Projects

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Project Donor Period Budget Contract
Study Visit to Tbilisi Eurasia Foundation Representative Office 2021 $6,500.00

 

Project Title: Study Visit to Tbilisi

Donor Organization: Eurasia Foundation Representative Office

Total Grant Amount: 6,500.00 USD

Project Number: CSSP-KZ-2021-00017

Project Duration: July 1-30, 2021

 

 

Project Goals and Objectives

 

The main goal of the project is to organize a study visit, during which stakeholders have the opportunity to explore the in-depth experience of Georgia, in particular, in the area of ​​openness and transparency, especially in terms of open budgeting and transparent management of public finances. The project aims to give the opportunity to the participants of a study visit to analyze Georgia's experience concerning engagement in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and occupying the fifth position in the Open Budget Survey.

 

The first objective of the project is to organize a five-day study visit for the project participants and to compile an agenda, within the framework of which the participants of the study visit have the opportunity to get acquainted with the budget policy of Georgia, including the main budgeting processes. During the study visit, participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of civil society as well as government organizations, including the Government of Georgia, the State Audit Office, the Budget Office of the Parliament of Georgia, the Finance Department of the Parliament of Georgia, the Civil Society Institute, Transparency International Georgia and with representatives of the USAID Good Governance Initiative (GGI). At the same time, the participants of the study visit have the opportunity to visit the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, the State Procurement Agency, the Rustavi Municipality, and the Rustavi Public Service Hall and to study the mechanisms and functioning principles of the above-mentioned public institutions.

 

The second objective of the project is to get information from stakeholders about transparency, citizen involvement, participatory budgeting. It has great importance that Georgia is a member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and therefore it is interesting to review the number of commitments that Georgia has taken under the OGP.

 

Expected Results: To increase the knowledge and practical experience of the participants of the study visit on public finances and budgeting. Equip program participants with practical knowledge and skills on transparency and openness mechanisms so that they can build a change-oriented society and make a positive impact in their own countries.

 

Long-term Outcomes: Project participants advocate for the introduction of transparency, accountability, and openness mechanisms in their own countries in the process of public finance and budgeting. Also, they will able to raise the level of civic awareness about the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and support their countries in joining OGP.

 

Budget

Contract

Grant agreement

The main goal of the project is to organize a study visit, during which stakeholders have the opportunity to explore the in-depth experience of Georgia, in particular, in the area of ​​openness and transparency, especially in terms of open budgeting and transparent management of public finances. 

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Provision of Consultancy Service on updating Handbook on Transparency and Citizen Participation in Georgia Council of Europe 2021 EUR 3 500

 

 

 

Contract Type/Project: Direct Award/One-off Contract

Contract number: 8761/2638/01

Project ID/Sector: Strengthening Participatory Democracy and Human Rights at Local Level in Georgia

The subject of the contract: Provision of Consultancy Service on updating Handbook on Transparency and Citizen Participation in Georgia

Donor: Council of Europe

Budget: 3,500 euros

Duration: June-July, 2021

 

 

Project Description:

 

The Council of Europe, in the framework of the Action Plan 2020-2023, is implementing the project "Strengthening Participatory Democracy and Human Rights at the Local Level in Georgia".

 

Within the framework of the project, it is designed to update the handbook on transparency and citizen participation in Georgia. More specifically, the handbook should be updated with the relevant information, according to the structure that has been already established. 

 

The third edition will be called the Handbook on Open Local Government and Public Ethics, and as a result of the restructuring of the existing publication, new sub-chapters will be added to the handbook.

 

In this context, the party updating the handbook was selected. The Handbook will be updated taking into account all the institutional and legislative changes that are related to the content of the handbook. The handbook should include specific information on public ethics, accountability, transparency, and mechanisms for citizen participation, and should analyze relevant local legislation, the most common forms of corruption, and good practices.



Budget and Activities 

 

Contract

Grant agreement

Within the framework of the project, it is designed to update the handbook on transparency and citizen participation in Georgia.

