Ongoing Projects

Name: Civil Society STAR Initiative: CSOs as Sustainable, Transparent, Accountable and Resilient Development Actors in Georgia

Implementation period: 01.2021 – 01.2025

Implementation area: Georgia

Donors /Partners: 

  1. European Union (EU)
  2. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)
  3. Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG)
  4. Civil Society Institute (CSI)
  5. Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC)
  6. Institute for European Politics (IEP)

Total project budget: 3,000,000 €

Objective(s): Strengthen civil society as an independent, sustainable, transparent, and accountable development actor across Georgia. 

Target group(s): civil society, CSOs, regional hubs, youth councils

Beneficiaries: civil society, CSOs, youth

Planned activities:

  1. Draw up the policy paper on volunteerism;
  2. Arrangement of regional workshops and an advocacy campaign;
  3. Development and administration of Web-platform for volunteerism;
  4. E-learning creation and facilitation on volunteerism;
  5. Arrangement of youth camps;
  6. Organization of regional volunteering fairs;
  7. Issuing small grants for volunteering initiatives;
  8. Establishment and training of youth councils;
  9. Issuing grant for youth advocacy initiatives.

Name: Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness (PITA)

Implementation period: 08.2015 – 08.2020

Implementation area: Georgia

Donors /Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $15,805

Objective(s): Enhance the awareness of the Georgian civil society about tolerance and diversity, encourage civic activism among youth, strengthen civil society organizations, fight against hate speech and discrimination.

Target group(s): Young people

Beneficiaries: young adults between 16 and 25 in Kutaisi and the surrounding areas

Planned activities:

  1. Establishment of the Kutaisi Youth Center and implementation of various activities under its coordination.
  2. Announcement of competitions for exchange programs and micro grants.
  3. Arrangement of training camps.

 

Name: Future Generation (MT; Momavlis Taoba) – Continuation –

Implementation period: 2018-2020

Implementation area: Imereti region

 

 

 

 

Donors /Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PH International, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia

Total project budget: $84,150

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $84,150

Objective(s): development of civic education curriculum in target schools; support practical application of the knowledge among schoolchildren, promote greater civic engagement of young people; enhance civil society’s role in promoting transparent and accountable governance.

Target group(s): Students, teachers, parents, local governments

Beneficiaries: Public school principals, civic education teachers, 9th– to 11th-grade students

Conducted activities:

  1. Establishment of civil society clubs throughout Imereti.
  2. Implementation of classroom and club initiatives.
  3. Informational visits to civil society organizations and companies.
  4. Celebration and promotion of international days such as a, b, c.
  5. Organization of trainings and meetings with experienced experts.

Completed Projects

Name: Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative (CSSIGE)

Implementation period: 01.2017 – 12.2020

Implementation area: Georgia

Donors /Partners: European Union (EU), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Civil Society Institute (CSI), Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC), Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG)

Total project budget: 5 070 000 €

Objective(s): Enhance the sustainability of the civil society in Georgia with an improved operational environment, empowered CSOs, increased accountability of CSOs to their constituencies, as well as amplified linkages to other actors, and thereby contributing to policy dialogue and development.

Target group(s): Population of Georgia, youth, civil society, private and public sectors.

Beneficiaries: Civil society

Conducted activities:

During the lifetime of the project, over 110 activities were implemented and over 80 sub-grants were awarded in order to engage more than 2,000 civil society actors across the country.

Name: Kutaisi Youth Library

Implementation period: 2016

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: Peace Corps in Georgia, US Embassy in Georgia

Objective(s): Promoting book reading among young people by offering them modern publications and engaging them in discussion activities

Target group(s): Young people living in Kutaisi, non-governmental sector, private sector

Beneficiaries: young people between seven and 25 living in Kutaisi

Conducted activities: A library was established for which 785 books in Georgian, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian were purchased; amongst others novels, poems, adventure literary plays, encyclopedias, as well as foreign language, religious, historical, scientific, legal and culinary literature.

Achieved results:

  1. Within the framework of the program, a library was established, which contains a variety of interesting literature. The library includes fiction, scientific and household literature, as well as periodicals.
  2. By the time the project was completed, the library had 71 permanent members.
  3. A discussion club was formed, which periodically arranges events on pre-selected books.
  4. Public discussion of book and magazine articles with readers.
  5. The library is periodically replenished and systematized.
  6. Books are currently donated and publications prepared by various local, international and governmental organizations.

