Fostering Regional and Local Development in Georgia


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Working closely with the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO) and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), UNDP promotes regional and local development in Georgia by empowering the central and local administrations. The project is part of a broader initiative in support of the local governance reform and runs in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.

What We Do

UNDP is assisting 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 proces.
  • 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 developed.
  • The nationwide training system launched to equip regional administrations and local authorities in planning, budgeting, management and service delivery.
  • Over 4,000 local public servants trained in 2014-2015. 
  • The National Training System for Local Civil Servants launched in cooperation with the Centre for Effective Governance System and Territorial Arrangement Reform. 
  • The Law on the Development of Mountainous Regions adopted in July 2014 to provide targeted, poverty reducing benefits for people living in the highlands of Georgia, incentives for businesses and budget support to economic and social development.
  • The nationwide research conducted in 2013 and 2015 to study citizen satisfaction with public services. 
  • The small grants programme implemented in 2015 and 2016 to empower civil society organizations for taking more active role in local and regional development. Over 30 local projects implemented in six regions of Georgia. 
Success Stories

Who finances it

US$    100,000   
US$    769,000
ADC US$    300,000
SCO US$ 1,000,000
ADC US$    500,000
SCO US$ 1,300,000
ADC US$    500,000
SCO US$ 1,042,888
ADC US$    357,112
SCO US$    342,112


2014 US$ 984,363.53 
2013 US$ 878.296.05
US$   83.538.97

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