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A young woman shares her first hand experience as a new member of municipality.
July 28, 2015

Despite the fact that various types of gender-based discriminations are still happening in Azerbaijan, each year more Azerbaijani women feel self-confident and ambitious for taking leading positions and running for political seats. According to the Central Election Commission’s official statistics, municipal elections, held in December 2014 in Azerbaijan, resulted in an eight percent increase in women’s representation across the country – from twenty-seven percent in 2009 to thirty-five percent in 2014.

These achievements became possible due to the combined efforts of Azerbaijani local civil society and state agencies with support from the Women’s Participation Program (WPP) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Counterpart International. Success is demonstrated by the 97 out of 401 women trained by WPP who assumed office in various regional municipalities.

A training participant writes down her thoughts on who volunteer is.
April 16, 2012

On April 11, 2012, “Uluchay” Social-Economic Innovation Center, USAID’s local partner implementing the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in north-west Azerbaijan, organized training on Volunteer Recruitment in Sheki (186 miles from capital Baku). Ten young men and six young women from Sheki and the neighboring Zagatala district participated.

USAID Launches Women’s Participation Program
December 20, 2011

Nearly 60 stakeholders representing international organizations, local NGOs, Embassies and government entities gathered together to launch the Women’s Participation Program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Women’s Participation Program seeks to improve the status of women in Azerbaijan by raising public awareness on issues that affect women and empowering more women to participate in decision making processes. Implemented by Counterpart International, the two-year program will fund six women’s rights NGO coalitions in projects that aim to:

USAID marks its 50-year achievements
November 3, 2011

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) commemorates its 50th anniversary. USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. On September 4, 1961, the Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act. The Act mandated the creation of an agency to administer economic assistance programs, and on November 3, 1961, President John F. Kennedy established USAID.

October 27, 2011

The Governments of the United States of America and Azerbaijan have worked closely over the past six years to improve health care services for the population of Azerbaijan. Continuing this partnership, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently launched a new two-year health project – Azerbaijan Strengthening Health Systems through Integrated Programs (AZ SHIP).

Completion of CASC project in Azerbaijan
October 21, 2011

Today, around 40 stakeholders came together to mark the successful completion of the Consolidated Action for Sustained Changes (CASC) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Save the Children. The goal of the conference was to draw attention to the difficulties faced by vulnerable populations, and highlight how their needs can be addressed in local communities by developing stronger support system for vulnerable children in Azerbaijan.

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