For more than 15 years, the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation–Azerbaijan has been at the forefront of efforts to promote respect for human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and transparency and accountability. Our work has included defending the rights of people directly affected by Azerbaijan’s extractive industries, including a major focus on the transparency of oil revenues and public finance. We also support public access to information, independent media, defense of the rights of journalists and human rights activists, civil society development, and reform in the education and public health sectors.
In 2011, the foundation ceased independent grantmaking and reduced the size of its local office. Limited grantmaking, under the oversight of the Open Society Foundations–New York, resumed in 2013, with the goal of continuing our commitment to promoting democratic practices, fundamental rights, and justice in Azerbaijan.