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  • Promoting eco-innovation approach among SMEs in Georgia

    Project Name: Promoting eco-innovation approach among SMEs in Georgia
    Donor: EU4Environment
    Implementing Partners: UN Environment Programme (UNEP), CiDA, Global Compact Network Georgia

    Budjet: 95 000USD
    Project Duration: 2020-2021

    SMEs play a crucial role in the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries’ economies, and their collective environmental footprint often exceeds that of large enterprises. In order to mitigate their socio-environmental impact, while also improving SMEs’ competitiveness and resilience to risk, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union (EU) have been supporting SMEs across the globe in the development and application of “eco-innovation” – a business model that incorporates sustainability and life-cycle thinking throughout all business operations and value chain partners. Eco-innovation entails a coordinated set of modifications or novel solutions to products (goods / services), processes, market approach and overall organizational structure of a company. As part of the EU-funded EU4Environment programme, UNEP, the EU and the Global Compact Network Georgia (GCNG) will be assisting SMEs in Georgia to develop new business strategies/models that are aligned with the eco-innovation approach.

    The EU-funded “European Union for Environment” (EU4Environment) programme aims to help six of the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – to preserve their natural capital and increase people’s environmental well-being. It does so by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts. The programme is implemented by five partner organisations: OECD, UNECE, UNEP, UNIDO and the World Bank.

  • Advancing CSO Capacities and Engaging Society for Sustainability (ACCESS)

    Project Name: Advancing CSO Capacities and Engaging Society for Sustainability (ACCESS)

    Donor: East-West Management Institute (EWMI) with funding from USAID

    Budget: USD 5.5 mln

    Project Duration: 2015-2019
    Implementor: East-West Management Institute, CiDA, CTC

    Project goal: To empower CSOs to become respected community representatives capable of leading public debate and collaborating with government to create more transparent and accountable governance.

    ACCESS works to increase civic engagement, including outside of Tbilisi, through four objectives:

    1. Citizens more aware of and involved in CSO activities;
    2. CSO leadership and organizational capacity, as well as sustainability, improved across a range of organizations in and outside Tbilisi;
    3. CSOs effectively able to monitor and influence key government policies and processes; and
    4. Local ownership of Centers for Civic Engagement so that they continue to operate as politically neutral gathering spaces for public discourse.

  • Leadership for SDG in Georgia

    Project Name: Leadership for SDG in Georgia
    Donor: Government of Sweden
    Budget: 8 000 000 SEK
    Project Duration: 2018-2021
    Implementer organizations: CiDA, CSR Club, Global Compact Network Georgia
    Project goal: The project aims to enhance multi-stakeholder cooperation and business involvement in the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Georgia.

  • Strengthening Civil Society for Rural Development

    Project Name: Strengthening Civil Society for Rural Development
    Donor: European Union, United Nations Development Programme
    Budget: GEL 116,223
    Project Duration: July-December, 2019
    Implementer organization: CiDA
    Project goal: To strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to more effectively promote awareness, advocacy and activism in rural areas, and to support civil society’s ability to engage with the national Inter-Agency Coordination Council for Rural Development of Georgia as well as local governments for shaping rural development policy and ensuring government accountability.

  • Promoting CSR Education in Georgia

    Project Name: Promoting CSR Education in Georgia
    Donor: Government of Sweden
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA
    Budget: 510 000 SEK
    Duration: January-July, 2019
    Project Goal: The project aims to build capacity and awareness among principal stakeholders in Georgia such as business, government, CSOs, media and youth on the concept of corporate sustainability, its importance for sustainable development in the country, and ways of promotion of internationally recognized standards by companies, government, media and civil society.

  • Joint Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia

    Project Name: Joint Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia
    Donor: Government of Norway
    Implementing Organisation: UN Women, CiDA, GFA, TASO Foundation
    Budget: USD 216 704
    Project Duration: 2018-2019
    Project Goal: The goal of the project is to ensure that women, particularly the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development in Georgia.  The project beneficiaries  include three main target groups: private sector; government; and women, vulnerable and marginalized groups of women, as well as women business enterprises

  • Training and Employment Support Initiative (TESI) in the Criminal Justice Sector

    Project Name: Training and Employment Support Initiative (TESI) in the Criminal Justice Sector in Georgia
    Donor: European Union
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA, Georgian Farmers Association, DVV International
    Budget: 688 500
    Duration: 2016-2019
    Project Goal: The aim of the project is to develop vocational  retraining and employment opportunities for former and current convicts, persons on probation, juvenile under diversion and their family members through involvement of state, private sector and civil society.

  • Food and Agriculture SME Support Initiative (FASSI)

    Project Name: Food and Agriculture SME Support Initiative (FASSI)
    Donor: European Union
    Implementing Organisation: GFA, CiDA, ISET, Atinati, EDA
    Budget: Euro 161 663
    Project Goal: The goal of this project is to strengthen the capacity of BSOs in the food and agriculture sectors so that they may more effectively assist SMEs to comply with the new regulations, gain access to EU markets, and improve their business relationships locally and abroad, and to more effectively engage into the public-private dialogue on DCFTA and SME related policies, including contribution to the elaboration of national sectorial strategies and policy recommendations.

