Working Group on Social Inclusion of the Georgian #SDG Council summarized the results of its two-year’s work that included: Finalizing national indicators and integrating global goals in national policy documents; Assessing the implementation results of Goals 2, 3 and 4; Presenting the group co-chair institutions Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia; Association “Education for All Georgia”; & UNICEF Georgia.
The brochure describes the progress made by IDFI’s team and its international partner organizations in terms of creating the standards for assessing public procurement legislations.
Setting up a national coordination mechanism for the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has proven to be one of the most important and challenging tasks for Georgia.
Report on Pilot Initiative on National-Level Monitoring of SDG16 was published in November 2017 and summarizes the information from November 2016 to July 2017. Among other stakeholders, the Administration of Government of Georgia (AoG), Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) contributed to the elaboration of the monitoring report.
The latest wave of local self-government reform took place in 2014 and involved the adoption of a new Local Self-Government Code. The code introduced direct election of mayors and governors, clear separation of duties between the central and local authorities. Also important was the inclusion of a separate chapter on the mechanisms of self-governance, which introduced new mechanisms (general assembly of a settlement, council of civil advisors) and further refined existing ones (petition, participation in meetings of representative bodies, hearings of public official and municipal council member reports).
IDFI report includes statistics on cases of secrete surveillance in Georgia, updates on ongoing legislative processes and different positions of civil society and the government on this matter.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Georgia’s National Action Plan (NAP) 2014-2015 was created through intense cooperation between the government of Georgia and the civil society. The NAP included 27 Commitments (29 actions) that were distributed among 16 responsible institutions. IDFI was actively involved in monitoring of the action plan commitments and provided the OGP Forum Secretariat with regular assessments about the progress of activities.
Recent surveys show that public perception of surveillance has not changed dramatically in Georgia since 2013. There is still a perception that law enforcement agencies have technical capacity to wiretap and are using this capacity in illegal ways. Although there has been some progress in terms of investigation of cases of illegal surveillance, the emergence of new cases after the change of government in 2012 has increased doubts on continuing systemic practice of illegal surveillance, lack of willingness from the government to limit its power, and indicates a lack of efficient and comprehensive reform in this area.
The results of the first annual study show that, as expected, effective PPDs are more of an exception, than a rule in Georgia. By revealing the most successful cases of quality PPD in Georgia, our project team hopes to emphasize the positive impact of effective consultation during early stages of the policy-making process, and thus promote more inclusive decision-making at all stages of governance
This report assesses access to information in Georgia in 2016, the practice of strategic litigation of IDFI concerning access to information, as well as analysis of trends of access to information in 2010-2016.