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Vulnerable and Target Populations

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USAID supports Georgia in its efforts to integrate marginalized groups, including ethnic minorities, women and girls, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, victims of domestic violence, and Internally Displaced People in political, government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations and institutions.    

Current Programs: 

Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness (PITA) Program in Georgia
June 2015 – June 2020                                                                                    
United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG)             
Through the Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness (PITA) Program in Georgia, USAID partners with the Government of Georgia and civil society organizations to ensure that all Georgians, regardless of background, have opportunities to contribute to and benefit from the country’s overall development.  USAID’s PITA Program involves activities devoted to: 1) supporting the Government of Georgia to engage ethnic and religious minorities in civic life, with a special focus on young people; 2) fostering person-to-person contact and encouraging the social inclusion of marginalized groups (e.g., religious and ethnic minority communities, sexual minorities, people with disabilities, IDPs); and 3) raising public awareness and education about diversity.  

Protection of Children with Disabilities                                                  
June 2015 – June 2020
This project works to ensure that infants and young children with severe disabilities receive appropriate health and social care. The project works toward this result through: developing a conducive environment for infants and young children with severe disabilities; supporting alternative care facilities as models of intensive specialized social, psychological and medical care for young children with severe disabilities; and integrating these alternative care facilities into Georgia's larger child care, social protection and health care systems. 

Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia                  
Sep 2017 - Sep 2021
Emory University School of Medicine                                                                   
The  Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia activity strengthens the capacity of existing and emerging physical rehabilitation professionals by engaging American and Georgian faculty, clinicians, and physical, occupational, and speech and language therapists.  It expands access to affordable, high-quality physical rehabilitation services, assistive technology, and prosthetics and orthotics.  The activity supports: clinical education at international standards; professional licensure to address immediate and sustained needs; improved access to expertise and technology to expand services; institutionalized reforms in partnership with Georgian institutions; and encouraged substantive participation of affected populations and organizations which represent them. The activity also develops functional assessment tools to support the social model of disability and strengthen disability referral systems.

Pankisi Community Links
Sep 2018 ‐ Sep 2021
Chemonics International Inc.
The Pankisi Community Links activity forges linkages across age groups, as well as ethnic and religious affiliations within Pankisi. It also facilitates people‐to‐people interactions around social and economic opportunities between Pankisi residents and its surrounding areas or the rest of Georgia. The resulting interactions helps create a more cohesive society within Pankisi and bridge the divide between Pankisi and surrounding areas, making the area more resilient  to conflict.


Last updated: April 28, 2020

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