Civil Society Development
Civil Society Development is one of the main priorities of “Uluchay” Social-Economic Innovation Center. Uluchay emphasizes the development of the civil society sector in regions of Azerbaijan and addresses this issue through project implementation and research activities.
Specifically, the work on civil society development is based on several main directions, which are:
Uluchay has rich experience in building the capacity of civil society organizations and uses innovative methodologies, specifically in fundraising, financial sustainability, communication, project proposal development, budget development, working with stakeholders, and many others. In addition, Uluchay provides research, monitoring, analysis, and data collection training sessions for civil society organizations.
Uluchay provides small-scale funding to projects of civil society organizations or their coalitions to implement community-based projects. Civil society organizations implemented more than 49 community projects in Azerbaijan with funding from Uluchay. Uluchay supports the operation and project implementation of civil society organizations through this approach and always includes the sub-granting to civil society organizations within its programs.
Uluchay has experience conducting the needs assessment of civil society organizations through adequate tools used by many international organizations. We can evaluate the needs on the following topics: legal environment, institutional and capacity needs, internal policies & procedures, access to funding, governance, and others.
Uluchay addresses the challenges facing the civil society sector through policy papers and briefs and provides key stakeholders and decision-makers with recommendations and steps for creating an enabling environment for the sector in Azerbaijan.