Azerbaijan, officially known as the Republic of Azerbaijan, is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the East, Russia to the North, Georgia to the Northwest, Armenia to the West and Iran to the South. Its capital is Baku.

Azerbaijan is a unitary, dominant party state, member of the Commonwealth of Independent States since 1993, member of the United Nations since 1992, member of the Council of Europe since 2001 and also of other international organisations.
Although Azerbaijan has held several elections since regaining its independence and it has many of the formal institutions of democracy, has been classified in 2015 as “Not Free” thoough the 2016 Freedom in the World Index of Freedom House, in principal because of the problems related to political and civil rights, freedom of speech and legislation restricting civil society activity.

As reported by USAID in their 2015 Civil Society Sustainability Index, in spite of the hostile environment, the Azerbaijani CSOs have an important role in engaging in debates and investigations over legislation, monitoring elections and bringing about social change by social, economic and political empowerment.


The following CSOs from Azerbaijan participated at the Black Sea NGO Forum:

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