Projects

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Project Donor Period Budget Contract
Roots of Anti-Western Propaganda Institute for war and peace reporting (IWPR) 2022 € 4500

Name of the project: Roots of Anti-Western Propaganda

Supported by: Institute for war and peace reporting (IWPR)

Budget: 4500 Euros

Duration of the Project: September 20 - december 20, 2022

 

 

Russia actively uses its economic, financial, political, and informational leverages, and resorts to information war and propaganda to return our country to its orbit. It is worth noting that the existence of pro-Russian, anti-Western forces inside the country is the result of the Russian narrative. Due to the long-term Soviet propaganda, the nostalgia for the united Soviet Union, and the fear of European values, lifestyle, and society, in general, still exist in a certain part of society.

 

The results of the nationwide representative public opinion research conducted in Georgia by USAID Information Integrity Program revealed that Soviet nostalgia is still an issue nowadays. Soviet Nostalgia is strongest among the older, rural and ethnic minority population.

 

The main focus of the small study will be to analyze anti-Western narrative as constructed within the Georgian press of the 1970s. In particular economic, social and cultural dimensions of constructing the anti-Western discourse in the most important daily newspaper - The Communist (Komunisti) will be examined. As the this was the newspaper that waged a daily informational warfare against the West. 

 

In the scope of the proposed project, the issues of the newspaper from the five years’ period (1970 to the end of 1974) will be randomly selected and analyzed using the tools of narrative and discourse analysis. Particularly, the data collection and analysis process will be focused on the narratives that include references to the Western examples, coverage of the international news and comparisons used in the media coverage of social, cultural, economic and political issues. In addition, the materials such as posters, caricatures, and other types of visualizations will be included in the study. Understanding the roots of the anti-Western propaganda will be useful for demonstrating the historical relevance of the modern day disinformation tools used mainly by Russian or pro-Russian sources.

 

Overall project objectives: 

 

-       Increased understanding of the historical development of the anti-Western propaganda fueled by a regime headquartered in Russia;

-       Students( future journalists and experts of social sciences) trained in critically approaching and investigating deeper roots of the contemporary pressing issue;

-       Increased awareness of the long duree character of the anti-Western propaganda and its historical sources;

-       Trained students in retrieving and deploying archival material for the media purposes.

 

Activities: 

 

-       The students will be recruited as trainees and research assistants of the project.

-       The Students will be trained in narrative and discourse analysis, as well as the analysis of the historical sources. The students will also be given training on the importance of the historical first-hand sources for the media.

-       The issues of the newspaper Komunisti will be selected and collected in cooperation with the National Library of Georgia.

-       The analytical tools such as discourse and narrative analysis will be systematically used. 

 

Budjet

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to increase understanding of the historical development of the anti-Western propaganda fueled by a regime headquartered in Russia; 

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Overcoming disinformation and nostalgia surrounding Stalin: A new identity for the city of Gori - Stage 3 Georgian Information Integrity Program(GIIP) / USAID 2022-2023 GEL 61, 900

Project title: Overcoming disinformation and nostalgia surrounding Stalin: A new identity for the city of Gori - Stage 3

Supported by: Georgian Information Integrity Program(GIIP) / USAID 

Budget: GEL 61, 900

Duration: 08.09.2022 -  15.01.2023

 

Disinformation narratives that are primarily based on the sentiments and nostalgia towards Stalin in Shida Kartli have been passed down from generation to generation and continue to play a key role in the region's identity and self-identification. Due to the constant instrumentalization of Stalin's legacy, the region is still nurtured by the myths surrounding Stalin.

 

Considering the above-mentioned issue,  it is important to contribute to the de-escalation of the deepening nostalgia towards Stalin and Soviet times and to intervene in passing on these views to future generations without any critical approach. The identity of Gori being this intertwined with Stalin’s figure (both internal and external perceptions) does not allow the citizens to imagine a different positioning of their region or alternative means of developing its tourism potential. The project’s approach is to not only deliver the idea to the local population but more importantly, to incorporate them, as the main audience of the project, in creating and upholding this renewed narrative. 

 

The project aims at creating an alternative visual platform. Hence, the project will highlight hitherto unknown people, locations, places of memory of trauma and triumph, and important moments in the (pre-Soviet or independent to Soviet regime) history of the city. While creating and promoting the materials, the local youth and vulnerable groups (e.g. IDP people) will be engaged and informed on the development of the project making their city’s historical identity relevant for them. As a result, the local stories, merits, narratives of trauma, and victories become important driving forces and the central element of social identity in the center of Shida Kartli.

 

The third stage of the project envisions development in three following directions: Firstly, more short stories will be created based on archival research and interviews with the locals, together with more known and unknown historical places marked on the digital map; Second aspect is web-development - the web-site www.gorimaps.ge created for this project, will be further designed, developed and expanded.  Third aspect is installation of designed plaques around the city - following the identified pins on the map, specially designed boards will be installed around the city that will also depict the QR code leading to further information on the place/story on the website. A summary plaque will depict the digital map with the pins.

The online and physical spaces are meant to popularise the alternative and at times forgotten history of the city/region among the local population and the guests of the city. 

 

The products of the project are meant to contribute to an alternative route design of the city tour. The project will also contribute to the generational dialogue, engaging the teachers and students in discussing their city, its unique history, and alternative identity. The “identity map” and corresponding informational banners/items displayed across the town will serve as a starting point for kicking off the dialogue. 

 

In a greater picture, the project will be considered successful if the new identity map and narratives have a long-standing impact on the stories that are told about the region and if the locations and items throughout the city serve as a starting point for the dialogue about the city’s alternative history. 

 

 

Project Objectives:

 

- Contribute to the greater knowledge of and awareness about the alternative history of Gori / Shida Kartli and replacing the figure of Stalin as an element of pride;

 

- new identity map and narratives have a long-standing impact on the stories that are told about the region and the locations and items throughout the city become to serve as a starting point for the dialogue about the city’s alternative (from that where Stalin is the central figure)  history;

 

- Create a new (online and physical) “identity map” based on the city’s history, superseding the figure of Stalin as the most important source of pride; 

 

- Engage locals in re-discovering city’s new identity;

 

- Highlight hitherto unknown people, locations, places of memory of trauma and triumph, and important moments in the (pre-Soviet or independent to Soviet regime) history of the city.

 

 

Project activities:

 

- Compose short stories based on historical and sociological research; 

 

- Production of the Videos and infographics

 

- Meetings across Shida Kartli for discussing the outcomes of the project with history teachers and pupils

 

- Develop the website www.gorimaps.ge  

 

- Identifying the relevant locations in the city with the local representatives and researchers; 

 

- Installation of the boards (or QR codes) across the city

 

- Present project outcomes to the local authorities/stakeholders

 

- Communicate with tourism agencies and tour guides and deliver project products 

 

- Develop and print physical map with the pins from digital map

 

 

Contract

 

Grant agreement

The project aims at creating an alternative visual platform. Hence, the project will highlight hitherto unknown people, locations, places of memory of trauma and triumph, and important moments in the (pre-Soviet or independent to Soviet regime) history of the city.

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Solidarity Branding - Promoting Entrepreneurs Living in the Shida Kartli Region, Next to the Occupied Territories – Stage 2 Georgian Information Integrity Program (GIIP) / USAID 2022 GEL 45,300

 

 

Project title: Solidarity Branding - Promoting Entrepreneurs Living in the Shida Kartli Region, Next to the Occupied Territories – Stage 2

Supported by: Georgian Information Integrity Program (GIIP) / USAID 

Grant Number: GIIP-SK-IDFI-002-1

Budget: GEL 45,300.00

Duration: 15.07.2022 - 30.09.2022

 

Entrepreneurs in the Georgian agricultural sphere face common challenges in selling agricultural products: from the natural causes, related to finding markets, storage, and transportation. Citizens of the villages located next to the administrative boundary line (ABL) in Shida Kartli, in addition to these problems, face constant fears of illegal borderization and kidnapping from de-facto police or military forces. Also, they feel abandoned by wider Georgian society and their efforts to repel Russian occupation are unsupported and unrecognized.

 

Some feel it is best to avoid antagonizing Russia – fearing that any actions perceived as anti-Russian may result in further negative consequences. Others feel that partnering with Russia is the best or only way to resolve the current situation. This is of course exploited by Kremlin-backed disinformation, which seeks to reinforce the idea that placating Russia will prevent the situation from worsening their circumstances and promotes a sense of defeatism.

 

The project aims to make residents living near the ABL more resilient to Russian hostile influence as a result of increasing perceptions of recognition and support from the rest of Georgian society. To do this, the initiative will build a new brand identity that expresses physical and emotional solidarity with people and communities near the administrative boundary line (ABL), as well as promotes products created along the area. This brand will include (a) the creation of solidarity label,' which will be applied to locally produced products and will appeal to citizens living in other parts of the country to support their struggles while protecting Georgian territory; (b) to ensure higher income for the population near ABL, the brand will support increased market access through quality assurance by supporting those citizens in applying for Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) certification (GeoGap standard) to increase their competitive advantage and the potential of entering new markets.

 

Overall Project Objectives:

 

- Entrepreneurs living in the Shida Kartli Region, next to the ABL feel supported by the rest of the Georgian population

 

- Beneficiaries feel the solidarity brand has contributed to the increase in their sales

 

- Increasing of the competitive advantage and the potential of entering new markets for the farmers living next to the ABL

 

- In the greater picture, decreased dependence on the Russian market

 

Stage 2 Activities:

 

- Continue meetings with beneficiaries with the goal of introducing them to  the benefits of branding.

 

- Defining mediums and elements of the outreach/ PR campaign.

 

- Creation of the brand and visual identity - introducing it to the beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

 

- Creation of 1 interim article/blog based on the findings and videos/visual stories for promoting entrepreneurship next to the ADL.

 

- Continue meetings and consultations with the larger distributors and market networks.

 

- Finalizing implementation of the Georgian Farmers’ Associations’ GeoGap standard for 8 beneficiaries.

 

contract

 

Grant agreement

The project aims to make residents living near the ABL more resilient to Russian hostile influence as a result of increasing perceptions of recognition and support from the rest of Georgian society.

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Relocation/Individual Support Grant Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) 2022 € 12,956

Project Title: Relocation/Individual Support Grant
Donor: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
Budget: 12,956 EUR
Duration: July 1-December 31, 2022

 

Project Summary

 

IDFI will provide individual and institutional support to human rights defender(s) to build operational structure in Georgia, and integrate into the local community. 

 

To this end, human rights defender(s) will be provided with the practical aspects of NGO work in Georgia, the necessary opportunities for professional networking with local experts, and the necessary support to maintain personal resilience. 

 

Project Budget

Contract 

Grant agreement

IDFI will provide individual and institutional support to human rights defender(s) to build operational structure in Georgia, and integrate into the local community. 

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Advancing Open Data Standards and Promoting Open Data Use in Georgia International Media Support (IMS) 2022 € 22.619

Project Title: Advancing Open Data Standards and Promoting Open Data Use in Georgia
Donor: International Media Support (IMS)
Budget: 22.619 EUR
Duration: June 1-November 30, 2022

 

Summary of Project and Activities:

 

Despite Georgia’s achievements in making more public data available over the past years, observations of local and international organizations show that the country necessitates improved legislation on access to public information and adoption of open data standards.

 

The project aims to advocate for the improvement of FOI regulation in the country through multistakeholder dialogue and sharing best practices with Georgian public servants. In addition, to ensure greater public support on the issue, IDFI will promote the use of open data among various stakeholders.

 

IDFI will implement the following activities in frames of the proposed project:

 

Activity 1. Preparatory stage  - At the first phase of the project, IDFI will plan/prepare all organizational or methodological documents/issues, which ensure that all project activities are implemented on time and with high quality.

 

Activity 2.    FOI advocacy meeting -   IDFI will organize an advocacy meeting with the participation of Georgian civil society, public institutions, journalists, academia, and the international community to discuss the need for the improvement of legislation and practice in Georgia.

 

Activity 3.   Preparing and disseminating analyses -  IDFI will prepare two analyses to demonstrate major legislative, institutional, and practical gaps/needs in terms of access to open data in Georgia based on international rankings and reports, with a particular focus on the Global Data Barometer, published in May 2022.  

 

Activity 4. Organizing Workshops -  To better advocate our recommendations and inform public institutions as well as civil society and private sector representatives on major needs and particular gaps for Georgia in terms of the availability of open data, IDFI will organize two workshops with their participation.

 

Activity 5.  Open Data Contest -     In order to promote the use of open data for government accountability and the public good, IDFI will organize its annual contest on analytical articles on the topic of #Data4Change.

 

Project Activities and Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to advocate for the improvement of FOI regulation in the country through multistakeholder dialogue and sharing best practices with Georgian public servants.

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Global AI Advocacy in Georgia Global Partners Digital 2022 € 2,750

 

Project Title: Global AI Advocacy in Georgia
Donor Organization: Global Partners Digital
Total Budget: 2,750 EUR
Duration of the Project: April 25 - November 28, 2022

 

Project Summary

 

The project aims to promote a human rights approach to artificial intelligence by shaping the outcomes of relevant national and international debates.

 

The major activity of the project is updating and implementing the global advocacy strategy.

 

The project deliverable include:

 

I. Global AI Advocacy Strategy:

 

 - Review and update the global advocacy strategy that was developed in the first phase of the project.

 

 - Identify which forum(s) and/or process(es) civil society input would have the biggest impact and provide a clear and strategic plan for engagement in one or more of these processes.

 

II. Implementation of Global  AI Advocacy Strategy:

 

 - On the basis of the updated global advocacy strategy, engage in the designated forums and/or processes and implement the activities outlined in the strategy;

 

 - Engagement may include, but is not limited to: participation in consultations with civil society; develop analysis, joint statements, and/or responses to relevant policy outcomes and texts adopted by relevant policy forums; or engagement in direct advocacy with relevant policy makers.

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to promote a human rights approach to artificial intelligence by shaping the outcomes of relevant national and international debates.

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Analysis of Russian Capital in Georgian Business - Stage 2 Georgian Information Integrity Program (GIIP) / USAID 2022 GEL 46,800

 

 

 

Project title: Analysis of Russian Capital in Georgian Business - Stage 2

Supported by: Georgian Information Integrity Program(GIIP) / USAID

Budget: GEL 46,800

Duration: April 18, 2022 – September 1, 2022

 

In March 2022, IDFI published a study - Russian Capital in Georgian Business: A First Overview of the Communications, Banking and Mineral Water Sectors - which included the above sectors.

 

In the second phase of the project, IDFI intends to review and publish a new report detailing the work, resources and connections of Georgian companies owned by Russian citizens in the following sectors: electricity, oil and gas.

 

 The business is often related to socio-political actors and influences on public perceptions. We deem it important to closely investigate such links between political, civil and media actors and business companies owned by the citizens of Russia. This would give us a clear image of funding sources behind some malign political, media and civil actors that actively spread disinformation in the country. For this, IDFI will monitor the donations, lobbying cases and other types of connections between the companies and societal actors in order to map the network of Russian capital and political organizations in Georgia. As a result of the three stage project, IDFI plans to create a map of the Russian capital in Georgia, which will be integrated into the Georgian Disinformation Ecosystem Map.

 

Project Objectives

 

-  Investigation of Russian capital in the mentioned sectors of Georgian business and its impact on the political, media and civil sectors;

 

- Investigating and mapping the Russian capital in Georgian business and its impact on Georgian political, media, and civil actors;

 

- Revealing the connections between the companies owned by the citizens of Russia and political, civil, and media actors affiliated with the government of the Russian Federation;

 

- Creating an effective tool and source of verified information for the civil society and research organizations as well as for media outlets that are focused on Russian-Georgian relations, Russian propaganda and disinformation issues;

 

 -Providing the Government of Georgia with detailed information about the potential and/or existing malign influence of Russian capital on the Georgian political environment;

 

 

Project activities:

 

- In the second phase of the project, gathering information from public agencies, the Internet and other open sources in the following four areas: Electricity, oil and gas.

 

- Update the company information studied in 2015’s report.

 

-  Creating an analytical brief/interim report.

 

Project Activities and Budget  

Contract

 

Grant agreement

Project Objective:  Investigation of Russian capital in the mentioned sectors of Georgian business and its impact on the political, media and civil sectors;

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Digital Freedoms in Georgia Internews and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 2022 $ 19,843

 

                                                                          

 

Project Title: Digital Freedoms in Georgia
Project #: SG-GX2060-LP-37 moo
Donor:  Internews and United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Budget:  19,843.70 USD
Duration: April 18 – November 17, 2022

 

Summary of the Project

 

The project aims to strengthen Internet freedom in Georgia.

 

To this end, IDFI will implement the following activities:

 

1. Publish and disseminate a policy brief on digital rights issues (Month 1 - Month 3) – At the first phase of the project, IDFI will prepare a policy brief, outlining major developments and needs in the sphere of digital freedoms and literacy in Georgia.

 

2. Plan, organize, and execute one digital rights advocacy campaign (Month 1-Month 3)  – IDFI will prepare a video discussing major challenges, opportunities and policy recommendations in the sphere of digital freedoms in Georgia.

 

3. In collaboration with ICNL, publish an evidence based policy brief on digital rights issues related to surveillance ((Month 2 - Month 4). This would be a cooperation between ICNL, DSLU and IDFI and Media Diversity Institute from Armenia.

 

4. In collaboration with RDR, undertake a data-driven, evidence based research on corporate accountability issues (Month 5 - Month 7)– Similarly, IDFI will cooperate with RDR and prepare a country report on Georgia on the issue of corporate accountability.

 

5. Plan, organize, and execute a digital rights training (Month 5 - Month 7)– At the final stage of the project, IDFI will conduct a training on digital rights for students, journalists, CSO representatives and civic activists. It will be a half-day training and among other theoretical issues on digital rights, training participants will get familiar with IDFI’s policy briefs prepared as part of the project.

 

Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to strengthen Internet freedom in Georgia.

 

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Global Data Barometer – Dissemination Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA) 2022 $ 4,000

 

 

Project Title: Global Data Barometer – Dissemination
Donor Organization: Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA)
Total Budget: $ 4,000
Duration of the Project: March, 30-December 31, 2022

 

Project Summary

 

The project aims to actively promote and disseminate the results of the Global Data Barometer (GDB) first edition. GDB's goal is to provide a critical new benchmark on country-level data governance, data capability, data availability, and data use for the public good. The regional hub will organise and plan to disseminate the results within its region.

 

Key activities & milestones

 

May, 2022: Design of audiovisual and communications material surrounding the key trends and findings of GDB results for the region in English, Georgian and Russian.

 

June, 2022: Regional conference/presentation to discuss the results of the Global Data Barometer based on thematic modules and prominent challenges relevant for Eurasia. Potential panelists will include GOB researchers from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

 

July- December, 2022: Further dissemination and engagement with mobilized stakeholders.

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to actively promote and disseminate the results of the Global Data Barometer (GDB) first edition.

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DRIVE: Digital Research and Impact for Vulnerable E-citizens in Ukraine and Georgia e-Governance Academy/Luminate 2021-2023 €30,107.00

               

  

 

Project Title:  DRIVE: Digital Research and Impact for Vulnerable E-citizens (in Ukraine and Georgia)

Supported by: e-Governance Academy and Luminate

Grant Amount: EUR 30,107.00

Grant Term: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2023

 

 

Project Summary

 

In most countries around the world, the last year has caused the employment of digital and technological solutions at unprecedented speed across all sectors. Such rapid developments have led to many challenges. One of them is a fear of the widening gap between the developments and citizens. This unprecedented speed might have even caused a new set of marginalised citizens to emerge. Any innovation should precisely address that: future developments should not only be guided by the technologically feasible but by what is socially desirable and acceptable. Therefore the citizens’ engagement, particularly digital, in the decision-making in the sectors, services and ecosystems that affect their lives is crucial.

 

This project, DRIVE, wishes to address this – its ultimate vision is that the vulnerable citizen groups in Ukraine and Georgia have a changed quality of life (better) by being digitally engaged in political decision-making (advanced policy development) and services, and having necessary conditions, awareness and skills for that.

 

Though a large number of different elements can contribute to a changed quality of life and digital engagement, the DRIVE project aims at one: public authorities and CSOs are aware of the digitally vulnerable groups and their needs, and have improved skills to engage these groups and to prevent the digital divide (further). For that, the project targets two specific outcomes: first, public authorities and CSOs are aware of the digitally vulnerable citizens (DVC), and know the needs and gaps in their digital literacy and access (tools and skills), and second, they are able to work together to design smart responses to address the needs and overcome the gaps, and to implement transparent, accountable and participatory e-governance (e.g. a new tools, platform, etc.). These form the key outcomes of the project. In addition, the collaboration between eGovernance Academy (Estonia) and the local partners (Georgia and Ukraine) aims to advance the capacity and aftercare so that the local partners can continue working for the same objectives, able to find necessary funding (joint projects for EU and Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for action proposals, and achieve the ultimate objective for the digitally vulnerable e-citizens.

