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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

Georgia is a key ally of the United States in a strategically important region. U.S. government (USG) support has significantly contributed to Georgia’s stabilization and democratic development. As a result, Georgia continues its Euro-Atlantic integration and its transition to a more stable, integrated and democratic society. Importantly, Georgia continues to be a role model to the region. Further progress on democracy and good governance will strengthen the basis of the United States’ strong partnership with Georgia.

USAID’s democracy and governance portfolio includes programs supporting strengthening elections and political processes in Georgia, developing stronger democratic checks and balances by advancing good governance by the Government of Georgia (GOG), as well as promoting civic engagement and an independent media sector that can provide balanced information about governance processes. The portfolio also encourages the professional application of the rule of law in Georgia, including judicial independence.

Current programs:

Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project (JILEP)
September 2010-February 2015
East-West Management Institute (EWMI)

www.ewmi.org

JILEP supports and strengthens the Georgian judicial and legal systems. It seeks to create an effective, fair and independent judiciary by improving the process by which judges are appointed, trained and disciplined. The project also strengthens the legal aid system, the legal NGO community, and practicing attorneys in Georgia, increasing the public’s understanding of the role of the judiciary. JILEP contributes to the improvement of the legal education system by supporting university libraries and clinics, improving teaching methods, curricula, and by developing cutting edge experimental learning programs and materials. Finally, the project helps improve the commercial law environment through the development of materials, workshops, and legal reform initiatives.

Momavlis Taoba (Future Generation) Project
June 2014-October 2017
Project Harmony International

http://www.civics.ge/

The Momavlis Taoba project aims to promote greater civic engagement among young people and to expand and institutionalize secondary school civic education curricula through practical applications. The project works with and supports the Ministry of Education and Science, the Civics Teachers Forum, and other stakeholders to expand the reach of USAID’s civic education activities in secondary schools throughout the country. In parallel, USAID/Caucasus will partner with USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Learning Center to conduct a rigorous impact evaluation in order to assess the effectiveness of different civic education teaching methodologies.

Advancing National Integration (ANI)
September 2011–January 2015
United Nations Association of Georgia

http://www.una.ge/

ANI is a diversity-centered project that brings youth, civil society organizations, ethnic minority communities, government, and media together to build a more informed, engaged and tolerant society. ANI aims to achieve this goal by working in three directions: 1) Supporting youth to practice tolerance and grow into active and responsibly engaged citizens; 2) Supporting civil society advocacy on diversity and minority issues; and 3) Supporting Government of Georgia policy processes that allow for better management of minority issues in Georgia.

Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) PLUS
September 2011–September 2015
Chemonics International

www.hicdplus.ge

HIDC PLUS complements the implementation of USAID/Caucasus’ assistance efforts in democracy and governance, economic growth, energy and environment, and the health and education sectors. HICD PLUS works to develop individual skills as well as the institutional capacity of select public entities, civil society organizations, and other private organizations. Many of these institutions play strategic roles in the implementation of the Government of Georgia’s reform program and/or the Mission’s assistance objectives. Currently, Chemonics is working with the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, Georgian State Electric System, the Ministry of Culture, Georgia Revenue Service, and the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

Supporting Local Self-Governance Reforms in Georgia
March 2014-August 2015
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)

www.isfed.ge

ISFED is one of Georgia’s leading advocacy and election monitoring organizations. This project works in three main directions: 1) Increased transparency and fairness of local self-government elections through election observation; 2) Strengthened civil society at the local level; and 3) Increased capacity of newly elected municipalities. Recent ISFED initiatives include town hall meetings with elected officials, public opinion research, advocacy workshops, and civic and voter education campaigns.

Strengthening Political Processes (SPP)
July 2014-December 2018
National Democratic Institute (NDI)

www.ndi.org
International Republican Institute (IRI)
www.iri.org

The SPP Project works through its implementing partners, NDI and IRI, to strengthen political parties (IRI); increase the legislative effectiveness of party caucuses in legislative bodies (NDI); and enhance independent oversight of elections (IRI and NDI).

Strengthening Electoral Processes (SEP)
July 2014 – December 2018
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

www.ifes.org

The SEP Project works towards the following objectives: 1) improve government capacity to administer and oversee free and fair electoral processes; and 2) enhance civic engagement around key electoral and political processes and reforms.

Advancing Civil Society Organization (CSO) Capacities and Engaging Society for Sustainability (ACCESS)
September 2014–September 2019
East-West Management Institute (EWMI)

www.ewmi.org

ACCESS aims to make citizens more aware of and be involved in CSO activities; improve CSO leadership, organizational capacity and sustainability across a range of organizations in and outside of Tbilisi; empower CSOs to more effectively monitor and influence government policies and processes; and ensure that, through local ownership, Centers for Civic Engagement continue to operate as politically neutral gathering spaces for public discourse.

Media for Transparent and Accountable Governance (M-TAG)
September 2014–September 2019
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)

www.irex.org

In support of Georgia’s media sector, M-TAG will build the capacity of journalists to demonstrate accurate and ethical reporting on public interest issues, including key government reforms, as well as support regional media outlets to improve financial viability and transparency. This will be achieved by a set of coordinated activities in support of two objectives: Objective: 1) Journalists demonstrate accurate and ethical reporting on public interest issues, including progress towards key government reforms. Objective; 2) Regional media outlets demonstrate improved financial viability and transparency.

Last updated: February 23, 2015

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