IDFI has recently conducted an investigation into the National Center for Teacher Professional Development’s procurement of flights for volunteers participating in its Teach and Learn with Georgia program. Our findings indicate that that there were several irregularities in nine electronic tenders dating back to 2013 and totaling GEL 571,714. As a result, the government may have been significantly overcharged for these flight tickets.
IDFI congratulates every citizen and supporter of Georgia with the Independence Day. To mark this occasion, we decided to publish a formerly classified document kept in the archives of the USA. This document is an analytical report on the events taking place in Georgia on 24 April 1990, at an early stage of the Georgian independence movement, prepared by the US Directorate of Intelligence.
2016 Global Partners Forum held on May 19-24 (in Washington) covered almost 75 countries, as there were representatives from different local or international NGOs, governments, private sector or academics. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) was presented in the framework of Open Government Partnership by Saba Buadze. Buadze delivered his remarks and shared the experience of IDFI on the process of co-creation in the Open Government Partnership.
On May 20-21, the Georgian Parliament’s Permanent Council on Open and Transparent Governance and its Civil Society Consultative Group held a meeting discussing the MP Code of Ethics. Improving the Code of Ethics is one of the commitments (4.4.) in the Open Parliament Georgia 2015-2016 Action Plan.
On May 20, IDFI in cooperation with Tbilisi City Hall, Ministry of Defense and Archive of Ministry of Internal Affairs organized an event in honor of Georgian officers executed by Russian Bolsheviks 93 years ago.
After 4 months of work the Georgian Parliament’s Permanent Council on Open and Transparent Governance and its Consultative Group finished developing draft amendments to the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure. The draft law was developed based on the Open Parliament Georgia Action Plan for 2015-2016 and aims to promote citizen participation in parliamentary activities and enhance the Parliament’s transparency and accountability.
IDFI periodically monitors public agency websites in order to evaluate their compliance with the obligations of proactive disclosure. Towards the end of 2014, we conducted a large scale monitoring of mandatory public information from 2013-2014 available on websites of 133 public agencies, and provided public agencies with specific recommendations for improvement.The latest monitoring was conducted in May 1-15, 2016. This time, we monitored the websites of the Government Administration and 16 Ministries, and looked for public information from 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.
The article briefly discusses EU's new strategy in the field of transportation infrastructure and presents the description of the most interesting European corridor for Georgia.
On May 20, IDFI in cooperation with Tbilisi City Hall, Ministry of Defense and the Archive of Ministry of Internal Affairs organized an event in honor of Georgian officers executed by Russian Bolsheviks in 1923. The event was opened with the Georgian anthem performed by the Defense Ministry's military orchestra. This was followed by a welcoming speech by IDFI director Giorgi Kldiashvili, who spoke about the contribution of the repressive officers to their homeland and their importance of both the past and the future of Georgia.
On May 16, 2016, Tbilisi City Court found 5 former high ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense guilty in the so-called Cable Case and sentenced them to 7 years in prison. The public had been following the case for a long time, raising questions about the fairness and transparency of the process. The politicized nature of the case had further intensified public distrust.
|7 January 2019|