Since its establishment (in 2009) the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) tends to support the development of an informed and empowered society for democratic governance. In 2015, through the process of organizational development, the IDFI leadership defined the following major strategic directions:
IDFI is working towards strengthening good governance in Georgia. This includes: public service reform, prevention of corruption, introducing standards of access to public information, improving the transparency and accountability of the public service, improving the public procurement system, improving the system of asset declarations and strengthening whistleblower protection.
IDFI is also actively engaged in promoting citizen participation in the decision-making, budgeting and lawmaking processes on both central and local government levels.
Since 2011, IDFI has been actively promoting the introduction of principals of open government in Georgia as well as internationally. This work also includes strengthening of civil society and government cooperation.
IDFI is also working towards strengthening human rights in Georgia by promoting increased transparency and accountability of the Georgian court system and implementation of the principles of fairness in the court practice.
By taking part in court proceedings, IDFI promotes improvement of constitutional standards for human rights, the mechanisms for securing human rights and implementation of the standards of a transparent and just court system.
IDFI is actively involved in the process of monitoring and reform of the Georgian court system.
The organization is also engaged in strategic litigation, which is used to try to achieve legal precedents on the disclosure of public information for which there is high public interest.
IDFI provides free legal consultation and assistance to any citizen, who appeals to us about a violation of their right to receive public information. The organization has already provided assistance to numerous journalists as well as regular citizens.
Finally, IDFI is actively collaborating with international organizations by providing them with expert knowledge about the rule of law in Georgia, which is later reflected in international ratings and indices.
IDFI is engaged in researching the social-economic policy and legislation in Georgia. The organization analyzes both Georgia’s development data and international best practice and, based on the latter, provides the Georgian government with recommendations on how to promote economic development and increase the level of wellbeing in Georgia.
IDFI also works towards raising public awareness about the goals of Georgia’s social-economic development strategy and promoted citizen engagement in the process of its implementation.
The organization monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of all of the major socio-economic programs run by the Georgian government.
IDFI is working towards bringing into the light the propaganda against Georgia’s integration with NATO and the EU. IDFI regularly publishes articles, analytical papers, policy papers and briefs that are aimed at, on the one hand, informing the society about propaganda and, on the other hand, providing recommendations to the government about how to deal with this problem.
For the purpose of combating propaganda, IDFI is collaborating with governmental structures, partner local and international organizations. IDFI is actively involved in various activities against propaganda, including meetings with the local population.
In addition, IDFI analyzes academic and archival documents in order to contribute to the study of Georgia’s Soviet past, which should help the country build a democratic future.
Finally, IDFI is working on opening Soviet archives. The organization is also actively involved in identifying the victims of Soviet repressions and is helping their families with legal disputes.
IDFI’s work also involves researching internet freedom, access to the internet, media freedom and improvement of government services using new technologies.
IDFI periodically publishes research documents that include recommendations on how the Georgian government can deal with problems related to the internet and media.
More specifically, research topics include: internet freedom, freedom of expression online, universal accessibility of the internet, problems faced by internet users, digital literacy, the internet market, cybersecurity, personal data protection, telecommunication innovations and government policy regarding the internet, media and telecommunications.
In addition to research and policy evaluation, IDFI is also involved in awareness raising campaigns and educational programs in the use of new technologies for various groups in Georgia.