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Working in Crises and Conflict

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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 programs:

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

Horizons aims to expanded opportunities for dialogue and confidence building between youth, professional groups, civil society organizations, and associations in Abkhazia with those in undisputed Georgia. Horizons facilitates relationships between youth and professionals to engage on topics such as education, health, science, and technology.  Horizon’s focus areas include:  improving the healthcare system through expanding HIV/AIDS prevention; improving maternal and child health care services; and increasing learning and social participation opportunities for youth in Abkhazia.

Initiative for Youth-led Civic Dialogue                                                         
Sept 2015 – Dec 2018
International Alert                                                                                                      
This project aims to influence and mobilize a new generation of Georgian, Abkhaz, and Ossetian leaders to engage in pro-peace social change through dialogue and civic initiatives.  The project will target youth to accomplish the following: a) develop knowledge, skills, and values important for civic leadership and activism; b) form bonds and maintain relationships with peers from across the conflict divides; and c) become actively engaged in local discussions, civic initiatives and policy dialogues at a local level and across the conflict divides.


Last updated: January 28, 2019

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