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Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union

Baku, Azerbaijan
Joined August 2018

AZSWU is the association of professional social workers in the country and a local think tank qualified in research, advocacy, policy development and capacity building.

Presence in: Azerbaijan
Focus: Other

Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union is only professional association of social workers in the country. The organization was initiated by the US educated Azerbaijani social workers in 2006 and registered by the Ministry of Justice in 2009. Organization is member of International Association of Social Workers. This is a membership based organization and unites more than 250 social workers including practitioners, students and educators. All strategic decisions made in General Assembly which gathers in every two years and members elect Board, Control-Supervision Commission, Chairperson democratically and transparently.

In order to fulfil its mission and objectives AZSWU operates in four different directions:

  • Research – organization carries out different studies, needs assessment surveys for new social programs and services and evaluation of current services/programs/policies. Tremendous expertise in research in different fields help the organization to build its activities and programs based on real evidences and needs.
  • Advocacy/Lobbying – AZSWU is one of the biggest advocators for eliminitation of social problems, adoption of new law, programs, strategies, policies concerning social development and social protection of population.
  • Development of social services, policies and program –human resouces of the organization gives it opportunity to be involved in needs and evidence based program development. AZSWU team members give consultations to different international and local organizations and government agencies.
  • Local capacity building – AZSWU is actively involved in increasing capacity of social workers, social service workforce and social work educators. The organization uses all interactive methods of informal education – training, workshop, living library, forum theatre, playback, tenSing, grass talks to strengthen capacity of its beneficiaries and also contributes to curriculum development at the universities providing social work education.

People Associated With This Organization

Lamiya Rzayeva

Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union
Joined August 2018
Interests: Citizenship, Family, Gender-based violence
Lamiya Rzayeva is a young social worker specialised in program development and management, youth empowerment, child protection and education advancement and mainly worked at local and international civil society organizations and involved in the implementation of the number of projects in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Germany.
Lamiya studied social work at Baku State University in 2015 and gained her master degree in Social Research Methods from the same university in 2017. She started her career during her bachelor years when she was just 19. She joined to Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union as a volunteer in 2012, and she was promoted to Executive Director position in 2014. While being involved in promotion and professionalisation of social work profession in Azerbaijan, she also worked in different international organizations such as Oxfam Great Britain, Chemonics International, Hilfswerk Austria International, Association for Civil Society Development (ARGO Kazakhstan) etc.
Lamiya Rzayeva is the network champion (main point of contact) for Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union.

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