Name: Youth Civic Education and Community Engagement Project

Implementation period: 11.2010 – 06.2011

Implementation area: Georgia and Romania – EDEC: Kutaisi

 

Donors /Partners: World Vision Georgia, World Vision Romania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $6,225.00

Objective(s): Improving the level of government accountability among citizens of Georgia and Romania by raising civic awareness and encouraging community engagement of public-school students

Target group(s): Kutaisi’s public schools, schoolchildren

Beneficiaries: 220 students from public schools in Kutaisi

Conducted activities:

  1. The 220 beneficiaries of the project received training on human rights issues using the CitizenVoice & Action (CV&A) methodology.
  2. Establishment of two local youth councils.
  3. 20 members of the youth councils took part in the civic education summer camp organized in Bakuriani.
  4. The heads of the youth councils traveled to Romania and learned about their peers’ experience in volunteering, advocacy campaigns and community projects, met with representatives of the Romanian Ministry of Education and various non-governmental organizations.

Achieved results:

Two youth councils have been established, which can use the facilities of Kutaisi Public School No. 17 and the Education Development and Employment Center. Their activities will help to improve the standard of effective cooperation and accountability between citizens and local authorities.

Name: Civic Education to Prevent of Trafficking

Implementation period: 02.2012 – 04.2012

Implementation area: Imereti region

Donors /Partners: Ministry of Justice of Georgia

Total project budget: ₾4,985

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: ₾4,985

Objective(s): Support the Government of Georgia to raise public awareness on the risks of illegal migration and the prevention of trafficking

Target group(s): Population aged 15 to 60, local government, media sector

Beneficiaries: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade students, teachers and parents of Imereti Public Schools, high school students, communities of target regions / cities (Imereti)

Conducted activities:

  1. A database of information reference materials was created.
  2. Four different types of competitions were held, during which the best video clip, essay, blog and photo work were revealed.
  3. 27 information meetings on anti-trafficking were held.
  4. 1,000 booklets and 100 posters were prepared and published and distributed to public schools, local self-government bodies, non-governmental organizations and various public institutions.

Achieved results:

As a result of the project, 942 people raised awareness about the risks of illegal migration and prevention of trafficking directly through information meetings, while hundreds of others raised awareness through the help of printed information materials.

Name: English Language Access Scholarship Program

Implementation period: 09.2012 – 07.2016

 

Donors /Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PH International

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $15,180

Objective(s): Access to English language learning for vulnerable teenagers

Target group(s): Young people aged 13 to 15

Beneficiaries: xxx

Conducted activities:

A summer school was organized with the aim of improving the English language and developing leadership skills

Achieved results:

Young people aged 13 to 15 enrolled in the program and improved their English significantly.

Name: Training Programs for Repatriated Meskhetian Turks

Implementation period: 11.2011–04.2012

Implementation area: Villages Ianeti (Imereti) and Nasakirali (Guria)

Donors /Partners: Action Against Hunger-Spain

Total project budget: ₾5,906

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: ₾5,906

Objective(s): Promoting civic advocacy skills among young people and raising awareness of women’s groups on reproductive health, domestic violence, trafficking, raising children

Target group(s): Deported Meskhetian Turks and their descendants

Beneficiaries: 63 young people aged 13 to 25 (37 girls and women)

Conducted activities:

  1. Trainings on human / child rights, gender stereotypes, healthy lifestyle, leadership and active citizenship were conducted for 63 young people aged 13 to 25 years.
  2. Trainings on reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, child growth and health, domestic violence, trafficking and gender equality.

Achieved results:

The implemented training programs significantly increased the level of awareness for general civil issues, women’s rights and needs in the target groups.

Name: The Right to Health

Implementation period: 2014

Implementation area: Gori, Kutaisi, Batumi, Dusheti

 

Donors /Partners: East-West Management Institute (EWMI), Society “Biliki”

Objective(s): Promoting the interests of people with disabilities in the process of improving the universal health care program

Target group(s): Persons with disability, Government of Georgia

Beneficiaries: Persons with disabilities benefiting from the state program of universal health care

Conducted activities:

  1. A survey was conducted to evaluate the state’s universal health care program.
  2. 370 citizens were interviewed throughout Kutaisi.
  3. A focus group meeting was held with 15 medical workers.

