Under the European Union Eastern Partnership Flagship, the initiative is part of the European Union’s assistance to the South Caucasus countries in introducing the principles of Integrated Border Management (IBM). The programme was funded by the European Union and Government of Georgia, and implemeted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Integrated Border Management (IBM) is one of the most effective tools to maintain open but also secure and controlled borders. Since 2009, UNDP, with funds from the European Union, has been working with a range of partners in the South Caucasus to strengthen national agencies for IBM, effectively tackle smuggling and trafficking, ease people’s mobility across the borders and improve cooperation within the region.
The initiative implemented in Azerbaijan and Georgia was part of this wider effort aiming to improve operational performance of the border management agencies, promote cooperation between the two countries and organize coordinated operation at a land border.