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  CURRENT PROJECTS

Project Title: Building a robust alliance of local development actors in Georgia

Project Manager: Ia Gabunia

Donor Agency: Bread For The World

Project Duration: 01.07.17 - 30.06.20

Project Overview

The project seeks to enhance the enabling environment, the capacity, and the competence of civil society (local organizations, active citizens, and youth) and of local authorities in order to empower them for joint actions that enhance sustainable, and inclusive local development. The project contains three components:

Component I: Enabling environment for CSOs. In order to facilitate the improvements in the legal environment, mechanisms for state funding and municipal grants, mechanisms for stimulating economic activities, and a financial package for stimulating volunteering are lobbied by CSI. Additionally, interactive platform CSOgeorgia promotes civil society initiatives and support CSOs transparency and accountability.

Component II: Online civic education and e-learning for participation in self-governance. CSI facilitates capacity-building activities for representatives of civil society, self-government officials and other development actors through Online courses to enhance their capacity and skills. Special self-study tutorials and competitions will be elaborated for youth, based on the findings from the need assessment study of young people from targeted municipalities in order to promote youth participation in local decision making process.

Component III: Stimulating public participation and cooperation among local actors of self-governments in regions: Adjara, Guria, Shida Kartli. CSI supports multi-stakeholder participatory activities such as joint face-to-face trainings, participatory budgeting and civil monitoring in order to promote cooperation in the region. The quality of participatory approaches will be assessed by Inter-municipal benchmarking process in Batumi, Kobuleti, Ozurgeti, Chokhatauri and Gori municipalities and stimulate them to carry out need-based policies.

Region: Adjara, Guria, Shida Kartli


Project Title: Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action

Project Manager: Mariam Latsabidze

Donor Agency: European Union/ECNL

Project Duration: 07.03.17 - 31.12.20

Project Overview

The CSO METER is a monitoring tool developed to assess the civil society environment in the Eastern Partnership countries. It consists of a set of standards and indicators in 10 areas that will measure both law and practice. They were developed based on a review of international standards and best regulatory practices to address the needs and emerging trends in the region. The objective of the CSO Meter is to provide a framework that will support regular and consistent monitoring of the environment in which civil society organizations (CSOs) operate. The data from this process will be used to produce recommendations and initiate evidence-based advocacy campaigns aimed at creating a more enabling environment. Stakeholders will also have a better understanding of the issues affecting the environment for CSOs and rely on benchmarks based on international standards in order to improve that environment. The CSO Meter was developed collaboratively by a group of experts from the Eastern Partnership region, with the support of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) under the project “Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action” financed by the European Union. The tool is the result of a joint effort by many stakeholders. It was developed with input from many civil society representatives from each of the Eastern Partnership countries, whose input helped ensure the creation of a tool that is responsive to local needs.

Region: Eastern Partnership Countries


Project Title: Shaping Regional CSOs into Champions of Policy Dialogue and Public Sector Monitoring

Project Manager: Ia Gabunia

Donor Agency: European Union

Project Duration: 01.02.16 - 31.07.19

Project Overview

The project aims to strengthen Regional CSOs and their networks in order to help them effectively contribute to policy formulation, become successful lobbies for local development needs and concerns of their constituencies, actively implement Government monitoring, and have the ability to hold public authorities accountable for their actions.

Within this project framework, CSI offers web-based distance learning courses in various fields (e-leargning.ge): Public Policy, Research Methodology, Advocacy & Lobbying, Public Finances, Economics, Monitoring of State Activities, Mechanisms of Public Participation, PM&E, and Public Relations, Monitoring of State procurement. The wide portfolio of E-learning courses coupled with grant programs for CSOs and paid internship scheme for students, promotes e-learners to gain practical skills. Project provides annual thematic forums to share experiences, learn best-practices and build connections, support the local development actors to join efforts, and become more competent and successful actors of good governance and democratic processes

Region: Georgia


  COMPLETED PROJECTS

CSO for better self-governance

Improving enabling environment for CSOs and raising their effectiveness (II phaze)

Monitoring of the Press: Civil Society and Local Self-Government

CSOs for the Better Reforms

Web Portal www.csogeorgia.org

Supporting SCO Development Effectiveness in Georgia

Improving the Civil Society Enabling Environment in Georgia

Improving enabling environment for CSO and raising their effectiveness

Support of Cooperation between Civil Society and Government in Kakheti Region

Creating Enabling Environment for Welfare Organizations in Georgia

Towards European System of High Education – in Support of Bologna Process

Citizens Advocate Program

Public Register of Unions

Improvement of Georgian Not-for-profit Legislation

Guide for Non-governmental non-for-profit organizations

Support of Third Sector Development

Improvement of the Not-for-profit Legislation in Georgia

NGO Legislation Development

Handbook for Georgian NGO's