  • Improving Secondary Crime Prevention for Juveniles and Children in Conflict with Law

    Project Name: Improving Secondary Crime Prevention for Juveniles and Children in Conflict with Law
    Donor: European Union
    Implementing Organisations: CiDA, GCRT
    Budget: Euro 66 756
    Duration: 2016-2019
    Project Goal: The Project goal is to encourage young people to promote culture, art and to develop cognitive awareness in order to prevent juvenile crime in future.

  • Partnering for Migrants' Rights (G-PMR)

    Project Name: Partnering for Migrants’ Rights (G-PMR)
    Donor: Open Society Foundations
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA
    Budget: 111 877 USD
    Duration: 2017-2018
    Project Goal: To join the effort to effectively protect and enhance the rights of current, potential and returned migrants by the Regional Civil Society Network, government, businesses and media through awareness raising and advocacy activities; to ensure sustainability of the process by contributing to State led policies in the field of migration that are in line with relevant EU-Georgia Agreements and other international standards.

  • Increasing opportunities for Poor Communities and Micro Entrepreneurs Involved in the Georgian Tourism Sector

    Project Name: Increasing opportunities for Poor Communities and Micro Entrepreneurs Involved in the Georgian Tourism Sector
    Donor: World Bank, Japan Social Development Fund
    Implementing Organisation: Biological Farming Association “Elkana”, CiDA
    Budget: USD 94 562
    Duration: 29.05.2017-31.12.2017
    Project Goal: Poverty Reduction and encouraging small businesses in touristic destinations of Georgia; Rehabilitation works at Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

  • Young Entrepreneurship Synergy- Network for Georgia-Azerbaijan Cross-Border Cooperation

    Project Name: Young Entrepreneurship Synergy- Network for Georgia-Azerbaijan Cross-Border Cooperation
    Donor: European Union, GIZ
    Budget: Euro: 272 600
    Project Duration: 2017-2018
    Implementer: CiDA, West Resource Public Union
    Project goal: The aim of the project is to contribute to improved living conditions in Georgia-Azerbaijan border regions to increase cross-border economic cooperation and create an enabling
    environment for enhanced economic and community relations through:
    Networking among local stakeholders to plan and advocate for the economic revitalization of border regions;
    Engaging young entrepreneurs in cross-border economic cooperation and capacity building activities.
    Strengthening local business communities to play an active role in fostering values of cross-cultural tolerance, gender equality, and environmental protection.

  • Supporting Economic Growth for Former Inmates

    Project Name: Supporting Economic Growth for Former Inmates
    Donor: Ministry of Justice of Georgia
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA
    Budget: 128 980 GEL
    Duration: 2017-2018
    Project Goal: Improving economic and social condition of former inmates through developing small business projects.

  • i-Change Regional Support Initiative

    Project Name: i-Change Regional Support Initiative
    Donor: USAID/GGI
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA, Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN)
    Budget: 93 600 GEL
    Duration: 2017-2018
    Project Goal: In 2017 Georgian government launched an e-petition platform (ichange.gov.ge). Through the platform, any Georgian citizen is able to create an electronic petition and gather signatures; petitions with a sufficient number of signatures will be sent to the government for consideration. Most importantly, the Georgian government will be obligated to provide responses to citizen petitions and make them publicly available online. The project goal is to popularize the petition platform among the local population in the regions of Georgia.

  • Private Sector Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction

    Project Name: Provate Sector Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction
    Donor: Bridge – Innovation and Development
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA
    Budget: Euro 8 000
    Duration: 2017-2018
    Project Goal: to support BRIDGE in joining the Corporate Social Responcibility (CSR) Club and the UN Global Compact Network Georgia and to support BRIDGE in capacity building on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) within CSR Club.

  • Civil Society Support to Public Administration Reforms (PAR) in Georgia

    Project Name: Civil Society Support to Public Administration Reforms (PAR) in Georgia
    Donor: UNDP, UK Aid
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA, Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN)
    Budget: 49 500 USD
    Duration: 01/03/2017-31/12/2017
    Project Goal: Project aim is to increase civil society involvement in effective implementation of the ongoing Public Administration Reform (PAR). The project is implemented in partnership with the administration of the Government of Georgia and the Civil Service Bureau.

  • Strengthening Operational Capacity of Civil Development Agency (CiDA)

