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Promotion of Civic Participation and Development of Local Self-Government Capacities in Samtskhe/Javakheti, 2011

 

Caritas Czech Republic

The purpose of the project „Promotion of Civic Participation and Development of Local Self-Government Capacities in Samtskhe/Javakheti“ is enhancement of civic participation in public life in rural areas of Georgia. In broader and long-term perspective the project’s ambition resides in a positive impact on increase of standard of living of inhabitants in the region.

     The target group of the implemented project are representatives of village committees of three mainly Georgian (Arali, Ude, Vale) and two mainly Armenian (Tsinubani, Naokhrebi) villages and their inhabitants.  Village committees in these villages emerged in the last two years with the support of Caritas Czech Republic and Caritas Georgia. They were particularly active in identification of development needs of individual villages and in supplying the villages with drinking and service water, which is quite problematic in this region. In every committee, there is about ten of the most respected and most active village citizens.

     Primarily project aims on active participation of villagers in decision-making processes on local level. The citizens will get an opportunity to express - by petition or by referendum -their opinion about village’s problems and suggestions how to solve them.  Outcomes from referendum will be taken into account during creation of the community plans.

     Education represents is a key sector also in the field of local development; within the frame of the project there is earmarked significant space for training of local activists and representatives of local administration. There will be conducted seminars for member of village committees which will consist of two parts: a theoretical one – on the topic of strategic planning; second part of the trainings will include creation of long-term community plans. The plans should be elaborated on the basis of joint consensus among the given village’s inhabitants and take into account their necessity and contribution for the whole community. In order to find a particular solution for selected problems of the village, there will be invited a professional/specialist in the given problem (e.g. a specialist in irrigation systems, building repairs, drinking water supply etc.)

     Another step will be realization of chosen community project in each of the five villages; which project will be selected depends again on inhabitants´ joint decision of the particular village.  Implementation of community projects presumes financial contribution of local administration in the given region.

           As a supplementary parallel activity there are organized course of Georgian language for adults, in which Armenian villages’ inhabitants could take part. The language barrier presents one of the obstacles in the way of development of Armenian villages. The courses will be organized in the villages of Tsinubani and Naokhrebi.

     In the last phase of the project there is scheduled project evaluation as well as elaboration of analysis of territorial-administrative reform which Georgia has lately undergone.

Caritas Czech Republic has implemented the project in cooperation with Caritas Georgia and organization ABCO from January 2010 till June 2011. The project is funded from the sources of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Human Rights & Transition Promotion Policy within the programme “Transition”.

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