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

                                                                                                        

 

 

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

 

Project summary

 

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

 

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

 

Purpose of the project

 

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

 

Project activities

 

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

 

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

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

Contract

 

Grant agreement

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

 

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

                                              

 

 

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

Supported by: International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 

Budget: $5,000

DurationNovember 1 – February 28

 

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

 

 

Project Objectives

 

The objectives of IDFI’s project are as follows:

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

- Enhancing dialogue among the local Muslim and Christian population;

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

 

 

Project activities

 

- Identification of the descendants of the victims;

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

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

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

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

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

- Preparation of final report.

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget 

 

Contract

Grant agreement

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

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Provision of Consultancy Service on updating Handbook on Transaprency and Citizen Participation in Georgia Council of Europe 2020 € 2,500

 

 

 

Type of Contract / Project: Direct Award / One-off contract
Contract №: 2020-417
Project ID/Sector: Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Subject of Contract: Provision of Consultancy Service on updating Handbook on Transaprency and Citizen Participation in Georgia
Donor: Council of Europe
Budget: € 2,500
Duration: September – November, 2020

 

Terms of Reference

 

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is currently updating the Handbook on Transparency and Citizen Participation in Georgia (1st edition in 2017). The updated handbook will be published in the second edition and its content used as basis for the online tool bE-Open, currently under development.

 

In that context, the Provider has been chosen to update the existing Handbook on Transparency and Citizen Participation in Georgia, considering the latest institutional and legislative changes in Georgia in all the fields relevant to the Handbook, including anti-corruption, transparency, citizen participation, and open government. It should include an additional section on “Transparent Public Procurement”.

 

Deliverables

Contract

Grant agreement

Provision of Consultancy Service on updating Handbook on Transaprency and Citizen Participation in Georgia

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

 

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

 

Background

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Action Objectives

 

Overall objective

 

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

 

Specific objectives

 

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

 

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

 

Action Activities

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4. Hold 3 online public discussions 

 

5. Elaborate policy recommendations

 

6. Advocate policy recommendations through 2 presentations and 2 workshops

 

Action Results:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Project timeline and Budget

 

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Grant agreement

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

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Promoting Greater Transparency and Ethical Standards of Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Georgia International Center for Non-for-profit Law, Inc. (ICNL) 2020 $19,999

 

Project Title: Promoting Greater Transparency and Ethical Standards of Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Georgia
Donor Organization: International Center for Non-for-profit Law, Inc. (ICNL)
Project Contract Number:
Netherlands.2020.IDFI.01
Total Budget:
 $19,999
Duration of the Project: July 01, 2020 – December 31, 2020

 

Context

The artificial intelligence can strongly support the reform of public administration in decision-making, service delviery, etc. However, its usage is also connected with some challenges related to insufficient transparency, accountability and data processing oversight mechanisms, as well as unfairness and inaccuracy. In addition, in countries like Georgia which lacks sufficient oversight mechanisms over law enforcement agencies and where independence of judiciary is still questionable, use of AI in decision-making may happen with the abuse of the right to personal life.

 

The use of face recognition system, developed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs needs to be studied, assessed and evaluated. The system began operation in June 2017, and works in combination with 400 CCTV surveillance cameras installed in Georgia's major cities, including the capital, Tbilisi. In addition, Tbilisi City Hall considers the possibility to introduce biometric facial recognition in the Tbilisi subway system and use the technology in its public transport system. Therefore, it is important to further explore this topic and cover the use of face recognition by Georgian governmental agencies, with the particular focus on the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Additionally, there is a need to raise awareness of the representatives of government institutions, as well as other stakeholders and general public, about the use, work and impact of AI in their everyday life. Most importantly, due to the novelty of the issue, they should be informed about transparency and ethical standards of using AI. Also, IDFI considers it of high importance to strengthen the capacity and support the engagement of the State Inspector’s Service in this regard.

