Consultants involved in assessment of refugee community needs

Business Materials 26 September 2012 15:41 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 26 /Trend A.Akhundov/

The Social Development Fund for internally displaced refugees in Azerbaijan has announced a tender to purchase consulting services in the framework of the World Bank project on improvement of living conditions and profits of internally displaced persons in Azerbaijan.
This was reported in Fund's report, published in the official press on Wednesday.

The consulting services are involved in work on the mobilisation of refugee communities and development of their awareness, assessment of their needs and preliminary data on various social indicators.

Tender proposals have to be presented to the Fund by October 11 2012 to the address: Baku, Tbilisi Ave. 57D

Contact number: (99412) 431-87-69

Fax: (99412) 431-82-11

Contact person: Fund deputy director S. Akhmedov

This is the third WB project on welfare development of refugees in the country.

The WB allocated its first loan for $10.7 million in 2001 to promote the economic development of IDPs. The sum included $10 million of a WB loan and $700,000 from the Azerbaijani government, Hasanov added. The loan was spent on financing 199 projects in the IDP communities and the project benefited 175,000 refugees.

Some $12.6 million was granted on the implementation of a second project, 11.5 million of which was allocated through a loan from the WB. However, the funds allocated for the second project were not enough, so there was a need for additional funding. Some $24.19 million was allocated on completion of the project, $15 million of which was from the WB, and $8.69 million from the government.

These funds are allocated to implement 250 projects of displaced communities. About 189 micro-projects needing financed were completed, 32 projects were under execution and 53 under the appraisal process for early 2011 in the frame of the project. As a result of a survey conducted by the bank in 2010, 87.4 per cent of beneficiaries were satisfied with the results of the micro-projects.

The third WB project on improving the living conditions and income of IDPs in Azerbaijan approved in 2011 is funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD is part of the WB). The share of government involvement in the project is $28.5 million. Thus, the overall funding of the project is $78.5 million. Azerbaijan and the World Bank (WB) signed a credit agreement in Baku on Nov.16, 2011.

Under the project, there will be over 200 micro-projects carried out that will cover 120,000-150,000 people. It will also contribute to improving the living conditions of about 30,000 people. About 1400 young people will be able to get training and grants to start their own business. In addition, about 1500 micro credits will be given to the displaced to open or expand a business.

In total, about 175,000 IDPs in Azerbaijan will have greater access to infrastructure services, to improve their living conditions and earning potential under the new WB project.