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REPORT PRESENTATION: GENDER BASED
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INTERNATIONAL EXPERT
POSITIVELY ASSESSES
CiDA'S RECOMMENDATION

CSR 2016
CSR CLUB SUMMARY 2016
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8 , 2017 MARCH 8, 2017

,, "- BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING SOLIDARITY


DEMONSTRATION IN RUSTAVI

8 , On March 8 in Rustavi, CiDA and the Women's Movement


,," " organized Break the Glass Ceiling, a solidarity demonstra on.
- ! Glass ceiling is most commonly dened as an intangible barrier
within a hierarchy that prevents women or minori es from
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obtaining upper-level posi ons in both the private and public
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. sectors. In Georgia, women and girls are held to a dierent
, standard of criteria than their male counterparts, in both
. professional and poli cal contexts. In general, women are not
, promoted to high level posi ons, and as a result the majority of
- them remain in mid-level careers.
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. Demonstra on par cipants addressed their views to the
, authori es of Georgia who have the ability to remove such
ar cial barriers by introducing new regula ons in the law.
. , Organizers voiced to authori es to refrain from con nuing to use
stereotypes in assessing women's skills, and generally
, encouraged women to con nue gh ng for their rights and
equality.
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Demonstra ons were held in dierent ci es of Georgia, including
Tbilisi and Rustavi.

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10 , 2017 MARCH 10, 2017

INFORMATION ROUND TABLE WITH THE


BUSINESSMEN OF KVEMO KARTLI

10 , ,, On March 10, CiDA hosted the Informa on and


- Consulta on Round Table for entrepreneurs, independent
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experts, and regional and local government

representa ves of the Kvemo Kartli region. The Round

. Table was organized within the EU-funded project Cross-
Border Economic Development (C E D) under the
Armenia/Georgia Eastern Partnership Territorial
, Coopera on Programme (EaPTC).
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. The mee ng was a ended by Paata Khizanashvili,
Governor of Kvemo Kartli, representa ves from

Agricultural Projects' Management Policy, Revenue
, Service, and Entrepreneurship Development Agency.
. Par cipants of the event had the opportunity to expand
, , their knowledge in the areas of cross-border investment,
trade opportuni es, and business development poten al.
.

The project Cross-Border Economic Development (CED) is aimed at


,, strengthening cross-border coopera on between the Kvemo Kartli and Tavush
(Cross Border Economic Development - CED) , regions by a rac ng investments and increasing transac ons between business

en es from both regions, thus improving the living condi ons of bordering
(EaPTC) .
communi es.

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22 , 2017 MARCH 22, 2017

HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES WERE DISCUSSED IN


SAGAREJO

22 , , CiDA's CSR Manager Salome Zurabishvili was one of the speakers


at the mee ng in Sagarejo, Kakhe region, where the community
. mee ng was held at the Center of Civic Engagement. The mee ng
, was also a ended by representa ves of the Human Rights
Secretariat and Personal Data Protec on, and its aim was to
support the exchange of informa on between the central
,," government and local/regional ins tu ons, and bring the local
. issues to the a en on of the central government.

Salome Zurabishvili spoke about the role of businesses in the


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protec on of labor rights, promo ng human rights, and
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establishment of community accountability. The ques ons raised
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, . during the mee ng included the procedures for maternity leave
for fathers, equal pay, salary issues for public servants, vacancy
announcement requirements, and the protec on of personal
data. At the end of the mee ng it was suggested that the issues
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- be submi ed to the Center of Civil Engagement, which will collect
(EWMI) (PROLoG) them and submit them in a unied format to the Secretariat.
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Community mee ng was held with the support of EWMI/PROLoG nanced by the United
States Agency for Interna onal Development (USAID).

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23 , 2017 MARCH 23, 2017

CROSS-BORDER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


OPPORTUNITIES

23 On March 23, a Final Conference was held in Dilijan, Armenia within


. the framework of the Cross-border Economic Development
(CED) project. The conference aim was to present the project
, outcomes to the representa ves of the business sectors, and
provide them with informa on and consulta ons on exis ng trade
, and customs regula ons regarding the export and import of various
. , goods between Armenia and Georgia. The par cipants also had the
, opportunity to gain informa on about the on-going government
. programs in the eld of agriculture, industry, innova ve
technologies, and tourism.
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, On March 24, the ocial opening of the Business Informa on and
: , -, Broker Center was organized in Noyemberyan, Armenia.
. Establishment of such a center is an ini a ve taken by the
Armenian partner organiza on Community Center for
24 - Development (CCD) within the framework of the CED project, and
, is supported by CiDA and EPF NB. The center is designed to render
the following services: drawing-up investment projects, wri ng
, business plans, conduc ng marke ng research, providing legal
/ . consulta ons on cross-border trade, assis ng in nding business
partners, preparing cross-border trade agreements, and collec ng
, customs clearance documenta on.
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. The project Cross-Border Economic Development (CED) is aimed at strengthening cross-
border coopera on between Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions by a rac ng investments and
. increasing transac ons between business en es from both regions, thus improving the
living condi ons of bordering communi es.
(Cross Border Economic Development - CED) It was implemented under the Armenia/Georgia Eastern Partnership Territorial
Coopera on Programme (EaPTC).
(EaPTC) - .
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(EPF NB).