 

Project Aim and Objectives

 

With this project, IDFI aims to promote development and implementation of greater transparency and ethical standards in using AI by governmental agencies in Georgia.

 

To this end, IDFI will:

 

 - Study and identify major challenges in using AI/face recognition systems by governmental agencies (with special focus on the Ministry of Internal Affairs);

 

 - Promote development and implementation of transparency and ethical standards in using AI/face recognition systems by public sector in Georgia.

 

 - Foster public discussion on the issue;

 

 - Raise awareness of all relevant stakeholders on the issue.

 

Project Activities

 

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

 

1) Initial workshop with representatives of governmental agencies using AI in decision-making.

 

2) Update methodology, submit FOI requests and (if needed) conduct interviews

 

 

3) Study the use of AI by Georgian governmental agencies - Based on the accumulated data, IDFI will prepare a study on the use of AI by governmental agencies in decision-making, to what extent they follow ethical and transparency standards, and whether there are any accountability mechanisms available in this process.

 

4) Elaborate policy recommendations and ethical and transparency standards - Based on the revealed challenges, IDFI will elaborate policy recommendations with the consideration of best international standards and practices in this regard.

 

5) Follow-up workshop - As soon as major findings and recommendations are elaborated and prepared, IDFI will conduct a follow-up workshop with the representatives of all relevant governmental agencies.

 

6) Final conference - Following the workshop, IDFI will finalize the study and recommendations. Once ready, documents will be translated and their printed versions will be prepared.

 

7) Training for target governmental agencies using AI – In order to raise awareness of representatives of governmental agencies about ethical and transparency standards of using AI, including face recognition system and automated decision-making, IDFI will organize a practical training.

 

8) Awareness raising about the topic – Apart from tailored training for public servants, IDFI will prepare an informational brochure for general public to raise citizen’s awareness about the topic.

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The project aims to promote development and implementation of greater transparency and ethical standards in using AI by governmental agencies in Georgia.

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

 

 

 

Project titleSupporting the Functioning of the State Inspector Service

Donor organizationOpen Society Georgia Foundation

Project number: HR/12/20 – 21074

Project budget:49,890 US Dollars

Project duration:24 June 2020 –15 July 2021

 

 

Project Description

 

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

 

Purpose of the Project

 

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

 

Project Activities

 

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

 

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

 

3. Two thematic media trainings will be held;

 

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

 

5. Public presentation of the study.

 

 Planned Activities and Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

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

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Develop Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the City-Halls of Telavi and Lagodekhi Municipalities USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, TETRA TECH 2020 GEL 40,970

 

 

Project Title: Develop Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the City-Halls of Telavi and Lagodekhi Municipalities

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

Project Contract Number: GGI-SUB-042

Total Budget: 40,970 GEL

Duration of the Project: 23 April 2020 – 31 August 2020

 

 

Objectives

 

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

 

Specific objective of this assignment is to support Telavi and Lagodekhi City-Halls in:

 

1) Development of Integrity and Transparency Strategy, Action Plan 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 comprehensive situational analysis

 

- Preparation of Situation Analysis Report and Recommendations

  

- Development of Strategy and Action Plan

 

- Conduct Public Discussion

 

- Finalizing Strategy and Action Plan

 

- Development of a Training Module

 

- Conduct a capacity building activity

 

Project Timeline

 

Contract

 

Budget

Grant agreement

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience of Telavi and Lagodekhi City-Halls against the threat of corruption

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Developing Open Data Practices in the City Halls of Gori, Lagodekhi, Ozurgeti, Senaki, Telavi and Zugdidi Municipalities USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD 2020 GEL 70,171.50

 

 

 

Project Title: Developing Open Data Practices in the City Halls of Gori, Lagodekhi, Ozurgeti, Senaki, Telavi and Zugdidi Municipalities
Donor Organization: USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD
Project Contract Number: GGI-SUB-041
Total Budget: 70,171.50 GEL
Duration of the Project: May 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020

 

Project Objectives

 

Specific objectives of the Project are to:

 

1. Identify specific needs of Gori, Lagodekhi, Ozurgeti, Senaki, Telavi and Zugdidi Municipalities in connection with collection, processing and publishing open data.

