Fostering Regional and Local Development in Georgia


UNDP Georgia
City centre in Zugdidi, western Georgia. May 2011. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Working closely with the leading development agencies in Georgia - the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Austrian Development Agency and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UNDP aims at advancing regional and local development by empowering the central and local administrations. The project is part of UNDP's broader initiative in support of the local governance reform in Georgia, and runs in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.

What We Do

We assist the implementation of the regional and local governance reform in Georgia at the national, regional and local levels.

  • We support national institutions, such as the Ministry of Regional Dvelopment and Infrastructure, in planning and running the reform process.
  • We closely work with regional and local administrations to help them perform their duties effectively and professionally.
  • We encourage participation of communities and individual citizens in decision-making.

Some results so far

  • Local governance reform framework formulated;
  • Regional Development Strategies of Kvemo Kartli, Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Guria regions were developed and adopted by the Government of Georgia;
  • A nationwide training system launched to equip regional administrations and local authorities in planning, budgeting, management and service delivery capacities.

Who finances it

US$    100,000   
US$    769,000
ADA US$    300,000
SDC US$ 1,000,000
ADA US$    500,000
SDC US$ 1,300,000
ADA US$    500,000
SDC US$ 1,042,888
ADA US$    357,112
SDC US$    342,112


US$ 85,000 
Start date:
December 2012
End date:
May 2017
Geographic coverage:
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; Parliament of Georgia; municipalities; associations of local authorities
Project Document
Contact Information

Irakli Kobakhidze

Project Manager

Cell: +995 599 102280

12 Kazbegi Street, Room 320

Tbilisi Georgia

Contact Person in UNDP

Natia Natsvlishvili

Democratic Governance Team Leader