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CONFERENCE ON TRANS-BOUNDARY
COOPERATION ISSUES
At CiDA's initiative, members of the JOIN local
development working groups from Ninotsminda and
Akhalkalaki took part in a conference that focused on
trans-boundary cooperation issues. The conference
titled: Boundaries, Cooperation and Regional Problems
within the Post-Soviet context: Between Integration
and Disintegration.
Along with foreign researchers, NGOs discussed the
political and social aspects of the Armenian-Georgian
relationship.
The working groups created within the JOIN project
became actively involved in the conference and
discussions on the topic CiDA presented at the
conference. CiDA's presentation touched on border
crossing issues between Armenia and Georgia. It was
mentioned that it is very important for the local
population living across the boundary line to have
trade connections between the two countries.
Accordingly, the border crossing process should
become simpler and custome fees need to be reduced.
For Armenian regions bordering the SamtskheJavakheti region of Georgia, Georgian in market is more
comfprtable than in Yerevan, due to its remoteness.
However, due to the high customs fees, it is almost
useless to bring products to Georgia and sell them
here. It will be beneficial for both sides if they regulate
the import and export of locally produced goods, in this
case, the cross-border trade, Samtskhe - Javakheti
Consumers Union Chairman, Armen Darbinyan stated
at the conference.
The conference was held with the support of the
Georgian Institute for Public Affairs, the University of
Eastern Finland, University of Warsaw and Carleton
University of Canada.

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DEBATES HELD OVER RUSTAVI
DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY PRIORITIES
On May 2, CiDA initiated debates regarding the
development strategy priorities of the self- government in
the city of Rustavi. In March of 2013, the Rustavi local
government approved the midterm strategy for Rustavi's
economic development and it will remain in force from
2013-2017. Five main priorities and forty sub-priorities for
local development were presented. The debate participants
agreed that their town does not have enough resources to
work on all the priorities at once, hence it is necessary list
the priorities with regard to their urgency.
Following the debates a working group meeting was held
where more than 50 people took part including local
government representatives, public council members and
civil society organization representatives. The participants
discussed various priorities and graded them according to
their usefulness.
The recommendations were then sent to the local
government of Rustavi.

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MEETING WITH ILIAUNI MBA STUDENTS

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Executive Director of CiDA, Zviad Devdariani, met with MBA


students from Ilia State University. The meeting aimed to
introduce CiDA's Local Actors Join for Inclusive Economic
Development and Governance in the South Caucasus (JOIN)
project, a three-year project that was started on November 1,
2011 and ends October 31, 2014.

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discussed the project's goal and its target groups. According to
Devdariani, the project aims to facilitate the participation of LG,
CSO and PS actors in municipal working groups, which will in turn
write and implement local-level plans for sustainable socioeconomic development. The project will also establish business
development and information centers (BDICs) in targeted regions
to provide training courses and market-relevant information to
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The project introduction was followed by question and answers


session. Students became interested in several issues: they asked
whether there is any contact between the project, its donors and
the initiatives of Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia; and if there is
sufficient interest in the local population and target groups
regarding the project.
JOIN is funded by the Austrian Development Agency and implemented
by CARE International in the Caucasus together with partner
organizations CiDA in Georgia and CARD in Armenia.

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R-CSN MEMBERS IN REGIONAL
DEVELOPMENT WORKING GROUPS
The R-CSN network member NGOs have been engaged in
regional development working groups. Regional Civil Society
Network member NGOs have been involved in the regional
development strategy working groups in almost every
region. The regional development strategy must define the
major development priorities and challenges in each region.
The working groups, comprised of members of the local
self-governments and active NGOs, processed the basic
information and identified the strengths, weaknesses and
threats of the development strategies. The member of the
Kvemo Kartli working group from CIDA, Nino Chitoridze,
stated that the priority domains competitive in the Kvemo
Kartli region have been established. Nodar Jikia, Program
Director at GYLA's Kutaisi branch office, says that the
Imereti regional development strategy was affirmed in
September 2012. As a result of the network and NGOs
initiation, a strategy revision issue has arisen. Currently, the
working groups that work on the above-mentioned issue
have been created and the Ministry of Regional
Development has a deep interest in the strategy revision
issue.
The R-CSN aims to consolidate the efforts and resources of
regional organizations and its activists to monitor the problems
occurring in various places in the regions of Georgia and find
adequate solutions locally. The project is being carried out by the
Policy, Advocacy and Civil Society Development in Georgia (GPAC).

