Since September 22, ISAR has been operating an NGO Resource Center in Mingechevir. During
an opening ceremony for the Center, government officials, local NGO leaders, and
representatives of international organizations operating in Mingechevir had a chance to get
acquainted with the services of the Center. ISAR-Azerbaijan Country Director Ms. Kim Perlow
welcomed the guests and introduced them to the work of ISAR. Baku Resource Center Manager
Naida Ramazanly gave visitors additional details about the services to be offered by the
Mingechevir Center. 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 children’s issues.
While ISAR’s regional program has been using a traveling staff to work with NGOs outside of
Baku over the past year and a half, the Mingechevir Resource Center is ISAR’s first NGO
Resource Center outside of Baku. The Center represents part of ISAR’s overall effort to help
Azerbaijan’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs) develop. The Center provides services
similar to those offered by ISAR’s Baku Resource Center, including a library, computer center
offering free computer access as well as 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
and developing local NGO sector, and is located near the cities of Sheki and Ganja, where ISAR
During the first month that the Center has been open, NGO representatives and individuals
interested in NGOs from Mingechevir and surrounding regions have received consultations about
the NGO sector in general, as well as on grant-writing and working with the mass media. Several
information sessions for NGOs have been conducted at the Center, including a discussion on the
role of volunteering in Azerbaijan. Additionally, several school groups have watched
environmental videos at the Center, and ISAR’s Student Outreach Program staff have carried out
interactive workshops at secondary schools in Mingechevir to teach children about the concept of
The Mingechevir Resource Center is located at 19 Nizami St., Apt. 21, Mingechevir, tel: (8-147)
. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-
Throughout the world today, and especially in the United States, where people are well-
accustomed to giving charitable donations, charitable donations can account for up to 80% of the
income of non-governmental organizations – this supports totals of about $100 billion per year.
in the US to carry out their activities, NGOs there spend most of their fundraising energies on
seeking this type of support.
In Azerbaijan, the situation is quite the opposite. The majority of funding for NGOs here in
Azerbaijan comes from international foundations and donor organizations, as well as foreign
embassies and multinational companies working in the country.
It is not uncommon to hear the opinion that receiving grants is the easiest and most convenient
form of financing. However, this is far from the truth. In fact, this form of financing has a
number of drawbacks. First, at the present time, grants are extremely competitive and grant
funding is becoming more competitive year by year. Grant giving organizations often have to
turn down grant applications that are well-written and well-prepared, simply because the
foundation does not have enough funding to support every project that it would like to fund.
Competition amongst NGOs is tight, and often only one in ten projects is supported. Thus, nine
out of ten projects go unfunded, and most of them are never actually carried out. Additionally,
due to the importance of grant funding in Azerbaijan, many NGOs spend their time trying to
write and perfect grant applications to please donors, rather than concentrating on carrying out the
work that would best benefit society. Additionally, NGOs’ work often becomes regulated by the
timeframes of the donor organizations and NGOs live project to project. Most importantly,
worthwhile projects that fall outside the focus of the foreign donor organizations working in
Azerbaijan often have little chance of being carried out, and NGOs find their activity restricted.
In the US and other countries where private donations provide the lifeblood for NGOs, the
situation is quite different. First, an organization can decide on its own how and when to hold a
fundraising event, without being concerned about the schedules and regulations of grant giving
organizations. Second, the organizations have more control over how they allocate such funds to
various parts of their organization’s activities. And third, fundraising activities serve not only to
raise funds, but also to raise public awareness and interest in the activities of the organization and
help create a positive image for the organization.
While NGOs in Azerbaijan are aware that private fundraising activities are used by some NGOs,
the vast majority chooses to ignore this means of financing.
Why is this the case? In my opinion, there are several reasons— NGOs’ fear that in Azerbaijan it
isn’t possible to hold successful fundraising events due to the lack of a tradition of charitable
giving in Azerbaijan and the lack of knowledge and experience about how to conduct fundraising
campaigns. It must be noted that in Azerbaijan, most NGOs view their activity on a project-to-
project basis—that is, as short-term activity with a start date and end date, which should bring a
concrete result by the end date; fundraising from individuals is a long-term process, involving
upfront costs and commitment, and, as a rule, makes more sense when long-term commitment is
Let’s take the example of the Russian Greenpeace organization, which decided to undertake
fundraising program, first looking at their financial situation. They worked out a system for
receiving payments from individuals. Then they prepared and distributed several thousand letters
to the people in their target group. When they received replies to their letters, they analyzed the
responses, and followed up with the senders. Of course, it took some financial resources as well
as human resources and time to carry out this fundraising effort. Only after a full year of
continuous work on this fundraising campaign did Greenpeace Russia break even. That is, one
begin to pay off—the full costs of their campaign began to be exceeded by the amount of the
donations they had received.