 

2. Review an existing Open Data Manual in Georgia and tailor it down to the Municipalities’ needs.

 

3. Develop training agenda together with training material package based on the needs identified.

 

4. Conduct robust trainings of relevant staff of the Municipalities aimed at development of Open Data

  

Project Activities

 

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

 

- Prepare a detailed methodology

 

- Prepare of detailed work plan and communicate with municipality representatives

 

- Conduct   situational   analysis   in connection with open data collection, processing and publication practices (situational  analysis  process  among  other elements should also envisage focus group meetings with different stakeholders);

 

- Based on findings of situational analysis and international   best   practices   develop   situational analysis reports together with recommendations tailored to the individual needs of Municipalities

 

- Update Open Data Manual

 

- Develop training module and materials

 

- Conduct capacity building activities for the relevant staff of 6 City Halls to successfully collect, process and publish open government data in practice.

 

- Develop and submit all deliverables in the final form including the final report summarizing work conducted and results achieved

 

Planned Activities and Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

An overall objective of the project is strengthening good governance in Gori, Lagodekhi, Ozurgeti, Senaki, Telavi and Zugdidi Municipalities through improving their understanding on the open data policy.

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Enhancing Transparency of the Judiciary in Georgia East West Management Institute (EWMI)/Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG) 2020-2021 $33,137

 

 

Project title: Enhancing Transparency of the Judiciary in Georgia

Donor organization: East West Management Institute (EWMI)/Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG)

Project number: G-1720-20-211-3024-20

Project budget: 33,137 USD

Project duration: 24 April 2020 – 31 March 2021

 

Project summary

 

The project is related to studying transparency of the judiciary through research and monitoring. Within the scope of the project, IDFI will study international standards, national legislation and practice as well as monitor court websites. Particular focus will be made on court statistics, proactively published information and accessibility of court decisions. Within the scope of the project, IDFI will study what kind of information is statistically processed in the judiciary and what are the challenges in this regard. As a result of research and monitoring, existing gaps will be identified and relevant recommendations will be prepared, which will be reflected in a final report.

 

Purpose of the project

 

The main purpose of the project is to enhance transparency of the judiciary, and advocacy of changes in legislation and practice.

 

Objectives of the project

 

- Delivering a comprehensive study on transparency of the judiciary (with a particular focus on court statistics, proactively published information and access to court decisions), identifying existing challenges and gaps;

 

- Delivering recommendations regarding enhancing transparency of the judiciary taking into account international standards and best practices;

 

- Advocacy of prepared recommendations.

 

Project Timeline

 

Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The main purpose of the project is to enhance transparency of the judiciary, and advocacy of changes in legislation and practice

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Ensuring Legal Safeguards for Digital Rights in Georgia Counterpart International 2020 GEL 110,695

 

 

Project Title: Ensuring Legal Safeguards for Digital Rights in Georgia
Donor Organization: Counterpart International
Project Contract Number:AID-OAA-LA-11-00008
Total Budget: 110,695 GEL (34,964 USD)
Duration of the Project: April 15-August 28, 2020

 

Background

 

Internet is regarded as free in Georgia. According to the Freedom House recent reports, the Internet has been free since 2012. However, blocking of international platforms such as Wordpress and Youtube in 2016, as well as recent suggested controversial amendments to the Law of Georgia “on Information Security”  demonstrate the need for engagement of civil society in ensuring legal safeguards for Internet freedoms. Despite emerging security risks, it is important to find an accurate balance between security and digital freedoms, especially for Georgia which lacks sufficient civic oversight mechanisms over law enforcement bodies and where independence of judiciary is still questionable.

 

It is incremental to ensure that civil society perspective is adequately reflected and considered while modifying Georgia’s information security system and legislation. Taking into account best international practices and local challenges in terms of digital freedoms and information security are also important in this process. 

