Ramila Aslanova

In September 2011, Ramila was promoted within Oxfam Azerbaijan as Coordinator of the Sunrise Project. The project focuses on working with farmers and other key market players and stakeholders to develop sustainable business models that will enable smallholders, IDPs, wage workers and other marginalised groups to have a profitable engagement with the market.

Ramila began her employment at Oxfam Azerbaijan in February 2011 as Program Officer for the Livelihoods Program which aims to stimulate agricultural economic development through rural market and institutional building in poor districts of Azerbaijan. With significant funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Oxfam are helping to ensure that smallholder farmers have better access to global supply chains. They are working with one of the world's leading suppliers of consumer goods, Unilever, to develop a business model that will benefit small scale farmers. With technical support from Oxfam and Unilever, onion producers will be able to sell their products in international markets. As a co-operative, these farmers will able to improve their production, processing, and marketing.

In 2009/10 Ramila studied at Birmingham University in the UK as a Chevening Scholar. At the time of the 2008 Fellowship programme she worked for the Azerbaijan National Committee of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (ANC HCA), established in 1992 to promote peacebuilding and human rights protection across Azerbaijan. Ramila held the position of International Coordinator responsible for delivering projects in conjunction with international partners. She managed the project ‘Civil Society Participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy – a Regional Approach to Conflict Resolution’ which brought together civil society and government representatives from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova to discuss new alternative solutions to the South Caucasus conflict.