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U.S. Government to Provide Flood Recovery Assistance to Georgia

March 19, 2015

On March 19, Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Tamar Beruchashvili, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland, and USAID/Caucasus Deputy Mission Director, Thomas Morris will open the exhibition “Women Members of Constituent Assembly 1919-21.” The event will celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the first women in politics in modern Georgia. The exhibition highlights the election of the Constituent Assembly in 1919, which was unique in that every citizen of Georgia, despite their gender, was able to participate. 

This event is jointly organized by the Women’s Information Center (WIC) and the National Archives of Georgia. WIC implements the USAID-funded Women as Agents for Change and Empowerment project in Tbilisi, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kakheti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Imereti and Gali. WIC works in partnership the Taso Foundation, the Association of Young Economists of Georgia, and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. The project promotes women’s political participation and supports women’s political and economic empowerment.

Students attend one of the 38 eco-camps supported by USAID
August 2, 2013

On Friday, August 2, 2013 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin, along with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection Khatuna Gogaladze and local officials, opened an eco-camp for students from nine eco-clubs from the Alazani watershed to raise awareness in environmental protection and conservation in Tusheti.  During the visit, Mr.

Artifacts uncovered by road rehabilitation project
July 2, 2013

On July 2nd, USAID opened two newly rehabilitated roads in Shida Kartli that are expected to benefit more than 15,000 residents.

The Gori Jvari Road will provide access to the Gori Jvari Monastery, one of the most important cultural sites in the country. Every year, thousands of Georgians visit the site to celebrate feasts of St. George.

Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin signs MOU.
June 20, 2013


On June 19, 2013, USAID Mission Director, Stephen M. Haykin signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) USAID and IFES’ six new partner universities in Georgia. The MOU will set the framework for the introduction of the IFES-developed civic education course, “Democracy and Citizenship,” that will be offered at these universities from 2013 onward. This innovative course was first unveiled in 2011; by fall 2013, the course will be offered at 20 universities throughout Georgia.

Ambassador Richard Norland with Minister of Environment Khatuna Gogaladze
June 3, 2013

U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland joined Minister of Environmental Protection Khatuna Gogaladze and representatives from environmental ministries in Armenia and Azerbaijan at the South Caucasus Conference on Sustainability and Watershed Management on June 3rd at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Tbilisi. The conference brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from three South Caucasus countries to discuss the sustainability of integrated watershed management approaches, including best practices, limitations and challenges, and lessons learned from experiences in the field. 

May 25, 2013


On Saturday, May 25 USAID’s New Economic Opportunities (NEO) Initiative and the Berry and Fruit Cultures Development Association hosted the Samegrelo Strawberry Festival in Zugdidi, Georgia.  This First Annual Strawberry Festival displayed strawberries harvested in Samegrelo and served as a meeting point for strawberry buyers and sellers all over Georgia.


Tbilisi, Georgia – In response to the June 13-14 flooding that devastated Tbilisi, caused tragic loss of life  and destroyed its zoo, the U.S. government—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—is set to provide various forms of flood recovery assistance requested by the government of Georgia.

After close coordination with the Ministry of Finance and Tbilisi Mayor’s office, USAID will send two U.S. Forest Service natural resource teams to Georgia in the next several weeks.  The first team, which arrives next week and includes a geotechnical engineer, watershed specialist, and hydrologist, will conduct an assessment of the flood disaster zone and recommend short-term mitigation steps the government of Georgia can take to minimize future risks.  The second team, which will arrive in two to three weeks and includes zoo specialists, will develop recommendations for safely relocating and modernizing Tbilisi's zoo.

The US government will continue to coordinate with the government of Georgia to identify specific needs related to flood recovery. 

Last updated: September 18, 2015

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