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On September 11-13 CiDA organized a series of trainings


on the topic of Cattle-breeding in Georgia-Challenges.
Representatives of the National Food Agency and Ministry
of Agriculture and six municipalities in the Kvemo Kartli
and Samtskhe Javakheti regions attended the trainings.
Participants were familiarised with the cattle-breeding
requirements laid down in the Municipal Development
Plans developed as part of the JOIN project; veterinary
legislation and the current situation in this field; fodder
production; cattle food standards and accessibility and
improvements in cattle-breeding legislation. The
presentations were followed by discussions. Training days
on similar issues will continue to be held.
The series of trainings have been organized in the frames of JOIN project. It
is a three year initiative implemented by CARE sterreich and CARE
International in the Caucasus together with the partner organizations
NGO CiDA in Georgia and CARD in Armenia. JOIN is funded by Austrian
Development Cooperation (ADC) through Austrian Development Agency
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MEDIA TOUR IN DUSHETI REGION


On September 18, CiDA arranged a media tour in the Dusheti region of Georgia
within the USAID supported project New Economic Initiative. The goal of the project
is to increase income for the people in rural areas, decrease the level of poverty and
develop small enterprises for the socially unprotected population.
The project area implemented by CiDA covers two regions of eastern Georgia Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Shida Kartli. Within the tour, media representatives had an
opportunity to become aware of the results of the project since its inception.
Journalists introduced the project beneficiaries who mainly fall below the poverty
level and whose increase in income is directly connected with the successful
implementation of the project.
The project financed 381 beneficiaries ranging from the agricultural sphere to 40
socially unprotected people in the non-agricultural sector. According to Revaz
Barbakadze of CiDA, such projects are crucially important for the development of
local business in rural areas. Barbakadze assesses the project as successful as the
results have exceeded the expected outcomes.
Two regions of Georgia have been financed as well as 12 local businesses, and 72 jobs
have been created as a result of the project's implementation. The project provided
sewing machines, baking machines, agriculture inventories and furniture to
beneficiaries according to their demands.
One of the beneficiaries is father of 4 children Gia Gurashvili. He has always been
interested in the agriculture field. However, he could not work because of low
finances. The project gave him the opportunity to develop his own business. He
created a vegetable garden and greenhouse where socially unprotected people are
employed. One of the employees is 57 year-old Manana Melikishvili who says that as
soon as she was told that she can work and receive a daily income, she decided to
work with Gurashvili in order to help her family to earn money. Melikishvili's daily
income is GEL 20.
Another beneficiary is Zura Davituri who has been fond of beekeeping since
childhood. But he knew that beekeeping is a very responsible job and he needed
enough finances to run a successful business.
One day my spouse told me about this project and we decided to try and apply.
Fortunately, we were chosen and within the project I was provided 6 bee hives with
bees. This year we extracted 15 kg of honey from each hive, which is considered to be
a good harvest because due to bad weather, most beekeepers produced a low
amount of honey, Davituri says.
With the aim to increase his income, he bought eight more hives with the money he
earned by selling honey. Davituri looks at the future positively and hopes that he can
grow his business in the future.
I produce honey locally. Once people tasted it they wanted to buy more. We have
examined its quality in the laboratory and it is high-quality. I am sure more clients will
come and I promise them I will offer the highest quality of honey, Davituri added.
Ramaz Maisuradze is an IDP from the village of Kurta which has been occupied since
the end of the 2008 War. He and his family were made to leave their own land and
now they live in the Bazaleti IDP settlement. For years, his family's only income was
from the low financial aid it received from the government. After being selected as
one of the beneficiaries of the project, he began green house agriculture and plans to
grow his small business in the future.
The government gives financial aid for IDPs each month, but this is not enough for
the whole family. CiDA representatives have introduced the project details to me and
helped me to start running my small business for additional income. They
encouraged me and I succeeded. Now I have my green house where tomatoes and
cucumbers are planted. From next year I am going to plant flowers and along with
other vegetables I will try the flower business as well. I am sure I will succeed,
Maisuradze told the journalists.
Another successful beneficiary of the project is Eka Kvrivishvili who owns a caf in
Dusheti. With the allotted money she was given the necessary equipment and
furniture for her caf.
This is the only caf in Dusheti. With the promise that I would employ socially
unprotected people, the project helped me to buy tables and chairs for the caf, and
the necessary equipment for the kitchen. I am very grateful and I feel happy that
guests like here. Foreign guests are also coming and enjoy our service, Kvrivishvili
says.
Since September 2012, the NGO CiDA has been implementing the project New Economic Opportunities
(NEO) financed by USAID. The length of the project is 22 months.

