Youth Business Leadership Program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), BP on behalf of its co-ventures in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Shah Deniz, and South Caucasus Pipeline, and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) launched a new Youth Business Leadership project in support of professional development of the next generation of business leaders in Azerbaijan.

Youth Business Leadership Program

There are not many opportunities for youth in Azerbaijan. It is difficult for young people to find jobs or start their own businesses right after they finish education at universities. The majority of leadership positions in economic spheres are dominated by the older generation. Potential employers require prior job experience and certain level of business skills. To improve student business and professional skills and expose them to professional role models that can provide them with career and development guidance, USAID is partnering with British Petroleum (BP) and American Chamber of Commerce. All project participants maintain a strategy that focuses heavily on the professional development of youth.

The Youth Business Leadership project provides internships at high profile companies to third and fourth year university students, conducts professional development workshops; and provides internship and mentorship opportunities with successful businessmen and businesswomen. This partnership incorporates the respective contributions of the participants. BP provides funding support equal to USAID’s share, gives general recommendations and provides oversight to the Project’s progress particularly in the process of selecting interns and internship positions and matching interns with mentors, and ensuring that the project meets its objectives. The American Chamber of Commerce provides support in identifying internship opportunities and mentors and in placing three months long internships at high profile companies. The implementer of the project, Junior Achievement Azerbaijan (JAA), has already provided workshops and internships to 75 students from four universities in Baku out of life of the project target of 120 students.

The total value of the project is $200,000 of which $100,000 shall be paid by BP and its co-ventures, and the remaining $100,000 by USAID.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AmCham)

    Trinidad and Tobago | Staff size: 26-50
  • BP

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    BP plc is a British multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. The company is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies, providing its...

  • Junior Achievement Worldwide

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement) is the largest not-for-profit organization (NGO) dedicated to addressing the fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by empowering and...

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Key Information

LocationAzerbaijan, Eastern Europe
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueUSD 200 Thousand