 

Objectives

 

Major goal is to ensure and strengthen safeguards and digital freedoms on the legislative level in Georgia.

 

To this end, the project has the following objectives:

 

- Find an accurate balance between digital freedoms and security;

 

- Identify major challenges and problems relevant for Georgia in this regard;

 

- Consider international practice and international standards in this regard;

 

- Propose and promote/advocate alternative version of information security system/legal framework proposed by the government. 

 

Project Activities

 

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

 

1.  Study of international practice/standards on cybersecurity environment, legal framework and institutional arrangement

 

2. Working on policy recommendations

 

3. Meetings with decision-makers and representatives of all relevant public institutions

 

4. Final conference

 

5. International expert and IDFI meeting with decision-makers

 

 Planned Activities and Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The project goal is to ensure and strengthen safeguards and digital freedoms on the legislative level in Georgia.

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Develop Building Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the City Hall of Senaki Municipality USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD 2020 GEL 30,065

 

                                                                                

 

 

Project Title: Develop Building Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the CityHall of Senaki Municipality

Donor Organization: USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD

Project Contract Number: GGI-SUB-040

Total Budget: 30,065 GEL

Duration of the Project: 25 March 2020 – 31 August 2020

 

Objectives

 

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience of Senaki City Hall system against the threat of corruption.

 

The specific objective of this assignment is to support Senaki City Hall in:

 

1) Development of Building Integrity and Transparency Strategy, subsequent Action Plan, together with indicators and monitoring framework; 

 

2) Capacity building of the relevant staff to successfully apply anti-corruption 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 comprehensive situational analysis

 

- Preparation of Situation Analysis Report and Recommendations

 

- Presentation of findings and recommendations

 

- Development of draft Strategy and Action Plan

 

- Conduct Public Discussion

 

- Finalizing Strategy and Action Plan

 

- Development of a Training Module

 

- Conduct a capacity building activity

 

- Submission of final deliverables

 

 

Planned Activities

 

Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience of Senaki City Hall system against the threat of corruption

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Develop Building Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the CityHall of Zugdidi Municipality USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD 2020 GEL 44,025

                                                                    

 

 

Project Title: Develop Building Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the CityHall of Zugdidi Municipality

Donor Organization: USAID Good Governance Initiative in Georgia, Tetra Tech ARD

Project Contract Number: GGI-SUB-037

Total Budget: 44,025 GEL

Duration of the Project: 02 March, 2020 – 31 August, 2020

 

 

Objectives

 

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience of Zugdidi City Hall system against the threat of corruption.

 

Specific objective of this assignment is to support Zugdidi City Hall in:

 

1) Development of Building Integrity and Transparency Strategy, subsequent Action Plan, together with indicators and monitoring framework; 

 

2) Capacity building of the relevant staff to successfully apply anti-corruption 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 comprehensive situational analysis

 

- Preparation of Situation Analysis Report and Recommendations

 

- Presentation of findings and recommendations

 

- Development of draft Strategy and Action Plan

 

- Conduct Public Discussion

 

- Finalizing Strategy and Action Plan

 

- Development of a Training Module

 

- Conduct a capacity building activity

 

- Submission of final deliverables

 

 

Planned Activities

 

Project Budget

 

Contract

Grant agreement

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen resilience of Zugdidi City Hall system against the threat of corruption

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Experience Sharing in Public Procurement Partners for Transparency Foundation 2019 $16,000

 

 

                                     

 

 

 

 

Project Title: Experience Sharing in Public Procurement
Funded by:  Partners for Transparency Foundation
Total Budget: $16,000
Duration:  November 21, 2019 – November 22, 2019

 

 

Background:

Fighting corruption in the field of public procurement is one of the important issues that need to be discussed. Sharing experiences and good practices between countries in this field helps to analyze problems and challenges and find ways to solve them.