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CONFRONTATIONS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND PRESIDENT IS
DAMAGING TO THE COUNTRY
The public has recently been witness to a conflict between two branches of the government. This conflict is
undermining the Constitution and preventing the President from fulfilling his role as it is defined therein.
Moreover, it illustrates the emergence of informal governance whereby a private citizen is able to exert
undue influence on government.
The disagreement between President Margvelashvili and representatives of the Government Cabinet has
become even more apparent after former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili publicly criticized
Margvelashvili in a recent press interview. Following the event, Government and ruling coalition members
have been actively reproving the President, making disrespectful statements and, even, disregarding the
institution of the Presidency.
The conflict has become so clear that complications have arisen openly during visits of high-ranking foreign
guests to Georgia. During visits Government representatives have, at times, refused to act according with
their obligations. In addition, some members of the executive branch declined to discuss matters of national
security if such meeting was organized by the President's Administration despite the constitutional
power to convene meetings on national security sitting with the President. The constitutional division of
powers identifies the roles and responsibilities of the President and the Prime Minister. Confusion or
deliberately ignoring these constitutional obligations and limitations undermines the efficacy of the
government, decreasing the likelihood of solving issues important to the state, including issues of national
security. Moreover, it negatively affects the image of country in the eye of Georgia's foreign friends.
It should be noted that this conflict did not emerge as a result of differing opinions on an issue of strategic
importance, neither has a specific reform or initiative provoked the fallout. The Government Cabinet
representatives appear to have been guided by the personal opinion of the former Prime Minister Ivanishvili
who has been 'disappointed' by the President and his decision to move into the Presidential Palace.
The only publicly known instance which was pertaining to a specific initiative was when the President was
reportedly planning to veto the amendment to the Law on Criminal Procedure Code. The amendment
postponed the enactment of the new, progressive rule of witness questioning by another two years - it was
the third time the Parliament changed its own decision on this issue. The former Prime Minister later
explained that he influenced the President into changing his decision. It is very unfortunate that the
President bent under this pressure, leaving constitutional rights of the persons to be questioned by
prosecution under risk.
In recent weeks the public has witnessed the accusations coming from different branches of the
government. The ruling coalition, it seems, is trying to undermine the institution of the directly elected head
of the state, who is also the commander-in-chief and the highest representative of Georgia in its foreign
affairs. The unfortunate result of these efforts is that the President is faced with obstacles while exercising
the very authorities that are delegated to him by the Constitution. Above all, the signs informal governance
have become evident as an individual without any official authority or capacity has been taking a significant
part in the decisionmaking process and exerting influence onto high officials.
The balance of powers between the branches of government is a crucial principle that needs to be observed
for coexistence of democratic institutions. The constitutional principle of separation of powers provides
limitations and controls on the power of each branch of government, and protects society from all political
power being vested in one ruler or a small group. In this sense, the government institutions may be
perceived as competing with each other; however, such institutional 'conflict' does not in any way
contradict or undermine the democratic order, rather it is an essential part of the system of checks and
balances. What is unacceptable in such a system is creating a new, informal government branch.
In Georgia the democratic transition is still at a fragile stage. Informal governance and obstacles in the
functioning of government branches is a blow to the institution-building process. Without competent and
independent institutions it will be impossible for the country to move to the next stage of development.
We call on the Government of Georgia and the ruling coalition to take all the appropriate risks under
consideration and prove with their actions that they will not allow for the mistakes of the past - when all
branches of government were controlled by a few powerful individuals - to be repeated. In such
circumstances, government bodies lack the decisionmaking powers and they exist only as a formality. The
Government should recognize that Georgia will not become a fully fledged member of the Euro-Atlantic
family, which is the will of Georgian people, while informal governance is a reality and democratic
institution-building is undermined.
Transparency International Georgia
Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA)
Civil Development Agency (CiDA)
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)
Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)

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TRANS-BOUNDARY TOUR IN GEORGIA
AND ARMENIA

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On September 22-24 agriculture fair and trans-boundary tour


were held within Local Actors Join for Inclusive Economic
Development and Governance in the South Caucasus (JOIN)
project. The tour aimed to introduce value chain in adjusent
territories of two countries.




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Tour participants including representatives of local


municipalities, staff od local consultative centers as well as
project representatives started their visit from Akhalkalaki
where they met potato producers, The producers shared the
information regarding production price, purchasing
conditions and transportation possibilities. Tour
participantsvisited mechanisation centers on the ground.

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In armenia, tour participans attended the exhibbition of felt


made items where JOIN beneficieries presented their work.
At the end of two days tour, participants evaluated the whole
trip in the city of Giumry.
JOIN is financed by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and is
implemented by CARE Austria and CARE International Caucasus together with
the partner organizations including CiDA in Georgia and CARD in Armenia.

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FILM ABOUT MIGRATION SHOWN IN


RUSTAVI
On September 25 CiDA organized a film show named what
should a woman know if she wants to go to Greece and Turkey
at Rustavi Civic Engagement Center. The film includes all the
necessary information which will be helpful for women migrants
willing to go in above mentioned countries. Film gives some
recommendation and suggestions which will make easier for a
new migrant to adapt a new country, it also warns potential
migrants about the threats they may face in a new country and
gives information about employment situation.
After show invited guests and project representatives discussed
migration issues, shared their opinions and got certain advice
regarding the topic.
EU funded project "Georgia - Personalized Assistance for Migrants" (GPAM) is
implemented by CiDA and aims at supporting Georgia to better manage migration
processes.

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