It might seem that this type of fundraising is ineffective. For surely the efforts that were spent
on raising these funds could have helped the organization to win several grants during the same
one-year period. However, the results for Greenpeace go far beyond the money they received.
The campaign enabled Greenpeace to cultivate a certain group of people who are helping the
organization today and will continue to help it in the future. And the number of such people will
continue to grow. The basis for future funding for the organization has been established, and in
turn, Greenpeace Russia has taken the first steps toward formation of a truly financially stable and
What lessons does this example hold for Azerbaijan’s local NGOs? First, fundraising takes effort
and study and time. It takes looking at examples abroad, and reading literature about fundraising,
and trying to adapt these methods to the local situation, and not being afraid to experiment. Only
by using your full potential can you realize the financial sustainability of your organization.
Legal Clinics Make a Difference
By Elmira Abdullayeva
What is a legal clinic and what is legal education? These questions were the topics of discussion
at a meeting, which was held on September 18 at the ISAR-Azerbaijan office. Bob Bolton from
the American Bar Association (ABA) was the speaker at the meeting, attended by a number of
the directors of NGOs working in the field of legal education and human rights.
As Bob Bolton explained, the first legal clinics appeared in the United States in the 1920s and
30s. They were based on the model of medical clinics—they provided law students with the
opportunity to gain practical skills working with clients, providing them with legal assistance.
The development of legal clinic education in the US got a second wind toward the end of the
1950s when various foundations began to support clinics focused on two main issues: providing
legal services and helping law students develop skills. This method of training is very similar to
intern programs at US medical schools, but with one major difference—for medical students , the
internship period is obligatory, while for law students, the internship remains optional. In reality,
these clinics fill the role of giving students experience even before they graduate and become
lawyers. In Azerbaijan, legal clinics function under the auspices of Khazar and Azerbaijan
Universities, both private institutions.
“I think that clinical education allows students to approach their work more creatively, to see the
value of their work as a mechanism to solve conflict,” stated Bolton. Meeting participants all
agreed that legal clinics help students become more aware of legal practice, and increase their
base of legal knowledge. Students in their final year of undergraduate students as well as
master’s students can intern at legal clinics. According to Bolton, the value of legal clinics is that
while the student himself is learning, he is helping others who do not have the means to hire a
lawyer or get legal advice elsewhere.
During the, meeting, local NGO representatives expressed their opinions about legal clinics in
Azerbaijan. For example, according to Chingiz Ganiev, head of the Committee for the Protection
of Democracy and Human Rights, it would be good if such clinics could be established not only
One million years ago, dinosaurs inhabited the earth. Then, despite their great strength, they
disappeared. There are hundreds of hypotheses about why they disappeared. Could mankind
endure this same fate? Protozoa could just have the power to wipe out mankind at some point in
the future. Protozoa are single-celled organisms, some of which live freely in soil or water. But
many of them are parasites that must live inside of animals or humans. Some of them cause
serious diseases such as amebiosis, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, and malaria.
The problem of parasitic infection has always existed, but veterinary care, modern sanitation,
medical services and properly working communal services and commercial organizations have
meant that in the modern city or town, people have not faced great risk of parasites.
Today this is changing. In Baku, parasitic infection has the potential to become an epidemic.
Many factors affect the spread of parasites. Among these factors is high population density in
certain areas, insufficient sanitation services, and inappropriate care of food products. At the
same time, the natural surroundings in which we live have changed greatly. Baku used to be a
modern, cosmopolitan city, where it was highly unusual to find cows or sheep; today, however,
such animals can be found not only in the distant outskirts of the city, but also in its squares and
parks. Many of the natural connections between man and animals have been broken, with
economic conditions leaving dogs and cats living and breeding on the streets—they too can carry
The most dangerous places for parasite infection are stores or markets where both animals are
slaughtered and meat is sold. During the Soviet period, animal slaughter was regulated, limited to
meat-processing factories or special points, and all slaughter was supervised by specialists.