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CiDA AWARDS FEMALE CHESS PLAYERS

On May 9-13, the Kvemo Kartli third championship in chess


was held in Rustavi. The winners were provided with an
award by CiDA including monetary awards. It is noteworthy
that since 1996, no championship in chess has been held in
Kvemo Kartli. So, the competition was renewed and now
has 81 participants.

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The championship was held within FIDE standards. It was


organized by the Kvemo Kartli Chess Federation, the Rustavi
City Council and Fund Internews- Georgia. The
championship was supported by CiDA.

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SURVEY: PROBLEMATIC ISSUES OF RUSTAVI

CiDA compiled a population problem survey in the selfgovernment town of Rustavi. The survey aimed to identify
the local problems in Rustavi and to research the public
attitudes towards the local government. Survey Objectives:
Classification of problems by priority.
Evaluation of self-government performance.
Exploration of public confidence in various governmental
and public institutions.
The research explored the central public issues, which
included employment, healthcare and social security,
education, culture, youth issues, political instability, public
utilities and communications, environment protection,
infrastructure, fundamental rights, security, and
transportation.
In total, 500 respondents (Rustavi residents) were surveyed.
Within the framework of the project, CiDA will organize a
discussion where all the problematic issues revealed by the
survey will be discussed.
The CAI project is supported by USAID's Democracy and
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TRAINING ON PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
HELD IN AKHALTSIKHE

On May 17, CiDA initiated a training course that was held


for juvenile probationers and Juvenile Diversion and
Mediation Program participants. The training was hosted
by the Civic Engagement Center of Akhaltsikhe.
Project Manager, Nino Demetrashvili, provided information
on various issues, including a healthy lifestyle, life goals,
effective planning strategies, education and resources,
searching information and communication skills.
Participants got actively involved in the debates following
the training.
The young participants assessed the format of the training
positively and expressed their will to get more involved in
similar activities in the future as well.
The training course took place within the EU funded project
'Support for Juvenile Justice Reform in National Minority
Communities of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti.'

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TRAINING FOR PROBATION BUREAU
REPRESENTATIVES

On May 18-19 CiDA organized a two-day training course for


local staff of the probation bureau located in SamtskheJavakheti.
The training course covered all issues identified as being a
challenge. CiDA also conducted a needs assessment survey,
which was carried last month for the staff of the Bureau of
the National Probation Agency. The survey sought to assess
the achievements and challenges and aimed to identify and
determine the needs of the employees.
The training course covered the features of teenagers,
including their moral development stages and the
psychological problems of juvenile probationers. Apart from
theoretical knowledge, the participants also had the
opportunity to discuss the problematic cases from their
practice.
The training was held with the facilitation of GCRT. The training
course took place within the EU funded project "Support for
Juvenile Justice Reform in National Minority Communities of
Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti."

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CiDA SIGNED A MEMORANDUM WITH
THE NATIONAL PROBATION AGENCY

On May 21, memorandum of cooperation was signed


between the National Probation Agency and Civil
Development Agency - CiDA.
According to the memorandum the parties undertake an
obligation to support juvenile probationers' rehabilitation
and re-socialization in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti
regions.
Within the framework of the memorandum, the joint action
plan was developed for the purpose of learning about
juvenile probationers' needs and organizing sport, cultural,
and educational activities to promote their personal
development.
The memorandum also incorporates training program for
staff of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti Probation
Bureaus.

