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March 1, 2013

MEETING HELD WITH SHIDA


KARTLI LOCAL GOVERNMENT
On March 1, Care International in the Caucasus and the civil
society organization CiDA, organized a meeting with the Chair of
the Shida Kartli Regional Council, David Razmadze.
The meeting was held as part of the project Stabilization and
Integration of IDPs into Mainstream Georgian Society (SIIMS), a
project that aims to improve the livelihood of IDPs (Internally
Displaced Persons) in the region, as well as creating socioeconomic connections between IDPs and local communities.
The sides discussed the achievements that have been carried out
in the Shida Kartli region. Representatives of Care and CiDA have
briefed the council on the goals and future plans that are to be
carried out in the region. David Razmadze welcomed their work
in Shida Kartli and assessed their activities positively,
underscoring that region desperately needs assistance from
international organizations. Razmadze expressed his readiness to
support the organizations' activities in his region.
According to the Regional Development Manager of CiDA, Juba
Maruashvili, despite the staff changes in the region, the goals and
activities remain the same. New local authority representatives
are actively involved in it as they aim to improve the living
conditions of IDPs.
The SIIMS project is being jointly implemented by CARE Norway
and CARE International in the Caucasus, along with local its
implementing partner the Civil Development Agency (CiDA).
The project is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and its total budget is 19 Million NOK ($2.9 Million USD).
The project was launched in July 2009 and will last for 3 years.

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March 6, 2013

MEETINGS IN THE REGION

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As part of the project Local Actors Join for Inclusive Economic


Development and Governance in the South Caucasus (JOIN), the
working groups finished working on the local economic development
strategic planning process. The meetings have been ongoing in the six
municipalities of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti where local
government, civil society organizations and farmers attended.

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Working groups have been meeting for six months and have classified
the weak and strong aspects of the projects based on SWOT analysis,
objectives and values that are related to the market action plan. They
have also identified development opportunities, the market's main
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Local economic development plans will be presented to the local selfgovernment bodies, the central government, as well as donors and
investors during the forums planned for the near future. This will allow
all the plans to be carried out properly.
JOIN is funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and
implemented by CARE Austria and CARE International in the Caucasus,
together with partner organizations the CiDA in Georgia and the
Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) in Armenia.

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March 8, 2013
TRAINING COURSES FOR TRAINERS'MEN'S TALK'
On March 4-8, CiDA Director Zviad Devdariani took part in a
training course for trainers called Men's Talk. The training
course aimed to provide future trainers with information on
gender issues, gender violence, communication and sexual
and reproductive health.
Men's role in strengthening gender equality is very
important. CiDA believes that every person is equal and
through our activities we try to ensure both sexes are active
and participate in the different activities. This training
course provided additional information on gender issues
and gave me theoretical knowledge about it, Devdariani
said.
The course was held by the Women's information Center
with the support of the UN Population Fund.

March 12, 2013


NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY OF
PROBATION BUREAU IS FINISHED
Within the framework of the "Support for Juvenile Justice
Reform in National Minority Communities of Kvemo Kartli
and Samtskhe-Javakheti" project, CiDA carried out a needs
assessment survey for the staff of the Bureau of the National
Probation Agency with the purpose of situation assessment,
achievements / challenges identification and determining
the needs of the employees.
The study has involved 59 respondents from the Kvemo
Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions of Georgia, including
Probation Bureau Officers, the regional bureau heads, social
workers and convicted juveniles.
According to the study results non-custodial punishment
system is in its development phase; number of changes
implemented with regard to as adults juvenile justice
system improvement, but it is necessary to mobilize
governmental and non-governmental sector for
rehabilitation and re-socialization process in support of the
former prisoners.
According to the survey results the need for training was
found for the employers as well as for the juveniles being in
conflict with the law; CiDA will facilitate such trainings
during the project implementation.
On behalf of the project, we would like to thank all those
people who had some input into the research process.
The project is funded by the European Union.

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March 14, 2013

TRAINING COURSE ON PERSONAL


DEVELOPMENT
On March 13-14, on CiDA's initiative, a training course was held for
juvenile probationers and Juvenile Diversion and Mediation Program
participants. The training course was attended by the Deputy
Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, Giga
Giorgadze.
Participants were provided information on various issues including a
healthy lifestyle, life goals, effective planning strategies, education
and resources, searching information and communication skills.
The training course lasted for two days and offered attendees
practical exercises to the participants.
Similar events help juveniles in conflict with the law receive
information on the topics of their interest they can share other
peoples' experiences, meet new friends and learn how to
communicate with different kinds of people. These activities will
help develop their social skills and help them integrate into society,
said Project Manager Nino Demetrashvili.
The training course was carried out with the support of the Ministry
of Justice of Georgia and the European Union.

