Governance Reform Fund


 Accessible emergency services for people with speech and hearing impairments launched with assistance from the Governance Reform Fund. March 2015. Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

The Governance Reform Fund (GRF) is more than a decade-long initiative to assist the Government of Georgia with major institutional reforms in the country. Kicked off in 2003, in the aftermath of the Rose Revolution, the programme sought to promote targeted anti-corruption measures. Later, it has expanded into a comprehensive assistance programme aimed at enhancing efficiency of public institutions through policy advice, technical assistance, skills development and on-demand consultancy.

What We Do

UNDP works hand in hand with the Government of Sweden to strengthen public sector in Georgia and ease implementation of the Government’s reform agenda. The current phase of the programme was set in motion in 2015 and will end in 2020. Emphasis is devoted to development of an efficient public administration system for stronger rule of law and democratic accountability along further rapprochement to European values and principles.

Some results so far

 Redesigning the concept of the National Science Library of Georgia. Photo: Melissa Stonehill/UNDP
Since 2003, the Governance Reform Fund has benefited a number of public institutions in Georgia. Some specific results of the programme include:
Institutional Development
  • Improvement of a results based external aid management system, including the creation of a donors’ database, at the Donor Coordination Unit of the Administration of the Government of Georgia.
  • Strengthened whistle-blower protection mechanisms within the civil service of Georgia
  • Development of a  web-based information portal for managing educational records at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia 
  • Establishment of an electronic certification system for merit-based selection into the civil service;
  • Improved multi-hazard risk mapping, including hydrological and hydraulic modelling and geological database generation, for mitigating future disasters such as floods and landslides.
  • EU-Georgia Association Agreement electronic monitoring system for greater government transparency and public engagement

Public Service Delivery

  • Establishment of the Innovative Service Lab to improve the quality of public services in Georgia.
  • Assistance to emergency centre 112 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia in designing accessible services for the people with hearing and speaking impairments. 

Policy Development

  • The National Action Plan on Mental Health drafted and adopted in January 2015.
  • Development of Waste Classification Guideline for seven ministries involved in carrying out Waste Management Code of Georgia
  • Advancement of waste recycling technologies in the city of Batumi, Georgia
  • Evidence-based recommendations on consumer rights protection for successful economic policy reforms

Technical assistance and policy support to the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs; Public Service Development Agency of the Ministry of JusticeCivil Service BureauMinistry of Education and ScienceMinistry of Environment and Natural Resources ProtectionMinistry of CorrectionsMinistry of Finance, Office of State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and others. Across these agencies, over 3500 public servants have received training and professional development support from GRF initiatives. 

Since the outset, GRF runs capacity development programmes covering almost all governmental institutions in Georgia. 

Who finances it: 2015-2020

Swedish Government (SIDA) US$ 2,498,815 
UNDP US$      20,000


2016 US$ 355,099.27
2015 US$ 435,255.29
2014 US$ 634,660.64
2013 US$   87,526.60

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