Vahid Huseynov is a farmer from mountainous Burovdal, a tiny village in the Ismayilli region of Azerbaijan. In the past few years, he’s been having trouble grazing his sheep in summer pastures. They’re just getting harder and harder to find.
Posts By: Ruslan Ismayil-zada
Ruslan Ismayil-zada is a Communications Officer for UNDP and UN RC Office in Azerbaijan
From its significance to the silk trade routes in the 13th century, to its rise as a great energy producer during the first oil boom of the 19th century, Azerbaijan has long been known for its geo-strategic position in the world. Today, with the successful completion of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline, this has never been truer.
What are types of challenges do resource-dependent countries tend to face? Twenty years after signing the ‘Contract of the Century’, Azerbaijan has emerged as a regional power with a growing economy and a developing infrastructure. Now, the government is working hard to transfer the success of the nation’s oil industry to the development of its… Read more »
The tragedy of war often reverberates long after the guns go silent. From the painful memories of violence and displacement to the ongoing suffering caused by unexploded remnants, war has left its scar on the people of Azerbaijan. This is especially true for the areas bordering the frozen conflict, where frontline villagers have fallen victim to unexploded… Read more »
In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »
Can a Model UN Conference get youth more actively involved in public decision-making? That’s the question UNDP in Azerbaijan and our partners from the Ministry of Youth and Sport put to the test in October. We hosted Azerbaijan’s first international Model United Nations Security Council Conference, a joint project aiming to spur youth participation in decision-making and… Read more »