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CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE

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On May 23, the first informal conference between


Regional Civil Society Network and international/donor
organizations was held at Sheraton Metechi Palace
Hotel. Conference was organized by CiDA as part of RCSN project , the first informal conference for R-CSN and
international/donor organizations, organized by Civil
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The event aimed to improve the communication


between the network members and donors, and to hold
joint informal discussions regarding various topics.
Members of approximately 45 organizations (including
30 Civil Society Organizations and 15 International
Organizations) participated in it.
This gave the participants chance to have discussion in
informal and easy surroundings. They named themselves
the most active and interesting topics for discussions and
were divided into groups.

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Similar kinds of meetings promote the information


sharing process regarding interesting initiations and
projects, which implementation is vital for supporting
the state development in future.

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Besides this during the conference the donor


organizations and NGOs agreed on joint viewpoints and
strategy of problems reveling, advocacy and cooperation
with citizens.

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The informal conference this is a discussion type


meeting, where the participants define the process
themselves. There are no preliminary arranged topics or
agenda. This is not a presentation, this is a
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Project R-SCN is being carried out by the Policy, Advocacy and
Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC).

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SENIOR FRIENDS WILL TAKE CARE
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Within the EU funded project "Support for Juvenile Justice


Reform in National Minority Communities of Kvemo Kartli
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Senior Friend with the support of UN Association and
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The project is designed to support juvenile in overcoming


difficulties and crime prevention. Senior Friend has a
duty to have a positive influence on the juvenile and stir
up a sense of social responsibility. Senior Friends will
provide both educational and entertaining activities.

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Within the project has signed individual memorandums


for Senior friends, juvenile offenders, their parents, and
between the project coordinators.
According to these documents, Senior Friends will take
care of juvenile probationers - younger friends.

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ADDRESS OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
TO DONOR ORGANIZATIONS
Georgian NGO sector released a special address to donor organizations.
The address has been signed by 46 civil society organizations, including
CiDA, GYLA, GFSIS and member NGOs of the Regional Civil Society
Network.
Georgian Civil Society Organisations express their gratitude towards
international community for their invaluable support in the past and their
continued support in the years to come. They say that the political
landscape and the working environment of NGOs have significantly
changed after the elections. New opportunities, as well as new challenges
have appeared. Therefore, it is important for donors to revisit their
strategies and priorities, assess their compatibility with the existing
circumstances and make changes as needed. The opportunity to
participate and provide feedback should be given to the new government,
as well as to civil society organizations. Changed strategies and priorities
should become public.
According to them the politics and approaches of donors should be as
flexible as possible and highlight that the bureaucratic procedures should
be minimized during the process. Funding recipient organizations and
entities should be given the opportunity to revise already agreed upon
action plans according to the changed circumstances that currently exist,
and should be based on the appropriate justification. For the success of
this process it is necessary to minimize bureaucratic procedures and
complete the process as soon as possible, the statement reads.
CSO address says that it is important that the work of NGOs should lead to
specific, substantive results and resolve public problems in a very short
period of time. However, for this reason, donor organizations should not
emphasize an overly quick impact and should not only fund projects that
promise results within 6 months. Whereas some problems can be
resolved within a predetermined timetable, there are many important
issues that can only be resolved over the longer-term. Therefore, donors
should also support projects that are focused on long-term results, taking
into consideration that while the problem may not be resolved fully, the
important preconditions will be established for its eventual settlement.
NGO sector suggests donor organizations to allocate free core (nonproject attached) funding for number of organizations who proved that
their goals and activities were fair, principle-based, unbiased and useful
for the country. This will enable them plan on how to distribute the given
funds in pursuit of reaching the appropriate goals.
Organizations initiate to create a special fund (the so-called endowment),
which will accumulate money for further activities (in the case of the
reduction of international funding). It is necessary to start work towards
supporting state grants, philanthropy, the economic activities of NGOs,
improvement of research methods and other similar initiatives, they say.
CSOs find it necessary donor organizations to assist priority issues fair and
objective investigation of serious crimes committed at various times to
prevent selective justice; the investigation of private property rights
violations and implementation of adequate measures to mitigate them;
the maintenance of a 24-hour electricity supply and energy security;
reform of the penitentiary system, the protection prisoners' rights and
the effective monitoring of the system; prevention of the unfair dismissal
of public servants appointed during the previous government; adequate
reaction to the cases of IDPs entering empty buildings illegally and their
protests; the prevention of crime and protection of minority rights.
"The concerted work of Georgian civil society, the government and
international agencies will significantly increase the chances for the
success of the country and will help in supporting the country's continued
development, the statement reads.

