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Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Workers and trade unions
  • Scientific and technological communities
  • Business and industry
  • Children and youth
  • Local authorities
  • Women
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Farmers
Involvement in UN Partnerships: Yes
If yes, explain in detail: Close cooperation and relationships with UN office in Azerbaijan, part of SDG National Team, and CESD and UN Office in Azerbaijan have organized several events including capacity-building programs in Azerbaijan.
Affiliation with other organizations: PASOS; EU Civil Society Forum; Global Development Network; Parliamentary Network on the World Bank; Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development; CIVICUS; NISCPAcee; Global Integrity
Publications: The cost of Azerbaijan's leaving the EITI (2017); Assessment on real effective exchange rate in Azerbaijan: 2017 Outlook (2017); Policy Brief Progress on Energy Union Implementation: The Case of Azerbaijan (2016); Evaluation and Modeling of Comparative Advantages in Agrivulture in Azerbaijan (2016); Decentralization and Community Development; Assessment of SME policy in Azerbaijan
Statements or documents submitted
Commission on Sustainable Development:

Social Development

Affiliation with other organizations: EU Civil Socity Forum; International Studies Association; CIVICUS
Publications: Loosing Brains; Social Insurance in Azerbiajan: diagnostics and recommendations on policy and implementation
Purpose of the organization: The Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), top think tank in Azerbaijan, has been set up to promote research and analysis into domestic economic and social issues for the purpose to positively influence the public policy decision-making processes.
Activities relevant to the conference of States Parties to the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Disability Capacity Building Program
Confirmation of the activities of the organization at the regional, national or international level: We are registered in Azerbaijan. We are a leading Azerbaijani think tank specialized in economic and social policy issues working with and establishing bridge between the government and the various representatives of civil society. At the same time, as leading NGO in Azerbaijan, the Center positions itself in the center of the civil society having tight relationships with media, 24 communities spread around Azerbaijan, NGOs providing services at the grass-root level, international think-tanks, financial institutions and donors, and virtually all the other think tanks functioning in Azerbaijan. CESD is one of top think tanks in the world. CESD is a global think tank. The prestigious US university, Harvard University, has added the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) into its official think tank directory. The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has released information about it. Moreover, the name of CESD has been posted on the university website:
A list of members of the governing body of the organization, and their countries of nationality: Vugar Bayramov (Azerbaijan), Ahmad Alili (Azerbaijan), and Rashad Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
Description of the membership of the organization, indicating the total number of members: 5 Board Members, 8 part- and full-time staff, around 60 volunteers

Advancement of Women

Affiliation with other organizations: PASOS
Publications: Gender economics; Silence is Violence (Program); Protection of Women Rights in Azerbaijan (Program)
Statements or documents submitted
to the Commission on the Status of Women:
Statements or documents submitted
to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women:

Public Administration and Development Management

Involvement in Public Administration: CESD has leading think tank position in Public Finance Reforms in Azerbaijan. Public Finance Policy and Management (PFPM) is one of main areas CESD works. Four policy recommendations on Public Finance Policy and Management in Azerbaijan prepared by CESD were approved by the Government of Azerbaijan in 2011. CESD experts also teach Public Finance, Public Finance in Azerbaijan and Public Finance Policy and Management (PFPM) courses. Public finance management is central to many CESD activities and has large room for improvement including the areas like efficient and transparent practices in public investment programming and budgeting, expenditure control and oil revenue management. The latter is important for Azerbaijan, expecting the continuation of the revenues from the resource export over the short-term and require long-term approach and development of political conditions and institutional capacity along with the necessary legal and regulatory framework. The economic life of Azerbaijan is closely tied to the oil, and we regard this first of all, in the macroeconomic policy context, the important dimension of CESD activities since the beginning of its activity. Azerbaijan’s economy is among the fastest-growing, with in 2011 GDP growth estimated only at o,2%. Although Net exports, fuelled by substantial new oil and gas production, remained the major driver of growth also the non-oil sector also the non-oil sector recorded a positive growth. Booming oil exports increasing prices and the contractual shift in the profit-sharing ratio of the oil consortium in favor of the government in 2011, have all contributed to a major strengthening in the external position and to the accumulation of substantial foreign assets. Global financial crisis has also important implications for the oil revenue management and overall macroeconomic policy. The global financial crisis has affected Azerbaijan’s economy mainly through the fall in oil prices and decline in external demand. The financial sector has so far remained relatively unscathed because of limited exposure to the international credit markets, although credit growth has recently slowed.
Publications: Sector Policy Convergences in technical rules/standards and customs in Azerbaijan to support EU Eastern Partnership Initiative; Audit System and Local Government Development; Reforms in Public Administration; Strategy of State Oil Fund

Informal regional network of NGOs

UN-NGO-IRENE Newsletter: Yes