As the Open Government Partnership is gaining momentum around the globe, more and more areas of policy are being incorporated through action plan commitments. Public procurement is one such area. While there very few star commitments related to public procurement to date, this could very well change.
In 2017, the Government of Georgia granted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 737,000 GEL (Ordinance N1616, 03.08.17) with the right to use the funds for procuring services related to project design, expertise and sustainability research of building located at Leonidze str. #3.
IDFI is pleased to share its e-Newsletter called - TPPRnews that contains updates on the latest developments and research in the public procurement sphere around the globe. TPPRnews is issued with the support from the Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation and the Hivos.
Executive Director of the IDFI Giorgi Kldiashvili, Programs Director Levan Avalishvili and Archives and Soviet studies Direction Head, Anton Vatcharadze participated in the project of the Policy Studies Institute CEVRO.
The case of Khorava street murders has yet again initiated discussions about the necessity of changes in the Georgian justice system. The recent rallies were not just a mere protest against the improper investigation of the murder of two schoolchildren, but clearly demonstrated the long-standing public dissatisfaction and mistrust towards the existing justice system, and the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia in particular.
Comparing criminal data of the first 7 months of the year 2018 officially published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs with previous years, showcase the worsened criminal situation and the decrease of the solved cases in the given year.
In 1995-2017, the amount of financial assistance provided to Georgia's public institutions freely comprises a total of 2,4 billion US dollars. The largest share of free financial assistance was provided to Georgia by the Unites States, while among international organizations it was the European Union. In 1995-2017, state agencies received targeted financial assistance and grants from various donor organizations–221,34 million US dollars.
IDFI's study on expenditures of the contingency fund of the Government of Georgia revealed the following tendencies: From 2013 to 2017, a total of more than 595 million GEL was spent from the contingency fund of GoG. In this period, the most funds were spent in 2016 – more than 172 million GEL; The size of the contingency fund increased by a minimum of 80% on an annual basis when compared to the planned budget; etc.
For the third year, IDFI was declared as one of the most transparent think tank organizations in the world by Transparify.
The progress of SDGs Council Working Group on Democratic Governance, progress results of SD Goal 5 and Goal 16 and the procedural issues related to the selection of the Working Group’s Co-chairs - was in focus of today’s meeting of the SDGs Council Working Group on Democratic Governance.