The Voice of Georgia
More than 3,000 Georgians took part in the MY World survey
Michael Jackson, the beloved king of pop, in one of his songs urges to make the world a better place to live in. Wonder what this world looks like? Is it a world with cleaner air and greener environment? A world without hunger and discrimination? A world which creates equal opportunities for all? We all have our peculiar scenarios, as most of us have at least once given a thought to what changes in the world would mark the most difference in our lives.
- Quality education with 78% appears to be the top priority for the Georgians.
- Jobs with 71%, sustainable healthcare system with 66%, protection against crime and violence with 51%, and good governance with 49% make it to the top of the Georgians’ priority list.
- Georgians vote through focus groups, SMS and online platform MYWorldGeorgia.org.
This year, the United Nations decided to ask people around the world exactly this question: MYWorld is an unprecedented global consultation which runs in 194 countries; it gathers the voices of people about the world which best suits the needs and necessities of its inhabitants. At the moment, more than 1 million people have already selected their priorities.
Georgia joined the survey in summer 2013 with a massive campaign gathering the universities, colleges, grass root, non-governmental and youth organizations. The survey captured the mindsets of Georgians from all over the country, from big cities to tiny villages. The data was acquired through sms voting, online platform, in depth discussions. Although the survey is still ongoing, some of the early results have already been announced.
Quality education with 78% appears to be the top priority for the Georgians. As one of the participants of the survey, Nino Kapanadze, explains, good education builds up the foundation for individual success, relations with society and state, while the lack of such is an obstacle to progress and development of the country.
“I think that education plays crucial role in securing prosperity, development and growth of the country,“ Kapanadze says.
The preliminary results also show that jobs with 71%, sustainable healthcare system with 66%, protection against crime and violence with 51% and good governance with 49% make it to the top of the Georgians’ priority list.
“I voted for the government which works for people, listens to their concerns, fulfills the promises, is professional and patriotic, sets the right priorities, and warrants security, territorial integrity and improvement of living standards,” says Anuki Mosiashvili, a student from Tbilisi.
The methodology of the survey allows crafting the regional interactive map of needs in Georgia, which illustrates some of the local differences. For instance, the citizens of Samtske-Javakheti in South Georgia opt for the enhanced equality between men and women. In the mountainous region of Racha-Lechkhumi, the phone and internet access, better transport and roads are considered to be most important.
Since the outset of the survey, representatives of the state institutions have been closely engaged in the process: the Chairperson of the Parliament, David Usupashvili, was one of the first who voted online and selected his priorities. The results of the survey prove to be extremely valuable as Georgia is working on its national development strategy– the first in this decade.
Except a national outlook, the MY World survey created a two-way global interaction platform: on one hand, a channel was built to directly speak to the UN and world leaders; on the other hand, it allowed decision-makers to consult the world on what the next development goals should be. With the Millennium Development Goals gradually going to an end, the results of MY World will feed into the final report and recommendations for a new 2015 development framework.
The survey is still ongoing. If you have not voted yet, visit http://myworldgeorgia.org/ and have a say in designing the world which will be a better place to live in.
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