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Project Promoting DCFTA in Georgia

Overall, the project is a contribution to the acceleration of Georgia's European integration. The project aims at strengthening region-based civil society organizations (CSOs) along the implementation of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) - part of the Association Agreement of Georgia with the European Union, and along the implementation of the national policy on small ll and medium enterprises (SME).  

Still, a very small number of Georgian companies (according to some surveys only 6%) trade with the EU under the DCFTA. Region-based SME and particularly rural entrepreneurs with limited access to expertize, finance and difficulties entering new markets have to eventually comply with DCFTA regulations. In this regard, regional CSOs can serve as effective vectors of democratic and socio economic development in the rural regions.

 

Thus, the project strives to the following outcomes:


1. Increased capacity of Local Action Groups (LAGs) and other CSOs to act as resource channels on relevant aspects of the DCFTA for micro- and small enterprises and agri-producers in their target areas.


2. Increased capacity of LAGs and other CSOs to facilitate engagement of rural population in their areas in policy dialogue. The project's target regions include Imereti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kakheti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Adjara and Kvemo-Kartli.  

 

The outcomes will be achieved through the following activities:


• Increasing the knowledge of 24 CSOs and LAG's in the targeted rural areas - on food safety and quality standards, technical aspects of agricultural standards, environmental protection, value chain development and energy efficiency.


• Enabling the targeted CSO and LAG's to develop skills of value chain research, analysis, gathering and disseminating the information about local products with export potential in the context of DCFTA.


• Supporting the targeted CSOs and LAG's to establish "DCFTA information and resource desks" and disseminate information to micro- and small businesses and agri producers in their area of operation about agriculture-relevant aspects of DCFTA, relevant government- or donor-led programs as well as various loan schemes matching their needs and capabilities.


• Improving the target CSOs' position to advocate and engage in the policy dialogue and linking with national-level CSO networks such as the Georgian Alliance on Agriculture and Rural Development (GAARD) enabling them to monitor the effects of DCFTA and SME policy on local producers and SMEs and contribute to formulation of policy recommendations.

 

• Enabling target CSOs and LAGs to organize public information sessions in their regions/municipalities with participation of government agency staff (e.g. National Food Agency, Entrepreneurship Development Agency, Innovations Agency, Information and Consultation Centers etc.) to maximize outreach and increase visibility.  


• Utilize national-level advocacy efforts using the GAARD platform to engage with policymakers at the national level, bringing up concerns identified at local and regional levels.  


• Engage various stakeholders, as well as minorities, vulnerable groups in the project-specific activities and secure gender-sensitive approach through the project lifecycle.

 

DonorEuropean Commission 
Partners
: Rural Communities Development Agency, PMC Research Center, Association Atinati, BRIDGE - Innovation and Development and Georgian Alliance on Agriculture and Rural Development
Implementation Period
: 03/04/2017 - 02/10/2019 
Budget
: EUR 625,000

 

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Civil Society Development Project

  The main Goal of the project "Enhancing the Participation of Regional CSOs in Policy Dialogue on Social Inclusion in Georgia" is to strengthen the link between public and civic actors and harmonize their activities in the area of social inclusion by establishing a joint advisory body, the Advisory Council on Social Inclusion (AC), and piloting PIN Social Integration Program on Programme (SIP) approach with four CSOs in four municipalities.  

The Joint action of the Advisory Council will produce strategic directions for local social inclusion activities. An Intensive capacity building, mentoring and networking activities will support targeted CSOs to become stronger partners to public institutions and participate in setting priorities and increasing the efficiency of social inclusion programmes at local and national levels.

