Partner organization of IDFI Freedom of Information Foundation (Saint Petersburg) has been subject to systematic pressure from the government of Russia in the recent period. The Foundation was established in 2004 and was one of the first partners of IDFI.
On November 5th, 2014 IDFI requested various public information from Tbilisi City Hall. IDFI welcomes the fact that the City Hall replied to all the requests.
On December 24th 2014 Tbilisi City Court accepted the appeal of IDFI against the Ministry of Internal Affairs. As a result the Ministry was found responsible to provide the institute with complete information on salary supplements and bonuses received by the Minister, Deputy Minister and Department Chairmen during the year of 2013. The information is to be provided separately for each month indicating names and surnames of the officials.
Levan Avalishvili's opinion regarding Open and Democratic Governance in Georgia was published in Periodical Georgia's European Way
On the first day of the Forum, IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) presented its Awareness activities carried out throughout 2014, which put its emphasis on active engagement of young people.
60 students were awarded with certificates in the lecturing course - 25 Years of Transformation – Eastern Europe and Georgia.
Lecturing course was held by Institute for Development of freedom of Information (IDFI), Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Bremen University with the financial assistance of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany within the scopes of the project Strategic Plan Georgia 2020 – Strengthening Public Involvement (ZigB) Georgia.
On 23rd of December, IDFI with the support of Open Society Georgia and Tbilisi City Hall has organized a presentation within the project of “Concept for the New Web-Page of Tbilisi City Hall” at Courtyard Marriott Tbilisi. The survey about international practice of the foreign countries municipalities for creating and implemented web-portals as well as the new concept for web-page of Tbilisi City Hall was presented to the Mayor of Tbilisi City Hall- Davit Narmania and other district governors.
A British organization mySociety has conducted comprehensive research on impact of Freedom of Information tools worldwide. Among other FOI platforms, the study also covers Georgian experience, namely Public Information Database OpenData.ge, created by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with financial support from Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) in 2010.
Within the scopes of the project Strategic Plan Georgia 2020 – Strengthening Public Involvement (ZigB) the discussion on - The Compliance of the Education Institutions' Academic Programs with the Requirements of the Labor Market - was held on Thursday, December 18
After the footage of torture from prison cells was published in 2012, the belief that the facts of torture and inhuman, degrading treatment was well implemented practice in penitentiary institutions was inculcated in the society. This was added inter alia by the public statements of high officials currently in office, highlighting the existing problems. Nevertheless, till to date society has no comprehensive information on the results and scale of the investigations.