    Project Name: Strengthening Operational Capacity of Civil Development Agency (CiDA) as a facilitator of Regional Civil Society Network, Corporate Social Responsibility Club and UN Global Compact Network Georgia
    Donor: European Union
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA
    Budget: 106 698 Euro
    Duration: 02/01/2017 – 31/12/2017
    Project Goal: The project aims to contribute to the capacity building of the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) a regional civil society organisation, coordinating three principal platforms in Georgia – Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Club and UN Global Compact Network Georgia.
    CSOs and particularly regional CSOs in Georgia demonstrate very low levels of overall sustainability and are forced to hunt for donor funds, which frequently means departing from the organisation’s mission in order to fit donor agendas. In order to address this issue and support CSOs in the implementation of the activities as defined in their governing documents EU financially contributes to their capacity building and enables them to effectively implement their core functions through operational grants.
    For the purposes of the present call for applications, the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) designed a work programme that enhances its operational capacity and sustainability, supports effective implementation of its activities and ensures transfer of knowledge and experience to the regional CSOs.
    The work programme complies with the overall and specific objectives for grant applicants and aims to enhance sustainability of civil society organisations in Georgia through joint solutions developed by CSOs and private sector. CiDA aims to achieve this overall objective through (1) its own capacity building as of the facilitator of the major regional CSOs and business platforms in Georgia such as – Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN) which unites 64 CSOs from all 10 regions of Georgia; Corporate Social Responsibility Club and UN Global Compact Network Georgia – corporate sustainability platforms uniting businesses and local CSOs (2) and by transfer of knowledge and experience to the CSO members of the R-CSN. Hence, the work programme has two specific objectives:
    Performance and sustainability of CiDA as a facilitator of R-CSN, CSR Club and UN Global Compact Network Georgia is enhanced;
    CiDA contributes to enhancing performance of the regional CSOs of the R-CSN.

  • Raising the Economical and Infrastructural Capabilities of Eco-Migrants in Managing the Migration Process

    Project title: Raising the Economical and Infrastructural Capabilities of Eco-Migrants in Managing the Migration Process

    Donor: European Union

    Implementer: CiDA, SIQA, Regions Development Center

    Budget: EUR 366 599

    Project Duration: 2015-2017

    Project goal: To improve he socio-economic conditions of eco-migrants in the Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions of Georgia; to support eco-migrans to overcome the struggles currently faced in reclaiming economic reintegration and self-sufficiency; to decrease the level of migration of rural youth.

  • Crossborder Economic Development (CED)

    Project title: Crossborder Economic Development (CED)

    Donor: European Union

    Implementer: CiDA, Armenia-based Support for Noyemberyan (SFN) and the Northern Branch of Eurasia Partnership Foundation

    Budget: EUR 234886

    Project duration: 2015-2017

    Project goal: to improve the living conditions of bordering communities in the Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli and Armenia’s Tavush regions. This goal will be achieved through a) strengthening cross-border cooperation between the Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions by attracting investments; b) strengthening cross-border cooperation between the Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions by increasing transactions between business entities from both regions; and c) informing business entities in the target regions about cross-border investment and trade opportunities.

  • Rural Development Advocacy Training Programme

    Project Name: Rural Development Advocacy Training Programme
    Donor:
    UNDP, European Union
    Budget:
    USD 62, 380
    Project Duration:
    September-October, 2017
    Project Goal:
    Increasing knowledge of rural development policy, its context and related processes; promoting advocacy and community mobilization by regional and Tbilisi based CSOs.

  • Legal Aid and Strategic Litigation Services in Kvemo Kartli Region

    Project Name: Legal Aid and Strategic Litigation Services in Kvemo Kartli Region
    Donor: USAID/EWMI
    Implementing Organisation: Civil Development Agency (CiDA), Association of Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG)
    Budget: GEL 137 702
    Duration: 2015-2016
    Project Goal: The purpose of the project is to improve an access to the justice for women and ethnic minority groups in Kvemo Kartli. The goal will be pursued though the identification of the strategic litigation cases, ensuring representation at court when needed, awareness rising among potential beneficiaries as well as by improving policy and legal guarantees with regard to women and ethnic minorities.
    The project involves the usage of methodology comprising four components, namely: legal aid, advocacy, awareness rising and in the area of legal support improvement of the skills and capacities.

  • Fostering Regional and Local Development in Georgia STAGE II

    Project title: Fostering Regional and Local Development in Georgia
    Donor organisations: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from SDC and ADA
    Budget: USD 80,000
    Project duration: 02/11/2015- 01/11/2016
    Project goal: Project aims to enhance citizen’s engagement in regional and local development processes

    Beneficiary regions: The project will cover six regions of Georgia: Kvemo Kartli, Guria, Samegrelo-Zvemo Svaneti, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi-Zemo Svaneti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

    Implementor: 
    Civil Development Agency in cooperation with members of Regional Civil Society Network – RCSN.

    Project Objectives:

    To help overcome the problem of lack of information and prepare ground for more extensive consultation and involvement of civil society in programming and advocacy of RAPs for 2016-2017.

    To improve public partici[ation innovative tools in self-governing cities for the purpose of effective civic participation in planning and monitoring of local social and infrastructural projects implemented within the framework of RAPs for 2016-2017.

  • Role of Civil Society in Regional Development

    Project Name: Role of Civil Society in Regional Development
    Donor: Swiss Cooperation South Caucasus, Austrian Development Cooperation
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA, Regional Civil Society Network
    Budget:  USD 80,000
    Duration: 2015-2016
    Project Goal: Assisting civil society to play active role in resolving local social and economic issues, and fostering links between local authorities and citizens.

  • Improving the Transparency and Accountability of the Local Government by Public Participation in the Activities

    Project Name: Improving the Transparency and Accountability of the Local Government by Public Participation in the Activities
    Donor: Center for Training and Consultancy, Bread for the World
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA, Georgian Association of Educational Initiatives and New initiative –Kvemo Kartli
    Budget: GEL 16650
    Duration: 2015-2016
    Project Goal: The project promotes to increase citizen participation and transparency quality in Rustavi and Gardabani Municipalities by increasing awareness of citizens’ participation mechanisms and practice evaluation, carrying out advocacy campaigns in the process of accountability and transparency of the local authorities.

