendments to organizations in Azerbaijan to promote
private enterprise and civil society development.
Akhundov State Library of Azerbaijan ($34, 855)
To support automation of the National Library of Azerbaijan to provide electronic
connections with international library networks - allowing greater public access
to information. Jointly funded by OSI and the U.S. State Department, this project
will create an electronic catalog system, train librarians on its use, and also
transfer Azerbaijani literature to the Internet. As a result, Azerbaijani citizens
will be able to receive information from sources around the world and foreign
researchers and readers will have access Azerbaijani sources.
Social Union of Development and Stimulation of Small Entrepreneurship
To support interactions between local NGOs and businesses that will improve
inter-sector relations in Azerbaijan and, in time, foster more socially responsible
businesses, improve conditions for local philanthropy and bolster the financial
sustainability of NGOs. Communication and collaboration between these sectors
will be stimulated through a series of monthly round tables involving NGOs and
business representatives, distribution of monthly information bulletins about
both sectors, and trainings involving more than 300 representatives of NGOs
and commercial organizations.
League of Defense of Citizens' Labour Rights ($34, 904)
To support compliance with citizens' labor rights enshrined in
Azerbaijan's new Labor Code and related regulations. Activities in this grant
include seminars for organizations that defend individual rights in five regions
(Sumgait, Ali-Bayramli, Ganja, Sheki, Guba). The project will also educate citizens
about their rights through distribution of practical information booklets and
production of a web site with relevant materials.
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law--Amendment ($24,262)
For legal support of non-governmental organizations, with particular focus
on the registration process currently under revision. This grant extends a previous
partnership grant from the EF Washington, DC office.
Organizational & Technical Development Society ($32, 910)
To support more favorable conditions for promising small and medium-sized businesses
to receive project financing from credit institutions in Azerbaijan. The grantee
will run a competition to select 10 businesses with the best new business ideas
from the five most economically developed regions of the country. The grantee
will then provide technical assistance to these companies--conducting business
training; helping them prepare solid business plans and facilitating contacts
with credit institutions. The results will be publicized to serve as examples
for other SMEs.
"Gizil Petek" NGO--Amendment ($4,875)
An amendment has been added to survey and assess beekeepers' equipment needs,
and to improve and strengthen the association. This work is being done with
the help of ACDI/VOCA.
About the Eurasia Foundation
Privately managed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development
and other sponsors, we have made more than 6,500 grants totaling approximately
$130 million to support democratic and economic reform in 12 countries of the
former Soviet Union since 1993. In Azerbaijan, we have awarded more than $4
million in grants to advance local initiatives in civil society, private enterprise,
and public administration and policy. Please visit www.eurasia.org
Contact: Dena Hawes