Relief International has been active in Azerbaijan since 1994 when it began implementing multi-sectoral assistance programming to aid families affected by the conflict with Armenia. With over $3 million in funding from USAID, Relief International provided primary health care services to 264,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in 14 districts. Relief International also implemented programs to address needs for shelter, income generation and agricultural development.
Recently, through the Youth Leadership Program on Free Expression, Relief International provided the opportunity for 50 students and teachers from Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Jordan to travel to the U.S. to learn about the freedoms of speech, religion, and the press, and to develop skills in dialogue and debate. In 2000, Relief International launched and built the capacity of MADAD ("relief"), a local NGO affiliate, to oversee implementation on Relief International's mobile library clinics. MADAD has since become a leading national organization providing education, economic development, and ICT services throughout Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan - Current Programs
Azerbaijan: Refugee Education
Education is often neglected in conflict situations, yet it is vital to the social and economic stability of future generations. In Azerbaijan, Relief International has constructed schools, developed teachers' skills and raised awareness of children's rights. Learn More...
Azerbaijan: Social Connection and Exchange
Relief International and MADAD have developed Community Information Resource Centers to provide Internet access to communities, bringing them into the global information age and providing a forum for social connection and exchange. Learn More...
Azerbaijan: Microfinance Program
Relief International and MADAD provide micro-credit lending to stimulate and promote economic development in Azerbaijan. Loans are provided to people who demonstrate business potential but currently lack the capital to generate a sufficient income. Learn More...