UNDP works hand in hand with the Government of Sweden to strengthen public sector in Georgia and to support the Government in implementing their reform agenda. The programme’s current phase was initiated in 2015 and is due to end in 2020. Emphasis is placed on developing an efficient public administration system with the goals of developing a stronger rule of law, fostering greater democratic accountability, moving forward in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and rapprochement with the European Union.
Results so far
Since 2003, the Governance Reform Fund has benefited a number of public institutions in Georgia. Some specific results of the programme include:
- Improving external aid management and coordination mechanisms
- Increasing government transparency and civic engagement in Georgia’s EU Association Agreement process through creating an Electronic Monitoring system
- Contributing to the development of consumer rights protection and market surveillance systems
- Developing an inclusive SDG16 monitoring methodology, which, upon successful testing, will be used to effectively monitor all 17 SDGs and will serve as a model for institutionalized Government e-monitoring platforms that will enhance the management of SDGs and other national/international policies
- Establishing sustainable preventative mechanisms to mitigate future natural disasters
- Equipping 459 civil servants from 73 LEPLs and 18 ministries with the capacity and understanding of the new Law on Civil Service and anti-corruption mechanisms necessary to effectively implement reforms
- Creating a foundation for the development of critical bylaws on e-waste management through developing an EPR manual and conducting a comprehensive assessment of e-waste trends in Georgia
- Strengthening understandings of Georgia’s renewable energy capacity to facilitate the development of Georgia’s renewable energy sector
Since its establishment, GRF has run capacity development programmes for almost all governmental institutions in Georgia. In the coming years, the involvement of the private sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), members of academia, youth, and marginalized communities in GRF activities will be paramount.