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Working in Crises and Conflict

Georgia’s stability is fundamental to the country’s sustained economic and democratic development. Further, U.S. foreign policy goals seek the peaceful restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The 2008 conflict with Russia was the most recent and serious setback in an almost twenty year post-civil war period characterized by pervasive insecurity and periodic flashes of violence associated with Georgia’s occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. U.S. assistance was critical to getting Georgia back on its feet after the war and spurring a sustainable recovery.

USAID’s programs continue to promote a more stable and integrated society capable of participating in the democratic process as an essential part of Georgia’s continued development. Increased engagement and confidence building efforts will reduce tensions with the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and may help Georgia make progress toward peace and eventual reconciliation. Greater integration and inclusion of Georgia’s minorities, women, peoples with disabilities, and internally displaced persons will contribute to inclusive economic growth and citizen participation in governance.

Current programs:

Preservation of Abkhaz Language by Abkhaz and Georgians (PALAG)
Sep 2015 – Sep 2017                                                                                             
Center for Civil Integration and Inter-Ethnic Relations

The goal of the activity is to foster people-to-people reconciliation between Georgians and Abkhazians through protection and promotion of the endangered Abkhazian language.  This will be accomplished through: 1) mobilizing Georgian and Abkhaz academic and civil society around the common interest of preservation and revitalization of Abkhaz language; 2) connecting young people, potential leaders from Abkhazia and Georgia, to respect and advocate universal human values, encouraging them to foster mutual respect, tolerance and peaceful cohabitation; and 3) facilitating the meaningful dialogue on issues of common interest between diverse groups of society, including educational professionals, academics and young scholars and fostering the people-to-people cooperation.

Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-Ossetian People-to-People Reconciliation Project
July 2014 – July 2016
George Mason University
The purpose of this project is to enhance security, increase community capacity for peacebuilding, and strengthen relationships and cross-conflict collaboration among conflict stakeholders. In the short-term, the project aims to improve living conditions for targeted conflict-affected communities by increasing information, communication and economic opportunities. In the mid- to long-term, the project will facilitate changes in the attitudes and behaviors of key conflict stakeholders, including individuals, communities, authorities and civic society. This systemic shift will lay the foundation for future political agreements.

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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