  • Supporting of village representatives participation in local government

    Project Name: Supporting of village representatives participation in local government

    Donor: Open Society Georgia Foundation

    Project Implementor: CiDA in partnership with R-CSN

    Budget: USD 43 700

    Project Duration: 10/11/2015-30/06/2016

    Project Goal: The project aims to support the self-governance reform, among other ways, through the provision of civic participation during the decision-making process on local issues as well as in the process of their implementation.

  • Personalized Assistance for Georgian Migrants - Pilot Inititiative

    Project title: Personalized Assistance for Georgian Migrants – Pilot Inititiative
    Donor: Europe Foundation, Sida
    Budget: 43 870 GEL
    Project duration: 01/08/2015–29/02/2016
    Project goal: To raise awareness about migration processes and illegal migration in the regions of Georgia.

    The main objective of the project was the institutionalisation of migration-related consultation service through cultivating it in village Community Centres of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

  • Local Government Regional Initiative

    Project Name: Local Government Regional Initiative
    Donor: Open Society Georgia Foundation
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA
    Budget: USD 50 000
    Project Goal: Supporting citizens’ involvement in local government forming processes. Creation of the action plan according to which CSOs will carry out about 100 regional meetings with local residents and municipality representatives to familiarize them with the initiative.

  • Continuing Inclusive Dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Around the means of implementation

    Project title: Continuing Inclusive Dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Around the means of implementation

    Donor organisations: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    Budget: USD 20,000

    Project duration: 18/12/2015- 29/02/2015

    Project goal: Goal of the project is to for CiDA to support the Donor Coordination Unit in positioning th government of Georgia as an owner and leader of the SDGs in Georgia vis-avis donor community and general public.

  • Georgia - Personalized Assistance for Migrants (G-PAM)

    Project title: Georgia – Personalized Assistance for Migrants (G-PAM)
    Donor: European Union
    Location of the action: Georgia: Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Imereti, Samegrelo, Adjara regions
    Countries: Turkey and Greece
    Duration of the action: 24 month
    Budget of the action: 500 000 EUR
    Project goal: Help Georgia better manage all aspects of migratory flows in all their dimensions.

    Activities:
    • Protect the human rights of Georgians that want to migrate.
    • Promote well-managed legal migration of Georgians that do migrate.
    • Optimize the positive effects of migration on Georgian development.

    Partners:
    Village Level: Computer Literacy Foundation
    Regional Level: Alliance “GOODWILL MISSION- MISSIONARIES, Gori Information Center, Kutaisi Education Development and Employment Center, Association “Atinati”, Institute of Democracy
    National Level: Civil registry agency (CRA) of the ministry of Justice; The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues
    International Level: Turkey, Greece

    Project Activities:

    • Creation of a Skype hotline to provide assistance to Georgian migrants abroad. Georgian immigrants in Turkey and Greece will have access via Internet to free Georgia-based assistance.
    • Increased assistance to Georgina migrants in destination countries. create a toll-free domestic telephone line for Georgian immigrants to seek advice.
    • Development of a Public Awareness Campaign (PAC) and campaign materials to promote the project’s key messages.
    • Development of a web portal www.legalmigration.ge to ease access to information on legal migration
    • Analysis of job situation and job trends in Greece and Turkey.
    • Supporting Georgian potential migrants to prepare standardized application documents and match job opportunities to their qualifications.
    • Collection and dissemination of information about existing training opportunities.
    • Development and delivery of “First Steps” soft-skills training.
    • Initiating a “National Dialogue on Migration”.
    • Assistance for returned migrants.

  • Local Actors join for inclusive economic development and governance in the South Caucasus (JOIN)

    Project title: Local Actors join for inclusive economic development and governance in the South Caucasus (JOIN)
    Donor: CARE Österreich
    Budget: EU 200 000
    Project duration: 01/01/2012-01/12/2014
    Project goal: Promoting an enabling environment for pro-poor socioeconomic development through participatory planning, improved cooperation and exchange of market relevant information among local governments, CSOs and the private sector.

    Project beneficiaries: The final beneficiaries of the project are rural households with income below the poverty line (or at risk of falling below it).
    Activities: 1: LG, CS and the private sector jointly plan and implement gender-sensitive local development plans for sustainable socioeconomic development
    A.1.1. Support the establishment of inclusive Municipal Working Groups (MWGs), consisting of local government staff, CSO members and the private sector for the revision of local development plans on small-business/ local economic development;
    A.1.2 Deliver five trainings for 5-7 Municipal Working Group members in each of the target municipalities to build capacity on gender-sensitive and participatory planning and budgeting methods;
    A.1.3 Support Municipal Working Groups in analysing, adjusting and prioritising sustainable development plans for market development in agricultural value chains as well as their cross-municipal review;
    A 1.4 Organise a small grants scheme to co-finance initiatives that strengthen agricultural value chains in target municipalities as well as across the border;
    A 1.5 Market cost-advantaged input supply opportunities within the target municipalities to private sector enterprises
    2: Sustainable BDICs provide market-relevant information and trainings to LG, CS and the private sector in support of strengthening local value chains (in selected fields such as agriculture)
    A.2.1 Develop models for the establishment of business development and information centres (BDICs) in the target municipalities based on an analysis of locally existing initiatives and local needs;
    A.2.2. Establish/strengthen BDICs for information to small scale farmers and local businesses in the agricultural sector;
    A.2.3 BDICs organise introductory community event informing about their services;
    A.2.4 BDICs organise trainings for their beneficiaries on identified themes (e.g. on business-plan writing, business regulations, etc.);
    A.2.5 BDICs organise quarterly information meetings with local businesses and farmers;
    A.2.6 BDICs organise cross-border trade events promoting links between small businesses.
    3: Institutionalised coordination mechanisms between national and involved local stakeholders are established to effectively address local socioeconomic development needs
    A.3.1 Organise regular (semi-annual) visits of representatives of the regional and central government to meet MWGs and discuss small-business development needs;
    A.3.2 Organise a coordination forum for each Armenia and Georgia with donors, NGOs and private-sector enterprises operating nationally and across the border;
    A.3.3 Final project conference with relevant stakeholders to discuss and disseminate lessons learned.

  • Citizens Advocacy Initiative (CAI)

    Project title: Citizens Advocacy Initiative (CAI)
    Donor: USAID’s Democracy and Governance program
    Budget: GEL 116,372.12
    Location of the action: Rustavi, Kutaisi, Poti, Gori.
    Duration of the action: March, 2013 – January, 2014
    Project goal: increase public awareness and, thus knowledge of local government (LG) operations and public involvement in city decision-making process, including the introduction of mechanisms for collaboration between CSOs, citizens, Public Council and Rustavi through a participatory planning process.

    Main activities:
    • Cooperation of CiDA and the Public Council: elaborates annual action plan of Public Council activities; meetings with Rustavi population; debates on city important/urgent issues; joint recommendations for local self-government.
    • Local population survey: based on survey main priorities of the city are selected, debates conducted and recommendations proposed to local self-government.
    • Development of web-page www. cems.ge together with local self-government where city population displays information regarding city priorities and submit to local self-government: existing web page is upgraded and Kutaisi, Poti and Gori maps added; based on changes local population has an opportunity to more actively be involved in local processes.
    • Information campaign to advertise CEMS web page: preparation of information posters; dissemination of posters around Gori, Kutaisi and Poti; prepare and broadcast video clips for Gori, Kutaisi and Poti local TVs.
    • Cooperation with local self-government: sign memorandum of cooperation with project target cities’ self-governments; conduct advocacy process on priorities displayed during the project implementation; submit local self-governments with packages peraperd based on priorities selected by population.

  • Support for Juvenile Justice Reform in National Minority Communities

    Project Name: Support for Juvenile Justice Reform in National Minority Communities of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti
    Donor: European Union
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA, Regional Civil  Society Newtork (R-CSN)
    Donor: 89 699,9 EUR
    Duration: 2012-2014
    Project Goal: Strengthen Role of Georgian civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reforms; Reintegrate juveniles in conflict with law of all ethnicity in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti into their communities through new knowledge in both professional and general educational terms, personal development and skills development.

  • Regional Civil Society network (R-CSN)

    Project title: Regional Civil Society network (R-CSN)
    Donor: East West Management Institute’s (EWMI) G-PAC program
    Budget: GEL 223 135, 19
    Project duration: 1/11/2012- 31/12/2013
    Project goal: To build a sustainable, effective civil society institutional mechanism for community development in Georgia

    Project beneficiaries: CSOs/Civil leaders; Media; Central and local government; Political parties; International organizations; General public
    Objectives:
    • Increase the role of CSAs as effective advocates of grass-root priorities in Georgia;

    • Build an enabling environment for CSAs;

    • Create synergies among CSAs through E-tools.

  • Stabilization and Integration of IDPs into Mainstream Georgian Society (SIIMS II)

    Project Title: Stabilization and Integration of IDPs into Mainstream Georgian Society (SIIMS).

    Donor: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires

    Budget: 43 800 USD

    Project duration: 2012-2013

    Partners: CARE International in the Caucasus; CiDA

    Project goal: The goal of the project is to help IDPs displaced after August’08 war and local impacted communities integrate to their new environment, using socio-economic opportunities to reduce poverty and conflict, which are aligned with local government services and structures.

  • Juveniles in conflict with criminal law integration project- Rustavi

    Project title: Juveniles in conflict with criminal law integration project- Rustvi
    Donor: Ministry of Justice
    Budget: 10 000 GEL
    Project duration: 01.03.2012 – 01.03.2013
    Project goal: The goal of the project is to involve Rustavi juveniles in conflict with criminal law in public benefit activities and their integration through supporting their personal development, transfer new knowledge and skills.

    Project beneficiaries: The project direct target group is juveniles in conflict with criminal law residing in Rustavi. Approximately 50 juveniles.
    The project indirect target group is family members of these juveniles and Rustavi public, who will benefit from their activities.
    Activities:
    • Working / coordination meetings with City Probation bureau and Criminal Justice local council;
    • Signing a memorandum of cooperation with those companies, where the juveniles will be involved in public benefit activities. The memorandum, will include a working schedule and safety issues;
    • Small retraining/ consultative courses for juveniles in the areas where they carry out socially useful activities;
    • After completing the training program, juveniles , according to the agreed schedule, will start their work. CiDA periodically carry out their monitoring activities;
    • Those juveniles who are ready and at the same time show the performance of socially useful activities, will undergo skills development training. In particular, project writing and management training for three days. CiDA take care to get involved in the training group those juveniles who are not in conflict with the law which will facilitate the integration of young people. Additional training activities will be awarding two projects written by juveniles (300 GEL initiative). Funded juveniles will be able to practice project management skills gained during the training;
    o juveniles participating in a training component will also undergo personal development training. The training includes: orientation on education and vocational market, CV writing, interviewing and presentation techniques, team work and leadership.
    o 6. The project beneficiary juveniles along with public beneficiary activities will participate in discussion meetings with successful / famous people. They will be the representatives of government, business, arts, and sports.

     

  • Your City Government and You

    Project title: Your City Government and You
    Donor: Management Systems International (MSI)
    Budget: 49 650 GEL ($30 000)
    Project duration: 10 months
    Project goal: Increased public knowledge regarding city activities and public involvement in city decision-making process.

    Project beneficiaries: 100,000 citizens of all ages, ethnicities and political views of self-governing City Rustavi.
    Activities: Mechanisms to Increase Public Awareness:
    • City of Rustavi Website: Working together, CiDA staff and City officials will add more practical information to the City Website ( http://rustavi.unlimited.ge/?lang=en) and make it easier for citizens to access.
    • “Your City Government and You”: CiDA staff and City staff will prepare a brochure that summarizes City obligations and citizen rights and lists contact mechanisms citizens can use to clarify, monitor, and advocate issues.
    B. Mechanisms to Increase Public Monitoring:
    • “Citizens Electronic Monitoring System” (CEMS): CiDA will link mobile phones, landlines, and web-based communications technology to allow citizens, CSOs and the media to monitor City implementation of projects scheduled during the project period. In particular, CiDA will create an interactive map of Rustavi that outlines the City’s 5 internal municipalities. The map will be posted on the webpage CiDA hosts for CSOs (www.cso.ge ) and city ooficial wepage- www.rustavi.ge.
    • “Visible Sakrebulo”: CiDA will collaborate with City staff to monitor official City proceedings. Brief reports will be prepared about meeting’s participants, topics and outcomes and will be published on the City Website and on CEMS. CiDA’s lawyer also will work with City officials to stimulate citizen and CSO participation in Sakrebulo committee and plenary meetings.
    C. Mechanisms to Increase Public Advocacy:
    • “Public Advisory Council” (Council): CiDA will lobby the Sakrebulo to create a Public Advisory Council. The Sakrebulo will report to Council members about Sakrebulo business during the prior month. For their part, Council members will report CSO activities during the prior month, pending activities, improvements to the City Website, monitoring efforts carried out under the CEMS and Visible Sakrebulo initiatives.

  • New Economic Opportunities - NEO

    Project Name: New Economic Opportunities Initiative (NEO)
    Donor:  USAID
    Partner Organisation: CHCA, Abkhazinterkont
    Budget 995 417 GEL
    Duration:  2012-2013
    Project Goal: Project is designed to improve rural incomes, reduce poverty levels, improve food security, and address water constraints in targeted communities; reduction of the poverty level and economic development among the socially vulnerable people.
    Area: Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Shida Kartli.

    In the frames of the 18-month long project 300 beneficiaries living in Mteskheta-Mtianeti and ShidaKartli regions should be assisted and financed.Finally the project aims the beneficiaries’ financial incomes to be increased at least by 15%.

  • East Georgia CSO Network

    Project title East Georgia CSO Network
    Donor East-West Management Institute, G-PAC program/USAID
    Budget $45 000
    Project duration 01/09/2011 – 31/08/2012

    Project goal: Create a network of regional CSOs to advocate local needs and provide resources to help them accomplish their missions

    Project beneficiaries East Georgia CSOs, media and local government.

    Activities • Assisting G-PAC with disseminating information about its programs (to media, CSOs, local government, citizens, etc. in the targeted regions);
    • Assisting G-PAC with monitoring its grantees (CSOs, universities, interns, etc.);
    • Providing technical assistance to G-PAC’s grantees (CSOs, universities, interns, etc.);
    • Assisting G-PAC with organizing meetings with CSOs, media, government and business, on an as needed basis.
    • Assisting G-PAC with identifying issues for regional advocacy campaigns;
    • Assessing the advocacy capacity of existing CSOs and CSO networks and assisting G-PAC with identifying local advocacy partners;
    • Facilitating cooperation among advocacy CSO, think tanks, media and other stakeholders to help in developing, implementing and assessing advocacy campaigns.
    • Organizing and facilitating meetings of CSOs to exchange information about their ongoing and planned activities, and discuss main challenges and achievements;
    • Organizing “Meet Your Government Representative” meetings and other public events;
    • Organizing “Meet the Donor” meetings;
    • Developing and maintaining an up-to-date CSO database and CSO, government and media contact lists;
    • Alerting CSOs to new funding opportunities from G-PAC and other donors

  • Monitoring of Criminal Justice Reform Implementation Strategy and Analysis in the Free Legal Aid Sphere

    Project title Monitoring of Criminal Justice Reform Implementation Strategy and Analysis in the Free Legal Aid Sphere
    Donor Eurasian Partnership Foundation
    Implementing partners: Legal Aid Service
    Budget $ 75 000

    Project duration 01/09/2011 – 31/08/2012

    Project goal: The project aims to promote analysis and transparency of implementation of criminal justice reform in the field of free legal aid.