Today, many shops or individuals sell meat which has been slaughtered without supervision.
Dogs and cats eat raw bits of meat or lick the meat juices, thus ingesting parasites. These
parasites live on in these dogs and cats, and are excreted onto the parks and playgrounds where
Baku’s children play.
People can also ingest these parasites directly, by eating meat that has been slaughtered,
processed, or packaged without proper sanitary supervision. Eaten rare or uncooked, this meat
can cause parasitic diseases in humans. With lack of regulation of meat processing today, people
are more and more often becoming host for parasites that formerly lived only in animals. More
and more often people are falling victim to parasitic diseases.
The Association for the Fight Against Protozoa in Animals and Humans was founded in order to
help prevent the spread of parasites in both animals and humans. Our Association recently
completed a project to control parasite infection in the Baku area. This project included
monitoring of several areas in which animals are slaughtered in the city, including the streets of
Baku-Mardyakan, the villages of Bakikhanov and Kishli, and the Yasamalskiy Region Park Zone
awareness to the presence of parasites and to the risks that protozoan parasite infection can entail.
The concrete results of the project include a map showing the quantity and type of parasites
identified in the surveyed areas. Association members talked to butchers in these areas to alert
them to the risks of parasites. Brochures in both Russian and Azeri were produced for
distribution to people in the areas under study, pointing out the risks of parasite infection,
symptoms of parasitic disease, and how to treat such diseases.
In my opinion, in the future it will be necessary for several NGOs working on medical, social,
and environmental issues to come together to work on this important issue. Together we will be
able to work to decrease parasite infestation throughout the entire Baku area. In the future, we
also need to work to ensure that meat byproducts are used or disposed of in a sanitary manner,
and to do more research on the source of infected animals—private plots or large farms. We plan
to produce flyers, posters, and educational materials for school children about the prevention and
risks of parasite infection. In just three words, we can state our goal: “down with parasites!”
In Azerbaijan as in many other places, law-abiding citizens view these people as leaches on
society, people who should just as well be forgotten. But these people do live in our society—
they are part of society just like the rest of us, people who have lived among us and will again
live among us, so long as they follow society’s moral and ethical codes. These people are
Prisoner work colony #4 is the only women’s prison in Azerbaijan. It is home to women of all
ages and ethnicities. Each one of them awaits her own fate, but they are all united by their
common criminal past. And one more thing unites them as well—almost all of them are mothers.
Some even gave birth in the prison.
“Women and prison” was the topic of my recent discussion with Elmira Alekberova, president of
the El Center for Development, a local NGO that has for several years been working to help
women in prison.
How did you get the idea to work with this category of women?
Several years ago, I was working at the Dilara Alieva Society for the Protection of Women’s
Rights. Women whose sons, husbands, and brothers were in prison came to us for help. That
was the first time I came into contact with the problems of the imprisoned and began to think
about their rights. Slowly, more and more people became aware of our work, and we started to
receive letters from prisoners themselves. They wrote to us about the difficulties they
encountered. These very letters are what brought me to Prison-Work Colony #4.
After visiting the Colony several times, I understood that I could not help the women prisoners if
I was only going to work with them from time to time. Thus came the idea to develop a project to
work regularly with these women.
Have you always found understanding for your work with these prisoners?
do something else. But we were lucky enough to find understanding and financial support from
At the start of our work, we helped to improve the living conditions for these women, building a
complete understanding and support from the government.
Working together with the government, we were able to carry out medical exams on all of these
women and work to improve their daily living conditions. But this was too little.
I saw that many of these women were in need of psychological rehabilitation. Specialists have
pointed out that being imprisoned has negative consequences on people, especially women.
Women who are locked up for a long period feel socially and morally degraded and have very
little chance to preserve themselves as individuals.
As part of our work, we aimed to help these women develop confidence in themselves. Doctors
and psychologists worked with them. We helped them celebrate birthdays and holidays. We did
everything we could to make their living conditions as similar as possible to those they had had
outside of prison. Unfortunately, this project was only funded for six months. We are doing
everything we can to make it an ongoing program.
What are your future plans?
