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New initiatives to support community development

Release date:
13 January 2011


BP and its co-venturers in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), Shah Deniz (SD), and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) projects have recently launched three new community projects to support community development through enhanced capacity-building programmes.


These include:

1. The economic capacity - building project for youth. The project aims to support primarily young community entrepreneurs in their efforts to enhance capacities, increase revenues and contribute to youth social welfare via sustainable and market driven solutions such as successful apprentice methodology.


The project covers 30 communities located in five western districts of Azerbaijan - Goranboy, Samukh, Shamkir, Tovuz and Agstafa along BTC/ SCP and three communities in the Garadagh district of Baku - Umid, Sahil and Sangachal.


BP and its co-venturers’ contribution to the project is $ 500,000 while the implementing partner - the local non-governmental organisation UMID, will mobilize another $ 133,500.

The project commenced in November 2010 and will last until April 2012.


2. Support for families with children through increasing quality of and access to innovative pre-school programmes.


This project aims to improve the quality of public kindergartens’ pre-school programmes and increase children’s access to the improved pre-school training through community-based innovative alternatives.


The project will cover five communities in the Shamkir, Tovuz and Samukh districts along BTC and SCP.


The project will be implemented by the Centre for Innovations in Education – a local non-governmental organisation. The work commenced in November 2010 and will last until November 2011 (12 months). The value of the project is $101, 500.

3. Centre of entrepreneurship for empowering youth (CEEY). The CEEY will function as a special business and management unit within Ganja vocational training centre reinforcing the facility’s efforts to foster youth entrepreneurship. The project will focus on target communities of the Goranboy, Yevlakh, Shamkir, Agstafa, Samukh and Tovuz districts along the BTC and SCP pipelines.


The value of the project, which started in November 2010 and will continue until May 2012 (18 months), is $99 000.


The project will be implemented by Azerbaijan Community Development Research, Training and Resource Centre – a local non-governmental organization.



Further information:

Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku, telephone: 994 (0) 12 599 4557