Good Governance

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Digital Broadcasting Switchover - Challenges and Problems in Georgia

The study from IDFI contains those main recommendations that should be reflected in the policy document for the transition to digital terrestrial broadcasting of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. We think that those risks that might threaten the media development and freedom will be reduced to a minimum if the abovementioned suggestions are taken into account.

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A Workshop was Held at the State Audit Service

On 20th November 2013 a workshop regarding the effectiveness of the professional education system was held with NGOs and other representatives of the civil sector in the State Audit Service. The aforementioned meeting was attended by the representative of IDFI, Goga Tushurashvili. During the meeting the Head of the Effectiveness Audit Department presented the problematic issues related to the professional education system. The participants expressed their opinions and offered suggestions

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Citizens funded by the Ministry of Education and Science in foreign educational institutions

The study is based on the official information received from the Ministry of Education and Science regarding the citizens sent abroad for education in 2011-2014 with financial aid. According to the received documentation, a total of 9 571 207 GEL was allocated as financial aid.

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A question of public interest

A vote by the Council of Europes political body could shift the debate about national security towards transparency. A little-noticed vote in Strasbourg on 2 October is in reality a very big deal for whistleblowers, confidential sources and privacy activists. In the vote, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) endorsed the Tshwane principles on national security and the right to information a set of recommendations covering, among other things, how to protec

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Internet Freedom in Georgia – Report N1

Internet technologies are gradually gaining foothold in Georgia. In order to display the main tendencies in this regard, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) prepared a report which explores Internet accessibility, access to public information, implementation of e-governance and freedom of expression in Georgia.

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Public Servants’ Vacations in terms of gender

According to the Labour Code of Georgia, Chapter 5, Article 21, the worker has a right of at least 24 day paid vacation and at least 15 days of unpaid vacation per year. IDFI has studied the data of unpaid vacations of public servants. According to the data from 164 public authorities, 1674 public servants had used their right for unpaid vacation within the period from 1st January, 2012 to 1st April 2013. 100 public servants were from the central and state minister offices of the ministries,

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Dismissed public servants in terms of gender

From 1st January, 2013 to 1st April 2013, comprehensive information was received from 166 public authorities about dismissed servants from public authorities of Georgia. According to the received data, a total of 21506 public servants, including 2 969 high ranking officers have been dismissed within this period.(The Institute considers the high statistics of the dismissed employees from public authorities is rested on not reasons mentioned above but on the data of the inter agency rotation or

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Age of public servants and servants with many children

Age of public servants in terms of gender In accordance with the Law on Public Servants of Georgia the minimum age of servants in the state agencies is 21 years and 18 in local government bodies. The most problematic request for public agencies was the request for the data on average age of the servants; in most cases public information officers could not provide the information. As a result, IDFI could not determine the average age statistics of public servants in some public agen

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Statistics of Public Servants in the Public Authorities of Georgia in Terms of Gender

Inquiring the data on gender equality in terms of labour relations, IDFI has disseminated the questionnaire in 175 Public Authorities. Out of the 2 275 requests sent to the public authorities, IDFI has received 1789 complete and 96 incomplete responses, 3 refusal, and 147 were left unanswered, explaining that they did not possess the requested information or had not taken definite actions. Based on the received data the Institute has conducted research. For the full version of the research pl

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Statistics of Public Servants in the Public Authorities of Georgia in Terms of Gender

In the framework of the presented study, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) has inquired assurance of gender equality in terms of labour relations in public authorities of Georgia, equal conditions for public servants as well as public officials’ recruitment and dismissal in public authorities.  

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