Women prisoners represent a unique social group in our society. As a rule, after five years in
prison, many lose their family contacts, which leads to their being cut off from society, and
makes them antisocial. Thus we are now working on the development of a program to
rehabilitate women who have recently been released from prison. While in prison, women have
one type of problems, but once they are released they have even more problems. The difficulty of
adapting after life in prison is difficult from a psychological perspective. Women who have been
locked up for years have forgotten how to live independently and how to make everyday
decisions. Many of them are passive and cannot find their place in society. Many have
difficulties finding jobs. They often encounter difficulties relating to the large number of people
who they encounter outside of the prison.
Therefore, in the future we hope to start a center to help women make the transition to life outside
of prison. The center would work on several levels, helping those still in prison, those about to be
released, and those who have recently begun their new lives outside of the prison walls. In many
countries, such centers already exist thanks to private initiatives.
These ideas which El Center for Development President Elmira Alekberova shared with The
exist in our society. And like any civilized country, we are obligated to ensure that these
prisoners are treated according to legal norms. The bottom line is that, while in prison, these
prisoners do not have the right to live like you and me—they do not have the right to freedom.
But this is not the issue at hand. The issue is that these people will live amongst us after they are
released from prison, and it is best for us and for them to help them become productive citizens in
the future. It makes more sense for us as a society to support their rehabilitation rather than their
Two of Azerbaijan’s local NGOs, The Living Nature Club for Flora and Fauna and the Citizen’s
Information Network of NGOs and the Mass Media (CIN) with support from the ISAR’s Caspian
Program (based at ISAR-Central Asia) decided to join their strength to hold an ecological action
on Bulla Island. The joint environmental project includes the organization of expeditions with
the goal of raising public awareness and alerting international organizations to the problem of
protecting the unique animal and plant life on the island. The Living Nature Club and CIN
wanted to send out an SOS to bring attention to the dying birds and animals on the island and to
let people know about the danger of the pollution occurring in the area. According to these
groups, this pollution could be curbed if appropriate measures were taken to prevent oil spills in
the area surrounding the island.
The Bulla Island is located 20 km. to the South of the Absheron Peninsula. Local residents call
the island Hara-Zira. It is said that this name comes from the Azeri word gara-zire, which means
“black Zirya”, because the island was created by a volcano. Even today, active volcanoes exist
on the island—the last eruption was two years ago. Formerly oil-rich land, today, as a result of
oil extraction, the island is considered a dead zone, covered with rusty metal and abandoned
equipment, and along the coast, the island is covered with dead birds and seals. Even so, this has
not disturbed some of the island’s flora and fauna. The island is home to animals including the
Caspian swamp turtle, mute swan, kaskaldakas, pustelga, and angutka ducks. In winter,
swimming diver birds
also make their homes on the island. Unfortunately, many of these species
not surprising— on the island there is no fresh water and wild cats pose a serious threat to birds
and small animals. Physical evidence of oil pollution can often be seen on the animals
themselves, smeared with bits of oil.
There was a time when Bulla was considered an outstanding nature area. In the early 1970s,
hundreds of jeyran and saiga deer were brought to the island to breed with the idea of increasing
their populations. Hunters took care of decreasing their numbers.
At the end of the 1970s, it was decided that jeyrans should be resettled in the Shakhova-Kosa
region—using barbaric methods, they were caught and moved. The saigas were shot. The result
of this “resettlement” was the complete disappearance of saigas in the territory of Azerbaijan, and
a significant decrease in the jeyran population.
Government officials dealing with ecology attest that today jeyrans are only present in the
Shirvan reserve. However, this is not the case. We have seen jeyrans on Bulla. Twenty-one
jeyrans live on the island. They are trying their best to survive there, but with out human
assistance their survival will be nearly impossible. It is not simply a matter of lack of food and
drinking water—they try to survive by drinking sea water and eating dry grass—there is also the
concern that the current population size is not big enough, from a genetic point of view, to sustain
Within the framework of the Bulla Island project, activists from the two Azeri NGOs removed
trash from a large portion of the island. The groups also planted a small garden, referred to as a
“green corner” on the island. Plants for the garden were chosen based on the climatic conditions
of the island. The project also included the organization of a meeting with oil workers and sailors
on the island—these photos will serve as evidence that that jeyrans really exist on the island.
Do you know what the word “angvil” means? Probably not. But the children in the upper grades
at three of Lenkoran’s schools know. They can tell you that an angvil is the only river fish that
can live both in the water and on dry land. The students learned this and many other interesting
facts about the environment during a environmental classes carried out by three NGOs in the
region. The joint project of Umid-21
Century, Students and Youth, and EcoSOS-South was
environmental knowledge of today’s youth, and to explain to them why the environment needs to
be appreciated and taken care of. During the first part of the project, students attended
environmental lectures. Following that, they planted small gardens on the school grounds. In
addition, the children visited nature reserve areas in their region.
