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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 2:15pm

SABIRABAD – Today, thanks to joint efforts between Azerbaijan and the United States, residents of Sabirabad district’s Garali village celebrated the completion of a new medical facility. Mrs. Anne Cekuta, spouse of U.S. Ambassador Cekuta, along with representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Health, the local Executive Committee, and the municipal government representatives attended the event. USAID and the Government of Azerbaijan co-financed the construction of the medical facility, which was managed by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).

“The United States is committed to helping the Azerbaijani people.” Mrs. Cekuta said during the opening ceremony. “This project shows the sincere friendship the American people have towards the people of Azerbaijan.”

Governments of Azerbaijan and the United States Cooperate to Advance Socio-Economic Development in Shirvan
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 11:30am

The Birlik community of Shirvan city completed a major roofing renovation that will enhance the quality of life for over 1,000 people. The project was implemented by the Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA) and co-financed by the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan.

Ambassador Cekuta (center) tours the facility after the official opening.
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 2:30am

IMISHLI – On February 10, residents of the Orujlu, Agamammadli and Jafarli communities in Imishli district gathered to mark the successful completion of the construction of a milk collection facility. They were joined by representatives of the local ExCom and the municipality, officials from the Ministry of Economy, and U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert F. Cekuta. The facility was constructed by a local non-governmental organization, UMID, and co-financed by the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan.

Children join the opening of the renovated kindergarten in Cholbeshadli, Sabirabad.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 4:15am

The Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA) project continues to bring Azerbaijani communities and local governments together, improving lives in villages around the country. Most recently villages in the regions of Sabirabad and Imishli, and Shirvan city completed projects to improve the learning environment for children and rehabilitate roads. The programs are co-financed by the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan.

The new bridge will improve daily communication and school attendance for more than 40 families in the Surra community.
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 11:45am

SHABRAN – On December 14, residents of the Surra community of Shabran rayon gathered to mark the successful completion of the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Davachi River. They were joined by representatives of the local ExCom and the municipality, officials from the Ministry of Economy and Industry (MEI), and U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert F. Cekuta. The bridge was constructed by a local NGO, UMID, and co-financed by the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan.

USAID and UNDP Launch a New Partnership to Support Women and Youth in Azerbaijan
Monday, December 7, 2015 - 11:30am

7 December 2015, BAKU – U.S. Ambassador Robert Cekuta and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Antonius Broek  signed a declaration of intentions to launch the “Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurship and Employment”  project, with a total budget of $342,000.

Ambassador Cekuta addresses the conference.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:30am

BAKU – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored a conference on “The Development of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan” as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Baku Business Center.

DCM Hogan distributes toys to children.
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6:15am

SABIRABAD – On October 2, residents of the Akhiskha community of Sabirabad rayon, representatives of the local ExCom and the municipality, officials from the Ministry of Economy and Industry (MEI), U.S. Embassy and the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) gathered to mark the successful completion of the renovation of a kindergarten.

Mikaela Meredith
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 6:00am

BAKU - Ms. Mikaela Meredith assumed her position as the new Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Azerbaijan.

Prior to being named Mission Director, Ms. Meredith served in three senior leadership roles in Washington, DC. Her 25 year career with USAID included assignments in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. 

A young woman shares her first hand experience as a new member of municipality.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 5:45am

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.

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