Azerbaijan is located in South-West Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, as well as Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Iran. Despite the country’s oil revenue, poor people in Azerbaijan remain plagued by high unemployment and a lack of essential services.
The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the conflict with neighboring Armenia have both crippled the country’s infrastructure. With a population of 8.3 million, 11% of people live below the poverty line.
Oxfam in Azerbaijan
Oxfam has been working in Azerbaijan since the early 1990s in response to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the conflict with neighbor Armenia which created a wave of displacement.
Oxfam's work in Azerbaijan is helping by:
- Rebuilding the lives of internally displaced people and refugees.
- Helping to form farm cooperatives (in partnership with Unilever) to help producers move from subsistence to sustainability.
- Increasing the influence of local communities to make the government more accountable.
- Increasing resilience to natural disasters.
The program will contribute to people living in poverty becoming healthy, secure, dignified, and able to realize their potential.