The Georgian civil service reform is one of the most important reforms in the field of governance. In addition to being a crucial part of the Georgia – EU Association Agreement, the reform represents a strategic goal of the Georgian Government’s Four Point Plan. However, during the course of reforms, several challenges remain that could negatively affect its successful and effective implementation.
One of the frequent questions about the SDGs – why we need one more framework when there are international conventions, national level policies and strategies that address issues targeted in the 2030 Agenda.
On June 7, 2017, IDFI held a public lecture in Telavi titled UN Sustainable Development Goals: Global And Georgian Agenda. The event was organized in cooperation with the Administration of the Government of Georgia and UNDP Georgia, with the financial assistance of the Swedish Government and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
IDFI and Estonian e-Governance Academy (eGA) are implementing a joint project titled New E-Governance Initiatives to meet OGP Commitments in Georgia.
On May 20, 2017, the first working meeting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held between representatives of Georgian Ministries and Government Administration. The aim of the meeting was to discuss national targets, indicators and evaluation mechanisms suggested by experts on Goal 16.
Even though the implementation process of the 2015-2016 anti-corruption action plan is already completed, IDFI considers that the revealed gaps should be still taken into consideration while reviewing the results of 2017-2018 action plan monitoring process.
The policy brief stresses the importance of having a dialogue between the public and private sectors on draft laws at the initial stage of their development, before their initiation in the Parliament. The document also provides a small guide to successfully conducting this dialogue.
On May 2, 2017, in the conference room of the Club the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), in cooperation with the Administration of the Government of Georgia and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and with the support from the Government of Sweden and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will host an information session ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Georgia.’
The 2017-2020 Strategy and 2017-2018 Action Plan for Increasing Transparency and Integrity at the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure was adopted by Decree №69/o of the Minister. These policy documents were created through the assistance of the USAID Good Governance Initiative and were developed as a result of close cooperation between IDFI and the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure.
Georgian legislation provides for the obligation for public officials to submit their asset declarations annually. Declarations are available on the webpage of the Civil Service Bureau. The system is largely functional. However, there are several shortcomings associated to it. Namely, there is no mechanism in place to verify declared data and identify the cases when inconsistent or deliberately false information is indicated. Which will then result in the liability of public officials.
|9 January 2019|