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GEORGIA CAN ADOPT EUROPEAN MODELS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT



SIGNING OF THE CSO FINANCIAL
TRANSPARENCY DECLARATION

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE R-CSN

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On September 8, CiDA with support from EWMI ACCESS


organized the general annual assembly of the Regional
Civil Society Network (R-CSN) the largest CSO network
in Georgia, uniting 64 regional CSOs. EWMI facilitated
the establishment of the network in December, 2012 to
increase efficiency of the regional organizations in their
advocacy work.


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The General Assembly served to review the past years,


work on the 2017 action plan, identify key priorities for
strengthening the Network and accept new members (9
new members were admitted to the Network).
According to Zviad Devdariani, Executive Director of CiDA
enlargement of the network is a natural process,
although highlighted that the network is not oriented on
the quantity but the quality. He summed up last year and
said that it is notable that the members of the networks
are becoming desirable regional partners for Tbilisi
organisations as well as international ones. ,,Unity is
crucially important, we should share our voice and inform
our donor organisations, business and government
institutions that we are here, for active cooperatios, he
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The participating CSOs also agreed to hold a pre-election
advocacy campaign Citizen Voice in Election Process in
10 cities of Georgia to bring issues of public concern to the
attention of the political parties and election candidates
by inviting them to take part in public debates. The
network members highlighted 3-5 top problems from
each region to be discussed at the advocacy campaign
and agreed on the campaign format and timeline.
The event was organized by CiDA and the R-CSN with the support of
EWMI ACCESS project funded by USAID.

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CSR BOARD MEETING

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On September 9, 2016 Medical Corporation Evex hosted a


meeting of members the Board of CSR Club. Kakha Maghradze,
Senior Partner of Gepra, was elected as Head of the Board.

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Members discussed the strategic direction and planned the


activities to be carried out by the end of 2016. The plan includes
the following topics: conducting a survey, popularization of
Women Empowerment Principles, training on CSR standards and
accountability, etc.
The Board has agreed that it is important to hold a survey to find
out how companies and businesses understand the content of
CSR. A pilot survey has been already done, with 11 organizations
participating.
The Board has concluded the concept of a CSR Award, which aims
to support and popularize CSR in Georgia. This award will give
opportunity to companies to present their CSR activities and
become trusted partners for investors, and therefore make
contribution in promoting this particular field in Georgia.
The activities implemented by Civil Development Agency (CiDA) with regard to
Corporate Social Responsibility are supported by East-West Management
Institute's (EWMI) ACCESS project through USAID funding.


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SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK GEORGIA
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
Global Compact Network Georgia Steering Committee
meeting was held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Georgian
American University (GAU). The Committee members
discussed the Global Compact Network (GCN) Georgia
Action Plan (September December 2016), GCN Georgia
Strategy for 2017-2020, first General Meeting of the
Network and promotion of the Women's Empowerment
Principles (WEPs).
The Action Plan covers different aspects: development and
operation of the Network, promotion of the Network,
activities, activities in cooperation with CSR Club, promotion
of CSR at the policy level in Georgia.
The contact person for the Global Compact Network Georgia
presented the Global Strategy of the UN Global Compact,
which is in the process of preparation, and identified priority
issues for the global network. It was mentioned that the
Strategy adopted by the Local Network should be in
compliance with the Global Strategy.
Members discussed the function of the Network and its
benefits, and what the Network can do to motivate existing
members and attract new participants. The members agreed
that the Network should focus on real support and offer
businesses practical assistance in implementing CSR. The
necessity of cooperation between business and CSO sector
in this process was also acknowledged.
The activities implemented by Civil Development Agency (CiDA) with regard
to Corporate Social Responsibility are supported by East-West Management
Institute's (EWMI) ACCESS project through USAID funding.

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SIGNING OF THE CSO FINANCIAL
TRANSPARENCY DECLARATION

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On September 9, EWMI ACCESS and CiDA hosted a


public signing of the CSO Transparency Declaration,
committing Georgian CSOs to publish their income
sources and budgets as well as information regarding
their projects. At the signing ceremony CiDA presented
an online platform (www.cso.ge) where CSOs will be
able to publish information about their projects and
funding sources in a user-friendly format. 18 CSOs
(Tbilisi-based and regional organizations) already
uploaded this information to the new web-platform
and signed the declaration.


