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NEW PROJECT PRESENTATION:
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On January 23, Fostering Regional and Local Development in


Georgia project presentation was held at Beaumonde
Garden hotel. The project is supported by the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP) and will be implemented by
CiDA and its partner civil society organizations of the
Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN).
The Fostering Regional and Local Development in Georgia
project aims to advance decentralization, and regional and
local governance reform and development through
strengthening capacities of central and sub-national
authorities. The project places an emphasis on developing
policy formulation and implementation capacities of the
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of
Georgia and other national stakeholders for the regional and
local governance reform and development. It will cover six
regions of Georgia: Kvemo Kartli, Guria, Samegrelo-Zemo
Svaneti, Imereti, Racha-Leckhumi-Kvemo Svaneti and
Mtskheta-Mtianeti.
The presentation was attended by Humphrey Abbot, UNDP's
Regional and Local Development Programme Manager, who
welcomed the project's CSO representatives from different
regions, and wished them success in the project's
implementation. According to him, their main goal will be to
increase trust and awareness of local people's knowledge
towards the processes about to begin in local development.
He added that CSOs should provide exhaustive information
about their action plans as to have them more informed and
ready to work in regional development in the 2016-2018
period. Furthermore, he encouraged the CSOs to listen to
people's voices, remarks and ideas carefully as it will be very
important to consider them while working on action plans.
The project is funded by SDS and ADA.

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CiDA BOARD MEETING

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On January 31 board members of CiDA gathered and assessed


the organization's activities in the last year.

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Executive Director of CiDA Zviad Devdariani briefed the board


members on implemented project activities, discussed the
budget of the organization, and introduced future plans and
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The board members evaluated CiDA activities in 2014,


fundraising, planning actions, as well as budget management
positively. Finally, the board adopted the 2015 budget.
CiDA Board Members include: Kakha Maghradze, Zviad
Kordzadze, Ekaterine Siradze-Delone, Tamar Germanashvili,
Agit Mirzoev, Sopho Shubladze, Vakhtang Piranishvili and CiDA
Executive Director Zviad Devdariani.

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DISCUSSION OVER THE DRAFT OF CHANGES
TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE

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On February 6, Ministry of Regional Development and


Infrastructure and Open Society Georgia Foundation held a
presentation on the draft of the changes to the Local
Government Code. Representatives of international
organizations and civil society organizations attended the
presentation including CiDA and members of the Regional Civil
Society Network (R-CSN).
The project includes participation of citizens in the
implementation of local governance in form of General
Assembly of Village / Town / City. Such initiative provides
enhancement of the citizens' involvement in the process of
discussing important issues and their solutions. In addition, the
bill requires the municipality to discuss the statements and the
requirements of the standing body - General Assembly, and
inform it about the results of the discussion. The Advisory
Council will be formed, as a consultative body, at the
Administration of the Municipality / City Hall. The rules of the
petition procedures have been updated in the project and the
standards of access to information significantly improved.
The draft of the bill was prepared by the Ministry of Regional
Development and Infrastructure, but it also takes into account
the recommendations developed by non-governmental
organizations. Foundation Open Society Georgia and its 16
partner NGOs prepared the recommendations within the
frameworks of the campaign "Self-Governance Time" and
submitted to the Ministry on December 24, 2014.
CiDA and R-CSN member organizations were actively involved
in preparation work. They held more than 100 meetings with
local residents and local self-government body officials where
the main topic of discussion was the necessity to create
alternative forms of citizen involvement, community selfgovernment bodies and their authority, as well as the
obligation of local self-government authorities, definition of the
territorial scope of community self government and the
status and rules of its regulation.
For more information about the Local Government Code and its related issues,
visit the webpage: www.droa.ge.

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INFORMATION CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

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An information campaign about migration issues is underway in


Georgia's regions within the framework of the Georgia Personalized Assistance for Migrants (G-PAM) project.
Project consultants hold intensive meetings with local residents in
the municipalities of Zestaponi, Terjola, Tchiatura, Samtredia and
Tskaltubo. Consultants introduce project goals and hand out
information flyers as well.

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Similar meetings were held in Adjara region, where project


consultants held information meetings in the villages of Keda and
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The aim of the meetings is to raise awareness about migration


among Georgian population as one of the means to prevent from
illegal migration.

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EU funded project Georgia - Personalized Assistance for Migrants" (G-PAM) is


implemented by Civil Development Agency CiDA and aims at supporting Georgia to
better manage migration processes. To see project activities, please visit the
webpage: www.migrant.ge

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MEETING WITH KVEMO KARTLI
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On February 26, Members of the Regional Civil Society


Network (R-CSN) met with the Governor of Kvemo
Kartli region of Georgia Paata Khizanashvili within the
framework of Fostering Regional and Local
Development in Georgia project.
Executive Director of CiDA Zviad Devdariani explained
the vision and the main goals of the new project to the
governor and introduced its planned activities. The
Governor expressed his readiness to cooperate with the
CSOs and support them in the project implementation
process.
Fostering Regional and Local Development in Georgia
project covers six regions of Georgia and aims to
enhance citizen's engagement in regional and local
development processes. Moreover, the project's goal is
to advance decentralization, and regional and local
governance reform and development through
strengthening capacities of central and sub-national
authorities.
The project is supported by UNDP and funded by SDS and ADA. It is
implemented by CiDA and other members of R-CSN.

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