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Azerbaijan Internally Displaced Persons Youth Support Project. RUNNER UP BEST ADDRESSES POLITICAL ECONOMY AND IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIELD 2013. Azerbaijan Internally Displaced Persons Youth Support Project.

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azerbaijan internally displaced persons youth support project

Azerbaijan Internally Displaced Persons Youth Support Project

RUNNER UP

BEST ADDRESSES POLITICAL ECONOMY AND IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES

EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIELD 2013

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Azerbaijan Internally Displaced Persons Youth Support Project

Creating jobs, raising income, building hope for internally displaced youth.

context
Context

Up to 600,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Azerbaijan, living in protracted displacement, unable to return nor fully integrated into their new residences;

20.6% of IDPs are aged between 15 – 24 and have grown up in IDP settlements;

Large government resettlement program houses IDPs in New Settlements where living conditions are improved but are remote with few economic and social opportunities.

project activities
Project Activities

Community mobilization and selection of candidates;

242 young people offered vocational training in a trade of their choosing;

National accreditation exams;

Business training and accreditation exams;

Support to develop a business plan;

Small grants for tools and equipment;

Ongoing support in starting a micro-enterprise;

Introduction of young people to micro-credit agencies.

project results

“Now that we are independent we can secure our own privileges. We can earn money and be free. We have found new friends through this training and we have a better outlook on life.”

Project Results

The Project increased employment

Among participants employment rates increased 80%; among the control group employment rates increased only 11% over the same period;

The Project increased the diversity of occupations

Pre project participants worked on two vocations; post-project participants found work in 17 vocations;

The Project increased income

Pre=project average income was 40AZN; post project the average income of participants was 166AZN

At project end 85% of the participants were earning more than 99AZN a month; compared to just 14% of the control group

The Project empowered participants

65% of project participants believed it very likely that their employment status would continue to improve after the project; compared to none of the control group believing this.

recommendations for improvement
Recommendations for Improvement

Improve participation and benefits for girls;

Offer stronger ongoing support to young people as they start up their business including:

Stronger use of value chain analysis

Creation of peer support networks

Simplify training materials;

Develop additional financing resources for business expansion to bridge the gap until young people can qualify for micro-credit financing;

Explore collaboration with local authorities to help young people secure premises for their micro-enterprise.

The project is being scaled up to reach 1300 young people by 2016.

contacts
Contacts

Azerbaijan:

NamigIbrahimov, KamranAgamaliyev

Washington:

Jo de Berry