 

 

Project activities include:

 

Stage 1: Preparatory activities

Stage 2: Hands-on activities to implement selected recommendations

 - Trainings and actions proposals

 - Pilot project or civic engagement/tech initiatives and regional outreach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant agreement

This project, DRIVE, wishes to address this – its ultimate vision is that the vulnerable citizen groups in Ukraine and Georgia have a changed quality of life (better) by being digitally engaged in political decision-making (advanced policy development) and services, and having necessary conditions, awareness and skills for that.

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Core Grant Luminate 2022-2023 $200,000

 

 

Project Title: Core Support 

Supported by: Luminate, Global Philanthropic Organization

Grant Amount: USD 200,000

Grant Term: January 13, 2022 – December 31, 2023

 

The Goals of the Grant are: 

 

1. IDFI will continue their public spending and good governance watchdog role as well as analytical activities in Georgia.

 

2. IDFI will ensure systematic monitoring of public procurement, public spending and government programs in Georgia.

 

Contract

Grant agreement

IDFI will ensure systematic monitoring of public procurement, public spending and government programs in Georgia.

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Improving Access of Media to the Public Information Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) 2022 $ 14 000

 

 

  

Project Title:  Improving Access of Media to the Public Information

Supported by: Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)

 Grant Amount: USD 14.000

 Grant Term: January 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022

 

 

Project Summary

 

Aim of the project is to improve media’s access to the public information and to promote evidence-based journalism.

 

In order to achieve this aim, IDFI will be offering full legal support to media and journalists in particular about issues regarding freedom of information. In the process of legal aid there will be identified systemic problems that hinder journalists’ access to public information. Methods of resolving of such systemic problems will be advocated through various methods, including strategic litigations and cooperation with Media Advocacy Coalition (“Mediacoalition”).

 

The project beneficiaries are media (implying both regional and national, TV, radio and online broadcasters) and individual journalists. During the course of the project journalists will be available to get full and qualified legal aid. In order to achieve project aims IDFI will be cooperating with Mediacoalition during this cooperating there will be identified systemic problems and advocating changes.

 

During the course of the project there will be implemented specific legal support suited for journalists and “maping” of practical-legal problems that journalists face in accessing public information

 

Main project activities

 

-  Granting full legal support to journalists about issues regarding freedom of information (preparing applications, complaints, claims; legal representation);

 

-  Strategic legal and/or non-legal response to detected systemic problems;

 

-  Documenting detected problems. Informing civil society, public defender, state bodies and international society.

 

Project Activities and Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

Aim of the project is to improve media’s access to the public information and to promote evidence-based journalism.

 

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Support research and public campaign aimed to account needs of vulnerable groups in Georgian educational system during the COVID-19 pandemic Open Society Foundation (OSF) 2021-2022 $ 28,800

Project Title: Support research and public campaign aimed to account needs of vulnerablegroups in Georgian educational system during the COVID-19 pandemic

Donor Organization: Open Society Foundation (OSF)

Project Contract Number: OR2021-82602

Total Budget: USD 38,200

Duration of the Project: December1, 2021-July31, 2022

 

Project Brief Descriptionand Goals

 

The aim of the project is to Advocate the needs of vulnerable groups of society and ethnic minorities to increase the accessibility and efficiency of public services in the Georgian Education System..

 

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

 

  • Developing FOI requests and analyzing statistical data, during the COVID-19 pandemic and before the pandemic period;

 

  • Monitor the development of identified challenges facing different social groups in terms of the learning process within the scope of the pandemic and in the post-pandemic period;

 

  • Concentrate on the issues of ethnic minorities, rural population and identify the problems of vocational education in Georgia;

 

  • Develop action plan with the working group of experts and CSOs, prepare recommendations based on the good practice.

 

Activities

 

1. Preparing FOI Requests;

2. Preparing questionnaires, conducting focus groups in the regions and with the ethnic minorities and analyzing received information;

3. Meeting with the teachers in the regions, advocating the distance learning and identifying challenges of the rural population;

4. Analyzes of the data;

5. Meeting/workshop with the experts and representatives of CSOs and other stakeholders to present findings and develop action plan and policy recommendations;

6. Campaigning and PR activities;

7. The final reporting period.

 

 

Project Activities

Contract

Grant agreement

The aim of the project is to Advocate the needs of vulnerable groups of society and ethnic minorities to increase the accessibility and efficiency of public services in the Georgian Education System.

