Azerbaijan: National Budget Group U.S. Study Tour

Issue: Grants

Country: Eurasia

The National Budget Group (NBG) of Azerbaijan, a longstanding RWI partner, is an alliance of NGO experts on budget transparency working to combine and coordinate the resources of member organizations to address the most pressing challenges to budgetary transparency in Azerbaijan.

With additional support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this RWI capacity-building project sponsored a U.S. study tour for NBG members to learn about domestic budget processes and civil society participation in national budgeting. RWI developed the agenda to focus on budgeting at the government and non-governmental levels and to furnish participants with information on the preparation and implementation of budgets. Other areas of focus included training in budget advocacy and monitoring techniques; networking with institutions for future collaboration and exchange opportunities; and raising awareness of the Azerbaijan's NBG through publicity and domestic outreach. RWI plans to offer similar international exchange and training programs for other coalitions.