Azerbaijani Dignitaries Visit the RGK Center

L-R: Dadash Ahmadov, Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Solmaz Aliyeva, and Moira PorterL-R: Dadash Ahmadov, Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Solmaz Aliyeva, and Moira Porter

March 8, 2016 – Azerbaijani dignitaries Dadash Ahmadov, Deputy Chairman and Coordinator of Azerbaijan Children’s Union and Solmaz Aliyeva, Director of Azerbaijan’s Young Accountants Union, visited the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Ahmadov and Aliyeva were welcomed by Center Director David W. Springer, Associate Director Sarah Jane Rehnborg, and Sr. Program Coordinator Moira Porter. The group discussion centered around the exchange of ideas and expertise on youth engagement and leadership training. Topics included civic education and participation for youth, programs for young people in entrepreneurship and cultural exchange, and the impact of new technologies and new media on youth.

Ahmadov has been working in the non-governmental sector for 14 years, the last 11 with youth and children. He is the author of numerous books and has led training sessions, research, and monitoring in the field of youth and children's rights, welfare, and the protection system. He participated in the preparation of Alternative NGO Report to Child Rights Committee in 2005 and 2009 (as the author and editor). He has worked closely with various government institutions, including the Parliament, the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Labor and Social Protection of Population, Education, Justice, Youth and Sport, as well as State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, and the Ombudsman Apparatus.

Aliyeva is a prominent NGO leader in Azerbaijan.  Her organization, the Young Accountant Union, engages young financial experts to provide services to other non-governmental organizations throughout the country.

The visit took place under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program whose objectives include: examining youth engagement and leadership in the United States and youth policies at different levels; examining the impact of youth leadership programs and social media as a way to establish youth network; and observing and participating in hands-on volunteer activities. The Austin leg of Ahmadov and Aliyeva’s visit to the United States included a special focus on NGO development, management, boards and fundraising, leadership training, and constituent services.