Achievements of PIN GeorgiaPIN has been working in Georgia since 2006 and has been implementing more than 30 projects for and with IDPs, entrepreneurs, farmers, NGOs, local government authorities, schools and youth. The main sectors in which PIN Georgia works are Civil Society Development & Local Governance, Social Support & Inclusion and Agriculture & Rural Development.
Support for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
In order to improve the economic situation of rural areas, in particular, PIN has provided small business owners and farmers with the support needed to establish their own businesses since 2006. Those who succeed in the open competition are then provided with grants to purchase the equipment needed to start their business. So far, PIN has supported the establishment of over 200 small and medium-sized businesses in two districts of western Georgia as well as in the capital of Tbilisi. In addition, more than 100 community projects have been implemented.
PIN also pays attention to the setting-up of businesses that employ people from disadvantaged groups, such a refugees, women and young people from large families. Since 2012, the organization has taken part in the development of social entrepreneurship, which offers job opportunities to disadvantaged groups.
Support of Agriculture and Rural Development
In order to reduce rural poverty in Georgia, in 2014, PIN launched EU-funded agriculture and rural development ENPARD project in Imereti and Racha regions. The project facilitated the establishment of agricultural cooperatives through competitive grants and supported its members to build organizational and business capacities. This allowed farmers to improve farming and marketing skills, which clearly indicated in increased production volume and improved sales. Consequently, during two years, totally, 32 agricultural cooperatives were set up and trained in nine municipalities of Imereti and Racha regions.
In 2015 PIN introduced the LEADER approach to Georgia, which targets all types of local public, private and civic actors and individual inhabitants to create local partnerships and direct local resources towards more effective development. In 2016 under the project 26 small business owners and farmers' initiatives were supported in Kazbegi. The project has to be a powerful tool which will create attractive economic opportunities for young people to stay in rural areas.
Besides, from 2015 PIN works to improve synergy between the labor market demands of the agribusiness sector and skills and qualifications offered by the formal, non-formal and informal vocational education. For this reason, PIN supported five vocational education institutions to develop institutional capacities and offer better quality agricultural education.
Development of Civil Society
As part of a program focused on the development of civil society, PIN has mostly paid attention to the promotion of youth initiatives and emerging non-governmental organizations in two regions of western Georgia and in the capital of Tbilisi. Since 2008 PIN has contributed to civil society development through supporting youth initiatives, NGOs and cooperating with local authorities in the regions of Imereti and Guria. Over six years, more than 4000 young people have implemented their community projects, thus contributing to human rights promotion, environmental protection, integration of people with disabilities and many other issues.
Over a period of three years, PIN has trained more than 600 young people and representatives of non-governmental organizations in problem identification, project management, preparation of project applications and collaboration with local assemblies.
In 2012-2013, PIN also supported initiatives in remote regions of Georgia (and also Azerbaijan and Armenia) in organizing small-scale documentary film festivals in their communities, screening documentaries on crucial issues (conflict transformation, human rights). In 2013, two rounds of CAUCADOC film festivals took place in sixteen cities of the South Caucasus – five of them were held in Armenia, three in Azerbaijan and seven in Georgia and disputed territory of Abkhazia. Each festival lasted up to three days. Altogether, more than 4900 people attended the festivals, watched quality documentary movies and participated in follow-up debates. Since 2014, four of those festivals in Georgia continue screening films without PIN´s support.
As a follow-up of the project, CAUCADOC Videotheque with 27 documentary movies in four language versions (Georgian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Russian) and How to Organize a Documentary Film Festival manual were created, giving people the opportunity to organize their own “Do It Yourself” screening.
Between 2014-16 PIN implemented the World Bank supported “Youth Inclusion and Social Accountability Project” which aimed at inclusion and better engagement of young people in decision-making at the local level in three target districts of Georgia – Gurjaani in Kakheti region and Tskaltubo and Terjola in Imereti region. In the frames of the project were elaborated municipal action plans, which reflected needs of the municipal population. According to the action plans, 41 village schools of Terjola, Sagarejo and Tskaltubo were provided with 6,000 books and sports equipment, in 10 villages of Sagarejo were opened youth clubs, fully equipped with computers and all the necessary office facilities. Besides, for the Terjola and Tskaltubo municipalities were purchased garbage containers and a garbage truck.
In 2015 PIN has started new civil society development project, that aims to strengthen the link between public and civil actors and harmonise their activities in the area of social inclusion by establishing a joint advisory board, the Advisory committee on Social Inclusion, and piloting PIN Social Integration Program in the municipalities of Tkibuli, Khoni, Gori and Zugdidi. The joint action of the advisory committee produced Municipal Strategies on Social Inclusion which reflects the needs of the population and will contribute to the improvement of the social services at the local level.
Support for Vulnerable Groups and their Integration into Society
Support for vulnerable groups of the population has been in People in Need's focus since 2009 when it started providing field social services to refugees in the west of Georgia. Within the project, PIN has initiated the establishment of standards for social work, which have been applied since then in field social work aimed at internally displaced people who had to leave their homes during the conflict in the 1990s and who still live in appalling conditions.
Between 2009 and 2011, trained social workers visited two thousand families, helped them deal with documents and communication with authorities, and provided them with psychosocial support and other services, such as the facilitation of retraining courses, and so on.