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CSO Meter: A Compass to Conducive Environment and CSO Empowerment “(ENI/2021 /423-451) European Union (EU); Civil Society Institute 2021-2023 € 4300

Project Title: - CSO Meter: A Compass to Conducive Environment and CSO Empowerment “(ENI/2021 /423-451)

Donor organization: European Union (EU); Civil Society Institute

Budget: 4300 00 (four thousand three hundred euros and 00 euro cents)

Duration: June 30, 2021 - December 31, 2023

 

Project Goal:

 

 

The aim of the project is to become a member of the project-based regional hub and to upgrade the CSO Meter report.

 

Main Activities Envisaged by the Project:

 

- Allocation of an expert/experts within the hub organization who will work on the issues covered by the project and will be responsible for the topic related to the project

- Participate in local and international events of CSO Meter

- Participate in the work process of the CSO Meter Advisory Board

- Update the CSO meter report

- Involve and discuss project-related issues within its competence

- Identify Early warnings for CSO meters according to relevant directions and provide information about them to the customer and other members of the hub

- Participate in the process of monitoring of the living environment of civil societies

- Participate in advocating for recommendations developed within the CSO meter

Grant agreement

The aim of the project is to become a member of the project-based regional hub and to upgrade the CSO Meter report.

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Promoting PPD in Georgia through Monitoring and Awareness Raising Deloitte Consulting LLP, a contractor to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 2021-2022 GEL 136,742

 

 

 

Project Title: Promoting PPD in Georgia through Monitoring and Awareness Raising
Donor Organization: Deloitte Consulting LLP, a contractor to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for The USAID Economic Governance Program
Project Contract Number: R-2010-00014
Total Budget:GEL 136,742
Duration of the Project:April 5, 2021 - April 4, 2022

 

Project Brief Descriptionand Goals

 

The project aims to continue the operation of the PPD Quality Tracking Mechanism, expand its use in regions outside the capital and raise awareness on PPD among state and non-state actors as well as the wider society. Selected draft laws and regulations will be evaluated based on the extent and quality of inclusive consultation.

 

The evaluation of the extent and quality of PPD will be based on four pre-identified phases of policy development: policy design and development, legislation drafting, circulation and public comments, and ex-ante regulatory impact assessment (RIA), namely:

 

- Policy Design and Development - criteria to evaluate the extent and quality of relevant non-government stakeholder (private sector, business, civil society, affected party) or expert (professors/academia, lawyers, economists, think tank, NGOs, international donor organizations) input that government policymakers received in the initial formulation of the underlying policy behind proposed legislation (initial formative stage), at the very first stages of consideration before the commencement of drafting any legislation.

 

- Legislation/regulation drafting - criteria to evaluate the extent and quality of relevant non-government stakeholder (private sector, business, civil society, affected party) or expert (professors/academia, lawyers, economists, think tank, NGOs, international donor organizations) input in the actual creation of draft legislation.

 

- Ex-ante Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) - criteria to evaluate the extent and quality of the RIA performed related to the legislation.

 

- Circulation and public comments - criteria to evaluate the (i) extent and quality of efforts to publicize, circulate, and distribute the proposed draft legislation to the public and stakeholders (private sector, business, civil society, affected parties and the public at large); and (ii) the adequacy and extent of efforts to solicit and consider public feedback.

 

As a result of the grant activities, the project team will prepare a methodology for evaluating the quality of  PPD in the regions of Georgia, as well as a methodology for evaluating PPD quality in regard to regulations.

 

The representatives from key governmental institutions as well as the selected municipalities will be better equipped with relevant knowledge and information on high-level PPD. In order to achieve this goal, IDFIwill conduct information and training sessions in the regions of Georgia.

 

Activities (start date of activities May 01, 2021):

 

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

 

2) Conducting interviews and training sessions

 

3) Inception study of selected three municipalities

 

4) Preparing a monitoring report

 

5) Developing and finalizing PPD quality tracking report

 

6) Final presentation of the report and social activities

 

Activities

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Grant agreement

The project aims to continue the operation of the PPD Quality Tracking Mechanism, expand its use in regions outside the capital and raise awareness on PPD among state and non-state actors as well as the wider society. 

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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.

 

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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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