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USAID funds more than 35 programs to strengthen Georgia's resilience to malign influence, consolidate democratic gains through enhanced citizen responsive governance, and enable high-value employment through increased economic growth. 

Current Programs: 

Advancing CSO Capacities and Engaging Society for Sustainability (ACCESS)
Partner: East-West Management Institute
ACCESS works to empower civil society across Georgia, with a special focus on rural communities.  The activity partners with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to help them drive public debate about key issues, give voice to underrepresented members of society, and ultimately contribute to more effective and responsive governance. The activity strengthens CSOs through human and institutional capacity building and small grants for community initiatives.  By supporting CSOs to inform citizens about key issues as well as monitor and influence government policies, ACCESS gives a greater voice to Georgia’s communities, leading to more responsive governance.

Agriculture Program
Partner: CNFA
The Agriculture Program co-invests with key Government ministries and an array of private sector partners to increase production capacity, efficiency, and compliance with international standards of quality. The activity targets agricultural value chains that show the most potential to generate revenues and create high-value jobs in rural Georgia, including the production and processing of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other horticulture products. USAID assistance enables producers and processors to add value through modern production, processing, storage, and distribution techniques, while building regional and international market linkages.

Basic Education
Partner: RTI International
Basic Education promotes innovative approaches to learning, building on the successes of previous U.S. Government investments in Georgia’s education system. The activity supports the implementation of sustainable, inclusive, and student-centered education reforms in line with the priorities of the Government of Georgia. The activity aims to support all primary school students and teachers in Georgia’s public schools, emphasizing interactive learning methods to help students develop skills in reading, mathematics, critical thinking, and problem-solving to establish a foundation for lifelong success.

Bridging the Gap: People to People Initiatives for Conflict Resolution
Partner: Cultural-Humanitarian Fund “Sukhumi” (FS)
USAID’s Bridging the Gap Program is a four-year initiative that aims to foster the resolution of Georgia’s conflicts by facilitating people-to-people interaction between members of key target groups (youth, civil society representatives, entrepreneurs, and healthcare workers).  Program activities are designed to promote civic activity, private sector engagement and business linkages, and access to quality healthcare services.

Business Development Service Program
Partner: Gazelle Fund LP
The USAID Business Development Service Program, implemented by Gazelle Finance Georgia, is a three-year program to help SMEs strengthen their ability to attract future private sector investment through improved business planning, financial management and reporting, and marketing. The Program will support beneficiary SMEs through a combination of zero-interest loans, grants, and direct technical assistance from Gazelle Finance.

Capacity Building the State Audit Office of Georgia
Partner: Government Accountability Office
Georgia’s Public Finance Management oversight institutions ensure that government agencies are transparent and accountable in their use of public funds. Democratic development requires trustworthy public institutions. Through this activity, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Center for Audit Excellence introduces the State Audit Office of Georgia to approaches and methodologies for quantifying and estimating the potential or actual effects of its findings, and assists it to develop policies and procedures to do so.

Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy in Georgia (DRIVE Democracy)
Partner: Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD)
DRIVE Democracy empowers voters to meaningfully engage in political processes and hold elected officials accountable for responding to issues that matter to citizens. The activity equips active citizens with the skills, tools, and knowledge to effectively engage elected representatives on behalf of their interests. DRIVE Democracy is part of USAID Georgia’s shift from the “supply-side” of responsive politics to the “demand-side.” 

Economic Security Program
Partner: DAI Global LLC
The Economic Security Program supports economic sectors with the highest long-term potential. These include intellectual services, light manufacturing, creative industries, and tourism. Through the activity, USAID provides technical assistance and cost-share grants to enhance growth and productivity in these four target sectors. This assistance helps develop value chains; enhances the viability of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises; supports a more skilled workforce; and facilitates public-private partnerships. The activity leverages local resources and facilitates collaboration between government and the private sector to help Georgia build the capacity to plan, finance, and implement its own solutions to development challenges.