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SIGNATORIES:
1. Association Green Alternative
2. Human Rights Education and Management Center
3. Economic Politics Research Center (EPRC)
4. Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA)
5. Human Rights Priority
6. Georgia's Reforms Associates (GRASS)
7. Georgia Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS)
8. ALPE
9. Analytical Center for Interethnic Cooperation and Consultations
(ACICC)
10. Georgian Association of Regional Broadcasting (GARB)
11. International Civil Cultural Center
12. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
13. Women Information Center
14. Centre of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG)
15. "Youth for Justice - Georgia"
16. Civic Integration Foundation
MEMBERS OF REGIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORK (R-CSN):
17. Civil Development Agency (CiDA)
18. Union of Democrat Meskhs
19. Georgia Civil Development Association
20. Civil Society Research and Development Center
21. Kakheti Regional Development Agency
22. Civil Activeness Center
23. Georgian Association of Educational Initiatives
24. Kvemo Kartli Public-Information Center
25. Friendship Bridge Kartlosi
26. Gori Club of Disabled Persons
27. Biliki Association
28. Khashuri Committee on National Platform on Protection from
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29. For Better Future
30. National Network of Protection from Violence Mtskheta-Mtianeti
Regional Committee
31. Dusheti Development Fund
32. Stepantsminda
33. Association Tolerant
34. Public Monitoring and Research Center
35. Union of Scientists of Imereti Spektri
36. Kutaisi Center of Education Development and Employment
37. Kutaisi branch of Young Economists' Association
38. Kutaisi branch of Georgian Young Lawyer's Association
39. Kutaisi Information Center
40. Association Union of Chiatura
41. Foundation for Development of Tkibuli District
42. Association Gaenati
43. Foundation Abkhazinterkonti
44. Georgian Democratic Development Union
45. Club of Young Scientists
46. Union of Young Teachers
47. Guria Youth Resource Center
48. Lanchkhuti Information Center
49. Borjgali
50. Institute of Democracy

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BENEFICIARIES SELECTION FINAL ROUND

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Since May, 2013 in the frames of NEO project, the final,


4th round of beneficiaries' selection in Mtskheta-Mtianeti
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Every participant is selected as a result of individual


interview and questionnaire. Besides this their activity
budget is arranged and appropriate analysis is
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Individual meetings and budgeting is implemented


according to seasonal activities time by time.
During May/June the following interviews took/will take
place: interviewing bee keepers, home based hotel,
beauty salon, small stores owners etc. Totally 58 families.
On 30, 2013 CiDA and NEO signed a contract of 18-month
project Supporting Income Increase for Vulnerable Families
and Individuals.

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R-CSN OFFICIAL WEB PAGE

The Regional Civil Society Project has created a new web


page www.cso.ge, where you can become acquainted
with the network's member CSO projects and activities, as
well as the current problems that exist in Georgia's
regions.
www.cso.ge is an interactive site and any visitor has an
opportunity to express his/her opinion regarding the
active issues displayed on our web page. Besides, you can
LIKE our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cso.ge) and
follow our posts, join the discussion on various topics.
R-CSN is an informal union of civil organizations and active
citizens from all over Georgia. It was established in 2012
and unites 39 CSOs.
The network is being facilitated by CiDA. Project R-SCN is
being carried out by the Policy, Advocacy and Civil Society
Development in Georgia (G-PAC) and it is funded by
USAID.

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