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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:45am

The new law on public participation, which entered into force in June 2014, opened up new avenues for increased engagement by civil society organizations (CSOs) and other interested actors in policy-making and implementation in Azerbaijan. The implementation of this law provides opportunities to further develop Azerbaijani best practices in engaging citizens and CSOs in decision-making. Learning from other countries’ experiences to ensure meaningful and sustained civic participation at the central and local government level is beneficial for Azerbaijan’s successful implementation of the new law. To this end, in September 2014 a group of Azerbaijani government officials and CSO representatives from the Aran and Ganja-Gazakh regions visited Bulgaria to exchange information and explore Bulgaria’s best practices on mechanisms for citizen participation and cooperation between CSOs and government institutions.

The Governments of Azerbaijan and the United States Work Towards Increasing Public Participation in Azerbaijan
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:00am

Nearly 80 participants, including Members of Parliament, Heads of local Executive Committees from the Ganja-Gazakh economic region, municipal officials, local civil society organizations and international experts participated in the “Public Participation in Azerbaijan: International and National Best Practices” National Conference held in Ganja today.

Women Leadership in Local Governance
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:00am

Today, nearly 60 representatives of various state agencies, municipalities, civil society and media participated in the “Women’s Leadership in Local Self-Governance” Conference. The conference was organized by the USAID-supported Women’s Participation Program in partnership with the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan and with technical support from the National Association of City and District Municipalities.

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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 2:15am

Through the USAID-funded Women’s Participation Program, Counterpart International arranged a study tour for Azerbaijani women social workers from the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs to Ankara, Turkey on June 16-23, 2014. The seven-day study tour provided a unique opportunity for an educational work exchange for seven Azerbaijani participants to interact with their Turkish colleagues to improve care and rehabilitation services to women victims of domestic violence.

Participants discussed recommendations for improving Azerbaijan’s entrepreneurial environment in key areas.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:00am

On May 1, 2014, stakeholders gathered for the “Development of Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan” conference at the Baku Hilton.

Azerbaijani Civil Society Organizations Get New Skills And Knowledge
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 3:45am

On February 28, 2014, eleven Azerbaijani civil society organizations (CSO) completed the Increasing Civil Society Organizations Effectiveness Training Program. The training was delivered by USAID’s Building Local Capacity for Development (BLCD) project from September 2013 through February 2014. The training focused on helping CSOs build practical skills and develop the tools and resources to enable them to implement development initiatives.

A USAID Program Promotes Public Discussion To Prevent Domestic Violence
Monday, December 9, 2013 - 11:30am

Today, the USAID-funded Women’s Participation Program in partnership with the “Clean World” Public Union and the Citizens’ Labor rights Protection League organized a public discussion on “Mechanisms of state intervention into intra-family conflicts to prevent domestic violence” as part of the world-wide initiative “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence”.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Dereck Hogan speaks to the press about the importance of entrepreneurship
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:15am

Today, a conference entitled "The Development of Small Businesses in Azerbaijan" was held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Baku Business Center.

USAID Mission Director converses with a training participant.
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 7:30am

Many civil society organizations (CSO) in Azerbaijan have significant gaps in their ability to develop strategic plans, create effective governance structures, and manage financial control systems and funds. Without these capabilities, CSOs will have greatly diminished ability to use resources effectively to improve the lives of Azerbaijanis.

Brooke Isham, Mission Director, highlights the major accomplishments of the ACT project.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:15pm

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Azerbaijan hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of a three-year economic growth project. The formal reception marked the completion of the Azerbaijan Competitiveness and Trade (ACT) project and allowed U.S. Ambassador Richard Morningstar and USAID to thank its counterparts, partners, and beneficiaries for their contributions to the success of the project. The reception gathered representatives from the U.S.

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Last updated: June 10, 2014

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