The overall results of the 2017 evaluation of Georgian municipalities were low. On the scale of 0 to 100%, the average result of all municipalities was only 21% (19% for city halls / municipal administrations and 24% for municipal councils).
The latest wave of local self-government reform took place in 2014 and involved the adoption of a new Local Self-Government Code. The code introduced direct election of mayors and governors, clear separation of duties between the central and local authorities. Also important was the inclusion of a separate chapter on the mechanisms of self-governance, which introduced new mechanisms (general assembly of a settlement, council of civil advisors) and further refined existing ones (petition, participation in meetings of representative bodies, hearings of public official and municipal council member reports).
On December 5, 2017, at the Hotel Holiday Inn, a presentation was held of the Local Self-Government Index and the first report of the national evaluation of the transparency and accountability of municipalities in Georgia. The event was opened by the Executive Director of Open Society Georgia Foundation Keti Khutsishvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze.
IDFI held a public lecture on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Lagodekhi Municipality. IDFI Analyst Mariam Tutberidze presented the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National SDG Document to the participants of the lecture.
On November 21, 2017 IDFI held a public lecture in Akhaltsikhe titled UN Sustainable Development Goals: Global And National Agenda
Based on the methodology developed by the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) IDFI evaluated to what extent Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 16.10.2 is being implemented in Georgia. SDG indicator 16.10.2 stipulates that states should adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information. Please find results of the evaluation in full report.
On November 8, at Tbilisi Rooms Hotel - more than 40 representatives from public and private sector gathered at the presentation of the annual assessment report of the quality of dialogue between public and private sectors in Georgia. The event was hosted by IDFI and USAID program - Governing for Growth (G4G).
More than 150 representatives from 25 countries gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, for an international forum titled - From Words to Action: Implementing SDG 16+ at the Local and National Level. From October 31 to November 2, 2017, the Forum discussed the best policy and practice in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the focus on SDG 16 – Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.
On October 27, 2017, at Impact Hub - Fabrika conference hall, the Embassy of Sweden in Georgia, UNDP Georgia, IDFI and Administration of the Government of Georgia (AoG) hosted an information meeting with Media representatives. The initiative is funded by the Government of Sweden.
Hundreds of people gathered in Rustavi on September 24, 2017 to attend the Global Goals Festival titled Future = You. One of the main components of the festival was the Straight Art Day, which was organized by UNDP, IDFI and Rustavi City Hall. The event was supported by the Swedish Government, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and international organizations Edgeriders and Futuremakers.
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