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JUNE 30 JULY 9
CSR WEEK IN TBILISI
From June 30 to July 9, CSR Week was held in Tbilisi. During the week, a number of
training exercises, master classes, and informative meetings took place on
different topics, which all relate to modern Corporate Social Responsibility in the
world and in Georgia.
The following events were held during CSR Week:
June 30- Training- Implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles
(WEPs)
July 1- Training Reporting to the UN Global Compact
July 6 Meeting- Problems of the Persons with Disabilities in Georgia and the
Role of the Corporate Social Responsibility
July 7 - Public Lecture- Modern Social Responsibility and Practices in Georgia
July 7 Meeting- Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
July 8 - Meeting CSR Agenda in Georgia
July 9 - CSR Club General Meeting
ining- Implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) was
hosted by TBC Bank, and it was attended by representatives of the private sector.
Training was led by CSR expert, Nina Dadalauri, and Contact Person of UN Global
Compact Network Georgia, Salome Zurabishili. The aim of the training was to
introduce international standards of CSR, specifically the need of women's
e m p o w e r m e n t i n t h e w o r k p l a c e , m a r ke t p l a c e a n d c o m m u n i t y.
The Women's Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business that
offer guidance on how to empower women. They are the result of a collaboration
between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact.
Training Reporting to the UN Global Compact aimed to introduce the tools
needed for member organisations/companies of the UN Global Compact to write
annual reports. Contact Person of the UN GCNG showed some examples and
methods of reporting.
Meeting - Problems of the Persons with Disabilities in Georgia and the Role of
the Corporate Social Responsibility was held at the Bank of Georgia and was
attended by members of the CSR Club as well as the organizations working on the
problems of the persons with disabilities. Participants overviewed the current
situation of the marketplace of Georgia, and discussed the opportunities for
businesses to employ those persons and what the perspectives of their active
engagement are, in terms of employment in the private as well as state sectors in
Georgia.
Public Lecture - Modern Social Responsibility and Practices in Georgia was
been held at Ilia State University, Tbilisi. In the meeting, discussion was held about
current challenges of CSR activities in Georgia and what business does to promote
CSR in the country. Lecture was leaded by CSR manager of CiDA, Salome
Zurabishvili, Senior Partner of Georgia, Kakha Maghradze, Vice President of VTB
Bank Georgia, Giorgi Barkalaia, Public Relations and CSR Manager of Wissol Group,
Rusudan Kbilashvili, Public Relations Manager of Natakhtari, Nino Surmava, and
Marketing and PR Manager of Clean World, Khatia Alpaidze. Students and all
interested people had an opportunity to attend the lecture.
Meeting Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) was organized by UN
Women and it was attended by representatives of NGOs and media. The topic of
discussion was the importance of establishment WEPs. Meeting was leaded by
Marketing Manager of GPI Holding, Tinatin Stambolishvili, Program Analyst of UN
Women, Carin Goransson and HR Manager of KPMG Georgia, Ani Gotsiridze.
Meeting CSR Agenda in Georgia was organized by graduates of Swedish
Institute. Invited guests included members of the CSR Club, and representatives of
both the Government of Georgia and the business sector. The meeting was opened
by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to
Georgia, H.E. Martina Quick. The meeting participants talked about the
importance of CSR in Georgia from business development and strengthening
society perspectives.
CSR Club General Meeting was the final event of the week, and it brought
together the members of the CSR Club. The meeting summarized the CSR Week
and set the future goals of the club activities. In addition, the Club gained the new
members of the board. (to see the full list of the board please follow the link:
http://csrclub.ge/ge/view/csr-klubis-gamgeobis-wevrebi)

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The main goal of the meeting was the introduction of


project objectives and activities, as well as gaining
support from local authorities for project
implementation. The project promotes increasing citizen
participation and transparency in Rustavi and Gardabani
Municipalities by increasing awareness of citizens'
participation mechanisms and practice evaluation,
carrying out advocacy campaigns in the process of
accountability, and transparency of the local authorities.
At the meeting Nino Chitorelidze of CiDA presented the
textbooks which were prepared with the aim of citizens
increasing awareness. Chitorelidze also initiated the
forming of a memorandum of cooperation between the
local municipality and CiDA. The idea was positively
received by the municipality representatives.
The project is implemented by the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in
cooperation with Georgian Association of Educational Initiatives and New
initiative Kvemo Kartli.
The project is managed by the Center for Training and Consultancy with the
financial assistance of Bread for the World.

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JOINT STATEMENT OF CSO'S ON FREE AND FAIR
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Elections, Georgian Young Lawyers Association,
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Development Agency (CiDA) organized a conference on
the topic of upcoming parliamentary elections. Event was
attended by political parties, representatives of
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At the meeting NGOs presented joint statement and


addressed to: the central and local authorities of Georgia;
Law enforcement agencies; The State security service; The
Ministry of Justice; The Election Administration; Political
parties; Media organizations to create free and fair
elections environment in Georgia.
The statement was signed by 42 civil society organisations
including members of the Regional Civil Society Network
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To see the full text of the statement please follow the link:

