UN Migration Agency Launches Integrated Rural Development Project for Internally Displaced Communities in Azerbaijan
On 29 October in Baku, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, officially launched the “Integrated Rural Development for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of the Kahriz Water Supply System” project, financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The four-year project aims to provide safe and consistent water supplies for over 8,000 families in eight districts through the renovation of 40 kahrizes – a traditional, sustainable water supply system. Building upon IOM’s successful past experiences and unique expertise, the project’s activities will not be limited to the rehabilitation of kahrizes, but will also support the Government of Azerbaijan to establish a national master plan for kahriz revitalization; strengthen the local capacity of kahriz engineers and kankans (kahriz technicians); and support small business start-ups run by IDPs – especially women IDPs – through assistance with the creation of micro and small enterprises. IOM’s intervention strategy will put women at the centre of the project’s focus as primary beneficiaries and thus managers of water supplies.
This project will also contribute to Azerbaijan’s efforts to follow through on the principles of the upcoming Global Compact on Migration and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.