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II INTER-ZONE CROSS VISITS SESSIONS

28-06-2007, 15:09, Saw: 317

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II INTER-ZONE CROSS VISITS SESSIONS
Inter-Zone Cross Visits Session that serves for community capacity building, dissemination of acquired knowledge and sharing experience plays an important role in AzRIP. Sessions aiming to extend Community Network involve the representatives of the communities at different development stages. Discussions and established business relations provide enormous contribution for successful implementation of the projects and increase self-reliance of the community members. The session held on June 22-27, 2007 proved it once again. The session covering 50 communities with more than 250 participants involved the representatives and community members of “Save the Children”, “CHF International” INGOs and UMID LNGO too. An introductory workshop of the session was held in Imishli. Safa Aghayev, Deputy Head of Imishli Ex.Com, Soubhan Asgerov, AzRIP Director and Gulbaniz Ganbarova, AzRIP Deputy Director and Community Development Manager welcomed the participants and wished success to them. Atabala Hasanov, Mughan-Salyan Regional Operations Office (ROO) Director provided information about the projects implemented in the region during two and half years since AzRIP commenced operation saying that ROO is currently operating in 96 communities while 37 of them have completed their community projects. A. Hasanov also mentioned that cooperation with 42 communities has been stopped due to their ineligibility for AzRIP requirements. Sardar Huseynov, AzRIP Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist reported that 79 community projects with more than 203,000 beneficiaries have been completed during the implementation period of AzRIP. The participants were then divided into two groups and were introduced successful community projects. Presentations of “Potable Water Supply” project in Gulovsha community, Yevlakh (AzRIP), “Repair of Classrooms” in Ughur community, Zigh Settlement, Baku (“Umid” NNGO), “School Construction” in Eyvazlilar community, Goranboy (“Save the Children” INGO), “Road Rehabilitation” in Hasanli community, Masally (“CHF International” NGO) were attentively listened and raised interesting discussion. Session participants were also introduced “Future Communities” program of “Save the Children” INGO and “Zigh Community Development Initiative” program of “Umid” Humanitarian and Social Support Centre. Two workshops of Inter-zone Cross Visits Session focused on “Strategic Planning of Community Development”. Danil Samoilenko, the representative of Galway Development Services International, and Adviser to the Program on Support to Regional Economic Development in Azerbaijan made the presentation on this topic. Session participants also visited Mustafabayli (Saatly), Otuzikilar and Yukhary Garalar (both in Imishli) communities in Mughan-Salyan zone, and Yuksalish, Balcyly, Samadabad communities (all three in Yevlakh) in Lower Shirvan zone to see implemented community projects and lessons learned. Guest participants got familiar with “School Repair” project in Mustafabayli, “Road Rehabilitation” in Otuzikilar and “Drainage Canal Rehabilitation” in Yukhary Garalar community. Community Development Specialists Aida Babayeva, Yamantaj Amirova and Tunzala Hajiyeva presented summary of group works in plenary. Session was ended in Nakhchivan. Mirhashim Seyidov, Deputy Chairman of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Council, Khalil Aliyev, “Nakhchivan Agribusiness” LLC Director, Soubhan Asgerov, AzRIP Director and Gulbaniz Ganbarova, Deputy Director made speeches at final workshop of the session. Community Development Specialists Kamala Aghayeva, Aida Babayeva and Tunzala Hajiyeva presented summary of cross visits in the communities. Session was ended in Nakhchivan. Mirhashim Seyidov, Deputy Chairman of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Supreme Council, Khalil Aliyev, “Nakhchivan Agribusiness” LLC Director, Soubhan Asgerov, AzRIP Director and Gulbaniz Ganbarova, Deputy Director made speeches at final workshop of the session. Agenda and Report Photos

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