Ongoing projects Completed projects
V4 Rural Development Experience for Sustainable Growth
Donor: Visegrad Fund
Start/End date: September 2019 – April 2020
Location: Tetritskaro Municipality
The goal of the project is to lift the conditions of the people of Tetritskaro using examples of V4 countries’ experiences of utilizing nature conservation to increase economic benefits from sustainable agriculture and tourism. It improves the development framework by supporting the Tetritskaro Local Action Group to write an Action Plan on Utilizing the Confluence of Economy and Environment in Tetritskaro Municipality.
To support sustainable economic growth, local people need to see examples of success stories and will benefit from guidance and inspiration from local experts. V4 countries, having also experienced a historic period of communist rule, can share relevant experience on how to preserve and harness natural resources to improve local economies, through tourism and agriculture. Tetritskaro and its citizens will greatly benefit from these insights. Visegrad citizens will also benefit from the project activities, information on which will be shared by project partners, as organizations and individuals connect with innovators, entrepreneurs, and passionate young activists from Georgia.
This project is tied to and complements the existing project – Rural Development for Sustainable Growth in the Tetritskaro Municipality, funded by the European Union within the ENPARD programme.
Project partners: Fórum Ochrany Přírody / Nature Conservation Forum, Cz&K Consulting Ltd., Nadácia Ekopolis / Ekopolis Foundation
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Innovation and Us
European Union, Save the Children, Children and Youth Development Fund
3 January, 2019 – 31 October, 2019
The project aims to support internally displaced young people to develop entrepreneurial and employability skills through innovative approaches and non-formal education. The project aims to train young people in three the most in demand directions in labor market: Web-design, marketing and English language and help them develop necessary employability skills. In the framework of the project young participants will establish a social enterprise that will serve as an e-commerce platform where other social enterprises will sell their products.
Tatia Bzhalava – Project Manager
- Youth Component
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Component
Start/End date: Winter 2018 – Spring 2020
Location: Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Kakheti.
USAID Zrda Activity is a five-year program designed to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions by improving MSME growth, increasing productivity of rural households, facilitating market linkages between producers and buyers and promote local economic development by establishing and strengthening networks. As a result, Zrda will create jobs and increase sales for MSMEs and incomes for households, bolstering the resilience and livelihoods of the target communities. Zrda targets communities in proximity to the administrative boundary lines and communities with ethnic minority populations:
- USAID Zrda Youth Component – The Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program implemented by RDFG aims to strengthen rural youth through entrepreneurship.
All in all, 5 hundred young people (age of 18-29) living in the 9 target municipalities will be engaged in the project. The training sessions will be implemented on the basis of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) entrepreneurial-training manual. After the first stage, the project participants will be required to present their business ideas related to Agriculture, Tourism, Innovations/Technologies and Creative Industry.
Within the second stage, the authors of 15 entrepreneurial ideas or the group of authors will be invited to the boot camp where during 6-7 days they will have an opportunity to attend the intensive training sessions and work on turning their own ideas into the business projects. At the end of the boot camp, the jury will reveal 3 winner business projects that will be awarded with grants:
- 10 000 GEL
- 8 000 GEL
- 6 000 GEL
The key outputs of the project:
- At least 5 hundred rural youth will undergo entrepreneurship trainings;
- At least 5 new enterprise will be created, 25 people will be employed.
Revaz Javelidze – Networking/ Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG
- One of the main aims of the USAID Zrda is to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions. As it is impossible to support the sustainable economic development without creating safe environment, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Component consists of disaster risk reduction activities on the local level, elaborating municipal emergency management plans according to modern standards and implementing relevant methods at the level of instructions. Within the project, DRR activities are being implemented by the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) and RDFG DRR Center.
Shota Kublashvili – RDFG Emergency Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Expert
Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia
German Environment Agency (UBA)
December, 2017 – November, 2019
The transboundary project “Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia” goal is to contribute to the improvement and strengthening of national capacities of authorized/component agencies and industrial enterprises in Armenia and Georgia, to improve the management of disasters caused by industrial accidents, including by those with transboundary impact, to increase the level of preparedness of industrial enterprises, selecting industrial storage basins (tailings) as target facilities.
Project is financed by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and is implemented by the Armenian non-governmental organization “Eco Peace” in partnership with the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG).
Georgian component of the project is implemented in close collaboration with the LEPL National Agency of Mines under the Ministry of Economic and Sustainable Development of Georgia, LEPL National Environmental Agency and Environmental Supervision Department under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia State Sub-Agency of Emergency Management Service, as well as private mining companies such as RMG Gold.
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG DRR Center Chairman
Keti Gloveli – Project Assistant, RDFG
Rural Development for Sustainable Growth of Tetritskaro Municipality
European Union, under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia – ENPARD II
November, 2016 – September, 2020
This long-term project, “Rural Development for Sustainable Growth of Tetritskaro Municipality,” will improve the quality of life in Tetritskaro using innovative social-economic models. This project uses a LEADER approach to rural development. Fundamentally, it is the energy and resources of the local people that contribute to the rural development process by forming partnerships at a sub-regional level between the public, private and civil sectors.
Nelly Revazishvili – RDFG Rural Development Project Manager