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 Press release - ISAR Opens NGO Resource Center in Mingechevir (ISAR)

 Press release date: 31.08.2000

ISAR Opens NGO Resource Center in Mingechevir

On Thursday, September 21, fourteen NGO representatives from Mingechevir attended the opening ceremony of their citys new NGO Resource Center, run by ISAR-Azerbaijan. Guests from local NGOs were joined at the opening by representatives of local government, international NGOs, and the media. The ceremony was kicked off by ISAR-Azerbaijan Country Director, Kim Perlow, who welcomed visitors and gave an overview of ISARs work in Azerbaijan.

During the opening, Naida Ramazanly, manager of ISARs Baku Resource Center, explained the services to be offered by the Mingechevir Center, and later took the time to answer questions about the books and other materials available in the library. NGOs expressed enthusiasm for the center, pleased that they would have access to information previously unavailable in their city. This information includes nearly 100 journals and books in Azeri, Russian, and English about NGO management and related topics, such as fundraising, financial management, environmental protection, and childrens issues.

While ISARs regional program has been using a traveling staff to work with NGOs outside of Baku over the past year, the Mingechevir Resource Center is ISARs first NGO Resource Center outside of Baku. he Center represents part of ISARs overall effort to help Azerbaijans non-governmental organizations (NGOs) develop. The Center will provide services similar to those provided by ISARs Baku Resource Center, including a library, computer center offering free computer access, including e-mail and Internet, to local NGO representatives. The two staff members of the Mingechevir Center will work with Baku-based staff to organize training, consultations, and meetings for the local NGOs from Mingechevir and surrounding areas.

The Mingechevir Resource Center can be reached at 19 Nizami St., Apt. 21, Mingechevir, tel: (8-147) 5-33-74, The Center is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 am- 6:00 pm.

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