The Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA) project continues to bring Azerbaijani communities and local governments together, improving lives in villages around the country. Most recently villages in the regions of Sabirabad and Imishli, and Shirvan city completed projects to improve the learning environment for children and rehabilitate roads. The programs are co-financed by the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan.
The children of Cholbeshdali village of Sabirabad district have long faced an unsafe environment at the local kindergarten, including lack of heat and unsanitary sewage facilities. The SEDA project mobilized the community to completely renovate the kindergarten with a new roof, floors, and windows; repair external walls; provide clean water; and install a heating system, providing a safe learning environment for 40 children.
In Muradalili village of Imishli district and Neftchiler and Birlik villages of Shirvan city, poor road conditions have hampered transportation, affecting businesses, school attendance, and agricultural productivity. The SEDA project helped repair almost 2,000 meters of roads in the three communities, improving the quality of life for more than 3,300 people.
To date, the SEDA project has provided over $1,000,000 in funding for 58 projects in 52 communities around Azerbaijan to promote fuller participation of citizens, civil society organizations and local and central government officials to advance socio-economic development. The program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the East-West Management Institute with support from the Ministry of Economy and the Council for State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations.