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Enhancing Digital Freedoms through Monitoring, Reporting and Advocacy Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST) 2021-2022 $29,700

 

 

Project Title: Enhancing Digital Freedoms through Monitoring, Reporting and Advocacy
Donor Organization: Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST)
Project Contract Number: BST-21.089.GE25.1
Total Budget: $ 29,700 ($ 24,920 requested from BST)
Duration of the Project: May 1, 2021-January 1, 2022

 

Project Summary

 

 

The project aims to strengthen digital freedoms in Georgia through monitoring and reporting the activities and performance of Internet/communications sector state regulator in terms of accountability and proportionality of its decisions with regard to digital freedoms. To this end, analytical blog-posts and a comprehensive report will be prepared based on the monitoring results. To consider the opinions of all relevant stakeholders, workshops/focus group meetings will be conducted. Monitoring results and elaborated policy recommendations will be communicated during the final presentation.

 

Goal/Objectives

 

The general goal of the project is to ensure and strengthen safeguards and Internet freedoms in Georgia through monitoring, reporting and advocacy.

 

To this end, the major objectives of the project are:

 

• Increase accountability of the public institutions regulating the communications/Internet sphere in the country;

 

• Foster multi-stakeholder dialogue on the issue of performance of the mentioned regulator and identify common concerns;

 

• Identify major challenges and controversial decisions of the regulator in the sphere of Internet regulation/digital freedoms;

 

• Mitigate the elaborated challenges by reporting and devising potential solutions;

 

• Propose policy recommendations and communicate them with all relevant stakeholders for positive

 

Activities

 

1) Preparatory stage: elaborating a comprehensive methodology and submitting FOI requests

2) Holding workshops/focus group interviews

3) Monitoring and reporting

4) Preparing a monitoring report

5) Elaborating policy recommendations

6) Final presentation

7) Cooperation with media

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The goal of the project is to ensure and strengthen safeguards and Internet freedoms in Georgia through monitoring, reporting and advocacy.

 

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Human Rights for All – Phase II United Nations Development Programme 2021 $8,060

                                                                                                        

 

 

Project title: Human Rights for All – Phase II
Donor organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Project number: 00118263
Project budget: 8,060 USD      
Project duration: 24 March 2021 – 24 May 2021

 

Project summary

 

The National Human Rights Strategy envisages the protection of personal data in compliance with international standards. Considering the challenges brought by rapid technological developments as well as the objectives of the Human Rights Strategy, promoting and strengthening personal data protection in Georgia gains more and more importance. This project aims to assess the current situation in Georgia, evaluate to what extent the objectives envisaged by the Human Rights Strategy are achieved, and identify existing challenges and gaps related to personal data protection.

 

Within the scope of this project, Human Rights Strategy directions will be objectively evaluated and a shadow report will be produced that will assessthe current situation. In addition, the report will draw specific attention to the directions of the Association Agenda and human rights implications of the measures taken by the government in relation to COVID-19. The report will summarize the situation starting from 2020.

 

Purpose of the project

 

The purpose of this project is to contribute to personal data protection in Georgia through documenting personal data protection challenges and gaps in light of the priorities envisaged by the Strategy and Action Plan for the Protection of Human Rights. 

 

Project activities

 

1. Preparation of the shadow report - IDFI will prepare a shadow report evaluating to what extent the objectives of Human Rights Strategy 2014-2020 related to personal data protection have been achieved, identifying existing challenges and gaps related to personal data protection in Georgia.

 

2. Publicizing the shadow report - The shadow report will be presented to all relevant stakeholders, will be published on IDFI’s website, and will be shared on social media.

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

Contract

 

Grant agreement

The purpose of this project is to contribute to personal data protection in Georgia through documenting personal data protection challenges and gaps in light of the priorities envisaged by the Strategy and Action Plan for the Protection of Human Rights. 

 

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Supporting CSOs in Digital Archiving International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 2021 $1,200

 

 

Project title: Supporting CSOs in Digital Archiving - Expert Consultancy

Supported by: International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 

Budget: $1,200

Duration: March 1 – June 15, 2021

 

Project Objective

 

Developing a manual that will support civil society organizations (CSOs) in digital archiving to advance the transitional justice processes.

