As a policy research center, Uluchay’s work is unique in that we introduce new approaches for social change, including the awareness of economic, social and cultural rights.
Uluchay’s trademark is to work in coalitions and networks to strengthen social movements, especially as we forge cultural and cross-class alliances. As a policy think tank, our work is unique (in that we are bringing new approaches to social change including the awareness of economic, social and cultural rights) as we work with grass roots constituency (internally displaced persons, media structures, farm workers, private sector business owners, governmental entities, among others) and help bridge the policy think tank with activist networks and social movements.
Main Policy Research Areas: Business environment, Labour Policy and Civil Society
The overarching strategic objective of Uluchay is to conduct independent public policy research and analyses, compile the information and disseminate priority policy reform reports that will inform and guide regional governments’ legislative agenda for modernization of public policies and enable smooth and effective implementation of policies and programs.
The Polcy Unit within the “Uluchay” Social-Economic Innovation Center are working on several research areas, which are:
- Business Environment
The Unit is developing research and policy papers on issues related to the small and medium enterprises in regions of Azerbaijan. Within this priority the Policy Unit is conducting surveys among SMEs, academics and experts on state regulations, access to finance, infrastructure, institutional environment, legal procedures, professional staff, as well as tax, custom and social security relations with businesses.
- Labour Policy
The Unit is developing policy papers and providing relevant suggestions to authorities on labour protection topics. Uluchay is working with unions, associations and local stakeholders on monitoring and evaluation of labor market and policy. Review effectiveness of implementation of governmental programs and provide the independent opinion on them to the local population and main stakeholders.
- Civil Society
The Unit is conducting researches among civil society organizations and stakeholders on CSO environment, legal issues, capacity and institutional needs and many other topics related to this sector.