Anti-Corruption Network of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-ACN) published its second progress report on anticorruption recommendations issued for Georgia in its Fourth Round Monitoring Report. Of the 22 total recommendations, none of them showed significant progress, 17 were assessed as having some progress, and four of them indicated lack of progress, while no rating was granted to the remaining one.
December 2018, after the inauguration of the President of Georgia, marks also a commencement date for the new constitutional amendments. As a result of these changes, Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia was separated from the Ministry of Justice and became a fully independent agency. The head of the institution is the Prosecutor General, while independence, transparency, and effectiveness of the system are guaranteed by the Prosecutorial Council.
IDFI marked the launch of Luminate funded/new project - Good Governance for Georgia with training of journalists from leading online, print and broadcast media in Georgia. How does the Georgia’s public procurement system work & how to reveal suspicious public tenders was in focus of the training attended by over 22 journalists.
Professional development of civil servants in Georgia and the role of educational institutions in this process were the focus of a discussion on 24 January 2019 attended by the international experts and representatives of the Georgian ministries, training centres and civil society.
IDFI successfully trained two contest winner NGOs – Civil Society Institute (CSI) Batumi Branch and Association DEA – on how to monitor the implementation of the ongoing prosecution reform in Georgia. Over the following 8 months, these organizations will carry out their monitoring in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Adjara regions.
Assessing democracy as a form of governance has always been widely disputable among practitioners and law scientists. Single system for attributing democratic status to countries does not exist. However, there are different methods that are used to assess quality of democracy and to make a ranking of democratic states throughout the world. V-Dem is among them.
On November 18-20, The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC) and Management Systems Development Center (MSDC) held three-day training on local self-government index for regional organizations.
IDFI analysis gives an overview of the lawsuits related to declaration monitoring results and judgments delivered by Tbilisi City Court. Established practice reveals that the Court rules in favor of officials.
Prosecutors and investigators from various territorial authorities of the Prosecution Service of Georgia participated in the training on gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The event was organized by IDFI with the support from the European Union, in cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia.
Over the last few months, Georgia has seen a resurgence of information about possible cases of high level corruption involving current and former public officials. This is a continuation of a long-standing trend in the country, whereby media and non-governmental organizations identify possible corruption cases and either no investigation is conducted or the public is left in the dark about the results, leading to a decrease in public trust towards law enforcement and investigative authorities.