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PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION ON THE
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On July 22, a regional conference, entitled 'Promoting Kvemo Kartli and
Tavush Regional Economic Development' was held in Tbilisi. The
conference was organized by the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) and
focused on promoting cross-border territorial cooperation and the
economic potential of the Kvemo Kartli (Georgia) and Tavush (Armenia)
regions within the Cross-Border Economic Development (CED) Project,
implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union in the
framework of the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation
Programme (EaPTC).
Welcome addresses to the conference participants were delivered by
Zviad Devdariani, Executive Director of CiDA, Tengiz Shergelashvili,
Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of
Georgia, Gocha Tsopurashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia
and Aleksei Sekarev, EaPTC Team Leader.
The participants of the conference had the opportunity to discuss the
findings of the Baseline Study that looked into economic conditions of
the two neighboring regions, explored national regulatory frameworks,
and identified specific areas and means that would support crossborder economic cooperation.
In order to have a detailed overview of the economic situation in our
target regions, we carried out a baseline study in the neighboring
regions, accordingly we gave some specific recommendations to the
relevant sectors of both countries. The most important finding of the
study is that business have very limited access to information about
cross-border cooperation opportunities. This limits their possibility to
reach markets across the border and affects their production
capacities, says Nino Chitorelidze, a CED Project Manager.
Despite the lack of information about trade opportunities, study
findings showed that willingness to cooperate with businesses across
the border is very high in both countries. In Kvemo Kartli 69% of
interviewees (33 out of 48) responded positively to the question about
willingness to cooperate with Armenian counterparts, while 15% were
undecided and 17% responded negatively. The latter is largely attributed
to the fact that these companies have well-established operations and
contacts and currently do not see value of further expanding their
businesses.
Interestingly, awareness of regulations - especially related to the EU and
EEU - remains low. Respondents in the Tavush region admitted that they
do not have enough information on the regulatory framework existing in
their sector, especially regulations existing in Georgia or the DCFTA with
EU. The situation is rather better in Kvemo Kartli, where 40% of
companies were positive about their knowledge on the preferential
trade regimes (FTA, DCFTA, GSP) from which they can benefit.
The Cross-Border Economic Development project is aimed at
improving the living conditions of the bordering communities in the
Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions and strengthening their cross-border
potential, primarily in the field of agriculture.
CED project is implemented by the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in partnership with the Support for
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JULY 27, 2016


CiDA PUBLISHED INFORMATION BROCHURE
Within the project, Improving the Transparency and
Accountability of the Local Government by Public
Participation in the Activities, CiDA published an
information brochure Common Meeting of the
Settlement.
The brochure discusses the main functions of common
public meetings, its obligations, rights and the terms of
elections. The brochure was published for mass
society and it is aimed to encourage locals to actively
participate in self-government body activities.
On July 22-27 project representatives Nino
Chitorelidze and Revaz Barbakadze arranged the
brochure presentation in the villages of Kvemo Kartli
and talked about the project goals as well as the
organization and its activities. At the end of the
meetings there was a Q&A format, where all
interested citizens had the opportunity to ask
questions and get answers related to the field.
The project is implemented by the Civil Development
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The project is managed by the Center for Training and
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To see the brochure, please follow the link:
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NEW OBJECTS TO OPEN IN THE SETTLEMENTS
OF ECO MIGRANTS

CiDA is carrying out a project which aims to improve


economic conditions of eco migrants living in Kvemo Kartli,
Kakheti and Samtskhe -Javakheti regions of Georgia.
Representatives of the project, Raising the Economical
and Infrastructural Capabilities of Eco-Migrants in
Managing the Migration Process, had field visits in the
villages of Tsalka and Ninotsminda municipalities and
observed infrastructural projects going on there.
In the villages settled by eco migrants the following
facilities will be opened in the near future: Kindergarten in
the village of Sakdrioni, where both Georgian and ethnic
Armenian children will attend the classes, water supply
repairing work will be done in the village of Tbeti at the
school of the village and ritual palace; a sport palace will be
opened in the village of Gorelovka, and an ambulatory as
well as youth center will be opened in the village of Imera.
CiDA finances rehabilitation and construction work and
local municipalities took responsibility to equip those
facilities with necessary items.
The project Raising the Economical and Infrastructural Capabilities of Eco-Migrants
in Managing the Migration Process is funded by the European Union. The Project is
implemented by the Civil Development Agency (CiDA), Regional Development
Center (RDC) and the Georgian Association for Educational Initiatives (SIQA).

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AUGUST 19, 2016


TRAINING IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING

CiDA organized a two day training for business representatives


from Kvemo Kartli on the topic of public relations and
marketing. Training participants were informed about
marketing, integrated marketing communications, and social
media tools that are used to develop regional businesses.
Training participants included both Georgian and Armenian
business representatives who exchanged their experience in
the related fields. Participants discussed the procedures of new
product presentations and talked about preferences and
attitudes of clients.
Similar training will be arranged in Armenia as well, where
business representatives from Kvemo Kartli will take part.
The Project Cross-Border Economic Development is aimed at
improving living conditions of the bordering communities in the
Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions and strengthening their crossborder potential, primarily in the field of agriculture. Also, the
Project published Guideline for Starting Business in Armenia
and Georgia in order to provide assistance for potential
business partners in the neighbouring regions in such issues as
registration, taxation, and licenses.
CED project is implemented by the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in partnership with the
Support for Noyemberyan (SFN) and the Northern Branch of Eurasia Partnership
Foundation (EPF) with the financial assistance of EU.

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