ISAR Organizes First Regional NGO Meeting
The first regional NGO meeting organized by ISAR took place on December 6 in
Mingechevir, with participants from non-governmental organizations from Sheki, Ganja, and
Mingechevir. The meeting was financed through support from USAID.
The goal of the regional meeting was to facilitate the exchange of information between
regional NGOs, help determine methods of effective cooperation between them, familiarize
them with new resources for NGOs, and familiarize the regional NGOs with the work of
international organizations in order to encourage the further development of relationships
The first regional meeting was attended by over thirty local NGO representatives, as
well as representatives from five international organizations working with local NGOs in
Azerbaijan, including Oxfam, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
International Refugee Council (IRC), Open Society Institute (OSI), and The Eurasia
Foundation. Additionally, members of the Mingechevir mass media and local government
observed the sessions.
The meeting began with presentations about the state of the Third Sector in Sheki,
Ganja, and Mingechevir, including the problems and successes of NGOs in these regions.
This was followed by a discussion on the topics of What is an NGO?
Following discussions and group work about the local NGO sector, representatives from
the participating international organizations gave presentations. They told participants
about the missions of their organizations, and how they incorporate work with local NGOs
into their work in Azerbaijan. The presentations were followed by a question-answer
session and an informal discussion period, in order to let both the international and
local NGOs from the different cities learn more about each other.
Meeting participants noted that this gathering was a first step toward their working
together on various projects and issues important to Azerbaijan.
A report will be prepared based on the results of the meeting. This report will be
distributed to local NGOs, international participants, and others who may be interested in
For further information, please contact:
Information and Outreach Program
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