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People in the centre of development

Georgia is a middle-income country with 4,078.5 US$ GDP per capita (GEOSTAT, 2017). Economic reforms and rapid growth in recent years, have not fully addressed the major economic challenges faced by the country – poverty and unemployment. While the national unemployment rate makes 11.8% (GEOSTAT, 2016), youth unemployment reaches 40% in some of the regions. According to World Bank, poverty declined from 35% in 2006 to 17.1% in 2016. Inequality also declined during the same period, indicating that prosperity was increasingly shared. However, the economy has not managed to expand the supply of jobs and reduce unemployment. These disparities can be bridged by systemic reforms in education and rural development, as well as by creating economic opportunities, improving access to education and training, and by building the environment where all stakeholders – government, civil society, private sector, communities and citizens – will engage into the sustainable development process.    

Education. Economic opportunities. Sustainable growth.

UNDP’s assistance to the economic development of Georgia focuses on promoting sustainable growth and creating developmental opportunities for people. We assist systemic reform of Vocational Education and Training (VET) attempting to make it more responsive to the labour market needs. We also help boost agriculture and rural development and improve access to services, education and technology for the rural population. Our programmes and initiatives contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and assist Georgia to fulfil its obligations under the Association Agreement with the European Union.

60% of graduates

find jobs

after completing UNDP-supported vocational education and training courses.

200 new training modules, 8 new educational programmes and work-based learning opportunities were introduced in 6 colleges across Georgia.

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EU-funded projects with the budget of EUR 22 million provide direct assistance to rural communities.…

A series of documentaries provides a historic insight into energy efficiency traditions in Georgian…

Georgian Government and Kazbegi Local Action Group discuss rural development priorities.

EU-supported Local Action Groups strive to have their say in rural development of Georgia.

Over 1000 trees planted on the mountain slopes in Kazbegi to restore degraded land and reduce the…

The UN Country Team in Georgia welcomes enactment of tobacco control legislation in Georgia from 1…

The power of art helps reach out for the Georgian people with the message of Global Goals.

Small farmers start agriculture cooperatives to benefit from rural development and new farming…

Villages that border conflict divides suffer from insecurity, decaying infrastructure, poor social…

“Blueberry farming was new in our village. People were doubtful when we started. But now, as they…

Mikeladze blueberries is one of the first attempts in Ajara to set up an agricultural cooperative.…

A choir conductor, a farmer, an entrepreneur - they are all women who change the world in their own…

The research aims to understand knowledge gaps of Georgian farmers, predict structural and social…

Comprehensive information and precise instructions about the hazelnut production process from…

This policy study presents a comprehensive analysis of an agriculture sector in the Ajara Autonomous…

Historic overview of social housing, international practice and different models, national…

Consolidated report of the post-2015 consultations in Georgia that have engaged more than 10,000…

Current status and prospects of agriculture in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

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