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As part of the project initiated by CiDA Public Benefit


Activities, juveniles in conflict with the law met with the
well known Georgian pianist Valerian Shiukashvili.
Shiukashvili told them many interesting details about his
music life and experience gained in many international
music festivals and competitions. The meeting continued
with a question and answer format. The meeting was
attended by the Rustavi music school students, who
performed different music pieces for their guests.
At the end of the meeting juveniles in conflict with the law
had a pleasure to listen some music pieces by Shiukashvili.
Project Public Benefit Activities is financed by the
Ministry of Justice of Georgia. The event has also been held
as a part of the Support for Juvenile Justice Reform in
National Minority Communities of Kvemo Kartli and
Samtskhe- Javakheti project, funded by the European
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ECO-ACTION
On March 20, CiDA organized an eco-action where juvenile
probationers and CiDA staff members took part in an event
held in Rustavi. Juveniles in conflict with the law made their
contribution in cleaning their hometown, which will be one
of the guarantees of a healthy environment around them.
The event was held as part of Public Benefit Activities
which is financed by the Justice Ministry of Georgia.

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March 21, 2013


DISCUSSIONS ON POLITICAL DECENTRALIZATION
TOOK PLACE IN THE REGIONS
As part of the Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN), Civil Development
Agency (CiDA) held a regional tour to meet local partner NGOs, local
government and media representatives. Among the topics discussed as
part of the talks were political decentralization and the strengthening of
regional government institutions.

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More specifically the issues discussed were the current process of the
regional development strategy; challenges and perspectives in
decentralization; strengthening local government; problems facing the
mountainous regions of Georgia and the Georgian labor code. The
current government decentralization reforms include a more active role
for local governments in the political decision making process.
The strengthening of local government bodies and the decentralization
project have a significant importance for the country. That is why civil
society representatives should be actively involved in this process and
become a kind of watchdog to see what will be changed after this reform
and how beneficial it will be for the regional population. We call on civil
society and media representatives to take more initiative and become
more motivated in discussing and covering this particularly important
issue, CiDA Regional Development Manager Juba Maruashvili stated.
According to Adjara Supreme Council Representative David Batsikadze
one of the challenges the current central government faces today is
reforming regional and municipal governments. Batsikadze thinks that in
order to develop this sector it is important to financially decentralize all
municipal governments so that even villages have control of financial
decisions they wish to make.
The best thing the current government can do is to decentralize the
government decision making process. This will allow towns and villages to
make their own decisions about what is best for them," Batsikadze said.
We have our own opinion about the project of decentralization; we want
it to be useful for society- especially for the people living in the regions.
We proposed that the government include us in the process," Levan
Khintibidze of the Union for Democratic Development of Georgia stated
after the meeting.
Further recommendations are currently being made. The full package of
recommendations will be presented to the Ministry of Regional
Development and Infrastructure of Georgia in the near future.
The meetings covered almost all regions of Georgia. Meetings were held
in Mtskheta, Gori, Telavi, Akahltsikhe, Ozurgeti, Batumi, Zugdidi and
Kutaisi.
R-CSN was founded in December 2012 and is being carried out by Policy,
Advocacy and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC).
The goal of the network is to consolidate the efforts and resources of
regional organizations as well as finding local solutions to various
problems.

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March 21, 2013

MEETING OF THE PANEL ON


MIGRATION AND ASYLUM
On March 20-21 meeting of the Panel on Migration and
Asylum was held in the framework of the Eastern
Partnership Platform I Democracy, Good governance and
Stability. Among the discussed issues were readmission and
reintegration of returned migrants.
The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Internally
Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories,
Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, Ministry of
Internal Affairs of Georgia and Public Service Development
Agency of Georgia.
Among the invited guests was Director of CiDA Zviad
Devdariani who talked about the role of civil society in the
reintegration issues. Devdariani has presented new
initiative of CiDA, that is supported by the European
Commission and this project is due to start. The project
,,Personal Assistance of the Georgian Migrants will provide
people with the information and legal migration
opportunities and the threats of the illegal migration in
Turkey and in Greece.

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March 22, 2013

SECOND TRAINING COURSE ON


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
On March 21-22, on CiDA's initiative a training course on personal
development was held in Rustavi. Target groups of the training were
juvenile probationers and Juvenile Diversion and Mediation Program
participants from Gardabani and Rustavi.
The training was also attended by the young people from different
NGOs.
Participants were provided information on different issues including a
healthy lifestyle, life goals, effective planning strategies, education and
resources, searching information and communication skills.
The training was leaded by the NGO Global Initiative in Psychiatry The
training course was carried out with the support of the Ministry of
Justice of Georgia and the European Union.

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March 27, 2013

PRESENTATION OF ADVOCACY
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On March 27, CiDA and CARE International in the Caucasus


held a meeting in Gori with the IDPs settled in Shida and
Kvemo Kartli after the armed conflicts.

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The meeting was held within the frames of the project


Stabilization and Integration of IDPs into Mainstream
Georgian Society" (SIIMS). The project is being carried out by
CiDA and CARE International through the assistance of the
Norwegian government. During the project, an advocacy
network has been launched in the IDPs settlements. The aim
of the network is advocating on behalf of the problems and
requirements of the IDPs. One member from each
settlement will work with the municipalities in solving their
problems. During the meeting, priorities set by CARE
International in the settlements and the results realized by
CiDA were discussed. The problems the IDPs are facing and
the ways of solving them were analyzed.


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The next meeting is scheduled with the new leadership of


the Gori municipality and representatives of the
municipality commissions.


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