Founded in 2021 by a group of civil society representatives, the Article 54 Public Union seeks to increase public participation and strengthen citizen control in the decision-making process. In response to the challenges posed by the current political and legal landscape, we have chosen community building as our main tool
We carry out the following strategic tasks in the way of community building:
Mobilizing and empowering local activists
Supporting capacity building activities
Organizational development and sustainability
Establishing cooperation on behalf of community-based organizations
Providing legal aid
Evaluation and monitoring of initiatives
In general, we mobilize local activists and support them in increasing their knowledge and skills to defend and develop their communities, support community-based initiatives, projects and associations, and advocate for sensitive community issues.
Community Based Organizations: We have created community based organizations in regions such as Ganja, Goychay, Sheki, Imishli, Lankaran, Kurdamir, Astara and Shamkir. These organizations represent local interests and promote civic engagement by supporting community initiatives.
Public advocacy: We have conducted 14 public advocacy campaigns in partnership with 7 community-based organizations. These activities empower citizens to influence both central and local authorities on social, gender, environmental and infrastructure issues.
Building Connections: We work to build connections between civil society organizations and 7 community-based organizations to build partnerships at the level of civil society resources and local community needs.
Legal assistance: During our activity, we provided legal assistance to individuals and initiatives from different regions of the country. This legal assistance covers both individual complaints of citizens on issues faced by administrative and judicial bodies, as well as public advocacy campaigns carried out by community-based organizations.
Strengthening the participation of women and youth: Based on the inclusiveness of community building, one of our strategic goals is to strengthen the participation of groups in society that are usually not at high levels of participation – women and youth. During our activities in this direction, the involvement of women and young people in solving local issues is encouraged and education is carried out.