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Loud and clear: Rethinking service design in Georgia

112 is one of the most dialled phone numbers in Georgia.   In 2013 alone, over 8 million of emergency calls were made to this national response hotline. Their website lists emergency services available for children, with a video tour, and frequently asked questions for those who may need immedimore

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Peace Building Game On

 What do online gaming and peacebuilding have in common?   One simple answer is they both need people to do the job together. To succeed in both building peace and network gaming, you have to be willing to communicate openly.   Tech specialists from Elva Community Engagement, an more

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After the Flood

The Rioni river basin in Georgia has been identified as the most vulnerable basin susceptible to various extreme climate events in the country. Floods, landslides and mud torrents are increasing in both intensity and frequency causing extensive damage to agriculture, forests, roads and communicationmore

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Farmer of Tomorrow

“Fresh air, smell of soil and seasonal harvest are everyday joys of a farmer,” says Tengiz Mikeladze from the remote village Buturauli.   Tengiz is a type of a farmer who was born into farming; who listens to his seedlings, and tirelessly removes the weeds for better harvest. Every new leaf mamore

Confidence that Leads to Achievement

Confidence and trust between the communities affected by conflicts are in focus of the European Union and the United National Development Programme (UNDP) initiative.  Youth camps, professional training, research, healthcare services and business development make an incomplete list of the projemore

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Earth, Wind and Organic Pollutants

“What can you do for the environment? Some of us limit energy consumption, some stop littering, and some start recycling. But we often ignore the problems inherited from our irresponsible actions in the past,“ says Paata Maisashvili from Rustavi.   Paata admits that it was not long ago that he more

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I am a Woman

Gender clichés still strong in Georgia where democratic transformation and economic growth merges with deep-rooted social traditions. The recent UNDP research shows that gender perceptions, which have not changed much over years, place men in a dominant position in many areas of social, economic andmore

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Building Better Future

Batumi, Georgia’s oldest maritime city in the region of Ajara, has vast potential for tourism, agriculture and trade. Despite the country’s economic reforms, poverty here remains high, with unemployment reaching 25%, much higher than in the other parts of Georgia.   The Batumi Business Incubatomore

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A Year after the War

Some 30,000 Georgians remain displaced after a five-day armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in August 2008. Most of them face a future away from their homes. The crisis initially caused about 150,000 to flee their villages. It damaged local infrastructure, affected agriculture works and left mmore

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From Small Beginnings

Dali Chilachava fled from her home village in Abkhazia in 1993 when the first conflict broke up. Now she lives in Samegrelo, a region of Georgia that shelters more than 80,000 displaced. Dali’s family struggled from extreme poverty for 12 years until they found their rescue in growing lilies for salmore