 

Project Activities

 

Based on the questionnaire provided by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, collect and compile responses from at least three organizations in the region (former Soviet states) with digital archiving expertise; Produce a report of approximately eight (8) pages summarizing these responses and outlining the key findings (including the Consultant’s own expertise on the subject). Prepare a brief presentation about the findings.

 

Contract

 

Grant agreement

The project aims to develop a manual that will support civil society organizations (CSOs) in digital archiving to advance the transitional justice processes.

 

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Building Sustainable Human Capacity in Fighting Corruption Foundation to Promote Open Society 2021-2022 $70,064

 

 

Type of grant activity: Building Sustainable Human Capacity in Fighting Corruption

Donor institutions: Foundation to Promote Open Society

Total grant amount: USD 70,064.21

Project number: OR2020-70662

Implementation period: February 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022.

 

 

Project Goals

 

The goal of the project will be to build a community of corruption hunters who will be leaders in prevention of corruption; will be able to manage the risks of corruption; will be involved in defining the corruption cases; and will become active members of the anti-corruption community and society as general.

 

The first goal of the project is to successfully implement the program, while increasing its sustainability. The modules of the program will be transformed in two academic courses of Bachelor’s Degree which will be offered for 4th year Bachelor’s students at the School of Arts and Sciences. Therefore, the new program will enable ISU students to acquire the academic credits (ECTS) while taking the courses of the program. At the same time, modifying the current modules in academic courses will increase the sustainability of the program, as the academic courses on anti-corruption practices will become a part of the curriculum of the university degree program. Becoming part of the Bachelor’s Degree courses, won’t reduce the ability of the new program to recruit course participants from the private and public sectors, or from other universities. The course participants who are not ISU Bachelor’s Degree students, will receive the certificates for successful completion of the program courses.

 

The second goal of the project is to elaborate and implement a set of awareness raising, and team building activities which on one hand will increase the visibility of the project and raise the awareness of the society on corruption, and on the other hand strengthen the collaboration among the anti-corruption community and enable the formation of an active alumni network. The last segment of the team-building activities will consist of presenting the sub-projects (ideas) by the course participants which will be awarded based on the project outlines and the analytical papers.  

 

Expected Impact

 

Short-term impact: Enabling the ISU students to gather necessary ECTS for studying the modulestransformed in academic courses; engaging the prominent local and international experts in delivery of the course; graduates of the second cohort are becoming the members of the alumni network.

 

Medium-term impact: equipping the course participants with the necessary knowledge and skills, which will enable them to act as role models and change agents at their work, or through various projects that they will chose to engage with; enlarging and strengthening the anticorruption community by implementing team building exercises, planning, executing joint projects, and improving the visibility of the program and its activities.

 

Long-term impact: contribute to development of a community of like-minded progressive professionals, who are capable of recognizing opportunities for corruption and preventing corruption, as well as who will uncover corrupt practices and form a critical public opinion about the real human cost to corruption.

 

 

Planned Activities

Project Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The goal of the project will be to build a community of corruption hunters who will be leaders in prevention of corruption.

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Development of Tbilisi City Hall’s Open Data Portal Concept and Terms of Reference (ToR) USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD 2020 - 2021 GEL 59,922

                               

 

 

Project Title: Development of Tbilisi City Hall’s Open Data Portal Concept and Terms of Reference (ToR)
Donor Organization: USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD
Project Contract Number: GGI-SUB-054
Total Budget: GEL 59,922
Duration of the Project: December 24, 2020 – April 30, 2021

 

Project Objectives

 

An Overall objective of the project is to enhance transparency and accountability of Tbilisi City Hall by developing Open Data Portal and introducing effective open data management practices. 

 

Specific objectives of the project are:

 

1. Identify specific needs of Tbilisi City Hall in connection with collection, processing and publishing open data as well as existing demand for open data among different stakeholders; 

 

2. Develop Open Data Portal Concept;

 

3. Prepare Terms of Reference (ToR) for development of Open Data Portal of Tbilisi City Hall.    

 

Project Major Activities

 

1. Prepare a detailed workplan

2. Prepare of detailed methodology

3. Conduct comprehensive analysis 

4. Presentation of Situation/Comprehensive Analysis

5. Develop draft Open Data Portal Concept of Tbilisi City Hall

6. Present draft Open Data Portal Concept to Tbilisi City Hall

7. Present draft Open Data Portal Concept to interested stakeholders

8. Finalize Open Data Portal Concept

9. Develop detailed draft of the technical terms of reference

10. Present detailed draft of technical terms of reference

11. Finalize and submit detailed technical terms of reference

12. Develop and submit all deliverables

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

Contract

 

 

Grant agreement

The project aims to enhance the transparency and accountability of Tbilisi City Hall by developing Open Data Portal and introducing effective open data management practices. 

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Local Self-Government Index - 2021 Open Society Georgia Foundation 2020-2021 $20,100

 

 

 

Project Title: Local Self-Government Index - 2021
Project Donor: Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)
Project Number: LDD/42/20 - 21174
Project Budget: Total budget USD 54,970  (IDFI budget –USD 20,100)
Project Duration: December 16, 2020 – September 16, 2021
Responsible Organizations: Centre for Training and Consultancy (CTC), Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and Management Systems Development Center (MSDC)

 

Project Goals

 

 

The ultimate goal of the project is to develop transparent and accountable local self-governments, enhance public participation in local municipalities and improve principles of transparency and accountability at the local levels in Georgia.

 

To this end, the project aims to assess openness and accountability of municipalities based on Local Self-Government Index for the third time for 2021.

 

Project Objectives

 

- Provide all preconditions for conducting assessment of municipalities

- Raise public awareness about the Local Self-Government Index

- Conduct monitoring of all self-governing bodies for the third time, prepare a national report and communicate the monitoring results with all relevant local stakeholders

 

Project Major Activities

 

Objective 1: Provide all preconditions for conducting assessment of municipalities

 

1.1. Review the monitoring methodology

1.2. Update of the platform – lsgindex.org – enabling monitoring of municipalities in terms of transparency and accountability

1.3. Mobilization of local monitors and providing instructions

 

Objective 2: Raise public awareness about the Local Self-Government Index

 

2.1. Preparing an online webinar

2.2. Conducting public awareness raising activities about the Index

 

Objective 3: Conduct the third monitoring and prepare a national report

 

3.1. Conduct monitoring of all self-governing bodies

3.2. Prepare and present a national report of municipalities in terms of transparency and accountability based on the monitoring results

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The goal of the project is to develop transparent and accountable local self-governments, enhance public participation in local municipalities and improve principles of transparency and accountability at the local levels in Georgia.

 

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Promoting Personal Data Protection in Georgia Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia 2020-2022 GEL 243,929

                                                                      

 

 

Project title: Promoting Personal Data Protection in Georgia

Donor organization: Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia

Project number: 4000004558

Project budget: 243,929 GEL      

Project duration: 1 December 2020 – 31 January 2022

 

Project summary

 

The project is related to strengthening the personal data protection regime in Georgia through enhancing the knowledge and awareness of professional groups and students of the personal data protection standards, fostering professional and academic discussions on challenges related to personal data protection, and strengthening the capacity of the State Inspector Service. Within the scope of the project, relevant awareness-raising activities will be carried out, a number of publications/visualizations will be disseminated, working meetings will be organized with target groups, training will be held for the staff of the State Inspector Service, and relevant activities will be organized with the aim of engagement of students. As a result of the project activities, the capacity of the State Inspector Service will be strengthened which will contribute to ensuring stronger protection of the personal data in Georgia.

 

Purpose of the project

 

The main purpose of the project is to contribute to strengthening the personal data protection regime in Georgia in the most problematic fields. 

 

Objectives of the project

 

-To enhance the knowledge and awareness of professional groups and students of the personal data protection standards. 

 

-To foster professional and academic discussions on challenges related to personal data protection.

 

-Strengthen the capacity of the State Inspector Service.

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The main purpose of the project is to contribute to strengthening the personal data protection regime in Georgia in the most problematic fields. 

 

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Commemoration of the First Mass Graves of the Victims of the Soviet Regime Discovered in Georgia International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 2020 - 2021 $5,000

                                              

 

 

Project title: Commemoration of the First Mass Graves of the Victims of the Soviet Regime Discovered in Georgia

Supported by: International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 

Budget: $5,000

DurationNovember 1 – February 28

 

In 2019, it became known that the mass graves of the victims of the 1937-1938 Soviet repressions were discovered in Adjara, Georgia. The discovery of the mass graves is very important event for Georgia because the studies of the stories of the repressed persons, their proper commemoration and immortalization have a key role in the formation of collective memory of the countries and the rethinking of the totalitarian past, which is proved by the experience of the other post-Communist countries. At the initial stage, particular steps were taken by the government for studying the mass graves. However, soon, the state interest and attention toward this issue decreased and there is no significant progress in this direction after a year of the discovery. Moreover, there is a particular controversy among the local Muslim and Christian population regarding the religious ceremonies for burying the discovered bodies, because, presumably, there are Muslims among them, which is also proved by IDFI’s research. For this, 150 bodies are still preserved on the lower ground floor of Holy Mother Virgins Nativity Cathedral in Batumi. Considering this situation, IDFI’s project aims to enhance dialogue between local Muslim and Christian communities, raise public awareness about the discovered mass graves and attract government’s attention to this issue. For this, the organization plans to create special section on the website, which will include the interviews with the descendants of the repressed individuals, their family archives and other materials. Also, with the frame of the project, IDFI will hold a roundtable discussion among local Muslims and Christians and launch an advocacy campaign for the government to take appropriate steps for studying the graves and commemorating the victims of repressions.

 

 

Project Objectives

 

The objectives of IDFI’s project are as follows:

- Raising public awareness about the discovered mass graves in Adjara;

- Enhancing dialogue among the local Muslim and Christian population;

- Attracting government’s attention to the issue of the discovered mass graves in Adjara in order to take appropriate steps for studying the graves and commemorating the victims of repressions.

 

 

Project activities

 

- Identification of the descendants of the victims;

- Conducting interviews with the descendants of the victims of repressions, collecting their oral histories and family archives;

- Creation of the special section on IDFI’s website about the victims of Stalin’s Terror, on which the materials collected within the frame of the project will be uploaded;

- Organizing roundtable discussion on mutual agreement involving local Muslims and Christians;

- Launching advocacy campaign, including writing and promotion of articles, videos and visualizations about the discovered graves and Soviet repressions;

- Elaboration of recommendations for the government in collaboration with international organizations;

- Preparation of final report.

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget 

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to raise public awareness about the First Mass Graves of the Victims of the Soviet Regime Discovered in Georgia.

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Empowered Civil Society and Enhanced Beneficial Ownership Transparency Standards for Good Governance International Visegrad Fund 2020-2021 EUR 34,902

 

 

 

Project Title: Empowered Civil Society and Enhanced Beneficial Ownership Transparency Standards for Good Governance
Supported by: International Visegrad Fund 
Grant Number: 220203362
Budget: EUR 34,902
Duration: October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Partner Organizations: KohoVolit.eu (Czech Republic and Slovakia), K-Monitor Public Benefit Association (Hungary), ePaństwo Foundation (Poland)

 

Background

 

Despite Georgia’s success in fighting against petty corruption, it still has shortcomings in fighting against elite corruption. As it is acknowledged globally, beneficial ownership transparency is a crucial component for combating high and international corruption. While the registry of the beneficial ownership of the companies registered abroad does not exist in Georgia, foreign and offshore companies often hold significant assets in Georgia (real estate, capital, etc.) and participate in public procurement. With regard to Visegrad countries, Slovakia was one of the first countries of the European Union, which implemented a public register of beneficial ownership. While other countries also adopted respective laws/regulations in order to implement the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Directive 2015/849/EU). Studying and comparing legislation and practices of these countries in this regard will be a useful experience-sharing for Georgia. Apart from existing transparency standards, civil society and media can play a critical role in enhancing government accountability. However, there is a lack of systemic public scrutiny over government activities in Georgia, as only a handful of media or civil society organizations have relevant skills to perform effective watchdog functions. Activists as well as the broader society do not have enough skills for obtaining and processing public data, as well as using online and offline (international) tools for holding the government accountable.

 

Project Objectives

 

IDFI, together with its partners from V4 countries, aims to support Georgian public to effectively monitor the government as well as enhance availability of public data on offshore companies.

 

To this end, the project plans to:

 

1) Study and advocate beneficial ownership transparency standards in Georgia and V4 countries;

 

2) Increase capacity of journalists, CSOs and activists through enhancing their oversight skills and promote monitoring government spending.

 

Such holistic approach will significantly improve the environment for watchdog community through advocating publication of more public data, including data about beneficial owners, enriching their professional skills and fostering cooperation between CSOs, journalists and activists.

 

Project Activities

 

1. Workshop on beneficial ownership transparency standards

2. Preparing toolkit on international investigative platforms, including on beneficial owners

3. Practical training/Workshop

4. Preparing joint regional study on beneficial ownership transparency legislation and practice in Georgia and V4 countries

5. Mentorship/Consultation for journalists/activists/CSOs/watchdogs

6. Contest of analytical reports/articles

7. Preparing Datasets and Update of DataLab.ge

8. Preparing visualizations / informative videos

9. Preparing analytical/investigative articles

10. Final Presentation

 

Project timeline and Budget

Grant agreement

The project aims to support the Georgian public to effectively monitor the government as well as enhance the availability of public data on offshore companies.

 

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Monitoring Covid-19 related public spendings and human rights protection during the state of emergency and after European Union 2020-2021 EUR 59,960

 

Project Title: Monitoring Covid-19 related public spendings and human rights protection during the state of emergency and after
Funded by: European Union
Project Number: ENI/2020/417-626
Total Budget: EUR 59,960  
Duration: July 22, 2020 – July 21, 2021

 

Background

 

Due to the state of emergency and COVID-19 related regulations, the Government of Georgia (GoG) is entitled to perform its duties bypassing important accountability mechanisms and restricting several human rights. Moreover, GoG has announced a 3.5 bln anti-crisis plan which will be directed  towards the social support of citizens, business recovery and health care. Also, the StopCov Fund was established, through which individuals and companies can donate money to overcome the coronavirus crisis. As of now, 133 million is raised. In addition, donor organisations have announced readiness to provide Georgia with $3 bln, aimed at assisting the economic recovery of the country. Therefore, conducting effective civic monitoring over public spendings and human rights restrictions is important to ensure government accountability in its efforts to fight against the pandemic. 

 

The measures taken by the government to fight against the coronavirus create the risk of disproportionate restriction of human rights. In general, the most serious breaches of human rights take place in situations of proclaimed state of emergency and states may be inclined to use their power of derogation for other purposes or to a larger extent than is justified by the exigency of the situation. During the crisis exercising effective external control over the government and monitoring the human rights situation gains more and more importance, because the risks of abuse of power by the authorities is especially high. 

 

The action will contribute to increasing government accountability regarding Covid-19 related public spending, implementation of the Government Anti-Crisis Plan, spending of StopCov Fund and allocation of donor support. In addition, the risks of disproportionate restriction of human rights during the COVID-19 crisis will be studied and mitigated.

 

Action Objectives

 

Overall objective

 

Contribute to increasing effectiveness and proportionality of actions to fight against the pandemic in Georgia

 

Specific objectives

 

1: Contribute to increasing government accountability, and transparency regarding Covid-19 related public spendings and Anti-Crisis Plan through monitoring, reporting, public awareness raising and advocacy efforts. 

 

2: Contribute to strengthening human rights standards through monitoring, advocacy and civil society engagement.

 

Action Activities

 

1. Monitoring Covid-related public spending, public procurements, implementation of the Government Anti-Crisis Plan, spending of StopCov Fund and allocation of donor assistance.

 

2. Monitoring the state of human rights during Covid-19 related restrictions.

 

3. Publish and disseminate monitoring results/recommendations online and offline during presentations and workshops

 

4. Hold 3 online public discussions 

 

5. Elaborate policy recommendations

 

6. Advocate policy recommendations through 2 presentations and 2 workshops

 

Action Results:

 

- Cases of alleged mismanagement of Covid-19 related public funds, donor assistance and ineffective implementation of Anti-Crisis Plan are revealed and remedied.

 

- The risks of disproportionate restriction of human rights during the COVID-19 crisis are mitigated.

 

- Public Awareness about revealed challenges and shortcomings related to Covid-19 related public spending and human rights protection is increased.

 

Project timeline and Budget

 

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Grant agreement

The project aims to increase the effectiveness and proportionality of actions to fight against the pandemic in Georgia.

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Supporting the Functioning of the State Inspector Service Open Society Georgia Foundation 2020-2021 $49,890

 

 

 

Project titleSupporting the Functioning of the State Inspector Service

Donor organizationOpen Society Georgia Foundation

Project number: HR/12/20 – 21074

Project budget:49,890 US Dollars

Project duration:24 June 2020 –24May 2021

 

 

Project Description

 

The project aimsto identify gaps and challenges related to the investigative work of the State Inspector Service as well as to deliver relevant recommendations in order to support improvement of its functioning. The project team will study current legal framework, other legislative acts related to the State Inspector Service as well as conduct interviews with the prosecutors and investigators to further identify existing gaps and flaws in the legislation and practice. Within the scope of this project, study will be prepared which will include major findings of the monitoring as well as recommendations aimed at improving its work.  

 

Purpose of the Project

 

The project is aimed at supporting the functioning of the State Inspector Service, with a particular focus on its investigative function, through monitoring, research and advocacy. In addition, the goal of the project is to promote the improvement of the work of the State Inspector Service through identifying needs and challenges related to its functioning.

 

Project Activities

 

1. A study will be prepared on investigative work of the State Inspector Service, which will cover analysis of the national legal framework, international standards, public information and secondary sources, and the results of conducted interviews;

 

2. Two critical thematic foreign articles will be translated and published;

 

3. Two thematic media trainings will be held;

 

4. Working meetings  with the State Inspector Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Prosecutor’s Office and Parliament;

 

5. Public presentation of the study.

 

 Planned Activities and Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The project is aimed at supporting the functioning of the State Inspector Service, with a particular focus on its investigative function, through monitoring, research and advocacy.

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Core Support The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 2020-2022 SEK 9,100,000

 

                         

 

 

Project Title: Core Support

Supported by: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Grant Number: No. 13382

Budget: SEK 9,100,000 (Swedish kronor)

Duration: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022

 

 

Objectives of the Core Activities

 

The overall objectives of the Core Activities are Supporting Democratic and Good Governance in Georgia through evidence-based research, monitoring and advocacy by a) Promoting Open Governance; b) Strengthening the Anti-Corruption System; c) Social and Economic Policy; d) Rule of Law; e) Facilitating the Decentralization Process; f) Supporting the Process of Democratic Transition in Georgia; g) Media and Freedom of Expression; h) Internet and Innovations.

 

 

Project Summary

 

Despite overall progress in terms of building a democratic state and improving the effectiveness, transparency and fairness of governance in Georgia over the past 20 years, these processes have slowed and are currently facing serious challenges, such as informal governance, concentration of power, lack of judicial independence, high-level corruption and lack of political will to continue with important reforms, as well as poverty, external political and economic pressure from the Russian Federation that negatively affects democratic processes in the country. Reputable international organizations as well as prominent Georgian civil society organizations have gone as far as to say that Georgia shows signs of state capture. While the Government of Georgia declares that country irreversibly keeps pro-Western, Euro-Atlantic, democratic course, these worrying trends show a clear necessity for civil society to focus on these direction and support Georgia’s democratic and pro-western development as much as possible within its competence.

 

Having 10 years of experience working on improving democratic processes and promoting the principles of good governance, IDFI intends to counteract the existing challenges facing democratic and good governance through evidence-based research, monitoring and advocacy. More specifically, IDFI will work towards key objectives of combating corruption, improving transparency of public institutions, increasing citizen engagement in decision-making processes, achieving higher standards of rule of law, promoting more inclusive economic policies, facilitating the democratic decentralization and the democratic transition processes, upholding media and human rights, and promoting innovations to solve outstanding problems.

 

To achieve these objectives, IDFI will work with all relevant public, private, and civil society stakeholders. The organization will also make active use of various national and international networks and platforms in order to achieve positive change in target areas. Finally, special attention will be paid to achieving results at scale, by engaging important cross-cutting issues, such as education, environment and gender.

 

Budget 


Contract

Grant agreement

The overall objectives of the Core Activities are Supporting Democratic and Good Governance in Georgia through evidence-based research, monitoring, and advocacy

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Promoting Open Governance Principles at the Parliament of Georgia and Supreme Council of Ajara (SCA). European Union (EU) 2019–2022 €290,000.00

   

 

 

Project Title:  Promoting Open Governance Principles at the Parliament of Georgia and Supreme Council of Ajara (SCA). It is part of a broader initiative of the EU-UNDP project - “Consolidating Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia”.

