Fostering Regional and Local Development in Georgia

Assistance to the Government of Georgia in the implementation of a systemic reform of regional and local governance 

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UNDP, with funds from the Swiss and Austrian governments, is assisting Georgia to implement a systemic reform of local and regional governance, increase citizen engagement in decision-making and create an enabling environment for the local economic growth. The first phase of this initiative, 2012 – 2017, focused on the assistance to the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia in the key reform areas. The second phase, 2018 – 2021, is supporting and promoting the ongoing reform, focusing on decentralization, local economic development, civic engagement and the increased capacities of the national and local institutions to deliver quality services at the local level.


UNDP assists Georgia in building strong and competent local self-governance institutions that will act as catalysts in stimulating regional and local economies and foster the inclusion of people into policy-making for the benefit of all citizens, including women, men, youth, displaced and minority groups.

To achieve that, we work in following three areas:

  1. Establishment of policy and institutional frameworks to foster decentralization of governance and local and economic development (LED);
  2. Enhancement of capacities of national and local government institutions to deliver quality services at the local level, enable business environment and promote local economic actors;
  3. Economic and social empowerment of local communities to ease their access to decision-making.

Results so far

  • Development of a national concept for decentralization and local self-governance, presented by the Parliament and Government of Georgia in 2017. 
  • New policies and strategies, including development strategies for the six regions of Georgia and the Law on the Development of Mountainous Regions of Georgia adopted in July 2014.
  • Training for over 4,000 local public servants.
  • Establishment of the National Training System for Local Civil Servants.
  • Engagement of civil society and local communities into the governance process. Over 30 local projects have been implemented in 6 regions of Georgia in 2015-2016, focusing on local tourism development, infrastructure, public services, education, business development and other areas
  • A series of research conducted in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to study citizen satisfaction with public services in Georgia. 

Contact information

Project address

12 Kazbegi Avenue
Tbilisi 0176 Georgia

Contact persons

Tinatin Tkeshelashvili
Project Manager

Gigi Bregadze
UNDP Democratic Governance Team Leader



Project start date:

December 2017

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Georgia

    Implementing partner:

    Min. of Reg. Devlpm. & Infra

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Geo-government
  • Austrian Development Agency
  • Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation - Sdc
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $323,397

    2019 $1,665,431

    2018 $581,142

    2017 $0

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