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Working in Crises and Conflict

Georgia’s stability is fundamental to the country’s sustained economic and democratic development.  Further, U.S. foreign policy goals seek the peaceful restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.  The 2008 conflict with Russia was the most recent and serious setback in an almost twenty year post-civil war period characterized by pervasive insecurity and periodic flashes of violence associated with Georgia’s occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. U.S. assistance was critical to getting Georgia back on its feet after the war and spurring a sustainable recovery.

USAID’s programs continue to promote a more stable and integrated society capable of participating in the democratic process as an essential part of Georgia’s continued development. 

Increased engagement and confidence building efforts will reduce tensions with the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and may help Georgia to make progress toward peace and eventual reconciliation. Greater integration and inclusion of Georgia’s minorities, women, peoples with disabilities, and internally displaced persons will contribute to inclusive economic growth and citizen participation in governance.

Current programs:

Youth Engagement in Conflict-affected Areas Project
Aug 2012 – Aug 2015

The purpose of this project is to increase engagement in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The primary mechanism to achieve this goal will be youth engagement through increased communication across the regions, education and skills development. Youth will learn to work together toward shared or common goals, as identified by the youth themselves, while improving decision-making skills and implementing solutions.

Abkhazia Community Revitalization Project
Oct 2010 – Oct 2013
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The Project supports the goal of restoring peace and stability in Georgia through a variety of programs in Abkhazia determined in conjunction with the Government of Georgia and in keeping with the evolving economic and political environment, with a particular emphasis on health care, youth and cross-community interaction.  Activities include: rehabilitation of district hospitals, supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, capacity building of healthcare personnel including contact between professionals from both sides of the administrative boundary line; distribution of medical equipment and supplies; supporting computer literacy classes for youth in schools and youth centers; business skills improvement and vocational training for youth; small-scale infrastructure rehabilitation in 15 communities.

Rehabilitation of Minor Roads in Abkhazia Project
Oct 2012 – Oct 2013
HALO Trust

This project supports reconciliation by rehabilitating rural transportation infrastructure that will enable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to return to areas that are currently difficult to access, allowing them to restore their homes and livelihoods. The project will spur economic growth by restoring or ensuring year-round access to farmlands, markets and between communities, thereby providing the potential for increased incomes and communication between ethnic groups. HALO will rehabilitate 16 sites during the first year of the project. This includes nine sites in ethnic-Georgian regions, two in a region with mixed Abkhaz and Georgian beneficiaries, and four in ethnic Abkhaz territory. With the exception of four sites, all sites are in the two southernmost regions of Abkhazia, Tkvarcheli and Gali.

Last updated: July 10, 2014

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