Funded by:  The European Union with a co-share from the Parliament of Georgia and SCA

Project Number: 00113526

Total Budget: EUR 290,000.00

Duration: November 11, 2019 – April 30, 2022

 

EU-UNDP project “Consolidating Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia” contributes to improved democratic governance in Georgia through strengthening the performance of the Parliament of Georgia and the Supreme Council of Autonomous Republic of Ajara (SCA) within the new context of constitutional and legislative framework.

 

In the framework of the project, UNDP is collaborating with the IDFI to promote open governance principles in the work of the Parliament of Georgia and SCA in order to enhance openness, transparency and accountability of the institutions, including through greater citizen engagement.

 

The cooperation aims at (1) enhanced public engagement in parliamentary processes through:

 

supporting the operation of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open Governance

 

supporting the Council in monitoring the implementation progress of Open Parliament Action Plans

 

supporting the Parliament in raising public awareness on openness reforms and promoting citizen participation in legislative processes

 

building the capacity of the Communications Teams of the Parliament on social network content management and tools

 

supporting the building and reinforcing partnerships between the Parliament and other OGP member parliaments

 

and (2) SCA’s increased institutional openness, transparency and citizen engagement through:

 

facilitating the institutionalization of a legislative openness mechanism in the SCA

 

providing support to the SCA’s working group on legislative openness

 

- supporting the SCA’s working group in developing and monitoring the implementation of openness action plans

 

The project targets: members and staff of the Parliament of Georgia and SCA, civil society organizations, youth, ethnic minorities, academia, media, and the public in general.

 

Contract

 

Budget

 

Planned Activities

Grant agreement

In the framework of the project, UNDP is collaborating with the IDFI to promote open governance principles in the work of the Parliament of Georgia and SCA in order to enhance openness, transparency and accountability of the institutions, including through greater citizen engagement.

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Contributing to PAR through Civic Monitoring and Engagement European Union (EU) 2019-2021 €499,435.55

 

Project Title: Contributing to PAR through Civic Monitoring and Engagement

Funded by: European Union

Implemented by: Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA)

Project Number:ENI/2019/409-956

Total Budget: EUR 499,435.55; European Union: EUR 449,492; Partners Match: EUR 49,943.55 (IDFI - EUR 259,611.32 and GYLA - EUR 239,824.24)

Duration: October 10, 2020 – October 10, 2022

 

Background

 

Georgia launched the Public Administration Reform (PAR) in 2015 after signing the Association Agreement with the EU. The general goal of the reform is to improve the transparency, predictability, accountability and efficiency of the public administration of Georgia. For the past 4 years, successful implementation of PAR has been limited. According to Government of Georgia (GoG) PAR implementation monitoring results, 122 activities were assessed, out of which 55 were fully accomplished, 33 - mostly accomplished, 22 - partially accomplished, and 12 were not fulfilled. In addition to slow pace of implementation, several past obligations within the reform have been left unfulfilled for the most part of PAR’s existence. For example, an integral part of PAR, adoption of a separate Law on Freedom of Information has not been fulfilled, despite it being part of the reform since 2015.

 

Generally, PAR lacks ambitious reforms, especially in the areas of transparency and accountability. If the previous PAR action plan included the national anti-corruption action plan, the current one omits this important element. Local governments are not part of PAR to the extent they should be and regional CSOs are not engaged in the oversight of the reform. Also, public participation and oversight in the implementation of PAR has been one of the weakest links of the reform, which hinders its successful implementation. The need to improve regional engagement and participation has been recognised by the Government in its Programme 2018-2020.

 

In order to ensure that the third PAR action plan is implemented to the greatest extent possible and that the work is done to prepare for future improvement of the reform, implementing organizations (IDFI, GYLA, and regional CSOs) plan to promote civil society engagement in the monitoring and revision of the Public Administration Reform through innovations, capacity building and multi-stakeholder dialogue.

 

Action Objectives

 

The action aims to promote the implementation of the Public Administration Reform through innovations, capacity building, multi-stakeholder dialogue and civil society engagement in monitoring and revision of the PAR Action Plan.

