Transparency International (TI), a global anti-corruption coalition, elected a new board at its Annual General Meeting participated by over 100 chapters and conducted on 14-15 October in Berlin, Germany. New chair Delia Ferreira Rubio is a former president of TI-Argentina; while new Vice-Chair Rueben Lifuka, president, TI- Zambia. In addition, seven new board members were elected:
A.J. Brown, board member and committee chair at TI-Australia since 2010. H Robert Barrington, executive director of TI-UK, Karen Hussman, project director of La Fundación Internacional e Iberoamericana in Colombia; Samuel Kimeu, executive director of TI- Kenya; David Ondracka, director of TI-Czech Republic; Oya Özarslan, chair of TI-Turkey; Kol Preap, executive director, TI-Cambodia.
Rena Safaralieva, executive director of Transparency Azerbaijan met with Michael Kindsgrab, German Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Gernot Erler, Bundestag member, Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship, Former Minister of State in a meeting organized for civil society representatives at Embassy of Germany in Baku on 4 October 2017.
Azerbaijan: closing down civil society
Since March 2005 when Transparency Azerbaijan opened its first free legal advice office in Baku, known as an Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre or ALAC, more than 40,000 people have asked for help about how to combat the corruption they face every day. Most of these people come from vulnerable groups who feel their voices are not heard.
Transparency Azerbaijan opened four more centers between 2005 and 2007, but funding was always a struggle. It had to close two centers after the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe scaled back in the country at the end of 2013. The remaining three centers were funded by a new USAID project that started in September 2012. Read More …
Transparency Azerbaijan, the national chapter of Transparency International, terminated its regional Advocacy and Legal Aid Centers in Ganja and Quba on August 1st. The closedown of TA’s regional centers was precipitated by the failure of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Justice to register the amendment to the organization’s sole source of funding — its grant agreement with USAID/Azerbaijan, entitled “Azerbaijan Partnership for Transparency”, to extend the grant period. TA formally requested the registration of the amendment on February 17 of this year, but received no official response from the Ministry of Justice, now more than 4 months have passed after the maximum statutory period of 30 days for official reaction expired. Azerbaijan’s legislation bans NGOs from undertaking grant related activities without the grant’s registration. Read More …
Mahammad Muradov, a staff member of Transparency Azerbaijan (TA) monitored graduation exam in grade 9 (incomplete secondary school) in the school No 159, Nesimi district, Baku. During the monitoring, issues related to i) entrance regime, (ii) duties of representative of building allocated for exam, (iii) psychological state of students, (iv) evaluation of satisfaction, (v) monitoring methods were revealed and then 9 recommendations were proposed. Read More …