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AmCham-

CiDA JOINS
AMERICAN
CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE
INFORMATION TOUR IN BORJOMI (AmCham)
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17 , 2017 JANUARY 27, 2017

GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK GEORGIA


STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

17 , The Global Compact Network Georgia (GCNG) Steering


, Commi ee held a mee ng on January 17. The Commi ee
. , 2017 members discussed the 2017 GCNG Ac on Plan, organiza onal
, ( 2017 issues of the rst Network General Mee ng (which is to be held
27 ) , on January 27, 2017), visibility strategy of the Network, and
Global Compact Local Network nancing model.

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The contact person for the Global Compact Network Georgia
presented an overview of 2016 ac vi es, including local events
, 2016 , implemented by the GCNG, as well as interna onal events
, organized by the Headquarters of the Global Compact, in which
, the Local Network par cipated.
.
2017 , The Commi ee reviewed the 2017 Ac on Plan, which covers
, , ac vi es such as: launching GCLN Georgia webpage, organizing
, a workshop on repor ng, ini a ng and implemen ng joint CSR
, ini a ves, promo ng the implementa on of Women's
, Empowerments Principals (WEPs) among GCNG members,
connec ng businesses with CSOs working on women's rights,
organizing annual thema c conference, recrui ng new members
. etc.
,
The members discussed possible ac vi es that the Network
. could implement in order to increase the visibility of the GCNG,
including a video campaign and close coopera on with the
media. Finally, the members of the Steering Commi ee were
. introduced to the new nancing model ini ated by
() , Headquarters; discussion revolved around the sustainability of
, ,
(EWMI), the Local Network.
(USAID) , ACCESS-
. The ac vi es implemented by Civil Development Agency (CiDA) with regard to
corporate social responsibility are supported by East-West Management
Ins tute's (EWMI) ACCESS project through USAID funding.

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CiDA JOINS AMERICAN CHAMBER OF


,, AmCham-
COMMERCE (AmCham) TEAM

,, AmCham hosted a monthly roundtable mee ng at the


(AmCham) . Courtyard Marriot Hotel on January 26. It was
26 , a ended by representa ves of leading companies.
, ,, New members of AmCham were recognized at the
: mee ng, including CiDA, which ocially became an
AmCham team member.


. Salome Zurabishvili, CSR Manager of CiDA, addressed
the audience and talked about the importance of
. , CiDA's membership, and generally about CSR, which is
becoming more popular among Georgian society.
.
CiDA is coopera ng with American Chamber of
Commerce closely to support responsible business in
the country. AmCham is a member of the board of UN
. Global Compact Network Georgia. Also, a number of
AmCham members are also members of the Network.
- The key goal of CiDA joining AmCham is to ac vely
engage CSR ac vi es and popularize responsible
. business among the members, said Salome
, Zurabishvili. CiDA coordinates two pla orms of
. corporate sustainability in Georgia: Corporate Social
Responsibility Club and UN Global Compact Network
Georgia. Both of the pla orms support sustainable
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200- . , - development of the country.

. American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia (AmCham) is the largest
interna onal business chamber in Georgia with up to 200 company
members. Founded in 1998, AmCham's primary objec ve is to
promote US - Georgia es and the improvement of the business
environment in Georgia.

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27 , 2017 JANUARY 27, 2017
" SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF
UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CiDA AND
INFORMATION CENTER ON NATO AND EU


On January 27, Execu ve Director of CiDA Zviad Devdariani and

. Director of Informa on Center on NATO and EU Ketevan
, Chachava signed a memorandum of understanding.
Both sides agreed to enhance coopera on between CiDA and
, . Informa on Center regarding Euro-Atlan c project
implementa on sphere.
,

In the framework of ac ve coopera on, CiDA, its partner

. , organiza ons, and Informa on Center will carry out joint
- ac vi es to support Georgia's Euro-Atlan c integra on
. process.

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31 , 2017 JANUARY 31, 2017
"" CiDA BOARD MEETING

31 " . On January 31 board members of CiDA gathered and assessed


,," , the organiza on's ac vi es in the last year. Execu ve Director
of CiDA Zviad Devdariani briefed the board members on
2016 , implemented project ac vi es, discussed the budget of the
. organiza on, and introduced future plans and projects.
2017
, The board members evaluated CiDA ac vi es in 2016,
. fundraising, planning ac ons, as well as budget management
posi vely. Finally, the board adopted the 2017 budget.

