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Prosecution Service on the Verge of Changes: Way to Improve Existing Challenges in the System

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.

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Worsened Criminal Situation or Hidden Statistics in the Past Years?

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.

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Grants Provided to Public Institutions and State Budget of Georgia: 1995-2017

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. 

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Expenditures of the Contingency Fund of the Government of Georgia: 2013-2017

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. 

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IDFI Among World’s Most Financially Transparent Think Tanks

For the third year, IDFI was declared as one of the most transparent think tank organizations in the world by Transparify.

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Parliamentary Openness in Georgia - Key Achievements (2015-2018)

Georgia was one of the first countries to join the OGP in September 2011. Since then, the country implemented a number of reforms including in the legislative openness. 

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Meeting Minutes of SDGs Council Working Group on Democratic Governance

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. 

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OGP Global Summit in Georgia

On July 17-19, the fifth Summit of Open Government Partnership (OGP) took place in Tbilisi. The Summit was opened with the Parliamentary Day that was hosted by the Parliament of Georgia. On July 17, parallel to the Parliamentary Day, within the scope of the OGP Summit, Civil Society Day was held, where civil society representatives working on open governance gathered. 

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Transforming Public Procurement as an Effective Instrument for Making Governments Accountable & Transparent

On July 2019, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) organized a fishbowl discussion related to public procurement at the 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia – July 17-18.

 

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Murder on Khorava Street: Public Knowledge and Attitudes towards Court Decision

In early December 2017, two schoolchildren were killed on Khorava Street in Tbilisi. On May 31st, 2018, Tbilisi City Court announced the decision on the Khorava Street murder case. The announcement caused mass demonstrations led by Zaza Saralidze, a father of one of the murdered children.

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