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Although many active CSOs have already been


publishing information on their projects and budgets,
the new platform provides consolidated data of all
CSOs who joined the initiative in one space and allows
users to get a more comprehensive picture about CSO
work in Georgia.
Zviad Devdariani, Executive Director of CiDA: ,,It is very
important day, we are signing transparency declaration
and an online platform. This initiative is unique and the
most important fact is that NGOs are ready to join and
show their responsibility and accountability over this
issue. Today, we would like to highlight that we all
information about our activities and finances are open
and transparent.
Mikehil Benidze, Executive Director of ISFED: ,,We have
never hide information about our activities and
financial support and this information has always been
available publicly, however there has not been a joint
platform where all these information could be located.
This is very important to show all interested individuals
that our activities are fully transparent. I appeal my
colleagues and organizations to join the initiative if they
share basic principles.
All interested organizations are welcome to join the initiative. The
event was organized with the support of EWMI ACCESS project
funded by USAID.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2016


REGIONAL CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WEEK
"CITIZEN VOICE IN ELECTION PROCESS
From September 19 to 23, Regional Civil Society Network (RCSN), Network of Civic Engagement Centers and the
Georgian Association of the Regional Broadcasters (GARB)
with support from CiDA and EWMI ACCESS held the Civic
Campaign Citizen Voice in Election Process in 10 cities of
Georgia.
The purpose of the campaign was to bring priority issues
from each region to the attention of the political parties and
candidates participating in the upcoming Parliamentary
elections. For this purpose 10 open public debates were
held in the Centers for Civic Engagement with participation
of the political parties and majoritarian candidates, local
CSOs, media and interested citizens. The discussions were
held in a Q&A format where politicians were invited to
answer pre-defined questions prepared by local CSOs and to
elaborate on their plans for solving these issues, if elected.
Up to 300 people participated in the discussions.
Each meeting was recorded by local TV channels and all of
them broadcasted 20 minutes video collage about the
campaign.
The campaign was organized with the support of EWMI ACCESS project
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MEETING WITH KVEMO KARTLI CSOs
On October 3, 2016 CiDA organized the meeting with 7
beneficiaries (CSOs) of grant program under UNDP RLD in
Kvemo Kartli Region. The goal of the meeting was to
introduce main challenges and results of the projects to the
representatives of Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
delegation and UNDP. The meeting was the part of the
Austrian Development Agency (ADA) Delegation Visit to
Kvemo Kartli, covering field visits to Regional Development
Fund (RDF) financed projects (projects implemented from
the Regional Action Plans prepared with the support of
UNDP RLD) and meeting with the Mayor of Rustavi city.
7 projects have been financed in Kvemo Kartli under this
program. They are:
1. Support Implementation of Kvemo Kartli Regional
Development Strategy Implementation via Introduction of
Innovative Approaches in Agriculture - Public Movement,
Multinational Georgia'' (PMMG)
2. Support Tetriskharo Municipality Heavy Social and
Economic Climate Recovery, through Comprehensive Use of
Local Touristic Potential - Public Movement, Multinational
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3. Local Self-Governance School for Kvemo Kartli Students
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4. Information coming to your village-regional media
supporting local democracy in Marneuli municipality Kvemo Kartli Press (KKPRESS).
5. Support engagement of Kvemo Kartli civil society in
citizen participation process Bolnisi Language House.
6. Become an Active Citizen - Foundation Georgian
Federation of Children.
7. Innovative Government and Citizen Engagement Project
for Resolving Hazardous Traffic Infrastructure in Kvemo
Kartli - Civic Integration Foundation.

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OCTOBER 22, 2016


GEORGIA CAN ADOPT EUROPEAN MODELS
IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Challenges of local economies in rural areas of Georgia and
the needs of rural population were discussed at the public
consultations on Rural Development Policy carried out in
Kutaisi and Tbilisi on 20 and 22 October.
Organised by the Georgian non-governmental organization
Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in cooperation with the
Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and with assistance from
the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP), the consultations addressed a range
of issues that can determine the pace and effectiveness of
rural development.
Social and economic areas discussed at the meetings
included rural employment, business development, access
to services, social aid, management of natural resources
and environmental risks, as well as the engagement of
citizens, including for youth and vulnerable groups.
The participants of the meetings also discussed rural
development models adopted in the European Union and
their relevance to Georgia.
The consultations brought together a diverse group of
participants, such as government officials, local public
servants, representatives of civil society, private sector and
international organizations, as well as invited experts and
consultants in the field of rural development.
The results of the consultations will inform the Rural
Development Strategy of Georgia which will be finalised
and presented to the Government in the coming weeks.
The consultations were organised with the support of the European Union
(EU) under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and
Rural Development (ENPARD).

