Bridging the gap between community needs and local capacities and capabilities of the civil society actors in Azerbaijan
Through this action, the IFRC aims to contribute to the reduction of vulnerabilities and strengthening of resilience of people affected by crises, including the conflict escalation in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership and cooperation with local CSOs, local authorities, and other relevant stakeholders in Azerbaijan, by focusing on capacity strengthening of the civil society organisations in Azerbaijan. The overall objective of the Action will be achieved through a combination of three outcomes.
1. The first outcome focuses on the strengthening of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society as the largest civil society organization (CSO) in Azerbaijan with country-wide presence and access.
2. The second outcome centres around supporting the local CSOs to exercise their roles as independent and sustainable actors in both the humanitarian and development fields.
3. The third outcome focuses on the current crises in Azerbaijan by facilitating the assistance of both the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and the targeted CSOs in addressing the recovery and livelihood needs (not relief) of the most vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Karabakh conflict escalation in 2020.
To reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen the resilience of people affected by crises, including the conflict escalation in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership and cooperation with the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society, local CSOs, local authorities, and other relevant stakeholders in Azerbaijan.
To strengthen the institutional capacities and operational capabilities of local civil society organizations in Azerbaijan and volunteer groups to bolster their participation in public decision-making and support their efforts in terms of mitigating local vulnerabilities through service delivery, with a focus on those associated with the conflict escalation in 2020 and COVID-19 pandemic.
Outcome 1: Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society has strong and sustainable structures, systems, and approaches to deliver activities that aim to improve people’s coping strategies to recover from crises.
Outcome 2: Local CSOs have strengthened their response capacities and enhanced their operational (financial, legal and regulatory) sustainability to exercise their roles as independent actors in identifying and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable communities in Azerbaijan.
Outcome 3: Families and individuals affected by crises are able to meet their urgent livelihoods, recovery, MHPSS and information needs in a participatory, safe, and dignified manner.