A blog by Sevil Gasimova, UNDP Project Manager and Kamran Aliyev. UNFPA Communications Officer

Azerbaijan’s first-ever Inclusive Art School in Baku provides interactive courses in arts and crafts for people from all backgrounds, with free classes for students with disabilities.

But it is much more than a school.

It is…


Hopes are high that 2021 could mark the beginnings of a plastic-free future for Azerbaijan.

The first of July saw the introduction of a new law banning the production, import and sale of many single-use plastics, including all plastic cutlery, plates and cups.

In the same month, UNDP’s Accelerator Lab


A blog by: Dr. Nabil Seyidov, Head of Health Policy and Planning Department, Public Health and Reforms Center, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Sandra Ismanovski, Head of Communications @UNDPAzerbaijan

Acting swiftly and adaptively while keeping the public informed and onside has been key for countries that…


Shaki is known as the ‘the city of crafts’ for good reason. For centuries, this city in the north-west of Azerbaijan has been home to artists, craftspeople and merchants plying their skills and trades in the production and selling of headscarves (kelaghayi), silk carpets, painting, wood carving, ceramics and coppersmithery.


Co-operation proves key to success for persimmon farmers in Balakan

A 46-year-old farmer with a knack for organisation and adaptation, Nizami Musayev has been growing and selling persimmon for the past fifteen years in Balakan. …


Sohrab Ismayilov starts his day with a traditional bowl of khash in the market of his hometown of Zaqatala at a small restaurant run by his lifelong friend Harun Nurayev. The two men, now both in their sixties, inevitably chat about their families — now linked together by the marriage…


A highly skilled tailor and craftswoman, an inspiring teacher and motivator, a businesswoman and entrepreneur — or perhaps more accurately a ‘social entrepreneur’… Mirvari Azizova is all of these things at once in addition to being the mother of two daughters and a change-maker in her local community.

Born in…


Fadilə Nəsibova Turizm və Sosial Xidmətlər üzrə Bakı Dövlət Peşə Təhsil Mərkəzində dərzi ixtisası üzrə təhsilini ötən il tamamlayıb və çox keçmədən bacarıqlarını daha yaxşı məqsədlər üçün istifadə etməyə imkan yaradan iş tapıb.

Dərzilik kursunu bitirən iyirmi məzunla birgə Fadilə, Azərbaycanda tibbi maskaya tələbatın artdığı dönəmdə Covid-19-un yayılmasının qarşısının alınması…


Fadile Nasibova has just recently completed her course in tailoring at the Baku State Vocational Education Centre on Tourism and Social Services and she already found a job that makes use of her skills for the greater good.

Together with twenty other graduates from the tailoring course, Fadile was very…


a blog by Leyla Seyidzade and Nargiz Guliyeva

New technologies are rapidly transforming all aspects of our society, sectors and markets. An estimated 70% of new value created in the economy over the next decade will be based on digital platforms. …

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