Representatives of ISAR’s grant and information programs visited the environmental lessons in
early October. It is worth noting that these lessons were being carried out well. A doctor of
biology was conducting the theoretical part of the lectures. Different reading materials were used
throughout the course. However, the groups succeeded in keeping the lessons from resembling
stereotypical institute lectures. The students were constantly competing with each other to see
who could ask the most interesting question. They were surprised to learn that 90% of the
world’s sturgeon population lives in the Caspian, and that during the time of Peter the Great, it
was forbidden to ring church bells during the sturgeon’s spawning period, so as not to disturb
them. However, today, sturgeon are caught without any regulations, and if this continues, the
children learned that their grandchildren will never even have the chance to see a single sturgeon.
Instructors made a lasting impression on these kids by showing them the way a tree reacts when
its leaves are pulled off. It looks like the tree can feel pain. “We hope that this knowledge which
the children received during our lessons will help them to form an idea about what the
environment around them is. We try to explain to the students that if people do not protect
nature, that they are really just killing themselves,” says Afer Kerimov, one of the project
Center for Protection of the Rights of the Child
By Galkhan Aliev
Society for Legal Education
Children don’t choose their parents. For many, this reality means a tough life right from the start.
Children’s welps and screams can be heard through the walls of neighboring apartments—people
accept this as the sounds of the active process of “raising” a child. Many times, however, these
find a way to help children protect themselves from physical and emotional abuse in their
families, to ensure that they have the right to a normal life under normal conditions. In many
countries, schoolchildren know that if their rights are violated—if they are hurt or mistreated—
that they can seek help from various centers that provide consultations and advice about how to
resolve such crisis situations and offer advice as to the legal protections available in such
Today, with financial assistance from ISAR-Azerbaijan, members of the Legal Education Society
are working on a project to evaluate the possibility of establishing a Center for the Protection of
the Rights of the Child. The project has four main objectives:
Provision of free legal and informational assistance to the population and NGOs
Within this project, two working groups will be formed. Two experienced lawyers will serve as
members in each group. The groups will meet for four days each week to provide free legal
services to the population and consulting to organizations which work on children’s rights.
Situations where children’s rights may have been violated will be analyzed, and legal action will
be taken in cases in which Azeri law, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, or other
international conventions have been violated.
It should be emphasized that lack of systemization of Azeri law and international conventions on
children’s rights limits their effectiveness. According to the Azeri constitution, international
agreements signed by Azerbaijan are considered as part of the internal legislation of the country,
and in cases where Azeri legislation conflicts with international agreements, the domestic laws
are supposed to be revised in accordance with the international norms. Unfortunately, however,
in practice the Azeri government and the courts do not follow the Constitution on this issue, and
international norms go unfollowed.
Azerbaijan has signed many international agreements, however, the majority of these
international agreements are not designed as a law, with detailed descriptions. This means that, in
practice, the population, NGOs working on issues of children’s rights, government officials
working on these issues, and lawyers do not know the details of the agreements, how to follow
them or how to implement them in practice.
As a result of the legal reforms carried out in Azerbaijan the legal base of the country has almost
completely been changed: new civil and family law codes have been passed, incorporating
substantive changes in legal norms relating to social and other rights of children, introducing new
institutions such as a foster family institute and others. The training which we will run will
provide NGO leaders and lawyers with information about these laws through role play and
interactive training methods as well as lectures by experienced lawyers. Overall, the project will
help us all to better protect the rights of Azerbaijan’s children.
Life in Azerbaijan is not set up for the disabled. It is hard not to agree with this statement. Have
you ever seen special devices to help the disabled use public transportation, or wheelchair ramps
running alongside of stairways in city buildings? Maybe you have. But not in Azerbaijan.
In our country, the disabled have difficulty moving around independently, and may even have
difficulty leaving their own apartments. Life can be extremely difficult for disabled adults, let
alone for children. But they, like the rest of us, yearn to breathe fresh air, to take a stroll around
town, to attend exhibits and concerts.
The Sahib Society is dedicated to helping children and teenagers who have limited opportunities
available to them. For the past four years, we have organized a summer camp for disabled
children. For many of the children who attend, camp has been their first chance to swim in the
sea, get a suntan, and talk with their peers. We received help from the parents of these children.
