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Country Development Cooperation Strategy - Georgia

United States (U.S.) policy in Georgia exemplifies how our approach to former communist states can succeed. Thanks in large part to U.S. political support and assistance, a country close to being a failed state eight years ago now is a strong partner in combating terrorism and nuclear proliferation, contributes substantially to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) missions, has constructive relations with most of its neighbors, and is one of the most democratic countries in the former Soviet Union. At the same time, Georgia presents challenges to which the U.S. is committed to respond. Georgia requires further democratic development, reforms in other areas need to be sustained, and the Russian occupation of the separatist regions of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia undermines their reintegration into Georgia and puts a brake on the overall reform process, a U.S. priority.

Building on 20 years of partnership, in 2012, the U.S. government allocated  USAID development resources over a period of five years, from 2013 to 2017 (currently extended to June 2020), to achieve the goal of strengthening and sustaining Georgia’s democratic, free-market, and Western-oriented transformation. To attain this goal, we have concentrated effort on the following three development objectives (DOs) in the 2013-2020 Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS): (1) democratic checks and balances and accountable governance enhanced, (2) inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and (3) an increasingly stable, integrated and healthy society. Through smart investments, the U.S. government has partnered with the Government of Georgia and other host country entities to promote democratic checks and balances and more accountable governance that contribute to more competitive and enduring democratic institutions.

Through the application of a political economy lens to our economic growth efforts, we have advanced inclusive and more sustainable growth. Through dedicated efforts to improve stability and integration, the U.S. government helps to increase the security of the Georgian people. Programming under this strategy has developed and employed host country systems and championed USAID Forward reform goals. CDCS cross-cutting themes include gender equality, youth, human and institutional capacity development, and transparency and evidence-based decision-making.

This strategy represents a transition away from robust post-conflict programming funded by the U.S. government’s 2008 pledge of $1 billion to a more normalized assistance package. A core principle for the U.S. government has been the sustainability of post-conflict investments. As the Mission focused from five objectives in the post-conflict strategy to three objectives under this CDCS, assistance in key areas has been graduating, including in large-scale infrastructure and health. The strategy is aligned with host country priorities, U.S. foreign policy, and the U.S. government initiatives, including Feed the Future and Global Climate Change. USAID is prepared to be held accountable for the achievement of the development objectives outlined in this CDCS, though the effort will be reinforced by other U.S. government actors and donors. Achievement of the CDCS goal will require both diplomatic and assistance effort on the part of the U.S. government and broader donor community, and is subject to a number of host country-setting risks and assumptions.

By the end of this strategy period, we expect to see a Georgia that practices more accountable governance; achieves more broad-based and sustainable economic development; and has made tangible progress reaching out to people in the separatist regions, and in regions with significant minority populations.

Extended through: December 31, 2020

Last updated: April 28, 2020

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