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INFORMATION TOUR IN KAZBEGI

The European Union con nues suppor ng a series of study tours for
, representa ves of local governance, business and civil society to
share experience of the Local Ac on Groups (LAGs) that work to
, .. (LAG) engage local residents in rural development. The rst study tour in
. Lagodekhi, in December 2016, was followed by the second event in
Kazbegi on February 1 and 2, 2017. The Kazbegi study tour involved
, 2016 , over 30 par cipants from dierent regions of Georgia and was
2017 1-2 . a ended by Nodar Kereselidze, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of
30- Georgia, and representa ves of the Ministry of Regional
. , , Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.
,
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The study tour took place in the framework of the European Union's
.
Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development
(ENPARD). It was organized by the United Na ons Development
(ENPARD) Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, in
. coopera on with the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) and Czech
(UNDP) organiza on People in Need.
, (CiDA)
(PIN) . The study tour par cipants met with representa ves of Kazbegi
Local Ac on Group (LAG) and the Head of Kazbegi Municipality, and
received informa on about the ongoing ini a ves in the eld of
(LAG) , rural economy and social issues.
.

2016 The Kazbegi LAG was established in February 2016 with assistance
(EU) . from the European Union in coopera on with the organiza on
(PIN), People in Need, Biological Farming Associa on Elkana and Czech
Na onal Network of Local Ac on Groups (NNLAG). The Kazbegi LAG
(NNLAG). 140 lists up to 140 members and takes ac ve part in municipal life. EU
. , has supported establishment of LAGs in Lagodekhi and Borjomi
municipali es as well. This year, in the framework of ENPARD, LAGs
. , ENPARD- will also be established in other ve municipali es - Dedoplistkaro,
, Akhalkalaki, Tetritskaro, Keda and Khulo.
- , , ,
- . Local Ac ons Groups (LAGs) is a common prac ce in the European
countries and an important feature of the EU approach to rural

development LEADER, which encourages the empowerment and
, .. LEADER-, - .
LEADER- involvement of local representa ves in decision-making.

. (EU) The European Union (EU) closely works with the Georgian
, Government, local authori es, na onal and interna onal partners
, to introduce the European best prac ce in rural development and
promote civic engagement in this eld.
.
A series of study tours to the pilot LAG sites is part of this eort. The ini a ve is also in
line with the Rural Development Strategy of Georgia adopted by the Government in
. December 2016.
, 2016 .
The EU is suppor ng rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme.
(EU) Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 million, the main goal of
ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The rst phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on
, ENPARD- . developing the poten al of agriculture. The second phase focuses on crea ng economic
ENPARD 2013 . 2013-2019 ENPARD- opportuni es for rural popula on that go beyond agricultural ac vi es. More
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informa on on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge
,
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3 , 2017 FEBRUARY 3, 2017
GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK GEORGIA
GENERAL MEETING

3 , The Global Compact Network Georgia General Mee ng


. , was held on Friday, February 3, at the Hotel Rooms
, Tbilisi. The members of the Network, as well as the
. representa ves from several interna onal organiza ons
a ended the mee ng, which was facilitated by the
contact person for the Global Compact Network Georgia
. and the chairman of the Network Board.

The Contact Person for the GCNG presented specics of


the pla orm and overview of the ac vi es implemented
2016
by the Local Network in 2016 and UN Global Compact's
,
new ini a ves on the global level.
.

- The members of the Steering Commi ee Adjara


, - , Group, Georgian-American University and MFO
- Crystal presented responsible business prac ces of
their companies and examples of coopera on with the
Global Compact Network Georgia. The possibili es of the
. coopera on between the Global Compact Local Network
and another corporate sustainability pla orm in Georgia,
- Corporate Social Responsibility Club, were presented by
, the chairman of the Steering Commi ee of the Club.
.
The members reviewed the 2017 Ac on Plan of the
, 2017 , Network, iden ed the priority areas for the next year,
and discussed engagement opportuni es.
,
. The ac vi es implemented by Civil Development Agency (CiDA) with
regard to corporate social responsibility are supported by East-West
() , Management Ins tute's (EWMI) ACCESS project through USAID
, , funding
(EWMI),
(USAID)
, ACCESS- .