Along with the disabled children, our camp is also open to children who live in state orphanages.
The camp provides all of the campers with the opportunity to engage is sports, to play outside,
and to learn in ways in which they do not have the opportunity year round.
Our work with the children is based on the principal that we should treat all of the children
equally, regardless of their physical ability or disability. The campers take part in activities based
on their interests, including music classes, drawing, pottery, board games and other classes and
activities. Thus far, the camp has operated with sponsorship from the oil company BP—however,
we hope that we can make the camp an ongoing, sustainable project. With this goal in mind, we
have organized a summer camp for healthy children from families who can afford to pay fees,
and we use these fees to support the camp for the disabled.
We believe that all of our programs help the children we work with to overcome psychological
barriers, and to learn that they have the right to receive an education and to enjoy themselves, just
like all children do.
SOS Children’s Village
By Farida Mammadova
SOS Children’s Village
According to official statistics, there are more than 11,000 orphan children in Azerbaijan. The
two orphanages in Baku, designed to house a maximum of 300 children, are operating at over
capacity. Over 20,000 orphans are under the guardianship of close relatives, most of whom do
not have the means to support them. Azerbaijan is in need of institutions that can provide
children not only with a roof over their heads and a hot meal, but also with maternal love and
In many countries orphan children are being helped by local branches of the the international
An SOS Children’s Village is currently being built here in Azerbaijan, by an Azeri NGO by the
same name. The village will be a place for orphan children to find love and care by new
“mothers” and “aunts”, and learn to play with new “brothers” and “sisters”.
whose wish was to help the children who lost their parents during World War II.
The main principle of the Children’s Village is that children live in houses together, with women
who care for them as a family. The women are called “mothers” and dedicate their lives to giving
these orphaned children a feeling of complete security, love, and care. Mothers have the
authority to raise their families and make decisions for the family.
Each family consists of a mother and group of children who live as siblings together. Children
are accepted into the village between infancy and age eight. The goal is that the village will be a
home to them in such a way that when they grow up and move away, they will want to return to
visit. The average village consists of 10-20 families.
Currently, SOS Children’s Villages operate in more than 130 countries throughout the world. In
1997 the Azerbaijan Government and SOS Kinderdorf International signed an agreement on
establishing the first children’s village in Azerbaijan. The same year, by decree of the Head of
Executive Authority of Baku Mr. Rafael Allahverdiyev, 4.5 hectares of land was allotted for the
construction of the village. In 1999, Sevil Aliyeva was elected President of Azerbaijan
Association SOS Children’s Village, Tair Budagov was chosen as Vice-President and Ugur
Zeynalov as Chief Executive.
Construction of the first village started in October 1999. The Azerbaijani SOS Children’s Village
consists of 12 family houses, a kindergarten and 6 subsidiary buildings. Resident children attend
local schools with other children from outside the village.
After the physical village was under construction, the next stage was to choose the “mothers”.
Any woman aged 25-40 and ready to devote her life to orphans could become a “mother”. Only
24 candidates out of 200 willing to work in the village were selected to receive training. Within
three months, the candidates were trained in all skills and qualifications necessary for the job, and
upon completion of the training course, a final selection was made and twelve of the women were
chosen as “mothers”, five as “aunts”.
The houses and equipment for the village are complete. The staff have been selected. Now it is
time to start selecting children. Only healthy children without any living parents are eligible for
residence in the village. Boys will stay in the village up to 16 and girls up to 18 years of age.
Upon reaching this age, the children will be moved to teenager villages, where they will receive
assistance in receiving a higher education.
All expenses for building and equipping the village were covered by the international NGO SOS
Kinderdorf International. However, in accordance with the organization’s regulations, the local
SOS NGO is required to create a fund to raise money for the center. Therefore, members of the
Azerbaijan SOS Children’s Village NGO is seeking support from all interested individuals and
Phone number: 98 15 77/79
Center for Non-profit Law (ICNL), based in Washington, DC. The book includes analyses of the
situation in the non-profit sectors of several countries where the Third Sector is just developing,
including Romania, Columbia, and Ethiopia. Information from the US situation is included as a
contrast, as the non-governmental sector is well developed and has extensive experience with
The introduction of the book focuses on the importance of voluntary self-regulation of NGOs in
free societies and presents examples of the development of effective standards of this regulation.