 

Specific Objectives of the action are the following:

 

1. Monitor the implementation of PAR through an innovative, inclusive approach

 

2. Strengthen capacity of local CSOs to better contribute to oversight and implementation of PAR

 

3. Facilitate PAR revision process through multi-stakeholder discussion and sharing of best practices.

 

Action Major Activities

 

IDFI and GYLA will monitor the implementation of Public Administration Reform, with particular focus on 4 components: policy development, accountability, public finance management and service delivery in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the implementation process, allowing for evidence-based revision. The assessment will serve as an alternative monitoring report, complementing and verifying the report of the GoG. Once unfulfilled commitments are identified, the project team will examine the principal reasons of failure and propose ways of addressing them. These observations will then be used by the implementing organizations for the revision of PAR and its action plan.

 

A single interactive and dynamic monitoring platform will be an integral part of the monitoring process. Monitoring and research results will be stored on this platform. For this purpose IDFI will create an online monitoring platform - PAR Tracker, that will grant the public and all interested stakeholders ready access to comprehensive information about PAR implementation, as well as means to engage in the monitoring process.

 

GYLA will train 11 local CSOs in at least 6 cities in Georgia (Akhmeta, Batumi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Poti and Marneuli), four of which have the self-governing status, while the fifth and sixth are populated by ethnic minorities (Muslim Kists in Akhmeta and Azerbaijanis in Marneuli). After the trainings, GYLA will select CSOs in each city via a competition, and issue small grants to them to assess implementation of PAR reform at local level and identify shortcomings and opportunities through public discussions and workshops with the participation of all relevant local stakeholders.

 

In an effort to facilitate PAR reform revision process, IDFI will study best practices on the most problematic issues identified by PAR Tracker and elaborate policy recommendations, which will be communicated to all relevant stakeholders and decision-makers through workshops and roundtable discussions. IDFI will also make active use of its media network to raise awareness about the reform, in an effort to stimulate public demand for more ambitious reform commitments. Finally, at the end of the project, IDFI and GYLA will hold a conference to gather all relevant stakeholders to advocate for improvements and ambitious commitments for the future of Public Administration Reform.

 

The logic behind the action is that by creating an online platform for monitoring PAR, CSOs which are part of the PAR Council will be equipped with an effective common monitoring tool, and other CSOs, not part of the process, with area specific expertise will be given the opportunity to contribute to the reform. The PAR tracker will act as a bridging mechanism allowing target groups and beneficiaries to share their feedback and concerns with public institutions that are responsible for policy making, service delivery and PAR implementation.

 

This systemic and innovative approach to monitoring will help identify all key challenges facing the reform. IDFI and GYLA will then develop evidence-based recommendations to counter these challenges by consolidating the feedback gathered through the PAR Tracker as well as studying best international practices. Finally, the recommendations for how to revise PAR will be advocated using all relevant channels.

 

Activity Plan

 

Project Budget 

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The action aims to promote the implementation of the Public Administration Reform through innovations, capacity building, multi-stakeholder dialogue and civil society engagement in monitoring and revision of the PAR Action Plan.

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Good Governance for Georgia (3G) Luminate 2019-2021 $390,000

Project Title: Good Governance for Georgia (3G)

Supported by: LuminateGlobal Philanthropic Organization

Grant Amount: USD 390,000

Grant Term: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021

 

Project Description

 

Project aims at increasing public oversight of state institutions, and increasing transparency and accountability of the government of Georgia.

 

IDFI plans to accomplish this goal by conducting oversight activities related to monitoring of effective, responsible, transparent, ethical and accountable governance and public procurement activities, preparing investigative analyses, and increasing capacity of journalists, CSOs and activists to enhance their oversight skills and methods in the respective areas.

 

Initially, the project will pilot in Tbilisi (capital of Georgia) and gradually move to the rest of the country during the second and third years.  

The project will include the following activities:

 

- Promote anti-corruption agenda, access to public information, government transparency and accountability by preparing monitoring reports and in-depth analytical papers about implementation of fiscal policy at central and local government levels in Georgia;

 

- Based on IDFI’s practice, develop a practical toolkit about the use of open data and existing online and offline resources and mechanisms for government oversight;

 

- Hold practical trainings and workshops for the project’s target groups: journalists, local CSO representatives, activists and business sector representatives;

 

- Launch a monitoring process with the participation of trained journalists, CSO representatives and activists.

 

Project Budget 

 

 Contract

Grant agreement

Project aims at increasing public oversight of state institutions, and increasing transparency and accountability of the government of Georgia.

 

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