Our Stories

  • Pension Fund

    During the first years of its independence Azerbaijan suffered a severe economic crisis which quickly resulted in collapse of the social safety. The Government saw the urgent need for implementing relevant policy measures, including the policies for social protection of the elderly and in September 2003 the Government of Azerbaijan and UNDP signed a project to support the national reforms in the pension system and to incorporate advanced ICT systems in the operations of the State Social Protection Fund (SSPF), the key government agency for pension reforms.

  • Promoting employment for young people in Azerbaijan

    State Employment Service of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Azerbaijan have been collaborating to implement the project ''Promoting Employment and Innovation in Azerbaijan'' with the financial support of SYSLAB non-profit organization based in Norway and UNDP since 2011.

  • Solid Waste Management: Cleaner, Safer, Greener!

    Azerbaijan inherited deficient waste management system from the former Soviet Union. Due to the collapsed management system and chaotic dumping, the waste collection and processing was in disarray. There was no reliable information on SWM situation in the country: basic data on waste generation rates and quantities, waste collection efficiency, characteristics and composition was virtually non-existent. Without such information, reliable, or realistic, planning for improvement of services could not be expected.

  • United by a passion for a stronger world

    It’s International Youth Day! Over the last two years, UNDP in Azerbaijan has collaborated to establish a Model United Nations and boost the MUN movement in the country. The Model UN movement unites youth from different educational backgrounds and social status. Their shared interest in global affairs unites them, creating a strong network of Azerbaijani youth. Nearly 900 young people have participated. What is that experience like for a young Azerbaijani? 21-year old Sheyda Karimova, majoring in American Studies, writes about her experience.