Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) organized the presentation and award ceremony of the Economics Olympiad at IRIS Hotel Baku on June 05, 2024. With the support of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Economic Fundamentals Initiative, 1,637 high school students from 321 schools in Azerbaijan participated in the 2024 Economics Competition in Azerbaijani, Russian and English languages.

The goal of the competition is to promote economic literacy in Azerbaijan and make economic knowledge accessible to high school students. The school, regional and national rounds of the competition included students from all economic regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

50 students out of 1637 participated in the regional round, and competed for the national round. 26 of the 32 students who were successful in the regional round participated in the written and oral exams and competed for the top 10 and the international round, respectively.

The top 10 students who took the exam in Azerbaijani and Russian languages were selected for the presentation of various gifts. 14 participants of the national round participated in the interview and completed the round. Based on the results of the oral and written exam, the top 5 students were selected to participate in the international round to be held in Athens, the capital of Greece. This means that 5 of our students will represent Azerbaijan in an international competition in Europe.

Vugar Bayramov, founder of CESD, Elanor Hammond, executive director of the Economic Fundamentals Initiative, Arzu Naghiyev, member of the Labor and Social Policy Committee of the Parliament, Mushfiq Mammadli, a member of the Science and Education Committee of the Parliament, Leyla Mammadova, consultant of the General Education Department of the Ministry of Science and Education, spoke at the event and they shared their views about the program and wished the students success.

Top 10 student list:

1. Ali Zulfugarov (Baku, secondary school number 90 named after Richard Sorge)

2. Ayla Karimova (secondary school, Qivrag settlement, Kangarli district, Nakhchivan)

3. Sehri Kazimova (secondary school No. 1, Talalar village, Balaken district, Sheki-Zagatala)

4. Hasan Alizadeh (Absheron-Khizi, Sumgait city, secondary school No. 35 named after Vagif Ibrahim)

5. Gunesh Shabanova (Sheki-Zagatala, Balaken district Gazma village No. 1 secondary school)

6. Gunel Gasimova (school-lyceum No. 3 named after Eldar Mammadov, Dagliq Shirvan, Ismayilli city)

7. Nurgul Gasimova (Sheki-Zagatala, Balaken district Gazma village No. 1 secondary school)

8. Rafiq Ahmadov (Sheki-Zagatala, Sheki city secondary school No. 18)

9. Aysel Babayeva (Charhan village secondary school named after Ak. H. Huseynov, Dagliq Shirvan, Shamakhi district)

10. Shabnam Osmanova (secondary school No. 1, Talalar village, Balaken district, Sheki-Zagatala)

Top 5 student list:

1. Zahra Mehralizadeh (Shirvan-Salyan, Shirvan city named after E.B.Imanov secondary school number 10)

2. Jamila Rahimzadeh (Educational Complex No. 132-134, Baku)

3. Mirza Seyidov (Educational Complex No. 132-134, Baku)

4. Ali Zeynalli (Baku, secondary school number 5 named after Samir Hajiyev)

5. Javid Abbasbeyli (Baku, Baku British School)

On September 13, 2023, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Sridharan Madhusudhanan, and Counsellor Sanjay Jain visited the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) on the occasion of the establishment of relations between Azerbaijani and Indian think tanks. Mr. Karamat Ismayilov, CESD Chairman, Mr. Fuad Karimli and Ms. Nigar Islamli addressed CESD’s activities and potential cooperation opportunities in their speeches.

During the discussion, the two countries' existing economic and social relations were reconsidered. There was a conversation about practical cooperation opportunities between potential fields such as energy cooperation, the North-South corridor, tourism, and pharmaceuticals that can be developed in the future. At the same time, the issue of people from India doing internships at the Center was again raised as a proposal. In addition, Mr. Ambassador invited the research team from CESD to visit leading think tanks in India in order to increase research relations. The meeting ended with a detailed discussion of future cooperation opportunities and issues of mutual interest.

Between May 15-17, Think Tank Management Training was held in Baku under the joint initiative of the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), and Meridian International Center. The training was held with the aim of increasing the knowledge and skills of think tank managers and interns in Azerbaijan by involving the perspectives of think tank employees located in the United States. Employees from the American Embassy, well-known think tanks, and other related institutions participated in the event. The training included recommendations and discussions on the role of think tanks in education, understanding why think tanks are important, establishing think tanks, managing staff and volunteers, communication and advocacy for think tanks, and strategic planning. Representatives and heads of think tanks from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace attended the event in person and virtually. At the end of the event, certificates signed by the American Embassy, Center for Social and Economic Development, and Meridian International Center were presented to the young participants.

The 5-day study visit iof local farmers to Bulgaria was organized by CESD on may 08-14, 2022 within the project "Promoting local food production and agri-business owners through advisory services, the creation of new value chain models and agri-tourism " supported by European Commission, helped them to get in-depth knowledge and experience of Bulgarian farmers, information about technology and innovation, as well as marketing and quality control related information. This knowledge will be transferred to other local stakeholders through local training events.

CESD & LINKS hold Confidence-Building Conference in Baku on November 6th, 2017

On 06 November 2017, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) and London-based LINKS (DAR) hosted a roundtable discussion on “Can Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) contribute towards a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?” in Baku, Azerbaijan. The event was organised in the framework of the European Partnership for the Peaceful Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) conflict.

The event was attended by several Members of Parliament of Azerbaijan, representatives of the Azerbaijani community of NK, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions, representatives of international organisations, CSO members, independent researchers and young peacemakers.

The event was held under the Chatham House rule.

The welcoming speech was presented by Dr. Vugar Bayramov, Chairman of CESD, and introductory remarks were given by Dr. Dennis Sammut, the Director LINKS (Dialogue-Analysis-Research).

During roundtable discussions, Members of Parliament Mr. Asim Mollazade and Mr. Rasim Musabeyov expressed their ideas regarding the diplomatic resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Other speakers, including Eldar Nazamov, a prominent politician and former Presidential aide to Heydar Aliyev, the head of “Umid” Party, Igbal Agazade, the representative of the NK community of Azerbaijanis, Mr. Nadir Bayramov, international relations researchers, Mr. Elkhan Shahinoglu and Mr. Mukhtar Hajizade also shared their ideas.

The roundtable was concluded by the head of LINKS (DAR), Dr. Dennis Sammut.

CESD ( is a Baku-based international think-tank, founded to positively influence policy-makers’ decision-making. CESD has been ranked as the top think-tank in Central Asia and the Caucasus by UPenn. In recent years, CESD has been involved in research concerning regional economic cooperation programs, regional conflicts, and the benefits of peace. Its staff members have been part of different consortiums and working-groups to pave the way for the peace in the South Caucasus.

The Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) in partnership with the German Institute for Democracy, Media and Cultural Exchange (IDEM) organized a Training of Trainers (ToTs) program to equip Azerbaijani journalists, students of journalism, and civil society members with both the skills and the appropriate methodologies needed to empower them to further develop themselves and the their colleagues in the media sphere of Azerbaijan on August 13-17th, 2018. The intensive, 5-day program taught by 2 German trainers experienced in international media practices combined a mix of methods to impart lasting lessons on those engaged in Azerbaijan’s media sphere.