IDFI, with the support of the European Union (EU), is implementing the project – “Monitoring Covid-19 related public spending and human rights protection during the state of emergency and after”. One of the main goals of the project is to monitor the implementation of the Georgian Government’s Anti-crisis Plan and the effectiveness of the state programs enacted within its framework.
On December 23 the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) together with the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) presented the results of the interim alternative monitoring reports on the implementation of Public Administration Reform (PAR) Action Plan for 2019 – 2020.
On February 26, 2020, the first case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Georgia, while on March 21, the state of emergency, that lasted until May 22, was declared. In this period, the coronavirus related procurements were primarily conducted with simplified procedures.
In 2020 Georgia was mentioned in the rankings of several international organizations. Most of them indicate that corruption situation in the country is worsening with high-level corruption being mentioned as one of the causes.
The International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated on December 9. This day is important for raising awareness about the challenges in terms of corruption and planning effective measures to eliminate the existing gaps.
On October 21, 2020, IDFI conducted an online training on open data management and publication issues for the staff of Gori, Lagodekhi, Senaki, Telavi and Zugdidi City Halls and Municipal Councils.
As 2019-2020 Public Administration Reform (PAR) Action Plan and the Roadmap are expiring, the Government Administration has started working on elaboration of the new PAR Strategy and Action Plan.
Trace International released new indicators about the risk of corruption in business on November 19th. The organization assessed the risk of business corruption in 194 countries. They used a 100-point system where 100 points indicates a high and 0 points - low risk of corruption.
On December 2-3, 2020, IDFI conducted an online training on Transparency and Integrity for the employees of Zugdidi City Hall and legal entities owned or managed by the City Hall.
On November 30, 2020, Levan Avalishvili, Programs Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), delivered a lecture on Freedom of Information to the participants of the Bachelor’s course of the Certification Program in Fighting Corruption.