Ongoing Projects

Civil Society STAR Initiative: CSOs as Sustainable, Transparent, Accountable and Resilient Development Actors in Georgia

The European Union (EU) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) funded project ‘Civil Society STAR Initiative: CSOs as Sustainable, Transparent, Accountable and Resilient Development Actors in Georgia’ aims to strengthen civil society as an independent, sustainable, transparent, and accountable development actor across Georgia.

The project has three specific objectives:

  • To improve the political and financial framework and environment for the sustainable development of civil society in Georgia, and to promote a corporate social responsibility (CSR) culture;
  • To reinforce the links between CSOs and their constituencies through the active promotion of civic values, participation, and community engagement;
  • To build capacities of CSOs inclusively, in particular oversight and advocacy skills, and to institutionally strengthen the civil society sector countrywide;

Project Duration

  • 2021-2025

Project Donors

  • European Union
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

The ultimate goal of the project is to strengthen civil society as an independent, sustainable, transparent, and accountable development actor across Georgia. To this end, we have an ambition to mobilize around 80% of the active CSO-community in Georgia (800 CSOs, including approximately 150 CBOs, as well as initiative groups, and other forms of grassroots). Our special targets are youth and schoolteachers (up to 3000 and 600 individuals respectively), up to 5000 social activists and citizens, including the elderly and those from vulnerable groups. The project also targets approximately 200 public authority representatives (including all levels of authorities), 100 business entities, and 250 media representatives. The action will involve eight universities across the country, both public and private.

The project is implemented by the Consortium led by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and composed of the following CSOs: Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Civil Society Institute (CSI), Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC), Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC), and Institute for European Politics (IEP).

‘The Civil Society STAR Initiative’ builds on the experience and lessons learned of the EU-supported action ‘Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative (CSSIGE 2017-2020).

European Union Delegation to Georgia

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The main program of CSRDG – 2017-2020

The purpose of the project

Contribute to the sustainable development of the country and reduction of poverty through the support and promotion of civil society, socially responsible business and good governance.

Strategic Objectives

  • Empower the civil society organizations and groups on local and national levels so that they are able to advocate for their beneficiaries and provide them with relevant services;
  • Increase social responsibility of civil sector, business and citizens;
  • Support the cooperation between government and civil sector for promotion of effective, open and needs-based governance.

Duration of the project

  • 2017 – 2020 Year

Project Donor

Project Budget

  • 1 232 400 EURO

Civil Society Sustainability Initiative

The new EU project “Civil Society Development Initiative” aims at improving the operational environment for civil society in Georgia, empowering CSOs, increasing their accountability towards constituencies and amplifying their linkages to other actors.

Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative strives to meet four objectives:

  • To increase fi financial sustainability of CSOs through
    diversified income like state funding, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), voluntarism, and beneficial taxation;
  • To enhance the capacity, accountability and credibility of CSOs for effectively advocating interests and political, economic, social and cultural rights of their constituencies;
  • To strengthen regional civic participation through
    better cooperation of CSOs with local media, businesses and authorities;
  • To support joint approaches of CSOs in policy
    dialogue towards sustainable development on local and national level, and towards promoting reforms in the context of the EU association process.

Until end of 2020 and with a total budget of 5.07 Million EUR (the EU contribution amounting 3.8 Million EUR) it is planned to carry out over 110 activities in support of CSOs and initiatives, to award 79 sub-grants worth of 715 thousand EUR and engage more than 2500 civil society representatives in all regions of Georgia.

Project Budget

  • 5 070 000 EURO

Project Donors

  • European Union
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Safe products for Georgian consumers

The purpose of the project

Increasing product safety in Georgia

Duration of the project

  • 2019-2021 Year

Project Donors

Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia

Project Budget

  • 506 433 Gel

Women’s Empowerment for Changes

The purpose of the project

Support women’s equality and their economic sustainability in Samegrelo and Kakheti regions. Establish and strengthen relationships between community groups, local self-governments, civil sector and local businesses.

Duration of the project

  • 2017 – 2018 Year

Project Donor

Project Budget

  • 97 000 USD

Optimal Utilization of Local Resources and Potential of Keda Municipality

Project Goal

Diversify local economic activities, attract investments and promote competitive agricultural and environmental practices through the participatory strategic planning of the rural development.

Project Objectives

Strengthen the development potential of Keda municipality and ensure the optimal utilization of local opportunities and resources.

