Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP
Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

What we do

UNDP works with national and international partners to ensure that the benefits of economic growth reach those who still live in poverty. We assist to create national systems and policies for sustainable economic development, promote vocational education and training that meet the needs of the local labour market, and enhance local and rural development, agriculture and small business.

Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP
Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Rural development

Rural areas in Georgia have rich, yet untapped, development potential. The rate of rural poverty is as high as 25.5% (GEOSTAT, 2016). Agriculture remains a low-productivity and low-growing sector of economy. Underdeveloped infrastructure and services hamper the advancement of tourism, production and entrepreneurship. The European Union assists Georgia to reduce rural poverty and promote rural development based on best examples of the European countries. The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) marks a fundamental shift in the overall development of Georgia, assisting the country to create strong policies and pilot successful practices in sustainable rural development for the benefit of people and communities. UNDP is the EU’s key international partner in this endeavour. We work to address structural and systemic challenges that hamper rural development in Georgia and ensure that more diverse rural services are delivered to the population in an efficient and sustainable way. UNDP’s work is based on the strategic approach defined by Georgia’s national Rural Development Strategy, adopted in 2016.

Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP
Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Knowledge vs. Poverty

The unemployment rate in Georgia is about 12% (GEOSTAT. 2017), while unemployment among youth (age 15-24) is significantly higher and reaches 30% nationwide and up to 40% in some of the regions. These alarming figures indicate the lack of employment opportunities in general, but they also show that Georgia lacks qualified labour force, especially in rural areas. Hidden unemployment in agriculture makes this picture even more severe. Young people with Vocational Education and Training (VET) have better chances to be employed. However, only 15% of Georgians below 35 hold a VET degree. Systemic reform of Vocational Education and Training (VET) is one of the ways to address this issue. With funds from the Government of Switzerland, UNDP assists Georgia to establish a modern VET system in agriculture, introduce the up-to-date learning models, such as Work-Based Learning, and address knowledge gaps of the Georgian farmers through agriculture extension or information/consultation service.

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