Economic Governance Program
Partner: Deloitte Consulting LLP
The Economic Governance Program improves economic governance and leadership in Georgia. The activity increases Georgia’s ability to attract private sector investment by building the sustainability of the consultative economic reform-making process, and promoting the formulation, adoption, and implementation of priority economic reforms that will make Georgia’s business environment more transparent, predictable, consistent, inclusive, and cost-effective. With this increased capacity and commitment to attracting domestic and international private sector investment, Georgia will be able to access the resources it needs to finance its development priorities. 

Elections and Political Processes (EPP)
Partner: Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening
The EPP activity aims to ensure that the needs and interests of Georgian citizens are better represented through the democratic process.  The activity strengthens the capacity of political parties, citizen groups, municipal governments, and Georgia’s election administration to solidify the foundation for citizen-centered politics and governance in Georgia.  EPP joins six other USAID elections and political processes activities implemented by local Georgian organizations to assist Georgia for the 2020 Parliamentary and 2021 Local Elections.

Empowering Youth for Peace
Partner: Europe Foundation
Empowering Youth for Peace fosters initial intra-community cohesion within Russian-occupied Abkhazia and bridges the dividing Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with Tbilisi Administered Territories by linking youth living in occupied Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia, around common interests and concerns. The activity supports civic activism and peacebuilding throughout Georgia using the Youth Bank methodology. Under this model, young people receive financing to plan, manage, and implement small but impactful community projects.  This creates long-term momentum for peace by supporting a group of like-minded future leaders who have established personal connections across the ABL. 

Facilitating Accountability, Integrity and Reforms in Elections (FAIR)
Partner: ISFED
FAIR Elections in Georgia contributes to more equal, free and fair electoral and political processes in Georgia by facilitating accountability, integrity and policy reforms in elections.  With USAID’s support, ISFED contributes to efforts to bolster a robust electoral framework through comprehensive recommendations and evidence-based advocacy for electoral reforms. 
The activity also provides the public with independent and impartial assessments of elections and related political processes with sophisticated and innovative methods and facilitates confidence in electoral processes through timely detection and reaction to electoral irregularities and tracking the handling of violations by the election administration and relevant agencies.

Free, Fair and Equal Electoral-Political 2019-2022 Cycle in Georgia
Partner: Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA)
Free, Fair and Equal Electoral-Political 2019-2022 Cycle in Georgia promotes competitive and transparent electoral processes in Georgia. It conducts monitoring and research of political-electoral processes in between, during and after elections, and addresses the problems identified with robust advocacy, awareness raising, and strategic litigation to shape the regulatory environment towards a fairer and more equal electoral environment. 

Georgia Hazelnut Improvement Program (G-HIP)
Partner: CNFA
G-HIP leverages the technical and financial resources of USAID and the global confectionary company Ferrero to advance the development of Georgia’s hazelnut sector. The activity increases the quality and quantity of Georgian hazelnut production, improves processing capabilities, and establishes market linkages that will allow smallholder growers to reach lucrative end markets.

Georgia Information Integrity Project
Partner: Zinc Network Limited
The Georgia Information Integrity Project helps Georgia build societal resilience to disinformation. USAID partners with the Government of Georgia, civil society, academia, and the private sector to develop a comprehensive, “whole-of-society” approach to protecting Georgia’s information space. USAID will cultivate a network of domestic actors who actively combat disinformation to ensure that Georgia’s citizens have access to fact-based information about key issues. By engaging these domestic partners, USAID leverages local expertise and ensures domestic ownership of development outcomes.

Good Governance Initiative (GGI)
Partner: Tetra Tech ARD
The Good Governance Initiative supports Georgia’s legislative and executive branches to improve the quality of governance through increased transparency, accountability, and effectiveness. Key partners include the Parliament of Georgia, the Administration of the Government of Georgia, State Ministries and local government bodies, and civil society organizations.