Achieved results:

A guide has been developed for the beneficiaries of the state program of universal health care; it significantly increased the beneficiaries’ level of information about the program and their ability to demand their rights.

Name: Strong Civil Society – Path to European Integration

Implementation period: 10.2012 – 08.2013

Implementation area: Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Batumi

 

Donors /Partners: Open Society Georgia Foundation

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $14,954

Objective(s): Increasing the involvement of regional organizations in the work of the European Platform in Georgia and raising public awareness about European institutions

Target group(s): Civil society, regional organizations

Beneficiaries: xxx

Conducted activities:

  1. Meetings were held on Georgia’s European integration.
  2. Respective TV and radio programs were prepared.
  3. A competition was held for media representatives.
  4. An information brochure was published about the work of the European Platform in Georgia and the procedures for its membership.

Achieved results:

The project included discussions and training sessions with representatives of civil society organizations, as well as TV and radio programs, which significantly contributed to the dissemination of information on European institutions and the European integration process at the regional level, and which raised public awareness.

Name: A HIV/AIDS, alcohol, drug and tobacco free, healthy future generation

Implementation period: 08.2014 – 07.2015

Implementation area: Imereti region

Donors /Partners: Embassy of the United States in Georgia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $23,954

Objective(s): Promoting and raising awareness about a healthy lifestyle among young people

Target group(s): Young people

Conducted activities:

  1. 307 young people underwent training seminars on AIDS, and the effects of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
  2. 1,697 persons participated in educational information campaigns organized to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  3. International Days of AIDS, Heart, Allergy, Diabetes, and Cancer were celebrated with the participation of 251 young people.
  4. Discussions on healthy living were held with the participation of 41 people.

Achieved results:

Hundreds of young people were informed about the harms of AIDS, alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

 

Name: Equipping Youth to be Aware, Raise their voice, and Take action, A.R.T

Implementation period: 05.2012 – 09.2013

Implementation area: Baghdati municipality (Imereti)

Donors /Partners: World Vision Georgia

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $45,700

Objective(s): Increase the involvement of young people in the community decision-making process; advocating for community needs and interests

Target group(s): Young people aged 14 to 25, local government

Beneficiaries: Residents of eight communities of Baghdati Municipality, especially young people

Conducted activities:

  1. Young people aged 14 to 25 from eight communities of Baghdad participated in trainings on civic involvement and advocacy.
  2. A youth council was set up with 28 students.
  3. Nine study visits for a total of 80 participants were organized to the House of Justice, the Revenue Service, the Service Agency, the Historical-Ethnographic Museum, Radio “Old Town”.
  4. 32 events were held with the participation of 841 students.
  5. A large-scale charity event was organized, where products of daily consumption and clothes were collected in the community for socially vulnerable families.
  6. A large-scale universal clean-up action was organized with the participation of 250 volunteers. The central squares of Baghdati municipality and villages were cleaned.
  7. A planting action was organized with the participation of 80 volunteers. 100 deciduous and coniferous trees were planted in the central districts of three communities of the Baghdati Municipality.
  8. 804 students were diagnosed with scoliosis in Baghdati and Zestaponi municipalities.

Achieved results:

Based on the experiences of the already existing regional youth council, the non-governmental youth organization NNLE “Youth for Georgia” was established.

Name:  Empowering Grass Root Homeowners’ Associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Implementation period: 04.2016 – 01.2018

Implementation area: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – EDEC: Kutaisi

 

Donors /Partners: European Union (EU), Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO e.V), Charity Humanitarian Centre Abkhazeti (CHCA), The Local Democracy Agency Georgia (LDA Georgia), Civil Society Institute (CSI)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: €37,000

Objective(s): Capacity building of condominium owners registered in Kutaisi, promotion of effective administration and management in cooperation with the local government.

Target group(s): representatives of homeowners’ associations, civil society, local government

Beneficiaries: Representatives of homeowners’ associations in Kutaisi, population of Kutaisi

Conducted activities:

  1. A resource center was established in Kutaisi, which regularly consulted with representatives of homeowners’ associations.
  2. Periodically, various events were held to share the best practices and practices of homeowners.