 

 

Project Description:

In the framework of the project, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in the cooperation with PTF India (Partners for Transparency Foundation) will organize the Study Program “Experience Sharing in Public Procurement”.

 

 

Project Goal is to share good practices and drawbacks in the Georgian public procurement system and Georgia's anti-corruption system and policies to the heads of Anti-Corruption Study Program Departments of public entities of the Federal Republic of India and high officials of state-owned enterprises.

 

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Grant agreement

In the framework of the project, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in the cooperation with PTF India (Partnership for Transparency Fund) will organize the Study Program “Experience Sharing in Public Procurement”

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Supporting the preparation of a South Caucasus study in Evidence-Based strategies on Combating Corruption Bertelsmann Stiftung 2019 €2,000

 

 

Project Title:  Supporting the preparation of a South Caucasus study in Evidence-Based strategies on Combating Corruption
Funded by:  Bertelsmann Stiftung
Total Budget:
 EURO 2,000
Duration:  September 9, 2019 – October 20, 2019

 

Project Description:

 

In the framework of the project, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) will provide support in preparing a South Caucasus study in Evidence-Based strategies on Combating Corruption based on three countries (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) research report. IDFI will be engaged to assist the author of the study in preparation of country analysis of Georgia. IDFI will research and collect the content-relevant materials, and select interview partners in Georgia and conduct the interviews as needed. 

 

The scientific work is dedicated to the analyses of the development on rule of law against the background of the fight against corruption and the handling of organized crime in Georgia. The scientific work provides the answers, among other issues, to the questions of which factors determine the success of the fight against corruption. As a result, scientific work also provides recommendations to civil society actors and external donors to strategic fight against corruption in country-specific context.

 

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Grant agreement

In the framework of the project, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) will provide the support in preparing a South Caucasus study in Evidence-Based strategies on Combating Corruption.

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Potential Gender-Determined Differences in Civil Service Career Paths in Georgia UNDP Georgia 2019 $15,000

Project Title: Research project on potential gender-determined differences in civil service career paths in Georgia

Funded by: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through Public Administration Reform (PAR) project 

Contract Number: #00095872

Total Budget: USD 15,000 

Duration: 15 July 2019 – 31 December 2019

 

Research project on potential gender-determined differences in civil service career paths in Georgia is the UNDP funded initiative implemented by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI).The project aims to identify the key ways in which gender determines differences in career paths and the extent to which these differences are perceived as detrimental to the individual civil servants and the civil service as a whole.

 

Secondary Objectives of the project are following:

 

- To study the satisfaction level of male and female employees towards the career system in civil service

 

- To identify possible challenges and differences for male and female employees in development of their career paths

 

- To measure the perception of the effect of these differences to the individual civil servants and the civil service

 

- To provide recommendations for the improvement of the civil service career system

 

Under the project IDFI will carry out a research which will answer the following questions:

 

- What is the journey of managerial level male and female civil servant from the beginning of the career and/or entering civil service to recent position?

 

- What are the perceptions of male and female civil servants on the necessity and benefits of the career development in civil service?

 

- What are the needs, challenges, and assumptions, positive and negative factors of/for male and female civil servants at each stage of career development?

 

- What are the perceptions of male and female civil servants on the effectiveness of the career development in civil service?

 

- What are the best practices in carer development and possible solutions of differences in career paths of civil servants?

 

The research project will contribute to a better understanding of the differences in career paths for female and male civil servants and will provide the recommendations on how to remove these differences.

 

Planned Activities

 

Project Budget

 

Contract

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The research project aims to identify the key ways in which gender determines differences in career paths and the extent to which these differences are perceived as detrimental to the individual civil servants and the civil service as a whole.