Target Groups of the Project:

1. Civil Society Organizations (CSO)
2. Local Authorities (LAs)
3. Vulnerable groups

Project Activities:

Activity 1: Transfer of PIN social integration approaches to the Georgian context
Activity 2: Capacity building of the four region-based CSOs
Activity 3: Formation of the Advisory Committee on Social Inclusion and its agenda
Activity 4: Study tour toCzech Republic
Activity 5: Networks to advocate on national level for improved social services at the local level
Activity 6: Expert study and participatory needs assessment on social services available and vulnerable groups failing to reach state social assistance
Activity 7: Capacity-building of advisory committees on strategic planning
Activity 8: Preparation of Local Social Inclusion Strategy with integrated 2 Annual Action Plans
Activity 9: Participatory monitoring of the municipal budgeting, accountability and social inclusion programs 

Expected results:

Result 1: CSOs engagement in policy dialogue on social inclusion will be increased through enhanced expertise, capacity, consolidated evidence and networking 

Result 2: Local Social Inclusion Strategy reflecting population needs and including innovative approaches will be produced in a participatory way.

Result 3: Innovative approaches for CSOs participation in locally coordinated programs on social inclusion will be piloted.

Donor: European UnionMinistry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic

Implementing organization: People in Need (PIN)
Partner organization: Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG)
Locations: Imereti (Tkibuli, Khoni), Samegrelo (Zugdidi) and Shida Kartli (Gori) regions. 
Implementation period: January 15, 2016 - May 15, 2018 
Budget: 533, 275 EUR

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Promoting Transparant and Effective Decision Making Process on Local Level

  The mission of this project is to provide the support to citizens, the non-profit sector, and the independent media in an attempt at increasing the transparency of local decision-making processes and strengthening local government representatives´ sense of responsibility towards the public.    The main objective of this project is to establish the ct is to establish the collaboration between NGOs, citizens and other stakeholders in problem identification and transparent solution in Tkibuli, Terjola and Samtredia districts of Imereti region.

 

The primary activities of this project cover following areas:

 

- Trainings for local government on the topics of open governance, strategic planning, participatory decision making and on ways of working with representatives from the non-profit sector, media and general public;

 

- Establishment of Municipal Advisory Committees, which will include representatives from local government, NGOs, youth, the private sector, and the media, and which will be responsible for creating, implementing and monitoring the Municipal Action Plans;

 

- Identification of the Municipalities´ most important problems according to residents;

 

- Preparation and implementation of the Municipal Action Plan;

 

- An increase in the institutional capacities of NGOs in the target municipalities;

 

- An increase in the capacities of the local Youth Centers as places of meeting and interaction that is indispensable for increasing young people´s civic engagement.

 

After the implementation of the project activities:

 

- the selected municipalities will be able to address their problems effectively and transparently through Municipal Action Plans that have been prepared, implemented and monitored jointly by local government and citizen representatives;

 

- the local NGOs will be able to represent the public´s interest, thus the local government representatives´ sense of responsibility towards the public will increase;

 

- the role of young generation in municipal decision-making process will be strengthened by actively including young people in addressing local issues and implementing the Municipal Action Plans.

 

 

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic

 

Partners: Civic Association Oživení; Terjola Youth Center

 

Implementation period: 01/01/2014 – 01/10/2015 

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Youth Inclusion and Social Accountability Project-YISAP

      YISAP, funded by World Bank and implemented by PIN, aims for inclusion and better engagement of young people in decision-making at the local level in three target districts of Georgia – Gurjaani and Telavi districts in Kakheti region and Tskaltubo in Imereti region.   The YISAP will contribute to promote inclusive growth by developing mech te inclusive growth by developing mechanisms for young people to be involved in development decisions at the local level. Thanks to the project, youth and local government authorities will be able to jointly tackle issues facing their communities, then they will witness their ideas turn into action and in turn, make the local authorities more accountable to their citizens.

 

What distinguish YISAP from other youth inclusive project is the usage of ICT and social media as tools for gathering the views of young people and engaging them in the project. Based on the mapping of existing ICT and social media tools already used by target group, there will be development of and investment in the necessary ICT infrastructure to enable the virtual participation of young people in the project activities.

