IDFI presents statistical analysis of court decisions received from 1 January 2017 to September 1 2017 on granting refugee or humanitarian status, as well as reviewing existing legislation and international practice. The recommendations of IDFI are presented at the end of the report to solve the identified problematic issues.
On November 14, 2017 Freedom House published an annual report on Internet freedom around the world. Georgia obtained a score of 24 out of 100 and was assessed as “Free” in terms of Internet freedom. The country’s score improved by 1 point compared to 2016.
Based on the methodology developed by the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) IDFI evaluated to what extent Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 16.10.2 is being implemented in Georgia. SDG indicator 16.10.2 stipulates that states should adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information. Please find results of the evaluation in full report.
On November 8, at Tbilisi Rooms Hotel - more than 40 representatives from public and private sector gathered at the presentation of the annual assessment report of the quality of dialogue between public and private sectors in Georgia. The event was hosted by IDFI and USAID program - Governing for Growth (G4G).
More than 150 representatives from 25 countries gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, for an international forum titled - From Words to Action: Implementing SDG 16+ at the Local and National Level. From October 31 to November 2, 2017, the Forum discussed the best policy and practice in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the focus on SDG 16 – Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.
On October 27, 2017, at Impact Hub - Fabrika conference hall, the Embassy of Sweden in Georgia, UNDP Georgia, IDFI and Administration of the Government of Georgia (AoG) hosted an information meeting with Media representatives. The initiative is funded by the Government of Sweden.
Hundreds of people gathered in Rustavi on September 24, 2017 to attend the Global Goals Festival titled Future = You. One of the main components of the festival was the Straight Art Day, which was organized by UNDP, IDFI and Rustavi City Hall. The event was supported by the Swedish Government, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and international organizations Edgeriders and Futuremakers.
On October 4, 2017, IDFI representative and E-Governance Direction Lead Teona Turashvili attended the E-Partnership Conference, held in Tallinn, and took part in the panel titled - What is the potential of ICT in increasing transparency of government processes and inclusiveness of civil society. The panel was also attended by civil society and government representatives from Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The number of fines issued on vehicles belonging to the Tbilisi City Council over the past 7 years shows that the existing parking system has failed to regulate parking even just outside the Council building.
Manchester hosted the 10th International Conference of Information Commissioners, which focused on the problem of accountability and transparency of non-state public service providers. This is a significant problem in Georgia as well. One mechanism for solving this problem would be the adoption of a new Law on Freedom of Information.