Public Association “Development of Society and Civil Relations” (initial name- "Free Voice” Voters’ Rights Defence Centre) was founded in March 2001 with the purpose to increase the enlightening process of the municipal Bodies, to defend the rights of the voters, to support the democratic, free and fair elections and since then has presented certain documents to the Ministry of Justice of the Azerbaijan Republic for the registration there.
Unfortunately for the various reasons in registration to us refused. But Boards of our organization it has decided to be reorganized under a new name. After reorganization, next time, we have submitted our documents to Ministries of Justice on registration, and this time our organization have been registrated on12 august 2005.
The main directions of our activity is the educational work among the population, the building of civil society, on development of democracy and human rights, the carrying out of social researches and educational works among people, increase of citizens activity in a civil and political life of the country and have sufficient experience in all these spheres. Our organization had developed cooperation in some places in relation to activity of municipalities, development of their relations with population. At the same time some measures were taken development of freedom of speech, establishment of local public organizations and youth organizations and its development are some of activity kinds. “DSCR” Center, has carried out monitoring of elections and education work among the population during the Presidential Elections of 2003, Municipal Elections of 2004 and Parliamentary Elections of 2005. One of the principal aims of “DSCR” is to achieve the increase of the status of the municipal bodies, the improvement of legislation in this field, strengthening of local self-governmental system and increasing its authority generally all over the country. The other one is to improve the elective legislation, to support free and just elections and to defend the rights of the electors
Employers of “DSCR” Centre took part in the trainings and seminars in USA, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and etc. At the same time they participated as international observers in carrying out of election monitoring in Ukraine (both parliament and presidential elections) and Georgia (presidential elections).
We cooperate with the majority of the nongovernmental organizations of the country and we are member of election coalition of NGOs " For free and fair elections", EITI, “Network of the Information and Cooperation for struggle against Corruption” and National Public Committee Azerbaijan-Eurointeqration. Our organization is one of founders of Alliance NGO "Support Local Democracy".
With this purpose we also cooperate with international organizations – NDI (USA), Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation (Azerbaijan), USAID, Eurasia Foundation, NED (USA), World Bank, F. Naumann Foundation, OXFAM, OSCE, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Office (SDC) South Caucasus, German Marshall Fund and etc.
Our organization a member of the international organization- Civil Society Leadership Network.
Our organization, and members of our organization is more than 10 years work in this area and we carried out, accepted active participation in many (more than 30) project and programs.
Employees of Public Association "DSCR", during of 10 years accepted participations (as the author, co-author or the editor) in editions more than 10 books and brochures the devoted, for development of democracy, about monitoring elections, about participation of voters at elections, against corruption, against drug, to activity of municipalities and etc.
2006-2010 the Centre "DSCR" cooperating with some municipalities, carry out a complex of actions with the purpose to help developments of municipalities, for educations of the population, the decision of social and economic problems on places.
Our organization aspires to involve an active part of the country in movement of NGO-sector with the purpose of activization of their role in construction in Azerbaijan a civil society.
Today our organization together with others local NGO some projects have been realized
Employees of the organization accepted participations in various international and local conferences, seminars and trainings.