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Enhancing Openness of State Archives in Former Soviet Republics and Eastern Bloc Countries Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation 2019-2020 $78,980.64

 

 

Name of Project: Enhancing Openness of State Archives in Former Soviet Republics and Eastern Bloc Countries

Donor Organization: Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation (OSI)

Total Grant Amount: $78,980.64

Project Number:  OR2019-58650

Period of Performance: June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020

 

Project Goal

 

Encourage the rethinking of Soviet and totalitarian past by fostering research and promoting the openness of state archives in post-Soviet and post-socialist countries. This goal is to be attained by two main objectives. Firstly, by expanding the ranking of the openness of Soviet and totalitarian archives to the Eastern Bloc countries. During the conference planned within the framework of the project meeting with new partners and experts of the project will be held. Additionally, a thorough study on the issues of post-Soviet space in terms of archive openness will be conducted to have clear vision on how and where to advocate for more openness.

 

Objective 1. Promoting the openness of state archives by expanding the State Archive Openness Rating. One of the main objectives of the project is expanding the network of NGOs to cover additional countries. The network will aim to launch active national and international advocacy campaigns to achieve changes in archives. Also, involved scholars will provide studies based on archival research and articles about Soviet past. 

 

Objective 2. Facilitating Soviet and Totalitarian Memory Studies. In order to attract public interest towards archives and Soviet period, IDFI plans to expand the scope of the project and implement memory studies based on archival documents on Soviet totalitarian period. We aim to work in two following directions: Politics of Memory and Discourse on Memory.

 

In order to lay a foundation where relevant stakeholders are more receptive to change, IDFI will encourage partner scholars to write easily understandable articles and blogs for the broader public on various topics of interest from the Soviet period which will be based on archival documents. Well-known experts will be invited to write articles in order to contribute to our online resource –www.open-archives.org. The project will also involve young scholars to write articles alongside invited experts. The project team will also identify important articles already written on relevant topics and translate them in order to increase their reach. Finally, the project team will organize important information revealed as a result of archival work and prepare easily digestible visualizations and short videos to be disseminated in target countries.

 

Contract 

 

Planned Activities 

 

Project Budget

 

Grant agreement

Project goal is to encourage the rethinking of Soviet and totalitarian past by fostering research and promoting the openness of state archives in post-Soviet and post-socialist countries. 

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Development of Educational Certification Program in Fighting Corruption Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation 2019-2020 $80,397.42

 

 

 

Type of grant activity: Development of Educational Certification Program in Fighting Corruption

Donor institutions: Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation (OSI) with co-funding from Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)

Total grant amount: USD 80,397.42 (OSI - USD 65,397.42; OSGF - USD 15,000)

Project number: OR2019-58650

Implementation period: June 1, 2019 – November 30, 2020.

 

Project Goals

 

The impact of the project will be to develop and sustain a community of professionals and activists, who will engage with corruption prevention, corruption risk management and with shedding light on facts of individual and systemic corruption.

 

The first goal of the project is to develop an inter-disciplinary curriculum on corruption, its history and root causes, risk mitigation at policy development level, compliance within public and private organizations, the most modern corruption trends and methods of uncovering corrupt arrangements through open source investigation, whistleblowing and other methods.

 

The second goal of the project is to recruit a group of course participants with various backgrounds and a motivation to engage with the course, dedicate time and take an active part in the educational process through learning and sharing their thoughts, ideas and experiences; and to deliver a high-quality course.

 

The third goal of the project is to develop a strong alumni network of corruption fighters, who will continue their active work in their respective fields, and at the same time engage with periodic alumni activities, whether it will be attending an alumni gathering; organizing a joint research project; or exploring joint learning, or knowledge sharing opportunities.

 

Expected Impact

 

Short-term impact: development of a cutting-edge inter-disciplinary certification program;, engaging the prominent local and international experts in delivery of the course; graduating the first cohort and launching alumni network among graduates.

 

Medium-term impact: impacting attitude of course participants by equipping them 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.

 

Long-term impact: contribute to development of a community of like-minded progressive professionals, who are capable of recognizing risks 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 impact of the project will be to develop and sustain a community of professionals and activists – corruption hunters, who will engage with corruption prevention, corruption risk management and with shedding light on facts of individual and systemic corruption.

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