Human and Institutional Capacity Development
Partner: The Kaizen Company, LLC
The Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) Activity in Georgia will achieve lasting results in the human and institutional capacity development of key strategic partner institutions in Georgia that play an important role in advancing the country’s ability to plan, manage, and finance its own development. These include governmental, non-governmental, and private sector entities for all types of HICD services. USAID technical assistance under this contract will increase the organizational integrity, operational effectiveness, and long-term viability of these key partner organizations.

Independent Living Program (ILP)   
Partner: McLain Association for Children (MAC Georgia)
The Independent Living Program helps Georgian society build on the progress it has already made protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, promoting the independent living model so that persons with disabilities can participate more fully in Georgian society. The activity works with local governments in six Georgian municipalities to build capacity, deliver improved public services, and promote independent living as a development objective for supporting persons with disabilities. The activity also promotes the independent living model of support in other municipalities around Georgia.

Industry-Led Skills Development Program
Partner: International Executive Service Corps
Youth-led Civic Dialogue and Action empowers young people in conflict-affected communities to lead civic activities; diversifies and strengthens civil society; and normalizes relationships across the dividing line. The activity targets young people interested in building bridges between communities divided by conflict. Activities equip the next generation of civic leaders with tools to transcend existing conflict narratives and forge better futures for their communities.

Integrated Pest Management Activity in Abkhazia
Partner: Food and Agriculture Organization
Integrated Pest Management increases the capacity of farmers in Abkhazia to adopt and implement integrated pest management techniques against the most widespread agricultural pests and diseases. The activity also fosters cooperation and information sharing between stakeholders on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line. 

Media for Transparent and Accountable Governance (M-TAG)
Partner: IREX
M-TAG builds the capacity of journalists to deliver accurate and ethical reporting on public interest issues, including key government reforms, and supports regional, independent media outlets to improve their financial viability and transparency. The activity works with competitively selected regional media organizations to increase their long-term capacities in content creation, web publishing, and business operations, and also builds the capacity of media outlets serving Georgia’s diverse communities to produce content in multiple languages. Three participating media outlets serve communities near the Administrative Boundary Lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia and four others serve ethnic minority communities.

Monitoring Electoral Processes in Minority Regions
Partner: Public Movement Multi-National Georgia (PMMG)
Monitoring of Electoral Processes in Minority Regions increases the political participation of ethnic minorities in Georgia and builds awareness of minority voters about electoral rights and procedures, electoral systems, and the need for informed participation to generate greater participation of ethnic minorities in the electoral process. The activity will conduct full-cycle monitoring of electoral processes in the ethnic minority-populated communities of Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Kakheti, implement ethnic minority voter educational programs, and research how ethnic minorities exercise their political and electoral rights.

Monitoring Political Party Finances and Misuse of Administrative Resources during Election Processes
Partner: Transparency International Georgia
Monitoring Political Party Finances and Misuse of Administrative Resources During Election Processes monitors transparency in election campaign funding, political financing and use of administrative resources for electoral purposes. The activity tracks developments related to political finance, including assessing financial reports of political parties, tracking and assessing any relevant amendments to legislation, and the work of the State Audit Office; conducts Parallel Expenditure Tracking of leading political parties; and publishes reports on the misuse of administrative resources in elections.

National Parks and Eco-tourism Program
Partner: The Department of the Interior (DOI)
The National Parks and Ecotourism (NPE) Program, implemented by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP), assists the country’s efforts to preserve and protect Georgia’s national parks and protected areas for current and future generations while generating sustainable economic opportunities in surrounding communities. NPE provides technical assistance and training to improve the organizational capacity, tourism and economic development of Georgia’s parks, and build Georgia’s reputation as a regional leader for professionally managed national parks and protected areas.