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RCSN- WORKING MEETING OF R-CSN

8-10 , (R- On February 8-10 Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN)


CSN) . , held a mee ng of its working groups. Network members
discussed the current situa on and held discussions about
, , the exis ng situa on in regions and the main challenges
. that CSOs face in their loca ons.

Within the mee ng, forma on of the 2017 Ac on Plan took


2017 place and leaders of working groups were elected to lead
, , the working process of the groups during the year. Group
members also discussed the possible proposals of the
. , projects which they will present to donor organiza ons in
.
the near future.
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, : Currently, R-CSN unites 64 regional CSOs, and within the
network six groups are opera ng:
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- - Euro-Atlan c Integra on support team
- - Women's Empowerment support team
- - Environmental Protec on support team
- CSR Development support team
- / - Conict Resolu on and Condence Building support
- team
- Board of the Network
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EWMI Access-
The working mee ng took place with the support of the
.
European Union and USAID funded ACCESS programme.

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15 , 2017 FEBRUARY 17, 2017

WORKSHOP ON REPORTING TO UN GLOBAL


COMPACT

15 , On 17 February, the Secretariat for the Global Compact


, , Network Georgia held a workshop on repor ng to the UN
. Global Compact for the members of the Network.

Submission of the Report - Communica on - is an obliga on
. for the par cipants of the Global Compact Ini a ve and a
condi on of remaining the member of the Network.

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The workshop aimed to present the importance and
advantages of repor ng for the businesses and to give the
, , par cipants prac cal recommenda ons on how to prepare
, the Communica on for the Global Compact.
, . The Contact Person of the UN Global Compact Network
Georgia presented the rules and minimum requirements of
repor ng for business enterprises, as well as for non-
, business members of the Network; par cipants were also
. introduced to the dierent interna onal standards of
repor ng. The examples of several interna onal companies
() , were overviewed to cover the substan al aspects of their
, ,
(EWMI), reports.
(USAID) ,
ACCESS- . The ac vi es implemented by Civil Development Agency (CiDA) with
regard to corporate social responsibility are supported by the East-West
Management Ins tute's (EWMI) ACCESS project through USAID funding.

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TRAINING ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS


The Human Rights Secretariat of the Administra on of the


, Government of Georgia, in coopera on with the Public
17 Defender's Oce of Georgia and the non-governmental
18 , , organiza on CiDA, conducted a 2-day training course on
. business and human rights issues.
,
Representa ves of the Parliament of Georgia, relevant public
, ,
" agencies, the Public Defender's Oce, as well as employees of
, CiDA a ended the training. The course was led by experts of
. the Danish Ins tute for Human Rights. The training course
, aimed at providing relevant exper se to the individuals who
, , 2018- will later be engaged in conduc ng basic research and dra ing
2020 " " of the 2018-2020 Ac on Plan of the Government of Georgia on
, . Business and Human Rights.

2016-2017 The 2016-2017 Ac on Plan of the Government of Georgia on


the Protec on of Human Rights reects the Government's
responsibility to elaborate a comprehensive ac on plan
, covering the issues related to business and human rights.
, Respec ve ma er carries signicant importance in terms of

mo va ng responsibility among the business en es. It is
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based on the principle of protec on of human rights and

fosters stable inclusive social-economic development
. throughout the country.

- Conduc ng a na onal research in the areas of business and


(EWMI) ACCESS- human rights will be an ini al step for dra ing the said ac on
(USAID)
.
plan.

The training was supported by the United States Agency of Interna onal
Development (USAID) via the ACCESS project ran by the East-West
Management Ins tute (EWMI) and the Danish Ins tute for Human Rights.

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CSR CSR CLUB MEMBERS HOLD MEETINGS


BETWEEN BUSINESSES AND CSOS

21 Corporate Social Responsibility Club (CSR Club) members


,, 23 ,, " undertake various ini a ves in order to facilitate
. coopera on between CSOs and business companies and
encourage businesses to assume corporate social
responsibility. In February, two joint mee ngs were held
between businesses and C S O s to support the
, employment of CSO beneciaries in business companies.
,,
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The rst mee ng was held on February 21st between the
management of 'Wissol Petroleum Georgia' and CSOs,
where the par es agreed to submit a list of CSO
(R-CSN) , beneciaries to the company. The company could then
, provide jobs to selected individuals, focusing on poor and
, socially disadvantaged groups. Consulta on and
- . coordina on processes regarding this ma er will
con nue.
,

At another joint mee ng on February 23rd, the insurance
.
company 'GPI Holding' presented their employment
strategy to the invited CSOs. They provided informa on

300 on the planned GPI Holding Employment Fair and
. , encouraged CSOs to submit their beneciaries' contact
, . informa on so that these people are involved in the
20 5 recruitment process. GPI Holding is planning to recruit
: , , , 300 sales assistants around the country.
.

