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Project Donor Period Budget Contract
Localizing the 2030 Agenda in Georgia The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 2021 GEL 162.750

 

 

Project Title: Localizing the 2030 Agenda in Georgia
Donor Organization: The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Total Budget: 162.750,00 GEL
Contract Number: 83383644
Duration of the Project:June 15, 2021-December 15, 2021

 

Summary of the Project

 

Georgia adopted a comprehensive Decentralization Strategy 2020-2025 in December 2019, making decentralization a key policy priority. This envisages the transfer of more powers and aligned finances to local authorities. If launched coherently, the localization of the Agenda 2030 will support and go hand in hand with the Decentralization Strategy – the latter of which likewise promotes greater citizen participation in decision-making processes to ensure transparency and accountability.

 

To start the localization process in Georgia, GIZ programme - Good Governance for Local Development (GGLD) - plans a comprehensive analysis of the local SDG-architecture in Georgia. Recommendations, based on this analysis and the detected gaps, shall guide the design and implementation of pilot activities in four selected municipalities to launch the localization process in Georgia. A long-term action plan and further recommendations based on the practically gained experiences through the pilot activities shall lay the grounds for a successful upscaling strategy to comprehensively localize the Agenda 2030 in Georgia. 

 

Main objectives: 

 

 

- Comprehensive Analysis of local context, gaps and recommendations on SDG localization in Georgian municipalities

 

- Implementation of first activities to launch the localization of SDGs in four pilot municipalities

 

Activities

 

To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the following activities will be implemented:

 

1. Analysis of Current Situation in Georgia and identification of relevant municipal competencies for SDG implementation at the local level. It will contain the following parts:

 

a) Analysing existing regulations (laws and bylaws) on the role of municipalities in implementing Agenda 2030 at the central and local levels. 

 

b) The current level of awareness and state of implementation of Agenda 2030 on the local level in the four selected pilot municipalities

c) Monitoring and review at the local level.

 

d) Studying the best international practice

 

e) Based on the analysis, gaps and needs in Georgia’s current SDG architecture will be identified at the central and local levels.

 

f) Recommendations - Most importantly, based on the revealed gaps, challenges, international practice and prospects, practical and evidence-based recommendations will be elaborated.

 

2. Implementation of pilot activities in the four pilot municipalities (based on recommendations of the analysis)

 

3. The final report of the project will be prepared

 

4. The final presentation will be organized to present the prepared analysis and elaborated policy recommendations with the participation of wider audience.

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The project goal is the comprehensive Analysis of local context, gaps and recommendations on SDG localization in Georgian municipalities

 

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Global Data Barometer Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA) 2021 $ 15,500

 

 

Project Title: Global Data Barometer
Donor Organization: Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA)
Total Budget: $ 15,400
Duration of the Project:June 9, 2021-December 30, 2021

 

 

Summary of the Project

 

The Global Data Barometer is constituted as a project of the Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA) and funded by IDRC under the Open Data for Development (OD4D) partnership/program.

 

The purpose of this project is to deepen and strengthen the strategic partnership between the Parties for the purpose of providing effective support and contribution to the first edition of the GDB study design, implementation and more specifically, around Data Collection Phase across countries in Eastern Partnership and Central Asia. 

 

The Global Data Barometer will produce a unique global and regional view of data for public good across a wide range of sectors. As a high-profile study, it aims to influence policy debates at country, regional and global levels - and to support advances in a range of data for development initiatives. 

 

Activities and Phases

 

 - Field work, data collection, peer review/thematic review - June 1 - August 31st, 2021

 

 

Contract

 

Grant agreement

The purpose of this project is to deepen and strengthen the strategic partnership between the Parties for the purpose of providing effective support and contribution to the first edition of the GDB study design, implementation and more specifically, around Data Collection Phase across countries in Eastern Partnership and Central Asia. 

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Develop Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the City-Halls of Akhmeta and Tsageri Municipalities USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, TETRA TECH 2021 GEL 50,048

 

 

 

Project Title: Develop Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the City-Halls of Akhmeta and Tsageri Municipalities
Donor Organization: USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, TETRA TECH
Project Contract Number: GGI-SUB-061
Total Budget: 50,048 GEL
Duration of the Project: 10 May, 2021 – 29 September, 2021

 

Objectives

 

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience of Akhmeta and Tsageri City-Halls against the threat of corruption.

 

 Specific objective of this assignment is to support Akhmeta and Tsageri City-Halls in:

 

 1) Development of Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan and implementation and monitoring framework; 

 

 2) Capacity building of the relevant staff on integrity and transparency to apply anticorruption measures in practice.

