Lectures - Informal Economy: Diagnosis and Remedies

News 3 December 2015


The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) and the University of Bremen offer a series of lectures to students from December 15 to December 18. The series of lectures “Informal Economy: Diagnosis and Remedies” will be led by Lela Rekhviashvili – Researcher of Central European University (CEU, Budapest).


The aim of the series of lectures is the critical analysis of the central theories regarding informal economy: dualist, institutionalist, structuralist and post-structuralist theories.

  • Lectures 1-2: Dualist, Institutionalist, Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Perspectives of Informal Economy.
  • Lectures 3-4: Informal Economy in Post-Soviet Space.
  • Lectures 5-6: Case-study Georgia: Success or Failure?
  • Lectures 7-8: Micro Case-study and Revision of Existing Theories


The series of lectures are held within the framework of the project “Strategic Plan Georgia 2020 – Strengthening Public Involvement”. The project is implemented by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in cooperation with Bremen University and with the financial support of the Foreign Federal Office of Germany. By critically assessing implementation process and existing challenges, the project aims to raise the awareness among civil society groups and to strengthen the understanding of Georgia’s socio-economic development strategy “Georgia 2020”. Several series of lectures have already been held within the framework of the project at Ilia State University, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and Telavi State University.


Participants will receive joint certificate from TSU, IDFI and the University of Bremen. Three most active participants will receive latest scientific literature (in Georgian) relevant to the main theme of the series.


The participants will have an opportunity to write an essay around the main theme of the course and win Kindle. The prize will be awarded to the authors of the two best essays.


To participate, please register on the email: georgia2020@idfi.ge by sending your first name, last name, educational institution, faculty, major, semester, email address and cell phone number. 


The deadline for registration is December 13, 2015. The number of participants is limited. 


The series of lectures will be held from December 15 to December 18, in Room 206 of Building 10 (TSU), from 15:00 to 17:00.


Working Language: Georgian


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