    Project beneficiaries Civil Society Organizations
    • 5 regions (Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Samtskhe – Javakheti, Mtskheta – Mtianeti) over 20 local civic organizations;
    • Over 10 civic organizations of Tbilisi;

    Media
    • Over 15 local media means of 5 regions (newspapers, television, Internet – media);
    • Over 10 media means of Tbilisi;
    Activities 1. monitoring and analysis of the Legal Aid Service strategy and implementation
    1.1 Preparing analysis and recommendations on Legal Aid Service Reform Strategy and Action Plan
    1.2 Research – monitoring of Legal Aid Service activities

    2. Transparency of Legal Aid Service activities
    2.1.Presenting the results of the monitoring and strategy analysis on the Free Legal Aid Monitoring Board meeting
    2.2. Organize a round table in order to introduce with analysis results of the monitoring and strategy.
    2.3. Local media coverage of the Legal Aid Service activities

    3. Supporting regional network in a legal aid service sphere
    3.1. Establishing regional network in a legal aid service sphere;
    3.2 Organizing regional network meetings.

  • Stabilization and Integration of IDPs into Mainstream Georgian Society (SIIMS)

    Project Title: Stabilization and Integration of IDPs into Mainstream Georgian Society (SIIMS).
    Donor: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires
    Budget: 352 107 USD
    Project duration: 15/08/2009–15/08/2012
    Partners: CARE International in the Caucasus; local ngo “Consent” and CTC.
    Project goal: The goal of the project is to help IDPs displaced after August ‘08 war and local impacted communities integrate to their new environment, using socio-economic opportunities to reduce poverty and conflict, which are aligned with local government services and structures.

    Main activities:
    Income generation
    Infrastructure development
    Information sharing and cooperation with local government
    Civil society strengthening
    Psycho-social support and capacity building
    The project implemented the following activities:
    A buy-back scheme for agricultural machinery has been set up, providing much needed machinery to the project benefi ciaries.
    84 women start-up business grants have been disbursed to stimulate business development and employment, and empower women in traditionally male-dominated society.
    60 new jobs have been created through ‘grants for jobs’ scheme.
    33 economic and social infrastructure grants have been disbursed in line with joint needs and priorities of IDP settlements and host communities.
    15 civil society projects supporting IDP integration, representation and community development have been implemented through local entities.
    Psycho-social support scheme for IDP children and adolescents has been implemented, reaching over 4,900 beneficiaries.

  • Rehabilitation of Rustavi Shelter for the Elderly

    Project title Rehabilitation of Rustavi Shelter for the Elderly

    Donor Embassy of Japan

    Implementing partners: Rustavi City Hall

    Budget USD 100 000

    Project duration November, 2011 – May 2012

    Project goal: Improving the lives of approximately 105 elderly persons of Rustavi who lack adequate shelter and nutrition and improve the lives of approximately 165 poor relatives that care for them by freeing up resources that the poor relatives otherwise would use for themselves.

    Project beneficiaries 270 Total Beneficiaries. The 25 vulnerable elderly people that currently reside in the dormitory building will have better living conditions.
    An additional 30 vulnerable elderly people will receive new high-quality shelter.
    Furthermore, 50 non-resident vulnerable elderly persons will receive lunch at the shelter.
    165 Indirect Beneficiaries. 165 poor relatives of the anticipated 55 elderly residents of the 2 dormitory buildings.
    Activities Rehabilitation of of Rustavi Shelter for the Elderly
    Rehabilitation of Rustavi Shelter for the Elderly

  • Georgia Internally Displaced People’s Community Development Project (IDPCDP)

    Project title: Georgia Internally Displaced People’s Community Development Project (IDPCDP)
    Donor: Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation
    Budget: 30 000 USD
    Project goal: Enhance social & economic reintegration of IDPs in Georgia by increasing opportunities of IDPs to participate in community development activities and by increasing their access to basic infrastructure, services, employment and livelihood opportunities
    Project partners: Internally Displaces Persons’ Community Development Centre
    Project duration: 15/08/2011- 15/01/2012

    Project target communities: 1. Collective Center Ialghuja – Marneuli District; 2. Collective Center Kindergarten Kvemo Bolnisi – Bolnisi District; 3. Village Tsintskaro – Tetritskaro District; 4. Collective Center Sagarejo – Sagarejo District; 5. Frezeti (new settlement)– Mtskheta District; 6. Tsilkani (new settlement)– Mtskheta District; 7. Collective Center Saguramo – Mtskheta District. 8. Collective center Tsinamdzgvriantkari – Mtskheta District; and 9. Collective center Bazaleti – Dusheti District
    Project main activities: 1: Information Dissemination; 2. Community Outreach and Mobilization; 3. Training of MPMC Members; 4. Development of Micro Project Proposals; 5. Follow-up During and After Micro Project Implementation.

