Civil Society and Community Organizations Receive Grants for Environmental Initiatives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia launched a new phase of the Small Grants Programme funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). On 29 November 2016, Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia; Ekaterine Grigalava, Deputy...

UNDP Awards Gender Champion

The United Nations in Georgia joined hands with the Women’s Fund in Georgia and the Swedish organization “Kvinna till Kvinna” for the annual Kato Mikeladze Prize which acknowledges outstanding achievements in supporting women’s rights and gender equality.  A 2016 champion – Eka Skhiladze, Deputy Public Defender of...

Batumi Becomes First Georgian City with Transport Model

Batumi residents prefer to walk (31.44%), take public transport (36.02%) or ride a car (30.19%). Only 1.27% takes a taxi, and almost no one (0.28%) bikes. An average Batumian makes 1.24 trips per day, which is less that in the other cities of the world. These are some of the findings of a recent research undertaken...

Georgian Government, Civil Society Discuss Association Agreement with the European Union

Tbilisi hosts a conference “Georgia-EU Association Objectives” – a joint initiative of the Government of Georgia and Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The conference echoes the cooperation memoranda between the Government of Georgia and Georgian National Platform of the...

Georgia Moves Forward to Developing Mediation and Increasing Access to Justice

An international conference Tbilisi Mediation Days opened in Tbilisi today, 21 November 2016. The conference aims to enhance mediation in Georgia as an alternative method of dispute resolution, and contribute to ongoing reforms in the system of justice.   The event brought together prominent experts and...

Parliament of Georgia Kicks Off Induction Programme for Its Newly Elected Members

Newly elected Members of the Parliament of Georgia attend an induction programme to learn about their legislative, oversight and representative functions, as well as broader roles and constitutional responsibilities. The programme was prepared by the Parliament Staff with support from the European Union (EU) and...

Election Media Monitoring Examines Media Coverage of the Second Round of Parliamentary Polls in Georgia

European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) present the fourth monitoring report on media coverage of the parliamentary elections covering the period from 26 September until 2 November 2016. The monitoring is implemented through civil society organizations under the joint EU-UNDP project....

The Story of Floods

The torrents of cascading water, mud and rocks flattening houses, sweeping away roads, lands, cars and farm machinery – thinking of an opening scene from a Hollywood blockbuster, probably directed by some well-known king of enviro-disaster movies? Hate to break the news, but this is a very real story of human...

National Training System for Local Civil Servants in Georgia

9 November 2016. Tbilisi. The Centre for Effective Governance System and Territorial Arrangement Reform presents the National Training System for Local Civil Servants in Georgia. Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of...

Civil Society Given a Boost in Regional Development of Georgia

Over 30 civil society initiatives for regional and local development were presented at a two-day conference opened in Tbilisi on October 24. The conference summarises results of a small grants programme rolled out across Georgia in 2015 and 2016 assisting civil society to play active role in resolving local social and...

Georgia Can Adopt European Models in Rural Development

Challenges of local economies in rural areas of Georgia and the needs of rural population were discussed at the public consultations on Rural Development Policy carried out in Kutaisi and Tbilisi on 20 and 22 October. Organised by the Georgian non-governmental organization Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in...