. Both mee ngs were a ended by Regional Civil Society
Network (R-CSN) members which unites 64 regional
organisa ons currently.
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INFORMATION TOUR IN BORJOMI

The European Union has nalised a series of study tours to the


18-19 regions of Georgia for representa ves of local governance,
, business and civil society. The study tour to Borjomi on 18-19
. February 2017 followed the earlier tours to Lagodekhi and
Kazbegi and aimed to share experience of the Local Ac on
, .. Groups (LAGs) that work to engage local residents in rural
(LAG) . development.
,
(EU) . , 2016 The Borjomi study tour involved over 40 par cipants from
, 2017 . dierent regions of Georgia and was a ended by the
Government ocials, including: Nodar Kereselidze, First Deputy
40- Minister of Agriculture; Irakli Matkava, First Deputy Minister of
.
Regional Development and Infrastructure; Nino Javakhadze,
, : -
, - Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development; and
, Tamaz Marsagishvili, Deputy Minister of Educa on and Science.
- , In the framework of the European Union's Neighbourhood
- . Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD),
the study tour was organized by the United Na ons
Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of
(ENPARD) . Agriculture of Georgia, in coopera on with the Civil
(UNDP) Development Agency (CiD A) and interna onal non-
, governmental organiza on Mercy Corps.
(CiDA) (Mercy Corps)
. In Borjomi, the study tour par cipants met with the local
authori es and Local Ac on Group members and visited the
sites of small ini a ves funded by the European Union in 2016
(LAG) . to promote rural development in the region. This included the
(EU) -
tourism development projects in Bakuriani and forest
, -
restora on in Tsagveri.
.

2015 (EU) The Borjomi Local Development Group was established in


. November 2015 with assistance from the European Union and
(Mercy Corps), (Angus Council) in coopera on with Mercy Corps, Angus Council and
Bundesanstalt fr Bergbauernfragen. The group lists up to 25
(Bundesanstalt fr Bergbauernfragen). 25 , members and takes ac ve part in municipal life.
.
The Local Ac on Groups (LAG) in Borjomi, Lagodekhi and
, , Kazbegi are the rst of the pilot LAGs across Georgia. The
(LAG). 2017 , European Union will con nue suppor ng the establishment of
, the Local Ac ons Groups this year in the municipali es of
- , , Dedoplistkaro, Akhalkalaki, Tetritskaro, Keda and Khulo.
, .
The assistance to the Local Ac ons Groups (LAGs) is in line with

the Rural Development Strategy of Georgia adopted by the
, 2016
Government of Georgia in December 2016.
.
(EU) The EU is suppor ng rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD
Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 million, the
, ENPARD- . ENPARD 2013 main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The rst phase of ENPARD in
. 2013-2019 ENPARD- 102 . Georgia focused on developing the poten al of agriculture. The second phase
, focuses on crea ng economic opportuni es for rural popula on that go beyond
agricultural ac vi es. More informa on on E N PA R D is available at:
. -: www.enpard.ge www.enpard.ge

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CSR CLUB BOARD MEETING

2017 24 , On February 24, CSR Club Board members held a


. , mee ng at Ilia State University.
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Board members summed up 2016 year ac vi es and
discussed ac on plans of 2017, which includes various
, , 2016
2017 events like upda ng the Club webpage, a working of
. , data base of the members, conduc ng research of CSR
, prac ce in Georgia, organizing public lectures at
, universi es, and intensive media coverage of CSR
, issues. The Club will also con nue working on its
, priori es regarding women's empowerment and
.. persons with disabili es.
,
- Board members discussed the upcoming event, the
- . general mee ng of the club members in March, where
several members will have opportunity to present
, their reports about the CSR ac vi es of their
, , , companies or organiza ons.

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Strategy of populariza on of the club was also on the
, . agenda. Board members discussed the issues how to
raise awareness of businesses and highlighted the
. importance of implementa on of joint projects within
, the club.
.
Members agreed that one of the priori es of the club
, - should be to increase interest about CSR, especially
among students.
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