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Target and Vulnerable Populations


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: 

Initiative for Youth-led Civic Dialogue                                                  
Sept 2015 – Dec 2018
International Alert

The overall goal of the project is to mobilize new generation of Georgian, Abkhaz and Ossetian potential leaders for pro-peace social change. This is to be achieved through cross divide dialogue with peers and civic initiatives within their own societies. The project will take a civic education and activism approach. It will develop knowledge, skills and values important for civic leadership and activism; form bonds and maintain relationships with peers from across the Administrative Border Line; and promote active engagement of the new generation in local discussions, civic initiatives and policy dialogues at a local level and across the conflict divides.

Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness (PITA) Program in Georgia
June 2015 – June 2020                                                                                    
United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG)

The PITA program works: 1) to increase interaction between ethnic and religious minorities and the GOG, by supporting engagement mechanisms and coordinating with other key GOG stakeholders;  2) to increase levels of civic engagement and integration both among and between youth of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds with an aim to be inclusive of other marginalized groups (gender, LGBT, disabilities, IDP, etc.) on local, regional and national levels; and, 3) to increase public awareness and education on diversity, including, but not limited to the use of television media.

Protection of Children with Disabilities                                                  
June 2015 – June 2020
The project is aimed at providing infants and young children with severe disabilities with  appropriate health and social care. This result will be achieved through: 1) developing conducive environment for infants and young children with severe disabilities; 2) supporting  two small-scale facilities as the models of intensive specialized social, psychological and medical care for young children with severe disabilities; and 3) integrating these two small-scale alternative facilities into the county’s child care, social protection and health care systems. 

Reduction of Domestic Violence in Georgia                                                
Sept 2015 – July 2019    
State Fund for Protection and Assistance of (Statutory) Victims of  Human Trafficking (ATIP Fund)                                                                                       

ATIP supports the GOG’s National Action Plan for domestic violence (DV) prevention and protection.  This will be achieved by institutionalizing the role of DV social workers; establishing a national referral system; and including anti-DV education in schools, civic dialogue, and media.

Strengthening Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia (SPRING)                        
Sep 2017 - Sep 2021
Emory University School of Medicine                                                                   
The Strengthening Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia (SPRING) activity, implemented by Emory University in partnership with Tbilisi State Medical University and Coalition for Independent Living, will strengthen the capacity of existing and emerging physical rehabilitation professionals by engaging American and Georgian faculty, clinicians, Physical, Occupational, and Speech and Language Therapists.  It will expand access to affordable, high-quality physical rehabilitation services, assistive technology, and prosthetics and orthotics.  The activity will support clinical education at international standards; professional licensure to address immediate and sustained needs; improve access to expertise and technology to expand services; institutionalize reforms in partnership with Georgian institutions; and encourage substantive participation of affected populations and organizations which represent them. The activity will also finalize functional assessment tools to support the social model of disability, and strengthen disability referral systems.

Pankisi Eco-Links Activity         
Sept 2018 – Sept Oct 2021
Chemonics International, Inc.  

Pankisi Eco-Links activity will address the primary underlying grievance in Pankisi: economic isolation.  The activity will facilitate people-to-people interactions around economic incentives between Pankisi and its surrounding areas, utilizing the two-pronged implementation approach: forging linkages between Pankisi entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in surrounding areas; and  connecting Pankisi youth with ethnic Georgian entrepreneurs and youth around entrepreneurship education.  The resulting interactions will help bridge the divide between Pankisi and surrounding areas, increasing economic interdependence and making the area more resilient to conflict. 

Last updated: October 09, 2018

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