Human Security and Social Integration Programme (HuSSIP)


UNDP Georgia IDP
A farmer in front of his house in a small village of the Samegrelo region. May 2011. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

UNDP’s programme in the Samegrelo region of Georgia responds to the development needs of the displaced in Georgia who have suffered from several political and economic shocks since 1992, and from the combined effect of the global economic crisis and the armed conflict of August 2008.

The programme was prompted by the need to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to 127 thousand internally displaced persons (IDPs) following the August 2008 conflict in South Ossetia. Furthermore, it represents an integrated response to Georgia’s chronic IDP challenge dating back to 1992.

What We Do

The Samegrelo region of Georgia has about 80 thousand of the displaced living in private accommodation and also in more remote areas outside the city of Zugdidi. An estimated majority of those IDPs still live in harsh conditions with little access to livelihoods and social development, and are not integrated into decision-making processes.

UNDP is focusing on building the human capabilities of the displaced to improve their integration into social live as well as further develop their livelihoods. In the long-run this will assist the deliberate and strategic transition from recovery efforts to development.

UNDP’s human security approach is includes the following components:

  • Livelihoods and employment generation,
  • Access to justice,
  • Public awareness, and
  • Confidence building and reconciliation.

With the aim to boost the region’s economy and increase the quality of life for all, UNDP is assisting professional education, agriculture and business development.

Some results so far

UNDP Georgia youth
Youth festival in Zugdidi. May 2011. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP
  • By the end of 2012, UNDP helped professional colleges in the two main cities of the region – Poti and Zugdidi to introduce new educational programmes in the areas of construction, agriculture and Information Technologies. The colleges train up to 1,500 students a year and almost 50% of them are IDPs.
  • UNDP’s assistance to business development in the region led to opening Business Education and Consultation Centres in Zugdidi and Poti. Up to 500 people received training and consultation in management, marketing, taxation, accountancy and legal issues. Twenty started small businesses with loans from the micro finance institutions.
  • The list of UNDP-supported social infrastructure and community initiatives includes repairing of the water supply system and rehabilitation of kindergartens and sport sites in the municipalities of Khobi, Senaki, Tsalenjikha and Poti.
  • UNDP's assistance to agriculture development includes educational programmes for farmers (consultation service and a TV show "Farmer's Diary" which runs on five local TV channels) and the assistance in remeding the damage caused by the dangerous pests.
  • In the area of civic education, UNDP supports radio series and a hotline "Talks of Our Rights" which has become a sources of  information for the displaced on a range of issues, including on human rights and legal aid.

More than 80 thousand people in Samegrelo have benefitted from the UNDP’s programme since 2010.

Who finances it

Total Budget US$ 3,683,525.5
Govenrment of Norway US$  3,223,572.62
UNDP US$    300,000.00
City of Poti US$     38,739.39
Municipality of Khobi US$     40,445.80
Municipality of Senaki US$     46,177.93
Municipality of Tsalenjikha US$     34,589.75


2013 US$   570,181.38
2012 US$ 1,217,277.03
2011 US$ 1,482,120.22
US$    375,941.05
US$      38,005.82
Start date:
November 2009
End date:
December 2013
Geographic coverage:
Project Document
  • Human Security and Social Integration Programme (HuSSIP) English
Contact Information

Florian Delaunay

Project Manager

+995 415 255556

+995 415 223375

191 Rustaveli Street, Zugdidi Georgia

Contact Person in UNDP

Natia Natsvlishvili, Assistant Resident Representative