Achieved results:

  1. 160 representatives of officially registered housing partnerships received training on housing management issues.
  2. 30 representatives of the local self-government participated in a training program on energy efficiency.
  3. The guide to ‘Managing and Administering Homeowners’ Communities’ was published.

Name: Youth Forum

Implementation period: 2013

Implementation area: Imereti region

 

Donors /Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG)

Objective(s): Identifying local needs by pupils and students, looking for ways to solve problems in collaboration with decision-makers

Target group(s): Local governments, schoolchildren, teachers

Beneficiaries: local community members, schoolchildren

Conducted activities:

  1. Three youth forums were held.
  2. 26 projects were implemented.
  3. Various events and activities were organized with the involvement of students and pupils.
  4. In collaboration with the administration of the Akaki Tsereteli University, members of local Civic Clubs and students jointly launched an anti-tobacco campaign in which up to 100 pupils and students participated.
  5. In cooperation with the regional patrol police, a run was organized in which 70 students from 10 public schools of Samtredia participated.
  6. The editor of the newspaper “Tskaltubo” conducted master classes on journalism and writing for the civic clubs of Tskaltubo’s public schools.

Achieved results:

  1. As a result of cooperation between civic clubs of Chiatura public schools and local authorities, a civic club square was installed, where club events are held.
  2. The Next Generation Literacy Development Fund, owned by the newspaper P.S., donated 150 books worth GEL 1,029 to the public school library of the village Orpiri, Tkibuli Municipality.

Name: Future Generation (MT; Momavlis Taoba)

Implementation period: 2014-2017

Implementation area: Georgia – EDEC: Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti regions

 

Donors /Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PH International, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $226,470

Objective(s): Development of civic education programs in target schools; support practical application of the knowledge among schoolchildren, promote greater civic engagement of young people; enhance civil society’s role in promoting transparent and accountable governance.

Target group(s): Students, teachers, parents, local governments

Beneficiaries: Principals of public schools in Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, civic education teachers, 9th– to 11th-grade students

Conducted activities:

  1. Civic club have been set up in 27 schools.
  2. Support of up to 300 classroom initiatives were.
  3. Support of up to 350 club initiatives.
  4. 25 group visits to various organizations and companies.
  5. Celebration of up to 20 international days.
  6. Up to 40 students underwent internships in various organizations.
  7. Up to 20 meetings were held with qualified experts and celebrities.
  8. The practice of using auxiliary textbooks for civic education has been introduced in more than 100 schools.

Achieved results:

During the implementation of the project, civic education clubs were established that are actively involved in school life and are involved in formats of cooperation with local governments. The practice of using the introduced civic education textbooks has significantly improved the quality of civic education teaching and the application of the acquired knowledge in practice.

Name: Youth Initiatives

Implementation period: 2013

Implementation area: Kutaisi

 

Donors /Partners: National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Levan Mikeladze Foundation

Objective(s): Strengthen advocacy skills among students and increase involvement in democratic processes

Target group(s): students residing in Kutaisi, civil society

Beneficiaries: local community members, schoolchildren

Conducted activities:

  1. Up to 50 students underwent vocational training, they also attended lectures at various higher education institutions and met people with successful careers.
  2. 72 students underwent training on fundraising, project proposal development, monitoring and evaluation.
  3. A small grant competition to fund two initiatives was announced for the project beneficiaries.

Name: Personalized Assistance for Georgian Migrants (G-PAM)

Implementation period: 08.2013 – 04.2015

Implementation area: Imereti region

Donors /Partners: European Union (EU), Civil Development Agency (CiDA)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: €15,040

Objective(s): Protecting the rights of Georgian migrants and promoting legal migration to Turkey and Greece

Target group(s): Georgian emigrants

Beneficiaries: Georgian citizens temporarily or permanently migrating to Turkey or Greece and their family members

Conducted activities:

  1. 44 persons were registered in the database of persons interested in migration issues.
  2. 40 persons were consulted on reintegration and legal employment issues.
  3. The information campaign “Woman and Migration” was run in Kutaisi and various Imereti villages; 270 people participated amongst others in film screenings and film-related discussions.

Achieved results:

Within the project, legal aid and consultations on various topics were provided to the beneficiaries; therefore, consultation corners have been set up in various villages. If necessary, consultants referred beneficiaries to relevant structures for further assistance.