Duration of the project

  • 2017 – 2021 Year

Project Donor

Leading Organization

Project Budget

  • 112 600 EURO

Global Warming Campaign - chance to change our future

Project Goal

Raising awareness on climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies. The awareness-raising campaign would target school teachers, community leaders, eco-clubs’ representatives and local stakeholders

Promoting environmentally friendly technologies and best practices among target communities, including youth through small-scale demonstrations (demo projects)

Disseminating success stories and practices of low-cost methods for eliminating GHG emissions

Duration of the project

  • 2019 – 2020 Year

Project Donor

Project Budget

  • 51 500 USD

House of Support – Services for dignified life of elderly in Georgia and BiH

Background

Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are faced with a rapidly ageing population, the break-up of the multi-generational family model and the outflow of young people from their home towns and villages leading to increased numbers of single elderly households that lack caretakers. In addition, elderly are mostly an invisible target group that is often by-passed by social policy. In both target countries, elderly mobile care is mostly operated by NGOs or private companies, while state programmes are limited in their scope and outreach or not specifically tailored to the needs of elderly. The problem with this fragmented care market is the lack of unified care standards. At best, most service providers use their own care and training standards, while others employ low-skilled carers, offering expensive or poor quality services. All of these factors add up to an uncertain future for the elderly population in these two countries, leaving many highly vulnerable, hampering their right for “Ageing with Dignity”.

Objective

This program strives to foster increased access to mobile care services for elderly people in four communities in Georgia and Bosnia&Herzegovina and contribute to an inclusive policy framework which strengthens their position in society and ensures the fulfilment of their elderly rights.
This is achieved by setting up financially sustainable social service providers (so-called ‘Houses of Support’) that a) develop and pilot integrated mobile home care service models to safeguard uniform quality standards and b) act as knowledge hubs for mobile home care services, render capacity development for caretakers, offer counselling on elderly issues and Healthy Ageing activities and conduct awareness raising and advocacy.
The developed model will be well rooted in international best practices and especially Austrian profound knowledge in integrated home care services that is systematically shared by Hilfswerk Austria with its project partners (cross-country peer learning).

Activities

    • Needs assessment of communities and clients
    • Organisational set-up of Houses of Support and planning of business models and service packages
    • Trainings for mobile care teams and volunteers
    • Piloting and on-going quality management
    • Healthy Ageing activities and consultations
    • Advocacy and awareness raising of general public

Target groups / Beneficiaries

In total at least 1.000 persons and more than 40 organizations will be directly included in the project:

    • 240 elderly directly benefitting from mobile services and 140 persons from Healthy Ageing activities
    • 450 family members
    • Min. 30 caretakers and min. 20 volunteers
    • Min. 85 persons working in municipalities
    • Min. 60 staff members of NGOs/CSOs

 Project details

  • Project period: January 2020 – December 2023

Project implemented by 

  • Hilfswerk International www.hilfswerk.at/international/en in cooperation with
    Hilfswerk International Office Sarajevo and
    HAJDE Association for Help and Development in BiH; IDP Women Association “Consent” (IDPWA)
    Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW)
    Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) in Georgia.
  • Project financed by Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

Information

      Project local partner, Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG)

      Eka Datuashvili, Social Entrepreneurship Development Program Coordinator

      Tel: (995 32) 2 39 90 19

      E.mail:edatuashvili@csrdg.ge;

Promotion of Rights Based Social Services for People with Disabilities and Elderly

Project Description

The EU-supported three-year project “Promotion of Rights Based Social Services for People with Disabilities and Elderly”, was launched in December 2019 by the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) in partnership with two partner organizations: Georgian Public Interests Defense Association (Telavi; Kakheti Region) and Young Pedagogues Union (Ozurgeti; Guria Region).

The purpose of the project

developing social services in Georgia, where social, cultural and economic rights of vulnerable groups, including People with Disabilities and elderly are respected and promoted. For this purpose, the project activities are focused on one hand, on developing and piloting rights based social services in different regions of Georgia and on another hand on promoting political/professional and educational environment to sustain the approach nationwide.

The purpose of the project

  • Social Service Providers have capacity to provide rights based social services to people with disabilities and elderly.
  • Favourable political and educational environment is ensured to promote sustainable integration of Rights Based Approach in social service provision on national level.

Expected Results

  • The elements (components) and capacities to implement RBA in social services are studied, study report published and presented within round table meeting;
  • The local RB social service models are initiated and piloted in 7 Municipalities of Georgia, at least 100 Elderly and people with disabilities receiving social services;
  • RB social services are promoted and provided in different regions of Georgia by a) meeting in 10 regions with representatives from local municipalities, local office of Social Service Agency, CSO service providers and beneficiaries/their family members; b) trainings on developing RB social services for 30 social service providers (CSO);
  • Based on the published study and local experience gained by the project team RB social service models and standards focusing on PwD and elderly service provision will be developed and promoted on national level through three round tables and national conference
  • The educational material on RB approach is developed and integrated in 3 syllabi of Social Work academic programs;
  • The capacity of the Social Work (Trade) Union (SWU) to advocate protection of the rights of their beneficiaries, as well as their labour rights is increased. Social Work Law implementation action plan monitored, based on monitoring 3 shadow reports published and 3 campaigns conducted.