 

The primary activities of the project cover following areas:

 

1. Survey and assessment to identify especially vulnerable groups of young people who may need special attention and strategies to be drawn into the project activities;

2. Mapping of the existing ICT and social media already used by young people and based on the findings, there will be development of and investment in the necessary ICT infrastructure;

3. Identifying the best social media and ICT tools for gathering the views of young people and creating social media campaign to fulfill this aim;

4. Participatory meetings and process whereby young people, local leaders, authorities and decision makers review the problems of young people identified in the earlier consultation process and choose a priority service delivery area where action may be feasible under the project;

5. Creating and implementing the Action plan and further participatory evaluation by young of its implementation.

 

 

 

Donor:World Bank

 

Partners: Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia; local municipal authorities of Gurjaani, Telavi and Tskaltubo; international, regional and local NGOs working in the youth sector

 

Implementation period: 01/05/2014 - 01/04/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Youth Active Involvement in the Community Life

1. Activation of young people and support for the representatives of civil initiatives to ensure their participation in the region's public life 2. Enhanced capacities of local government representatives and teachers concerning the involvement of active youth in the region's public life Main activities Cooperation with local authorities (public meetings, trainings, workshops cal authorities (public meetings, trainings, workshops )
Grass-roots Capacity Building
Active citizenship summer camp
Small Grant Allocation
Participatory and Joint Projects
Study trip to the Czech Republic
Publishing of manual of best practices

Small Grants

Secondary-school youth initiatives receive small grants, provided on the basis of open competition. (max. GEL 1000). The competition has two rounds and focus on a participatory approach to projects. A contribution from the local authorities is required for each project. 
A tender is organized for existing initiatives and emerging NGOs, in which they can receive a grant of up to GEL 5,000.

Youth Capacity Building

Representatives of the funded initiative groups will be conducted trainings and seminars for their capacity building. Main topics of the trainings will be:

1. Initial training on proposal writing 
2. Project management and reporting
3. Training of trainers 
4. Human Rights

Cooperation with local authorities

PIN is cooperating with the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affaires (Memorandum of Understanding signed) and the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. Main aim of cooperation is support in the implementation of National Youth Policy at the local level.

PIN is going to intensify working with local authorities to hand over its three years experience of supporting youth initiatives and thus contribute to the civil society development in Georgia. In addition to the participatory projects co-funded by municipalities, trainings and seminars will be conducted on the following topics:

1. Strategic planning
2. Youth policy
3. Public cooperation within the community

Partners:

Local Partner organization: CDA-Community Development Association-XXI

Agora CE (CZ NGO), Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and regional training centers .

Implementation period: May 2012 - December 2013.

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic

 

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Civil Society Youth Project

In cooperation with other CZ NGO (Agora CE), PIN is implementing civil society (youth) project since promoted civic activism and cooperation with local administration. Main project aim is to support citizen participation in decision making and establishment and actual operation of citizens' initiatives on local level in five towns of Georgia: Tkibuli, Terjola, Samtredia, Khoni and Lanchkhuti uti.
Aim

The general aim of the project is to increase the quality of citizen competencies of the Georgian generation close to productive age and to enable a gradual increase of its influence on public life in Georgia.

Main activities

 

Cooperation with local authorities
Grass-roots Capacity Building
Small Grant Allocation
Participatory and Joint Projects
Publishing of manual for youth and local authorities
Small Grants

Youth initiatives of secondary schools will receive small grants (1000,- GEL for new projects and up to 2500, - GEL for already existing initiatives), which will be given on the basis of open competition. The competition will have two rounds and will focus on participatory approach to projects. For all projects, a contribution of local authorities will be required. It will be necessary to create a document that certifies co-financing.

Youth Capacity Building

Representatives of the funded initiative groups will be conducted trainings and seminars for their capacity building. Main topics of the trainings will be:
• Fundraising and proposal writing 
• Training of Trainers 
• Human Rights 
• Project management and reporting

Cooperation with local authorities

PIN is going to intensify working with local authorities to hand over its three years experience of supporting youth initiatives and thus contribute to the civil society development in Georgia. In addition to the participatory projects co-funded by municipalities, trainings and seminars will be conducted on the following topics:
• Strategic planning
• Public cooperation in the community
• Youth Policy Development

Implementation period: March 2011 - October 2012.

