Eurasia

AZERBAIJAN 2019

Combatting Forced Labor in Azerbaijan

Freedom of Association

 $39,424

To document human rights abuses in Azerbaijan. Awareness of violations of labor rights will be increased through both domestic and international outreach. An advocacy campaign will be conducted to encourage Azerbaijan’s government to eliminate the practice of using forced labor. The program will increase the availability of information on the scope of these issues and will produce policy recommendations.

Defending Property Rights

Rule of Law

 $63,000

To defend property rights in Azerbaijan. Information on rights violations will be collected, and legal assistance will be provided to victims of rights abuses. Litigation will be used to pursue legal remedy. The project will raise awareness of relevant national laws and rights violations committed by the state. It will also highlight how corruption among state officials exacerbates and directly results in human rights violations.

Digital Community Engagement

Freedom of Information

 $40,040

To increase public awareness of current events and promote civic engagement in Azerbaijan. Video news stories, interviews, and discussions on political, social, and current events topics in will be produced for release on social media. Local activists and bloggers will be particularly targeted for engagement in this project. Issues faced by communities across the country will be highlighted.

Engaging Young Scholars in Democracy Research

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $63,100

To improve the quality of political and economic discourse in Azerbaijan. A series of research and opinion pieces, infographics, and other articles on topical issues will be produced and published. The project will also help develop a community of independent academics and support respect for academic freedom.

Human Rights in Azerbaijani Regions

Human Rights

 $48,500

To raise awareness of human rights violations in Azerbaijan. Monitoring will be conducted and legal advice given in five regions of the country. In addition, a series of events on human rights will be held in Baku, where participants will discuss the results of monitoring efforts as well as various human rights issues in the country.

Increasing Access to Objective Economic Information

Developing Market Economy

 $190,000

To improve access to objective economic information and to build the capacity of Azerbaijani youth to perform objective policy analysis. The partner will support a group of economic experts and young economists to conduct objective analysis of key economic development issues with a focus on state interference in Azerbaijan’s economy and expand public access to accurate economic information on the impact of government’s outsized role in the economy.

News Aggregator

Freedom of Information

 $22,200

To make news and analysis of current events in Azerbaijan available in a systematic, searchable fashion. Regular updates summarizing and analyzing the main news themes in Azerbaijan will be published on the organization’s website and social media feeds. Quarterly analytical articles and a year-end digest will also be published and distributed.

News Website

Freedom of Information

 $90,000

To support freedom of information in Azerbaijan. Regular news updates from throughout the country will be published, including reporting on political, economic, and social topics online, as well as featured articles from expert contributors on key issues. The readership will also be engaged on social media platforms with livestreamed content and multimedia materials.

Online Information Portal

Human Rights

 $66,700

To raise awareness about political prisoners and human rights abuses in Azerbaijan. A website will be maintained to disseminate regularly updated news and information on these issues. Regular reports on human rights issues and ongoing cases will be researched and made available to European and international organizations in multiple languages.

Online News Portal

Freedom of Information

 $41,200

To provide fact-based news reporting, analysis and discussions on key issues in Azerbaijani news and society. Discussions, interviews and investigative pieces will be produced on a variety of topics by a network of local reporters for online distribution, which will be shared via social media.

Regional Citizen Engagement

Political Processes

 $47,870

To promote citizen engagement in Azerbaijan. Activists will be trained and regional meetings will be held on a variety of civic engagement topics. Public discussions on citizen issues will be held in Baku and resources will be made available on the organization’s website and social media.

Regional Consulting Centers

Human Rights

 $31,530

To increase citizen awareness of their rights in rural Azerbaijan. Legal aid and advice will be provided to residents in four regions of the country outside of Baku where citizens face particularly acute issues in exercising their rights. Information on pressing issues will be aggregated and distributed.

Space for Civic Engagement

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $35,100

To support the development of independent civil society in Azerbaijan. Discussions will be held on a variety of social and current events topics, including community discussions and educational lectures. Young activists will be supported in organizing additional, independent discussions. Groups of young people will be supported to undertake small civic projects in their communities.

Support for Independent Media in Azerbaijan

Freedom of Information

 $117,849

To support freedom of information in Azerbaijan. News articles, analysis, and commentary will be created by a network of journalists for sharing on the organization’s website and on social media. The pieces will focus on stories not covered by government-controlled media, including economic issues, corruption, human rights violations and social problems.

Supporting Independent Journalism and Democratic Processes

Political Processes

 $68,558

To promote improvements in the media environment and the electoral process in Azerbaijan. Youth will be trained and will gain experience and practical skills. A study will be conducted and discussions organized about elections in the country. The project activities will promote freedom of expression and democratic processes in the country.

Supporting Independent Media

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $3,990

To promote access to independent news and information and to strengthen the editorial independence of the media and promote freedom of speech. The organization will produce and publish online independent content, including video materials, interviews, news and analytical articles, and citizen journalism.  These will be shared on social media and on the partner’s website.

Youth Engagement

Human Rights

 $52,436

To promote improved understanding of human rights among youth. Seminars and trainings will be conducted for young activists, focusing on human rights and civic engagement. Trainings will focus on practical skills, such as project management and public speaking. At the conclusion of the program, participants will implement a small project.

Youth Engagement in Azerbaijan

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $54,020

To engage young people in Azerbaijan in a discussion of the fundamental principles of democracy and human rights. A series of online videos on topics related to democratic governance, human rights, and civic activism will be produced and shared online. Experts will be invited to discuss these topics with youth.

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