Name: Advancing National Integration (ANI)

Implementation period: 09.2011 – 02.2015

Implementation area: Imereti region

Donors /Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $32,545

Objective(s): Promoting the establishment of democracy and liberal values by raising civic awareness among young people

Target group(s): Young people aged 16 to 21; private, civil and governmental sectors

Beneficiaries: Young people in Kutaisi and the surrounding areas

Conducted activities:

  1. 29 trainings were held on tolerance, project writing and management, volunteering, advocacy, human rights, healthy lifestyle, professional orientation, debate techniques, public speaking, media relations, women’s rights, and gender stereotypes.
  2. 42 trainings of Peer Education were held for Kutaisi, Tkibuli and Tskaltubo Public School Students.
  3. 32 discussion club meetings were arranged.
  4. 17 study visits to governmental, non-governmental and business organizations were organized.
  5. 29 Information Campaigns on International Days Announced by the United Nations were implemented.
  6. 35 charity and eco actions were carried out.
  7. Seven twinning programs in cooperation with Telavi, Amrneuli, Dmanisi youth centers were implemented.
  8. Two model UN Conferences were held.
  9. Free computer courses for elderly were organized.
  10. 16 young people participated in the project’s volunteer exchange program.
  11. 14 active members took part in the projects’ summer school in Bakuriani.

Achieved results:

  1. Establishment of the Kutaisi Youth Center.
  2. 904 young people were trained in tolerance, project writing and management, civic interests and human rights, media relations, women’s rights and gender stereotypes, which had a significant impact on the development of civic awareness and democratic values.

Name: It Works

Implementation period: 03.2014 – 03.2016

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: European Union (EU)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: ₾‎25,347

Objective(s): Establish effective cooperation between the population of Kutaisi and local governmental bodies, including open dialogue and active involvement of population groups in the decision-making process and budget planning at the local level

Target group(s): Residents of the Kutaisi Municipality, local government, civil society

Beneficiaries: Residents of the Kutaisi Municipality

Conducted activities:

  1. Six forums were held
  2. 517 persons participated in budget planning

Achieved results:

  1. Close and effective relations have been established between the local government and the population; the involvement of citizens in the budgeting and decision-making process has increased.
  2. As a result of the active involvement of the population in the budgeting process, various regulations were imposed in the field of cleaning, transportation and road construction in the city.

Name: Youth Integration Program

Implementation period: 03.2010 – 12.2010

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: ₾3,500

Objective(s): Offering and introducing key competency development courses for young people aged 15-24 left out of formal education

Target group(s): Unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 with and without secondary education

Beneficiaries: 60 unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 without formal education

Conducted activities:

  1. Trainers were trained in personal development issues.
  2. Pilot courses were conducted for young people aged 15 to 24.
  3. Trainings on personal development and career planning were held.

Achieved results:

A trainer’s manual was published which allows anyone interested to organize such trainings independently.

Name: Volunteer Network (G-PAC)

Implementation period: 2014

Implementation area: Imereti region

Donors /Partners: East-West Management Institute (EWMI)

Objective(s): Increase the level of youth involvement in public life through the development of a culture of volunteering and practice

Target group(s): Young people residing in Kutaisi and Imereti region, CSOs

Beneficiaries: Kutaisi residents

Conducted activities:

  1. Setup of a volunteer database with 573 registrations.
  2. Involvement of 17 young people in volunteer programs.
  3. Focus group meetings on ‘How organizations use volunteer resources ‘ were held with representatives of 20 organizations operating in Kutaisi.

Achieved results:

Increased awareness about volunteering among young people. A database of volunteers was created, which enabled young people interested in volunteering to engage in respective activities.

Name: Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disability (EOPwD)

Implementation period: 02.2018 – 03.2021

Implementation area: West Georgia

Donors /Partners: European Union (EU), Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB), Movement Accessible Environment for Everyone (AEE)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $23,582

Objective(s): The project aims to support the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with various disabilities in West Georgia.

