Mechanisms of regular consultation and exchange with the civil society organizations and actors

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
To expand cooperation and effectiveness of partnerships and exchange with non-governmental organizations, civil society actors, unions and associations in the field of culture and cultural and creative industries, the Ministry of Culture regularly holds consultations in the regions of the country and capital Baku. During the consultations, ministry representatives discuss with representatives of NGOs the potential of civil society organizations in promoting culture, different types of support that can be provided by the Ministry to specialized NGOs dealing with cultural issues, joint reflections on areas of common interest, priorities of funding, establishing regional coordination teams to ensure better cooperation of activities among civil society organizations and local and national government agencies, increasing the participation and involvement of young people in the work of NGOs, current issues related to legislation in the field of culture, establishment and maintaining cooperation with the provincial departments of culture of the Ministry and many others. At the same time, representatives of NGOs get to know local cultural facilities and opportunities to implement activities. The consultations also dedicate time to discuss activities related to arts and creativity in formal and non-formal education and training.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Many of such consultations have led to concrete steps of further actions taken by the Ministry to support the activity of such civil society organizations (e.g. support to the creation of the Azerbaijan Design Association and its registration at the Ministry of Justice in January 2021). Since the last reporting period, the representatives of the creative unions (Composers' Union, Writers' Union, Theatre workers' Union, Artists' Union etc.) have been regularly involved in the ad hoc committees called up by Presidential Decrees, as well as in large-scale activities and long-term projects launched by the Ministry of Culture. Discussions are being carried out on the possible establishment of permanent committees, with regular meetings to further develop cooperation and partnership between governmental bodies and civil society. Azerbaijan through its embassies and permanent delegations at various international organizations around the world has continuously supported requests and submissions from civil society organizations working the field of crafts, creativity and creative industries that seek for international accreditation, funding or partnerships.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
65 000
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Azerbaijan Composers' Union
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Azerbaijan Writers' Union
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Azerbaijan Theatre workers' Union
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Azerbaijan Artists' Union
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Union of Cinematographers of Azerbaijan
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)