Building Connections for Development in
Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus
Restart Initiative is a non-profit organization with the mission of building connections for economic and social development in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus. We use our deep expertise in international development and media to identify opportunities for constructive engagement in the region.
Restart Initiative identifies economic and social development opportunities in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus - and then builds targeted, agile projects to respond to them.
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The activities of Restart Initiative include:
Building networks among intergovernmental, governmental, social, academic, media, and private sector actors to promote economic and social development of Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus;
Acting as a trusted information and communication hub;
Supporting objective scholarship on topics germane to economic and political cooperation with Azerbaijan, in partnership with respected academic institutions;
Promoting informed international media coverage of Azerbaijan;
Supporting dialogue and peacebuilding processes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with a particular focus on economic connectivity between the two countries.
As Restart Initiative's media channel, Daha Yaxşı features long-form interviews with remarkable individuals on a range of economic and social development topics relevant to Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus. The interviews are conducted variously in English, Azerbaijani, or Russian languages, and many have subtitles.
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Emin Milli is the Founder and Chairman of Restart Initiative and the Co-Founder of Daha Yaxşı, Restart Initiative's media project. He is also the Founder and former Managing Director (2013-2019) of Meydan TV, an independent Azerbaijani media organization based in Berlin.
Jeanene Mitchell, PhD is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Restart Initiative. She is an international development and area studies expert in the South Caucasus and Turkey. Her areas of professional focus include water, energy, gender, and sustainable development.
Ferdi Huseynvand is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Daha Yaxşı media. He is also a Co-Founder and former producer of Meydan TV. Previously, he directed music videos and YouTube shows as part of the renowned Bulistan Group.