Target group(s): Persons with disability, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), LEPL Social Service Agency, Ministries, local governments

Beneficiaries: xxx

Conducted activities:

  1. Provision of regional workshops with participation of public, private and non-governmental organizations.
  2. Development of a guidebook on disability rights and available services for persons with disability.
  3. Establishment of the innovative consultancy service “Disabled to Disabled” in three municipalities of West Georgia (a, b and c).
  4. Organization of an international study trip to show foreign approaches and initiatives to representatives of the consultancy service providers and the municipalities.
  5. Provision of a capacity building training to strengthen and inspire the representatives of the consultancy service providers and the municipalities.
  6. Provision of a training on ‘Accessible social services for people with disabilities’ for women from all ten regions of Georgia.
  7. Financial support of eight new social service-focused social enterprises.
  8. Organization of two advocacy workshops to promote rights of persons with disability.
  9. Financing of five advocacy campaigns to promote the rights of persons with disability.
  10. Organization of 30 public debates to advocate of rights of persons with disability.

Name: Community Forum for Civil Engagement

Implementation period: 2010

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Latvia-Georgia Cooperation Fund

Objective(s): Strengthening Kutaisi’s local civil society through individual initiatives, sharing responsibilities, and developing organizational skills

Target group(s): Civil society

Beneficiaries: xxx

Conducted activities:

  1. A forum organizing committee was set up.
  2. Meetings were held with stakeholders and in cooperation with them, priority areas for the city were identified, around which various groups of the community worked later
  3. In response to the problems identified by the working groups, conclusions, recommendations, project proposals were prepared and their implementation was planned
  4. Cleaning activities were held in the area around the river Ogaskura and Bukhaidze Street
  5. Employment-oriented educational training courses for young people were conducted
  6. A business incubator has been set up to support the development of local production

Achieved results:

In response to the problems identified by the working groups, conclusions, recommendations, project proposals were prepared and their implementation was planned.

Name: Youth for Building Better Governance

Implementation period: 04.2010 – 05.2011

Implementation area: Kutaisi

 

Donors /Partners: Open Society Georgia Foundation

Total project budget: $17,749

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $17,749

Objective(s): Improving the knowledge and skills of young people about their rights and active citizenship; introducing a sustainable model based on active youth cooperation, which ensures continuous study of youth needs at the regional level; accordingly, development of youth policies and monitoring of their implementation.

Target group(s): Young people, high school students, NGO and media representatives, local government officials, etc.

Beneficiaries: Young people in Kutaisi

Conducted activities:

  1. 50 young Kutaisians received training on human rights, active citizenship, protection of civic interests, coalition building, volunteering, project writing and management, as well as fundraising.
  2. A directory of non-governmental organizations working in western Georgia was published.

Achieved results:

A council of 50 trained young people was formed, which has a consultancy / recommendation purpose for local governmental and non-governmental organizations working on youth issues. The Council will actively work to identify youth needs, develop appropriate youth policies and monitor its implementation.

Name: Protection and Implementation of Socio-economic Rights of Young People

Implementation period: 06.2009 – 01.2010

Implementation area: Imereti and Kakheti regions

Donors /Partners: Open Society Georgia Foundation, Telavi Education Development and Employment Center (TEDEC)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $6,786

Objective(s): Research on the intermediate outcomes of the Georgian child welfare reform; process of the outcomes; preparation of conclusions; and promotion of effective state policy development. Establishment of an initiative group to initiate a change within the advocacy process.

Target group(s): Adopted children, young people from foster care, foster children and their caretakers, social workers

Conducted activities:

  1. An initiative group was formed; a series of training were held for the members on research, advocacy and also lobbying.
  2. The Georgian child welfare reform was monitored and recommendations were made on identified deficiencies.
  3. A study of small family-type houses was conducted to see how successful the new system of standards, developed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, was implemented.
  4. Research on the adoption program was conducted, and problematic issues were identified; accordingly conclusions and recommendations were prepared.

Achieved results:

The project carried out detailed monitoring of the reform and in-depth study of the developed programs, on the basis of which recommendations and conclusions were prepared. The recommendations prepared for the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia will contribute to the proper conduct and effective development of state policy. An initiative group has also been set up within the project to advocate the initiation of relevant positive and effective changes at the state level.

Name: Applied Civic Education and Teacher Training Program (ACETT)

Implementation period: 2010-2014

Implementation area: Imereti region

 

Donors /Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PH International, Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $11,603

Objective(s): Improve the quality and scope of civic education at schools and encourage youth participation in Georgia’s democratic processes.

