Success story: Georgian Highlanders Learn How to Make Development Work

Read this story on Medium.   Travelling to Georgia’s countryside tends to leave you with a controversial feeling. Stunning views frame sad little towns where people struggle with rural poverty. The beauty of highlands, a touristic paradise, only emphasizes the growing depopulation of the villages. The recent...

Georgia Harnesses European Expertise in Personal Data Protection

On January 16-20 2017, representatives of the Office of the Personal Data Protection Inspector of Georgia visited Rome, Italy, with a study tour.  Upon the invitation of the Italian Data Protection Authority, the visit was arranged with support from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme...

Georgian MP’s Focus on Gender Equality

The newly appointed members of the Gender Equality Council (GEC) of the Parliament of Georgia met on 19 January 2017 to discuss renewed competencies and plans of the council for 2016-2020. The First Vice Speaker of the Parliament and Cair of the Gender Equality Council, Tamar Chugoshvili, opened the discussion...

Georgia Adopts First National Strategy for Rural Development

On 30 December 2016, The Government of Georgia approved the first ever national strategy for rural development.  It provides the country’s vision for 2017-2020 in key areas of rural development – growth and diversification of local economies, improvement of social and public services, sustainable use of natural...

Children Living at the Conflict Divide Celebrate New Year in New Kindergarten

Twenty-four children enjoyed a New Year play party and concert on December 23 in a new kindergarten of the village Abano, in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia. The building of a kindergarten was fully rehabilitated and equipped this summer with assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees...

E-Monitoring of Association Agreement with the European Union

The Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration presents an electronic monitoring platform to support the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union. Viktor Dolidze, the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Martina...

Lagodekhi Sets the Model of Civic Platform in Rural Development

Up to 40 representatives of local municipalities, businesses, civil society and community organisations from different regions of Georgia visited Lagodekhi on 20 and 21 December 2016 to share experience of the Local Actions Groups (LAGs) that work to engage local residents in rural development. The study visit took...

EU, UNDP Summarise Parliamentary Election Media Monitoring, Present Recommendations to Georgian Media

The need for more in-depth analysis of political programmes, growing polarization in some media segments and cases of hate speech are in focus of recommendations to the Georgian media that have resulted from of the 2016 Parliamentary Election media monitoring supported by the European Union (EU) and United...

European Union and United Nations Reaffirm Commitment to Support Georgia in Protecting Human Rights

Georgia celebrated Human Rights Day 2016 with a series of events on December 10. The day saw a street rally on Rustaveli Avenue – the main street of the capital city, Tbilisi, where the Public Defender of Georgia, Ucha Nanuashvili, responded to the questions of the citizens about the key human rights issues...

Adjara Pilots European Models in Rural Development

The European models in rural development were in focus of a discussion in Batumi on 13 December 2016, organized by the European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Adjara Autonomous Republic. The event was supported by the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme...

Tbilisi Arbitration Days Support Georgia's Efforts to Become Regional Arbitration Hub

On 1-3 December 2016, Tbilisi hosted an international conference “GIAC Arbitration Days”, the lead regional forum on arbitration organized by the Georgian International Arbitration Center (GIAC), an organization established by the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). The Conference was supported by...