Annual Report 2017

The project “Youth Initiative for Awareness Raising of Ethnic Minorities” (October 4, 2016 – May 4, 2017) funded by UNDP (Grant amount 99 400 GEL) was continued.   In its framework, 79 video-items were prepared in Youth Studio and published at YouTube and Facebook page. Those series of video-stories were made which familiarized students from the rural areas with the city, introduced some sightseeing of Georgia to Azerbaijanis lived compactly in the region, spread social and cultural news of country life.

Our Youth Studio conducted 32 live-streams with participation of politicians and civic activists, artists and pears. Popular weekly online-streaming programs named ”ElmədDinlə” “Tam səmimi” and “Bizlər” were made by young journalists in Azerbaijani language and broadcasting on Facebook page The number of total viewers has exceeded 32,000.

In the frame of “Self-governance School” 48 training sessions were held during December 2016-April, 2017 and 41 students were trained. Altogether 105 students were trained during 2016-2017 years (out of which 52% were females) in the framework of two projects funded by UNDP:  85% of trained students were ethnic minorities’, who are enrolled at universities in Tbilisi by quota system from rural areas of Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions. This will empower young ethnic minorities to take positions in municipal offices and change a current picture where representation of other ethnic groups than Georgian is marginal in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions, according to our survey (September, 2016). Knowing of legislature basis in municipal law among the youth of ethnic  minorities enhance capabilities of local communities and give them more opportunities to involve in decision making process of local government.

Updated textbook in municipal law “Local Self-governance” was published for training course.  400 copies A5 size, 380-page textbooks were printed and they were given free of charge to participants of training, as well as to libraries of universities. Electronic version of textbook was published online at our web site and at the electronic library of Center for Effective Governance System and Territorial Arrangement Reform. The textbook was acknowledged by universities and other civic organizations and they started using it in their work, for example Civil Society Institute uses our text-book “Local Self-Governance” in the teaching course “General Basis of Self-governance” of the project „Distance learning for effective self-governance“.

Final presentation of the project was held at the “Courtyard Marriott” on April 24, 2017. Members of Parliament, representatives of UNDP and Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, politicians from different political parties, representatives of civil society organizations and other invited speakers addressed to the audience and discussed the integration challenges of ethnic minorities. They congratulated to the students awarded with certificates to the successful completion of the training course of the “Self-governance School” and wished further success.

On the anniversary of the April 9 tragedy, participants of the Self-governance School of different ethnic groups - Georgians, Azerbaijanis and Armenians laid flowers to the memorial of the dead. In this way, they expressed a unity of values for all citizens of Georgia, regardless of ethnicity. This event of our organization attracted media attention and television “Ertsulovneba” even made a special TV show about it (02.05.2017 21:15).

Green Caucasus won in the grant competition announced by the Center for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Trainings on the following direction:  Promoting the development of political parties' electoral capacities for the local elections 2017. A grant agreement to implement the project "Enhancing capacity of representatives of local political parties in Bolnisi, Dmanisi, Tetritskaro and Tsalka electoral districts" was signed (Grant amount 77 647 GEL).

The experts invited by the "Green Caucasus" trained 91 representatives of 20 different political organizations in June-July in Telavi, Hotel "Alazani Valley" on the following topics:

  • Local self-governance system
  • Election system of local self-government elections
  • Inclusive elections (involvement of vulnerable groups)
  • International Election Standards
  • Electoral registration of the parties involved, their rights and obligations in the election process and election ethics
  • Pre-election campaign / agitation and restrictions
  • Communication, team work and accountability
  • Conflict management and international standards for resolving election disputes.

          In addition, the trainer of the Center for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Trainings delivered trainings to the participants:

  • Election cycle and management of electoral operations
  • Polling day and guiding principles of voting process
  • Elections and Security

As a result of the project implementation, knowledge of political parties in the election issues has increased, which will facilitate more competitive elections in Kvemo Kartli region.

Green Caucasus took part as a regional partner in the project funded by Open Society Georgia Foundation for "Open and Accountable Self-Governments - Transparency of Municipalities and National Assessment of Citizens Participation", implemented by the CTC, IDFI and MSDC (May-July 2017). Researchers Giorgi Abuladze and Zura Akhmeteli evaluated the transparency of the municipalities of Rustavi, Gardabani, Marneuli, Bolnisi, Dmanisi, Tetritskaro and Tsalka municipalities and use of citizen engagement mechanisms. Presentation of the first national report of the National Assessment of Transparency and Accountability of Local Self-Government Index and Georgian Municipalities was held on December 5, 2017 at Hotel "Holiday Inn".

Green Caucasus became partner of the Georgian-Polish program of Participatory Budget in Georgia” in 2017  Representative of Green Caucasus participated in the Experts Board work, where discussions on the implementation of participatory budget in Georgia, peculiarities and possible models. Together with the Management Systems Development Center MSDC, Green Caucasus has prepared a proposal for legislative provision for promoting the participatory budget process. The bill draft was elaborated involving other civic organizations: OSGF, IDFI, GYLA, ICCC, ISFED, CLDDN, RDC etc. On September 15, 2017, representatives of these organizations discussed the draft law in the meeting held at the office of Open Society Georgia Foundation. The final version of the draft law was presented to the Experts Board meeting on November 14.