  • Multi-Ethnic Confidence Building Network

    Project title: Multi-Ethnic Confidence Building Network
    Donor: UNDP/EU
    Budget: 92 000 USD
    Partners: Union of Democratic Meskhetians
    Implementation area: Kvemo Kartli and Samastke-Javakheti
    Project duration: 01/11/2010–30/10/2011

    Project goal: Create peaceful environment and increase person-to-person contact among minorities
    To reach these goals CiDA will use two strategies:
    Strategy 1– CiDA will create environment which will help to confidence building;
    Strategy 2 – CiDA will use information collected within the first strategy in order to strengthen “contacts between people”.

  • CSO Development Center of Kvemo Kartli

    Project Name: CSO Development Center of Kvemo Kartli
    Donor: Black Sea Trust
    Implementing Organisation: CiDA
    Budget: 69 880 USD
    Duration: 2010-2011
    Project Goal: Creation of CSO Development Center and supporting CSOs with office and all equipment, library and computer facilities. Trainings in project writing, strategic planning, communications and fundraising.

  • Socio-Economic Integration of IDPs in Kvemo Kartli

    Project Title: Socio-Economic Integration of IDPs in Kvemo Kartli
    Donor: EC
    Budget: 108 776 USD
    Project duration: 01/08/2009- 31/01/2011
    Partners: International: Action Against Hunger; DVV International
    Project goal: Integrate IDPs and Eco-migrants into new communities in KK Region

    Target group: Local residents and IDPs resetteled in Kvemo Kartli
    Project activities: 
    About 400 IDPs and local residents of Rustavi will undertake informationl-educational courses including: Computer courses; Language courses; Courses in accounting; Personal development courses; Vocational training courses; Orientation-preparation courses for prospective students; Small business management courses.
    Over 100 locals and IDPs will participate in debates, parliament modeling, eco-activities, sports activities, discussions and camps;
    Web page www.youthclub.ge gives an opportunity to students to enroll in internet-clubs and other virtual discussions;
    Locals and IDPs will be offered group and personal physiological support and legal consultations free of charge;
    Locals and IDPs will be offered trainings in legal and psycho-social issues.

  • Multi-Ethnic Dialogue

    Project Title: Multi-Ethnic Dialogue
    Donor: Open Society Georgia Foundation
    Budget: 12 645 USD
    Project duration: 15/01/2010–15/06/2010
    Project goal: Promote integration and tolerance and implementation of the Action Plan

    Project activities:
    • Monitoring after implementation of certain objectives incorporated in integration and tolerance action plan of Kvemo Kartli municipalities;
    • 3 discussion meetings were organized around the integration and tolerance action plan 2009- 2010;
    • Promotion of the integration and tolerance action plan among population through information campaign;
    • Evaluation of municipal services delivered by Kvemo Kartli local self-governance organs;
    • Building of a website www.kvemokartli.ge where reference information can be found on municipalities, civil, international, educational, cultural, business, local self-governments and other organizations of Kvemo Kartli. The website will also offer analytical articles and daily news updates, various reports, concepts and other information specific to Kvemo Kartli

  • Civil Participation Project

    Project title: Civil Participation Project
    Donor: Black Sea Trust
    Budget: 42 860 USD
    Project partners: KK Governor’s Office; City of Rustavi
    Project duration: 01/03/2009–28/02/2010
    Project goal: Promote transparency, accountability, and civic participation in government
    Project target group: LG, CSOs.

    Project main activities: Design a model for public relations strategy for Kvemo Kartli municipalities; Establish the Civil Council at the Mayor’s Office of self-governing Rustavi City; Signing a memorandum of collaboration with the Mayor of self-governing Rustavi City; Establish an information paper Self-Government’s Bulletin and publish its 12 issues; Publish soft copies of 2008 legal deeds by Rustavi and Kvemo Kartli Municipalities; Analyze and publish Rustavi budget on a quarterly basis; Organize press-conferences; Monitor self-government’s municipal projects; Organize 8 training sessions for self-government representatives; Organize 12 training sessions for civil organizations; Organize meetings between self-government and civil organizations/public discussion of budget (7 meetings); Organize public engagement week.

  • Strengthening the Role of Rural Associations (STAGE)

    Project title: Strengthening the Role of Rural Associations (STAGE)
    Donor: Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)
    Budget: 44 954 USD
    Project partners: CARE Austria; CARE Caucasus
    Local: Georgian Young Lawyers Association;
    Project duration: 01/09/2007–30/04/2009
    Project goal: Strengthen human rights and democratic processes in Georgia

    Location of project Rustavi, Marneuli, Gardabani, Dmanisi, Tsalka, Tetritskaro
    Project activities: training seminars, working meetings and individual consultations for associations and local government representatives, conduct surveys on legislation policy, public opinion, project basic and final assessments, conduct information compaigns about associations activities.