The implementation of the large-scale self-employment program in Azerbaijan covering all regions of the country was started in 2016. The self-employment program created a qualitatively new stage in state employment policy by creating opportunities for the unemployed to establish family business, to have their own farms, to increase income through self-employment, and finally, to create new jobs in the country and to develop small and medium-size businesses which are crucial for the economy.
8,548 people have been involved in the program during 2016–2018, with the prevalent participation of those most needing social protection.
The program is one of those that will ensure the transition from passive labour market policies to active social protection measures. This will involve more than 8,500 people in 2019, and will expand the financing of the program provided every year by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.