In 2012, People in Need established cooperation with the state welfare authority and they together started delivering social services to young people from large and incomplete poor rural families, whose family situation inhibits their social involvement. In the course of 2012, social workers visited and offered support to 150 families.
In 2015 PIN has started project supporting social inclusion of youth with disabilities. The project focuses on youth who have completed compulsory schooling between 14 and 19 years old and particularly in pilot regions will train local institution representatives and pilot new services and support methods. Through the grants scheme, the project will also reach youth with physical disabilities involved in projects supported by NGOs and youth initiatives. In total, 4-6 supported projects and 15 initiatives will have a direct impact on approximately 200-300 young people with disabilities.
Education through Documentary Movies
PIN has been implemented educational projects in Georgia since 2011, focusing on cooperation with schools and on the delivery of attractive methods of teaching human rights issues. PIN Georgia uses and develops PIN´s One World in School's educational program, which originally started in the Czech Republic in 2001. The One World in Schools methodology combines documentary movies, other audiovisual aids and follow-up activities and helps teachers to teach more effectively about complex social issues and human rights.
In the framework of CAUCADOC, Armenian and Georgian secondary schools are provided with toolkits containing the methodological guide for teachers, 5-8 documentary movies, chosen specifically for young people, and tools for interactive activities (role games, quizzes, sample worksheets etc.). Two such toolkits are available in Georgia and one in Armenia.
During 2013, 80 schools in Armenia and 131 schools in Georgia use the methodology and by the end of 2013-2014 school year, 1000 more teachers started to use it, based on cooperation with the Armenian National Institute of Education and Georgian Teachers Professional Development Center.
Supporting Documentary Moviemaking
PIN was supporting documentary moviemaking in the countries of South Caucasus between 2012-2014, recognizing the crucial role of culture and movies in civil society development. Over the last two years, groups of Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani filmmakers worked with experienced international tutors on the dramaturgy and production strategy of their film projects. Each year nine projects completed CAUCADOC Project Development Course, which consisted of two week-long workshops and one consultancy session in between. In the conclusion of the course, the teams had the opportunity to present their projects to international film funders, commissioning editors and festival representatives at Pitch.Doc held during Tbilisi International Film Festival. The most promising teams were provided with scholarships to attend important European documentary events in the following year.
During the three years project, 17 master classes and roundtables were held in both Georgia and Armenia providing the opportunity to filmmakers and policymakers meet and discuss what documentary film is, what its powers are, and which are the obstacles are connecting to filmmaking in the countries of South Caucasus.
Support of Socio-Economic Development and Cooperation Among FarmersIn 2011-2012 PIN will implement three projects intending to support the socio-economic development of the regions of Georgia. Below is given the brief information about the projects. Establishing agricultural enterprises based on cooperation between the farmers The project is supported by the MFA of Czech Republic. The main target group involve agriculturists, farmers and existing riculturists, farmers and existing enterprisers of Tskaltubo and Bagdati rayon of Imereti.
Project has following objectives:Promoting cooperation between related businesses, agriculturists and other institutions; Increasing the number of sustainable trades and businesses that focus on cooperation within related agriculture sectors;
The following results are planned to be achieved by the overall project:50 people will increase their awareness on advantages of cooperating through trainings and specialized counselling; Informational materials about advantages of agricultural cooperation will be prepared and distributed among representatives of the selected communities; 40 enterprisers will undergo intensive business trainings; 2 agricultural enterprises, associating as minimum 30 agriculturists, will be established through the grant competition; 10 people will complete special long-term training course for the managers of agricultural enterprises; 30 people will increase their qualification by means of the special trainings.
Supporting cooperation among the farmers
The project will be implemented in Zugdidi municipality of Samegrelo region and Tskhaltubo district of Imereti. Project aims:Promoting the advantages of cooperation among individual agriculturists; Increasing the number of sustainable businesses and enterprises in agricultural areas; Supporting the development of rural agricultural areas through implementation of community projects; Increasing the capacity of new and existing enterprisers, farmers and other members of the selected localities;
The following results are planned to be achieved:50 people will increase their awareness on advantages of cooperating within the respective sector through seminars and meetings leaded by experts; 25 individual agriculturists will cooperate in eight economically independent, sustainable, newly established enterprises; At least, eight community projects will be implemented in the selected rural communities; 60 people will improve their managerial and entrepreneurial skills and just as much on new technologies, etc
Supporting entrepreneurship between women in rural areas of Georgia
Project is implemented in the frames of the support of the MFA of Polish Republic and will be accomplished in Tkibuli and Tskaltubo municipalities of Imereti region. Project has the following objectives: assisting the woman leaders in the selected villages and supporting the local entrepreneurship.
Project anticipates supporting the micro businesses led by the women through announcing grant competition, providing capacity building trainings concerning business plan writing, marketing skills, new technologies. Also, vocational courses will be held for the selected beneficiaries. 6-8 micro grants are to be allocated in the frames of the project, 30 women will attend capacity building trainings and 10 women will undergo vocational courses. Winner grantees will implement community projects aiming to solve local problems such as rehabilitation of the ambulatories, schools, kindergartens, etc. The needs will be identified on the focus group meetings in the target communities. Community projects will be implemented by grantees at their own expense and cost of each project will be 20-30% of the amount requested from PIN.