Project Budget

  • EUR 420 000

Transparent Facemasks for Human Rights

Project Description

Three-month project “Transparent Facemasks for Human Rights” was launched in December 2020 by the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) in partnership with “Aures Foundation”.

Project Goal

To contribute in improvement of quality of life of people with hearing impairment (including the elderly, as well as children with special needs) by mitigating negative consequences caused by COVID19-related preventive measures.

Project Objective

Promote accessibility of services for people with hearing impairment and enhance their social inclusion by piloting the use of transparent facemasks.

Outcomes

  • Adapting face-to-face social services for people with hearing impairment by piloting the transparent masks during service provision;
  • Promoting institutionalization of the transparent face masks by adapting internal regulations and training of relevant staff;
  • Popularization of transparent face mask;
  • Empowering the youth community to advocate for hearing-impaired peoples’ needs.

Project Duration

  • 1.12.2020 -28.02.2021 (3 month)

Project Donor

The project benefits from support through the EaP Civil Society Forum Re-granting Scheme (FSTP) and is funded by the European Union as part of its support to civil society in the region. Within its Re-granting Scheme, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) supports projects of its members that contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the Forum.
Grants are available for CSOs from the Eastern Partnership and EU countries. Key areas of support are democracy and human rights, economic integration, environment and energy, contacts between people, social and labour policies

Project Budget

  • EUR 15 304

Skill Building and Innovative Job Opportunities for Regional Development of Georgia

Project Description

The project – „Skill Building and Innovative Job Opportunities for Regional Development of Georgia“ are Implemented by The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Georgian Civil Development Association (GCDA), Young Pedagogues Union (YPU). Objective of the project is “Developing and maintaining local human capital in order to promote social and economic empowerment in Guria, Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions”. The Project financially supported by The European Union in Georgia.

Project Goal

“Developing and maintaining local human capital in order to promote social and economic empowerment in Guria, Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions”.

Project Objective

New employment opportunities are developed via labor market demand driven skill building for jobseekers and innovative linkages between jobseekers and potential employers” and “The young population in selected regions studying in schools and VETs have sufficient skills and knowledge to use relevant employment opportunities”.

Outcomes

  • Training and Employment Support Centers offer comprehensive and tailored services to local job seekers
  • Innovative and inclusive employment opportunities created in the target regions through cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Entrepreneurship and career development clubs have been set up in schools in the target regions to offer entrepreneurial skills development programs to students
  • Vocational schools in the target regions identify the needs of the local labor market and respond to them by developing appropriate programs

Project Duration

  • 36 month – 2020 – 2023 year

Project Donor

Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Project Partner Organizations

Georgian Civil Development Association (GCDA); Young Pedagogues Union (YPU).

Project Budget

  • 1,156,573 EUR (EU – 925,255, co-funding – 231,319)

Collaborate for Impact - development of social entrepreneurship and social investments towards economic and social cohesion in the Eastern Partnership and Russia

Project name

Collaborate for Impact – development of social entrepreneurship and social investments towards economic and social cohesion in the Eastern Partnership and Russia

Project Description

The project aims to contribute to the development of a more favorable social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the EaP region a. This will be done through raising awareness, promotion of social innovation and relevant exchanges with various policy and decision-making stakeholders that will ultimately lead to increasing the number of social investors, social entrepreneurs, and collaboration across the region. As a result, the project activities will support social enterprises to scale up their social impact.

The development of social entrepreneurship in Georgia will be promoted using Venture Philanthropy approaches:

According to EVPA Venture Philanthropy is a high-engagement and long-term approach to generating social impact through three practices:

  • Tailored financing
  • Nonfinancial Organizational Support
  •  Impact measurement and management

Project Goal

  • To contribute to the development of a more favorable social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the EaP region.

Project Objectives

There are planned to be achieved the following objectives in Georgia:

  • To promote Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investment;
  • To support development of social innovations

Project outcomes

  •  Legal environment for Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investments will be studied;
  • Awareness of corporate sector on Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investments will be increased;
  • Impact Fund will be established which will support further development of 5 social enterprises. Selected social enterprises will receive long-term, tailored financial and technical support aiming at scaling up impact and improvement of financial sustainability.
  • At least 5 SEs will scale up their impact and expand their social business with support of the Impact Fund;
  • In frames of the Social Innovation component of the project at least 4 startup social enterprises will be established.

Project Duration

  • 60 Month (September, 2020 – August, 2025)

Project donor

European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

Project is implemented by:

  • European Venture Philanthropy Association
  • Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia

Project budget

  • 505,500 EUR