 

 Project Activities

 

 In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, IDFI will implement the following activities:

 

-      Development of a detailed methodology

-      Development of a detailed work plan

-      Conduct a corruption risk assessment

-      Preparation of corruption risk assessment report and recommendations

-      Development of Strategy and Action Plan

-      Conduct Public Discussion

-      Finalizing Strategy and Action Plan

-      Development of a Training Module

-      Development of implementation guidelines

-      Conduct a capacity building activity

 

Activities

Project Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The aim of the project is to strengthen resilience of Akhmeta and Tsageri City-Halls against the threat of corruption.

 

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Develop Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the City Halls of Ambrolauri and Lanchkhuti Municipalities USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD 2021 GEL 48,506

 

 

 

Project Title: Develop Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the City Halls of Ambrolauri and Lanchkhuti Municipalities

Donor Organization: USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, TETRA TECH

Project Contract Number: GGI-SUB-062

Total Budget: 48,506 GEL

Duration of the Project: 10 May, 2021 – 29 September, 2021

 

Objectives

 

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience of Ambrolauri and Lanchkhuti City Halls against the threat of corruption.

 

 Specific objective of this assignment is to support Ambrolauri and Lanchkhuti City Halls in:

 

 1) Development of Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan and implementation and monitoring framework; 

 

 2) Capacity building of the relevant staff on integrity and transparency to apply anticorruption measures in practice.

 

 Project Activities

 

 In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, IDFI will implement the following activities:

 

-      Development of a detailed methodology

-      Development of a detailed work plan

-      Conduct a corruption risk assessment

-      Preparation of corruption risk assessment report and recommendations

-      Development of Strategy and Action Plan

-      Conduct Public Discussion

-      Finalizing Strategy and Action Plan

-      Development of a Training Module

-      Development of implementation guidelines

-      Conduct a capacity building activity

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to strengthen resilience of Ambrolauri and Lanchkhuti City Halls against the threat of corruption.

 

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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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Promoting PPD in Georgia through Monitoring and Awareness Raising Deloitte Consulting 2021-2022 GEL 136,742

 

 

 

Project Title: Promoting PPD in Georgia through Monitoring and Awareness Raising
Donor Organization: Deloitte Consulting LLC, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), within the auspices of the 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

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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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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Capacity Building Grant United Nations Population Fund 2020-2021 $30,000

 

 

 

Project Title: Capacity Building Grant

Donor Organization: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Total Budget: $ 30,000

Duration of the Project:December 9, 2020-September 9, 2021

 

Summary of the Project

 

The purpose of the Grant is to strengthen the capacity of Institute for Development of Freedom of Information in the field of data for public good & open data assessment methods and tools andact as a Regional Hub for the Global Data Barometer first global edition 2020-2021; thus, contributing to a drill-down global metrics that can show the policy frameworks, data availability, and uptake, in particular sectors, and can help direct global advocacy and action, and act as a benchmark for policy makers and funders to track progress towards shared goals.

 

Main objectives: 

 

 

- Capacity building for IDFI team on the 4 stages of the Global Data Barometer with focused sessions on each stage; 

 

- Capacity building for national researchers from across the 11 countries co-implemented with IDFI on the field work/data collection, peer review and thematic review process;

 

- Continuous mentoring and capacity support to IDFI in the successful implementation ofall GDB phases in the target regions. 

 

Activities

 

1. Capacity building for IDFI team on the main GDBphases

 

2. IDFI conducts global data barometer related capacity building sessions with all staff members of IDFI

 

3. IDFI conducts capacity building sessions with national country researchers on the GDB methodology

 

4. Review the GDB expert surveys filled in by national researchers and provide additional feedback

 

Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

Capacity building for IDFI team on the 4 stages of the Global Data Barometer with focused sessions on each stage

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Increase Efficiency of Public Services in the Georgian Education System Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) 2020-2021 $25,000

 

 

Project Title: Increase Efficiency of Public Services in the Georgian Education System
Donor Organization: Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)
Project Contract Number: LDD/34/20-21154
Total Budget: $ 25,000
Duration of the Project: December 2, 2020-August2, 2021

 

Project Brief Description and Goals

 

The project aims to analyze the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the education sector and increase the quality and coverage of public services during and after the pandemic.

 

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

 

- Identify challenges facing different social groups in Georgia in terms of the learning process during the pandemic;

 

- Evaluation of effectiveness of government implemented actions in response to the pandemic and developing the policy recommendations, considering the best practice;

 

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

 

- Survey of education service providers and sector beneficiaries

 

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

 

Project Activities

Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to analyze the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the education sector and increase the quality and coverage of public services during and after the pandemic.

 

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

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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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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.

 

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Planned Activities

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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