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24 , 2017 MARCH 24, 2017

: REPORT PRESENTATION: GENDER BASED


VIOLENCE IN KVEMO KARTLI

24 , ,, On March 24, Civil Development Agency (CiDA) held a


,, presenta on of the report Gender Based violence in
, Kvemo Kartli that aims to introduce the issue of
women's rights as well as analyze the problems in Kvemo
. Kartli Region.
, The report presenta on was a ended by representa ves
, of the State Administra on, Parliament of Georgia,
. , Ministry of Internal Aairs and Ministry of Correc ons
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and Proba on of Georgia. The event was joined by NGOs

which have similar established experience of working in
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the same eld.
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, Result of the research show that the majority of people
living in Kvemo Kartli have a lack of informa on with
. regards to the legisla ve regula ons for domes c
violence, early marriage, and discrimina on. A signicant
. cause of the given problems is low awareness of those
issues in the region, and mistrust of the beneciaries in
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2016 terms of receiving services.
25 , 6 The research shows that only 6 out of 25 domes c
. 38 violence court cases in the Kvemo Kartli region resulted
2 the imprisonment of an oender. In early marriage cases
. the court forgone the imprisonment and instead
. 15 accepted a plea bargain in all 15 cases.
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. The sta s cal data obtained from the courts has revealed
that the court applies an approach of preven ve
measures and penal es for both domes c violence and
, , early marriage cases. The court does not accurately
. assess the risks and dangers towards women, especially
, in criminal cases, where the court gives uncondi onal
, approval for release of oenders through bail and plea
. bargains.

The Report was prepared in the framework of the project Legal Aid and
(USAID) , - (EWMI) Strategic Li ga on Services in Kvemo Kartli Region, supported by the East-
,, (PROLoG) West Management Ins tute (EWMI) and funded by the US Agency for
,, Interna onal Development (USAID).The project is being implemented by the
, ,,, Civil Development Agency (CiDA) and Associa on of Law Firms of Georgia
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(ALFG).

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CSR 2016 CSR CLUB SUMMARY 2016

31 , Approximately 60 members of the CSR club gathered to


(CSR) , summarize their 2016 work, and to assess the
60- . implemented ac vi es. Apart from joint discussions, a
, number of members presented their CSR reports to the

audience and talked about their own company's CSR

. ac vi es.

, , The Club discussed the current challenges of the


Corporate Social responsibility in Georgia and the
, , CSR- problems which impair CSR development in the country.
. , The Club planned 2017 ac vi es and agreed that this year
2017 , will be more ac ve and full of dierent ac vi es to
support and promote CSR in Georgia.
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The ac vi es implemented by Civil Development Agency
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(CiDA) with regard to corporate social responsibility are
(CSR) supported by East-West Management Ins tute's (EWMI)
- ACCESS project through USAID funding.
(EWMI),
(USAID) The Club thank Adjara Group Hospitality for alloca ng
, ACCESS- . space for the mee ng.
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,, INTERNATIONAL EXPERT POSITIVELY


ASSESSES CiDA'S RECOMMENDATION

The Government of Georgia, while preparing Na onal Strategy for


,, , 2016-2017 the Protec on of Human Rights in Georgia (2016-2017), has
considered CiDA's recommenda on to put a separate chapter on
. Business and Human Rights.
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2014-2020 Regarding the strategy, the independent report was prepared by the
interna onal expert Maggie Nicholson who posi vely assesses the
2016- inclusion of the chapter and names it as an 'excellent star ng point.
2017 , ,
. A number of the issues addressed in the Na onal Strategy have
, implica ons for the private sector whereas legisla ve and policy
, , developments have focused for the most part on the public sector.
, The inclusion in the Ac on Plan for 2016-2017 of a separate chapter
. on business and human rights is an excellent star ng point but it
2016-2017 should not be seen merely in isola on. It would be important not to
overlook the private sector in future legisla ve and policy
, : approaches in all spheres, especially in regard to applica on of the
Law on the Elimina on of All Forms of Discrimina on, the report
, reads.
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The Separate Chapter on Business and Human rights in the ac on
, plan covers following goals and topics:
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Suppor ng the development of corporate social responsibility:
, Raising awareness on corporate social responsibility, business
; and human rights; transla ng interna onal standards of
corporate social responsibility into Georgian; implemen ng an
; i n fo r m a o n c a m p a i g n a n d t ra i n i n g s fo r b u s i n e s s
representa ves on principles of women's empowerment;

organizing roundtables/consulta ons with stakeholders on the
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topic of business and human rights.
Conduc ng a basic na onal research in the sphere of business
and human rights
Elabora on of a Comprehensive Ac on Plan on Business and
Human Rights for 2017-2018
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28 , 2017 APRIL 28, 2017

UN GLOBAL COMPACT LEADERS DISCUSS


THE GLOBAL GOALS

25-28 ,, On April 25-28 over 300 local and global leaders gathered in
New Delhi, India to discuss ways to develop innova ve
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business models to help achieve the Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs).

