Establishment of the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan is linked to factors directly conditioned upon development of the independent Azerbaijani statehood. As in all civil countries that are stepping forward on the path of democracy, transformation of the civil society building into a socio-political necessity turned out to be possible in a certain period of time.
At the result of broad discussions held in the course of many years all aspects of the issues related to the public sector have been more enriched, while international experience in this sphere carefully studied. The Concept of the State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan approved by the Decree signed by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev on 27 July 2007 has defined the basic principles for the beginning of a new NGO development stage in our country. After principal discussions held in the public sector in respect to the Concept, the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan was established upon the Decree of the President dated 13 December 2007 and the Regulations of the Council were approved.Finally, after the democratic and transparent elections conducted among NGO representatives, the members of the Council were appointed upon the order of the head of the state dated 16 April 2008 after which the Council started its activity.