On November 11, office of dvv International hosted the discussion Generation 1989. The meeting was a joint endeavor of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information and dvv International. The discussion aimed at enhancing the public interest towards this issue and supporting the start of analysis of the events taking place back then. Speakers of the discussion were film critic Gogi Gvakharia and Philologist, member of New Rights party Pikria Chikhradze. The hi
On 20th November 2013 a workshop regarding the effectiveness of the professional education system was held with NGOs and other representatives of the civil sector in the State Audit Service. The aforementioned meeting was attended by the representative of IDFI, Goga Tushurashvili. During the meeting the Head of the Effectiveness Audit Department presented the problematic issues related to the professional education system. The participants expressed their opinions and offered suggestions
On October 28th, 2013 the Institute of National Remembrance - Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN) sent official letter to Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) regarding cooperation in work on assembling a list of victims of the communist regime, exchange of bibliographic information, determining the burial sites of the victims and archive researches on totalitarian studies and Stalinism. The delegation of IPN Archival Department
November 17th, 2013, marked the inauguration of the new President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, who was elected as a result of peaceful, democratic elections on October 27th, 2013. The day was also marked by a large number of statements released from various foreign leaders, who congratulated Giorgi Margvelashvili. Among these was Barack Obama, the president of the United States, who in his statement talked about the significant progress Georgia has undergone in the recent years. Among t
On 8 November, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in partnership with the USAID G -3 Program, organized the Policy Discussion ,,Civil Society Organizations Perspective on the OGP 2014 2015 Action Plan. In the framework of the USAID G 3 program consortium members and expert introduced the developments about the OGP London Summit and new Action Plan Priorities. International USAID Expert delivered the presentation on the international tendencies and assessments und
The Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has recently published a report for the third round of monitoring of anti-corruption efforts in Georgia. The report covers a wide range of topics directly related to anti-corruption policy, criminalization of corruption and different methods of preventing it. The last part of the report contains a section entirely dedicated to freedom of information. The previous
On October 1st a meeting was held for the purpose of defining the updated priorities for the 2014-2015 within the frameworks of the “Open Government Partnership”, initiated by the Interdepartmental Anti-Corruption Council and organized by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information within the frameworks of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Good Governance in Georgia (G-3) program.
At the conclusion of the Open Government Partnership annual summit in London, UK, thirty-seven members of the international initiative revealed the plans for the further development of transparency, accountability and openness in their respective countries. The new initiatives cover a wide range of topics: new open data legislation, government integrity, fiscal transparency, management of natural resources and empowering the citizens.
From 31 October to 1 November 2013 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit is being held in London. The participants of the event have introduced each other with implemented achievements designated to government transparency and accountability in their own countries. At the final stage of the summit, the winner country of the competition will be named, which will be awarded with Bright Spots prize. On 16 October, 2013 Georgia was nominated by the Cabinet of the United Ki
A vote by the Council of Europes political body could shift the debate about national security towards transparency. A little-noticed vote in Strasbourg on 2 October is in reality a very big deal for whistleblowers, confidential sources and privacy activists. In the vote, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) endorsed the Tshwane principles on national security and the right to information a set of recommendations covering, among other things, how to protec