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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 program:

Horizons Project - Strengthening Community Resilience in Abkhazia
June 2016 – June 2021

Horizons helps build confidence and promote reconciliation between Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia by encouraging dialogue among youth, professional associations, and civil society organizations. The program facilitates relationships between students and young professionals. It also supports tangible improvements to social, economic, and health outcomes in Abkhazia. Focus areas include HIV/AIDS prevention, improved maternal and children’s healthcare services, and increased learning and civic participation opportunities for young people.

Empowering Youth for Peace
Sep 2018 ‐ Sep 2021
Eurasia Partnership
USAID’s Empowering Youth for Peace (EYP) activity recognizes that young people hold the greatest power to achieve reconciliation. The activity aims to foster youth civic engagement and build bridges between communities divided by conflict. In particular, it brings ethnic Abkhaz and Georgian youth together around common interests and concerns. EYP supports 16 Youth Banks in Abkhazia and in the rest of Georgia to empower young people to become agents of positive change in their communities. By giving young people the capacity to seek solutions, the activity is designed to build confidence and foster reconciliation between conflict-affected communities.  

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.

Youth‐led Civic Dialogue and Action
Sep 2019 ‐ Sep 2024
International Alert‐
USAID's Youth‐led Civic Dialogue and Action program supports civic activism among Georgian and Abkhaz young people to diversify and strengthen civil society and normalize relationships across the dividing line. Specific activities include: Widening young people’s perspectives, embracing a more open‐minded worldview, and gaining new skills such as critical thinking, listening, dialogue, advocacy, and ability to sensitively articulate arguments; Analyzing problems and understanding their position as agents of change in their own societies; Discussing the common problems with peers on a regional level and putting new skills into practice for resolving those problems; and Providing opportunities for purposeful interaction of young people across the dividing line.


Last updated: April 28, 2020

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