Pankisi Community Links
Partner: Chemonics International
Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge is home to the Kists, a Sunni Muslim ethnic group with a long history of peaceful interaction with neighboring communities. This interaction was disrupted by the lawlessness of the 1990s and early 2000s, causing Pankisi to become largely isolated from the rest of the country, hampering economic development, and rendering local communities vulnerable to malign influences. Pankisi Community Links partners with communities in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge to build social and economic ties with the rest of the country, empowering residents to contribute to Georgia’s overall development, creating a more cohesive society within Pankisi, and making the area more resilient to conflict. 

Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia
Partner: Emory University School of Medicine
Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia expands Georgian citizens’ access to quality, affordable physical rehabilitation services and assistive technologies. Emory University implements this activity in partnership with Tbilisi State Medical University, the Coalition for Independent Living, Partner for International Development, and McLain Association for Children.

Potato Program in Georgia
Partner: International Potato Center (CIP)
The Potato Program partners with CIP to develop a domestic supply chain of high-yielding, disease resistant potatoes that are commercially attractive, from generating high quality seed through improved production quantity and quality. This assistance helps farmers generate higher revenues and supply to local and international markets, establishing a potato industry that can drive economic development in rural communities.

Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG)
Partner: East-West Management Institute
PROLoG supports Georgia’s justice system to improve the implementation of due process and the protection of human rights by: strengthening the legal framework; improving the management of justice system institutions; enhancing the capacity of legal professionals; and improving access to justice for marginalized groups.

Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia
Partner: Georgian Institute of Politics
Promoting Youth Transformational Leaders in Georgia supports the next generation of transformational young political leaders in Georgia, enhancing their participation and representation in public life. The activity equips young leaders with necessary skills for political participation, including leadership, communication, networking, and knowledge of Georgia’s political landscape.

Securing Georgia’s Energy Future
Partner: Deloitte Consulting LLP  
Securing Georgia’s Energy Future helps Georgia diversity its sources of energy while building a resilient, competitive, and transparent market attractive to international investors. It does this by increasing investment in energy infrastructure to diversify sources, including renewable power generation; incentivizing new domestic generation capacity and catalyzing increased energy trade with Georgia’s neighbors in line with Georgia’s commitments under the European Energy Community; strengthening the energy sector’s cybersecurity capabilities, protecting key energy infrastructure from malign influence including cyberattacks; and supporting improved energy planning and forecasting, ensuring that Georgia’s energy system is capable of meeting growing demand for energy.

Strengthening Democratic Resilience
Partner: People in Need
Strengthening Democratic Resilience is jointly supported by USAID and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the State Department’s Emerging Donor Challenge Program. Together they partner with a consortium of Czech organizations led by People in Need to strengthen the ability of Georgia’s independent media to expose and counter disinformation and malign influence. The activity strengthens Georgia’s resilience to malign influence in the context of the 2020 Parliamentary and 2021 Local Elections.

Supporting Youth and Women Entrepreneurship in Georgia (YES Georgia)
Partner: Crystal Fund
YES-Georgia supports economic growth and empowers Georgia’s youth and women by encouraging innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, and enhancing youth and women’s employability. The activity provides emerging entrepreneurs and professionals with skills development, business training, mentoring, and access to finance. With support from the White House Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, YES-Georgia has a renewed focus on supporting women, launching new activities designed to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs, providing more than 2,500 women with business management training, access to legal and accounting services, and mentoring and networking opportunities.

Youth-Led Civic Dialogue and Action
Partner: International Alert
Youth-led Civic Dialogue and Action boosts youth-led civic activism among youth living in occupied Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia; diversifies and strengthens civil society; and normalizes relationships across the dividing line. The activity targets young people interested in building bridges between communities divided by conflict. Activities equip the next generation of civic leaders with tools to transcend existing conflict narratives and forge better futures for their communities. 

Zrda
Partner: Chemonics International
Zrda catalyzes economic growth in rural areas by supporting Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises to grow into profitable businesses capable of providing employment opportunities. The activity works in 81 communities across Georgia, with a special focus on areas adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Lines and in regions with underserved ethnic minority populations.

Last updated: October 15, 2021

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