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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)             
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. 

Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia                  
Sep 2017 - Sep 2021
Emory University School of Medicine                                                                   
The  Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia  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.
The Pankisi Eco-Links activity will address the primary underlying grievances in Pankisi: inter-community divides and economic and social isolation. The activity will forge linkages across age groups and religious affiliations within Pankisi. It will facilitate people-to-people interactions around social and economic opportunities between Pankisi residents, its surrounding areas, and the rest of Georgia. The project will engage local groups, including women and youth, in activities through community dialogue and the Local Implementation Funding Tool. It will also forge economic linkages between Pankisi entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in surrounding areas.

Last updated: November 13, 2019

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