Financial education in Azerbaijan
This page provides an overview of financial literacy in Azerbaijan and access to information relating to the country's financial education activities. Azerbaijan is one of the six countries participating in the OECD/Russia Technical Assistance Project on Financial Education in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)/Eurasia.
Financial literacy in Azerbaijan
The OECD conducted a financial literacy survey among adults in Azerbaijan in 2017 and published the results in 2018 (Levels of Financial Literacy in Eurasia, OECD, 2018). The average literacy score in Azerbajian is 11 (out of a maximum of 21), according to the OECD methodology. In terms of measuring the financial knowledge, fewer than one in four of adults in this study achieved the minimum target score used elsewhere in OECD reports (minimum target score of 4 out 7). Slightly more than 2 in 5 respondents (43%) in Azerbajian achieved the minimum target score for behaviour (which is 6 of the 9 behaviours. Around a third of adults (32%) in Azerbaijan achieved the minimum target score for financial attitude (4 or above out of 5).
Other surveys, conducted by the State Statistics Committee for the World Bank Group in 2009, SIAR Research and consulting group for the International Finanical Corporation in December 2013 - January 2014 and CBAR in April-May 2014 were used to set the prioriries of the National Strategy for Finanical Education in 2016.
Azerbaijan's National Strategy
Advancing financial literacy of the population is carried out systematically at the state level and is coordinated by the Center for Research and Development of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBAR).
In 2016, the government of Azerbaijan has adopted the Strategic roadmap to develop financial services in Azerbaijan. Improving financial literacy of the population is one main strategic goal of this Roadmap. An action plan has been developed
In 2018 a special working group has been created to insure the effective implementation of the Actions plan developed under the roadmap. The working group is composed of public institutions, including CBAR, Ministries of Finance and Education, private sector respesentatives, international organisations. Under the action plan, a number of initiatives have been implemented for different target groups in the country.
Financial education portal www.bizimpullar.az has been created in Azerbaijan.
A learning platform for trainings www.edu.cbar.az complements the portal, where around digital trainings are available for population.
Azerbaijan participation in the project
Launched in 2017, the OECD-Russia Technical Assistance Project on Financial Education in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) provides tailored guidance and technical support for the design, implementation and review of evidence-based financial education strategies and policies in CIS economies, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. As a follow-up of this project and in response to demand from the region, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation extended its financial support for a phase II of this work for another three years, starting in 2020. This project covers five countries: Armenia, Belarus, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbeksitan and is extended with Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan for some specific deliverables.
Azerbaijan has participated actively in the project since the beginning. Azerbaijan participated in the first data gathering survey run by the OECD in 2017 and is currently participating in a second follow-up survey.
The Central Bank of Azerbaijan participated at several regional workshop on ways how to implement and assess the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Financial Education, how to include financial literacy in schools and for youth, how to develop financial literacy for migrants and their families.
Project documents and links
The following documents produced within the framework of the project are either specific to Azerbaijan or contain a section relating to Azerbaijan: