About UNDP in Azerbaijan
UNDP has been working in Azerbaijan for more than 26 years. It opened its office in the country in the fall of 1992 soon after Azerbaijan gained independence and joined the United Nations.
The UNDP activities in Azerbaijan initially focused on the provision of early recovery programme, especially to those affected by the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Over time, UNDP’s role in Azerbaijan has shifted toward longer-term socio-economic development in line with the country’s evolving needs.
In Azerbaijan, UNDP brings the best development models of the world in order to maximize the use of “black gold” derived from the oil wealth, to strengthen its “human gold”, to enlarge people’s choices and reduce inequalities.
The main programming framework for all UN activities in Azerbaijan is the UN-Azerbaijan Partnership Framework (UNAPF) signed between UN and the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy in 2016. The UNAPF is the United Nations’ strategic response to development needs in Azerbaijan as enshrined in the Vision 2020 and the 2030 agenda. The Framework is effective from 2016 through 2020.
UNDP’s work focuses on poverty reduction, good governance and peace-building, climate change and disaster management, as well as economic development. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. This work is already underway, as we support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.
In Azerbaijan, UNDP’s programme of work is outlined in its “Country Programme Document 2016-2020” and is a result of close consultation with the Government. The new UNDP Country Programme Document contributes to three out of five UNAPF outcomes and is aligned with the Vision 2020 Document and the SDGs. These include:
1. Promoting sustainable and inclusive economic development
2. Strengthening institutional capacities, and
3. Improving environmental management and resilience to hazards and disasters
Currently, UNDP is providing assistance to the government in its efforts to prioritize the SDGs and come up with a national strategy for achievement of the SDGs.
UNDP supports the Government of Azerbaijan in the areas of governance and sustainable development and is active in the issues of youth engagement and women rights. Since 1992, the United Nations Development Programme in Azerbaijan has contributed to socio-economic development of the country through a number of ways. For instance, UNDP supported capacity-building and skill development of the tourism industry and has contributed to national efforts to reduce youth and women unemployment through business start-up programmes for women with disabilities and mine victims in rural areas.
UNDP’s e-governance programme in Azerbaijan is an excellent proof of leveraging ICT in the public sector reform. E-government programme covers such areas as civil service reform, customs modernization, pension reform, and improvement of civil registry. It seeks to contribute to greater efficiency and transparency of public institutions by automating business processes, eliminating human interference, reducing waiting time and costs and giving online access to information.
In recent years, UNDP is actively engaged in the field of sustainable energy and environment. UNDP implements projects in the areas of solid waste management, sustainable energy, environmental assessment and climate change.
In the area of crisis prevention and recovery, UNDP has a long presence in demining activities, helping to clear lands from mines and make it safe for human life and activity. Recently, UNDP has engaged in partnership with the Government to reduce climate change risks in the flood-prone areas of Azerbaijan.
Improving the economic governance is another feature of UNDP’s assistance to Azerbaijan. UNDP helps job-seekers to improve their skills and employability, advocates for engagement of private sector in sustainable development and supports integrated border management to facilitate trade.
UNDP strives to promote gender equality and youth empowerment as a cross-cutting issue in its programme. UNDP supports rural women’s participation in the economic and social life, and build capacity of national actors to mainstream women concerns into public policies. UNDP teaches Human Development Course in the universities of Azerbaijan, helping young people to broaden their perspective on development issues. It also mobilises youth to participate in decision-making and contribute to the achievement of the environmental sustainability goals.
Last but not least, UNDP facilitates South-South cooperation through knowledge sharing in the areas where Azerbaijan has accumulated expertise such as mine action, pension reform and civil service.
UNDP in Azerbaijan works in close partnership with the Government of Azerbaijan based on the Country Programme covering the period from 2016 to 2020. The Cabinet of Ministers plays the role of the Government’s Coordinating Authority, and line ministries, state committees, academic institutions and NGOs act as Implementation Partners for programme activities.