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic

 

 

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Transformation Assistance

In cooperation with other CZ NGO (Agora CE), PIN promoted civic activism and cooperation with local administration. Main project aim is to support citizen participation in decision making and establishment and actual operation of citizens' initiatives on local level in five towns of Georgia: Tkibuli, Terjola, Samtredia, Khoni and Lanchkhuti. Main activities: Cooperation with local g>

Cooperation with local authorities Grass-roots Capacity Building Small Grant Allocation • Participatory and Joint Projects

 

New Ideas New Perspectives - Manual for Youth Initiatives

Manual for Youth Initiatives: New Ideas New Perspectives was published at the beginning stage of the project. On the one hand it was summarizing of the last year project and on the other hand the manual was created, to promote new initiatives, encourage their realization with best practices and examples how to get involved in public life and become more active citizens.

 New Ideas New Perspectives - Manual for Youth Initiatives (PDF VERSION)

Small grants

On the basis of open contest grants have been allocated to local initiative groups and NGO. Projects aimed at civil society development in the regions.

Projects funded:

 Samtredia

Pure Environment Together Against Drugs Debate Club, Youth Council Together to the Future We Remember Love and Need You Youth Voluntary Service

Lanchkhuti 

Youth Against Violence Pure Water

 Tskaltubo

For Educated Society From Garbage to Garden

Terjola

learn and Build a Future They are Counting a Centuries Doves of Peace for Ecology

Tkibuli

TDF web-site Highlight the Youth

Duration of intervention: January -December 2010

Funded by: Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

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Transformation Assistance

     In cooperation with other CZ NGO (Agora CE), PIN promoted civic activism and cooperation with local administration. Main project aim is to support citizen participation in decision making and establishment and actual operation of citizens' initiatives on local level in five towns of Georgia: Tkibuli, Terjola, Samtredia, Khoni and Lanchkhuti. Main activities: C tivities:

Cooperation with local authorities
Grass-roots Capacity Building
Small Grant Allocation
Participatory Projects

Small grants

On the basis of open contest grants have been allocated to local initiative groups and NGO. Projects aimed at civil society development in the regions.

Projects funded:

Terjola: Youth Forum for Active citizenship; Healthy life-healthy environment; Catalogue of Historical Places of Terjola; Training Course on Self-realization
Tkibuli: Fans of Journalism, Experience to Become Professionals; Youth Against local problems
Samtredia: Youth Voluntary Service; Young Leaders in the Service of Samtredia Youth; Puppet Theatre for Charity; Cleaning Activity; Debate Club, You Will Never Be Alone; Youth Library; Modeling of School Self-governance.
Khoni: Training Course on Human Rights; Radio Set at School; Puppet Theatre for Tolerance; Intellectual Games; Tourism Development-Taking Care of Historical Heritage
Lanchkhuti: Youth Information Center; Let's Join Hands; Access to Public Information; Follow the Healthy Life-style; School Council; Community Consultation Center

Trainings

After small grant allocation trainings have been conducted to support grass-root capacity building.
• Grass-root networking and Capacity Building: (NGO management, Proposal Writing, Fundraising, Project Management and Reporting)
• Youth Policy (for grass-roots and local authorities)
• Youth in Action Program
• Training for Trainers
• Training for Young Journalists
• English and PC courses

Participatory projects

As a result of close cooperation with local authorities, 5 projects have been co-funded by self-governments of Tkibuli, Terjola, Samtredia, Khoni and Lanchkhuti. Local governments of these locations agreed to start Small Grants Program for local initiatives as a pilot project in 2010.

Duration of intervention: March -December 2009
Funded by: Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

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Transformation Assistance to the Selected Region – Tkibuli

Transformation assistance to the selected region - Tkibuli - continues in 2009 In cooperation with other CZ NGO (Agora CE), PIN promoted civic activism and cooperation with local administration. The administration was targeted for promoting a more open approach towards the local public and decision making. Local youth initiatives were supported by a small grant. Duration of intervention: July -D ion: July -December 2008
Implementing partner: The Tkibuli Region Development Fund
Funded by: Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs    
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