The book dedicates its three main chapters to the Code of Ethical Norms for the Operation of
Non-Profit Organizations in the State of Maryland (US), standards of self-regulation which came
out of a conference on civil society in Romania, the NGO Code of Ethiopia, a declaration of
principles passed in Columbia, and the nine criteria for NGOs set out by the American National
Information Bureau on Charitable Issues. All of the chapters contain commentary to help the
reader understand the complexities of these issues being discussed.
This important publication is available in Russian in ISAR’s Resource Center library.
Seventh International Conference on the Environment
San Francisco, CA
July 2-4, 2001
Application deadline: April, 2001
For more information, please contact Kevin Hickey or Demetry Kantarelis at:
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296, USA
Tel: (508) 767-7296 (Hickey), (508) 767-7557 (Kantarelis)
Fax: (508) 767-7382
International Summer School on Forced Migration
July 2-20, 2001
The Refugee Studies Center at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University is organizing a
summer school for NGO managers, governmental organizations and researchers assisting in the
decision making process regarding IDPs. For more detailed information, please contact:
Igor Savin and Mikhail Kishkaver
The International Summer School Administrator, Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth
House, 21 St. Giles,
Oxford, OX1 3LA, United Kingdom. E-mail:
The organization Protection of Women based in Voronezh invites organizations working on
women's and children's issues to contact them regarding possible cooperation. For more
information, please contact:
Protection of Women
21 Lezyukova Street, Apt. 127
394053 Voronezh, Russia
Tel./Fax: (0732) 73-83-19 (home)
Òel: (0732) 78-53-86 (office)
The international foundation, Global Greengrants, which focuses on environmental protection, is
offering grants of $500 to $5000 dollars to support environmental organizations.
For more information about the foundation, please see the website: http//:www.greengrants.org
With support from the Ministry of International Affairs of the Netherlands, the Regional Center
for the Protection of the Environment of Central and Eastern Europe announces a call for
proposals for cooperative projects. The maximum about of the grant is 20,000 euros for the
NGO and 15,000 euros for the partner organization.
Applications must be completed jointly by both partners. More information is available from:
Ady Endre u. 9-11
Tel: (36-26) 311-199
More information about all of these announcements is available in the ISAR Resource Center.
Also available in the Resource Center:
will be published by ISAR-Azerbaijan in Azeri and English at the end of November. For copies
of this full-color illustrated book, featuring stories of local NGOs in Azerbaijan, please contact
Naida Ramazanly in the ISAR Resource Center.
carry out a joint project on environmental or
When? Grant rounds are carried out monthly;
applications are due to the grant program the
second Wednesday of each month.
What? Supports travel for NGO representative to
a conference or training
Wednesday each month for travel beginning no
earlier than 45 days after this date and no later
than 3 months after this date.
For guidelines, applications, and more
information, please contact ISAR’s Grant
Grant Funding provided by USAID.
For the past five years, ISAR has been working as a Support Center for local NGOs in Azerbaijan, helping non-
governmental, non-religious, non-commercial organizations to have a broader impact on society.
ISAR’s Training Program offers:
structure, financing, proposal writing, and public relations;
advanced courses on fundraising, conflict resolution, project
management, and structural development; consulting on
ISAR’s Information and Outreach Program offers:
about conferences and grants; a directory of local NGOs,
monthly bulletin on NGO activity, and periodic research
reports and booklets; monthly general information sessions and
sectoral meetings for environmental, health, and children’s
Outreach: Helping NGOs work with the mass media, training
students about the local NGO sector, facilitating student
involvement in local NGOs, introducing the business
community to the local NGO sector, producing documentary
films, organizing conferences, seminars, and the annual NGO
ISAR’s Grant Program offers:
projects; Large grants of up to $10,000 for projects addressing
social, environmental, education, and civil society issues;
Travel grants and cooperative grants, all designed to help
local NGOs carry out their activity and learn to manage their
projects more effectively.
Ganja, Sheki, Guba, Lenkoran, Salyan, and Ali-Bayramli. An
ISAR Resource Center is now located in Mingechevir.
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We are in the process of redesigning our bulletin. . .
Comments and suggestions can be submitted to editor Elmira Abdullayeva
in ISAR’s Information Program,
All Local NGO representatives are invited!
Friday, December 1, 2000, 3:00 p m
Large Training Room, 2