USAID Officially Launches New Program to Enhance Local Governance in Georgia

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Friday, November 4, 2022
USAID Assistant Administrator Erin E.McKee

USAID Assistant Administrator Erin E. McKee joined Mzia Giorgobiani, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia to officially launch the USAID Local Governance Program, a new, $21 million program that will work with municipalities of Georgia to support decentralization and public administration reform, as well as enhance the effectiveness, accountability, and citizen responsiveness of target local governments. The event will include short video presentations about citizens’ perceptions of local governance and needs from the regions and the USAID Local Governance Program goals and objectives.

The USAID Local Governance Program is a five-year initiative that aims to strengthen accountability across the local governance ecosystem and enhance the delivery of inclusive and user-centered public services at the local level and support central-level institutions to manage the implementation of decentralization and public administration reform.

The Program will provide support to at least 22 municipalities and include others in learning, exchange, and outreach activities. Program will encourage dialogue and partnerships between local governments, citizens, and the private sector to secure private sector financial support for improved public services and increased local revenues.

This new $21 million investment by the American people, through USAID, in Georgia’s local government is just the latest example of the 30-year U.S.-Georgian partnership. Over this period, the U.S. government has provided nearly $6 billion to Georgia. The USAID Local Government Program is implemented in partnership with TetraTech, Inc.

Last updated: December 08, 2022

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