In-depth

Georgia tolerance
An ethnic Chechen resident of the Pankisi Gorge, north-east Georgia. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

UNDP assists Georgia in promoting legislative, executive and judicial reforms. Our assistance targets key areas of Georgia’s democratic transformation, including:

  • Effective public sector
  • Strong Parliament
  • Access to justice
  • Free and fair elections
  • Decentralization and competent local and self-governance
  • Regional and local development
  • Professional and independent media
  • Active civil society
  • Open and secure borders
  • Gender equality
  • Human rights and liberties, including gender equality and the respect to national, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, persons with disabilities and vulnerable communities.

Free and Fair Elections

UNDP Georgia elections
Representatives of political parties, national observers and the media sign an electoral Code of Conduct. May 2010. Photo: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

2012 parliamentary polls demonstrated Georgia’s maturity as a state for the conduct of democratic election and a peaceful transfer of power.

OSCE/ODIHR concluded that parliamentary elections marked an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections in line with international commitments. The electoral administration enjoyed a high level of confidence and managed elections in a professional manner. According to the 2013 Freedom House Survey, Georgia has achieved electoral democracy status.

The improvement of electoral environment was determined by the professional Electoral Administration, new Election Code, increased professionalism of the media and local observers, proactive civil society, and well-informed voters.

Many of those developments resulted from UNDP’s decade-long support to the electoral process in Georgia, which has been highlighted in OSCE/ODIHR report.

Reform of judiciary

UNDP Georgia justice
Legal aid consultation in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia. May 2010. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

UNDP has been a longstanding supporter of reforms in the justice system of Georgia, working closely with the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance and the court system.

We brought international experience into initiatives such as training judges and lawyers on human rights standards, assisting with the set-up of effective systems of public outreach, and backing the rapid rollout and expansion of the state-funded Legal Aid Service.