Target group(s): Local government of Imereti region

Beneficiaries: Principals of 125 public schools, civic education teachers, 9th– to-11th-grade students

Conducted activities:

  1. Civic clubs were established in 125 schools.
  2. 3,125 students participated in civic club activities.
  3. 1,296 students and teachers were involved in solving local community problems.
  4. 2,040 students participated in 68 study visits.
  5. 83 micro grant projects were implemented.
  6. 43 social media trainings were conducted with the participation of students and teachers.
  7. 64 active blogs were created.
  8. 72 videos were made on healthy lifestyle, human rights, violence and environment protection.
  9. 39 peer trainings were conducted about social media.

Achieved results:

  1. The civic clubs established within the project are still active today and play an important role in involving school children in public life.
  2. Under the auspices of the project, a project-writing and management manual was published, which is an important guide for the civic club members.
  3. The project has made a significant contribution to improving the quality of civic education in Georgian schools and has facilitated the application of acquired knowledge in practice.

Name: Partnership for Youth Development and Inclusion

Implementation period: 05.2008 – 09.2009

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: The World Bank in Georgia

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: $6,914

Objective(s): Improving the coordination and information exchange system between different sectors working on youth issues throughout Kutaisi. Increase the capacity of youth NGOs working in Kutaisi in advocacy, lobbying and active campaigning.

Target group(s): 20 members of local youth NGOs, 14 to 25-year old in Kutaisi

Conducted activities:

  1. Research on the capabilities of youth NGOs in Kutaisi; as a result, ten organizations memoranda of cooperation aiming for cooperation during the project implementation, for its continuity and sustainability were signed.
  2. Representatives of the partner NGOs received two weeks of training in advocacy and lobbying.
  3. An information bulletin was published to raise public awareness about youth problems and other issues.
  4. Research and focus group meetings on the fields of tourism, education and social sciences were conducted; based on them research on the challenges and development prospects related to tourism was prepared.
  5. An open day on tourism was organized to show people the recent changes in the field.
  6. Specific recommendations were provided to relevant local government services and other project stakeholders.

Achieved results:

The project established a Coordination Council with the participation of local and international NGOs, government agencies, the business sector and the media, in order to improve the cooperation of actors working on youth issues throughout Kutaisi.

Name: Better Chances for Georgian Youth

Implementation period: 01.2008-09.2009

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: World Vision Georgia, Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)

Total project budget: €140,000

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: €16,434

Objective(s): Support the Government of Georgia in defeating trafficking in order to create better opportunities for young people

Target group(s): young people between 14 and 25 years

Beneficiaries: vulnerable young people aged 14-25, students and schoolchildren, returned international and domestic migrants

Conducted activities:

  1. Establishment of a center to improve the economic potential of young people, reduce the risk of trafficking, and facilitate the reintegration of returned migrants.
  2. Awareness-raising campaigns and related activities.
  3. A competition for local journalists to reveal the best article and story about trafficking / migration, in which Marika Vacharadze, the newspaper P.S. journalist and Irma Choladze, TV Rioni correspondent won.

Achieved results:

A Coordinating Council on Migration, Trafficking and Violence has been established to work actively on the abovementioned issues.

Name: Arts and Crafts (A&C)

Implementation period: 2008

Implementation area: Kutaisi

Donors /Partners: World Vision Germany, Bank Republic (Societe Generale Group)

Part of the budget assigned to EDEC: ₾850,00

Objective(s): Supporting socially vulnerable talented young people, developing / realizing their abilities and skills

Target group(s): Socially vulnerable youth, private sector, education sector

Conducted activities:

  1. In July 2008, a large-scale exhibition was held with the participation of graduates of the Applied Arts Centers; the latter introduced their works to a significant number of people.
  2. In September and in October 2009, with support of Bank Republic, “The Exhibition and Sale of Art Works by Talented Young People” was implemented.
  3. Art events were organized at Bank Republic’s office in Kutaisi and the head office in Tbilisi.

Achieved results:

  1. The Center for Applied Arts was established in Kutaisi; 21 young individuals joined the center.
  2. Through a 10-month course, these young people mastered to craft with batik, felt, tapestry, clay and enamel.
  3. 51 young people, mostly from socially vulnerable families, participated in the Bank Republic component of the project.

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