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CIVIL SOCIETY GIVEN A BOOST IN REGIONAL
DEVELOPMENT OF GEORGIA
Over 30 civil society initiatives for regional and local development were
presented at a two-day conference opened in Tbilisi on October 24. The
conference summarised results of a small grants programme rolled out
across Georgia in 2015 and 2016 assisting civil society to play active role
in resolving local social and economic issues, and fostering links
between local authorities and citizens.
The initiative is carried out by the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and Georgian non-governmental organization Civil
Development Agency (CiDA) with support from the Swiss Cooperation
Office for the South Caucasus (SCO) and Austrian Development
Cooperation (ADC), and in partnership with the Ministry of Regional
Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.
Local projects implemented by civil society and community
organizations in six regions of Georgia Kvemo Kartli, Racha-Leckhumi
and Kvemo Svaneti, Guria, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, MtskhetaMtianeti and Imereti, addressed a range of areas, including for
municipal services, education, economic opportunities, environmental
and energy issues, and citizen engagement in decision-making.
The small grants programme helps resolve specific local problems. It
contributes to regional and local development by increasing public
activism and engaging civil society, media and citizens. The programme
participants receive practical experience of cooperation with the
municipal and national authorities, which still needs to become
common practice in Georgia, said Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy
Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, in his
opening remarks to the conference participants.
The small grants programme is part of a larger initiative implemented by
UNDP with funds from the governments of Switzerland and Austria, to
promote decentralization of governance in Georgia and help the
country adapt and introduce best European models of regional and
local development.
The success of reform in regional and local governance of Georgia
largely depends on active engagement of citizens who are the true
owners of this challenging process. According to the UNDP's recent
survey, citizen engagement with local governance remains as low as 20
percent and has not changed throughout the last three years. Practical
initiatives undertaken by local civil society organizations are critical to
help citizens get involved in decision-making as well as to help local
authorities understand and address the real needs of people, said Niels
Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia.
According to Zviad Devdariani, Executive Director of CiDA, most grants
have been given to the projects which have been targeted at increasing
role of civil society in decision making process.

Photos: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

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support both government structures and civil institutions. So, this is
very good expression how the UN looks at the contribution of civil
society in the process of Georgia's development, he concluded.
The conference Role of Civil Society in Regional Development
reviewed specific results of the small grants programme and discussed
future opportunities for cooperation, networking and advocacy.

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TRAVELLING WORKSHOP IN ARMENIA AND
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A Travelling Workshop in Armenia and Georgia was held on


October 24-27. Workshop was organised by the Civil
Development Agency (CiDA), in partnership with the
International Non-profit Association PREPARE - Partnership
for Rural Europe, and the following Armenian non-profit
organizations: Development Principles (DP), Northern
Branch of Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF NB), and
Community Centre for Development (CCD)

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The travelling workshop included the Agro and Media Tours


in the Kvemo Kartli and Kakethi regions of Georgia and the
Lori and Tavush regions of Armenia, an Agricultural Fair, an
Initial Briefing Session, and Interim and Concluding
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Delegation from 12 countries visited two regions of Georgia


Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli and saw number of local
enterprises and met local entrepreneurs, they got
acquainted with the producing process of different products.
After two-days visit, delegation headed in Armenia where
they visited Lori and Tavush regions to see the situation in
the same field in neighbouring country.
The Travelling Workshop in Armenia and Georgia aimed to
build networks between civil society, the private sector and
local governments for enhanced regional economic
cooperation. The planned activities facilitated the
promotion of agricultural networks, the exchange of
practical methods, and an increase in regular dialogue.
Travelling Workshop was initiated by PREPARE - partnership
for Rural Europe which ensures involvement of civil and
public sector representatives from Balkan countries and
Black Sea area while Agro and Media Tour, as well as
Agricultural Fair are part of program activities supported by
the Cross-border Economic Development (CED) project. The
CED project is co-funded by the European Union within the
framework of the Armenia-Georgia Territorial Cooperation
programme and implemented by CiDA, in partnership with
EPF NB and CCD. The CED project aims to enhance links
between Georgian and Armenian agribusiness
representatives, and identify cross-border investment and
trade opportunities.
The Travelling Workshop is implemented by PREPARE, CiDA
and DP, with the financial support of Charles Stewart Mott
Foundation, European Union within the Eastern Partnership
Territorial Cooperation (EaPTC) programme, and the United
States Peace Corps .

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