Making Global Goals Local
Business, India On behalf of Global Compact Network Georgia, Contact
. . , person of the network and CSR Manager of CiDA, Salome
300- Zurabishvili a ended the event Making Global Goals Local
, Business, India.
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. With less than 5,000 days le to achieve the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), the event aimed to mobilize
responsible business ac ons, drive breakthrough innova on
, and create new market opportuni es that advance the Global
. Goals. Conference par cipants discussed the contribu on of
: business in the implementa on process of SDGs locally. Some
, of the topics highlighted at the conference included:
, breakthrough innova on for SDGs; business for inclusion;
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ac ve coopera on in the implementa on process of SDGs.

At the conference, two main ini a ves were promoted: Global
. Opportunity Explorer and the New Blueprint. The rst
ini a ve will become the world's largest digital pla orm,
, which will connect business leaders, entrepreneurs, and
, , investors with new partners, projects, markets, and talents to
, / deliver on the SDGs. Through the second ini a ve, UN Global
. Compact will guide businesses on how to take concrete
leadership ac on on each of the SDGs
2015
. ,," . UN Global Compact Network Georgia was established in 2015
with the ini a ve of CiDA, which is now the secretariat of the
network in the country.

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CiDA'S ECO-MIGRANT BENEFICIARIES RUN
,, SMALL BUSINESSES IN REMOTE VILLAGES OF
KAKHETI
Civil Development Agency (CiDA) has been implemen ng a project

that aims to improve the economic condi on of eco-migrants living in

the Kvemo Kartli, Kakhe , and Samtskhe -Javakhe regions of Georgia.

, - , The project, Raising the Economical and Infrastructural Capabili es of
Eco-Migrants in Managing the Migra on Process, is funded by the
. European Union and unites three components: 1. Support women
eco-migrants for small business start-ups 2. Rehabilita on of
, infrastructure 3. Advocacy.
, The project is due to nish, but small businesses are already star ng to
. raise income for eco-migrant families.
, , Natela Dumbadze, from Samtatskaro village, is one of the women
30 . whose prior wish was to have a tractor, as the whole family had a real
, , hardship of working in the elds by own hands. Now, they have relief
because of new techniques, and as a result, vegetable gardens have
. signicantly increased and they are now expec ng harvests of potato,
, 400 . cabbage, onion, etc. Apart from their gardens, the owners rent the
tractors to neighbors in need and they receive addi onal income,
which is about 400 GEL per month.
. Overall, within the project, CiDA bought four tractors in Samtatskaro
, village, which is located right across the Azerbaijani border line.
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25 year-old Ta a Geladze, from Here skari village, began a strawberry
25 . producing business. CiDA arranged the construc on of a greenhouse
. for strawberry plants. She and her family planted hundreds of plants
. , and they are just star ng to harvest the fruit. Ta a is not afraid of large
, yield, as the demand is high among both local and private traders.
, I have been always thinking that I should return in Adjara, from where
. my family is. When I see the project result and my contribu on in it, I
can hardly imagine to leave it and go somewhere else. For the rst
,, , , me, I am sure that I will be living here for a long me and will try my
. best to become a successful entrepreneur, Ta a said.
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, Lali Gejadze has a touching story. During the grant applica on process
her mother in law won a grant to open a beauty salon in Here skari, but
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she was not in the country at that me. Due to hardship, she had le
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the family and to go work in Turkey and send money back. A er the
grant was approved, she came back to her village and took courses in
, beauty salon to learn all the necessary skills.
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. The salon is now open and she welcomed rst clients in early March,
, and the salon will ac vely con nue working a er her courses are
nished in two months.
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I missed my family, especially my two year old boy, whom I le
2 , because of the bad economic situa on in my family. When I rst heard
. that I would have my own salon, where I could work and serve local
people, I felt incredibly happy. I want to learn everything in a short
() (RDC) . period of me to run my small business successfully. What is most
important is that I am back at home, she says.
The project, Raising the Economical and Infrastructural Capabili es of Eco-Migrants in
2017 Managing the Migra on Process, is funded by the European Union and is implemented by

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Georgian Associa on for Educa onal Ini a ves (SIQA).

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