RDFG Chairman Was Elected as a Member of the Central Asia Regional Advisory Group (RAG) and GNDR National Focal Point for Georgia

10 June, 2020 – It is with great honor to inform you that Association Rural Development for Future Georgia’s (RDFG) chairman, Vano Grigolashvili was elected as a member of the Central Asia Regional Advisory Group (RAG) and GNDR National Focal Point for Georgia for the period of 2020-2024. The Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) is the largest international network of organizations committed to working together to improve the lives of people affected by disasters world-wide.

GNDR was launched at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva in May 2007, in the belief that civil society will have a greater impact in strengthening the resilience of vulnerable people by working together. At the national level, Vano Grigolashvili, as a local representative of the network, will be responsible for coordination with other members in their countries and will bring in the national perspective to inform GNDR engagements. RDFG Chairman, as a new RAG will play a critical role in contextualizing the newly launched GNDR member-led Global Strategy – Local Leadership for Global Impact (2020-2025) in Central Asia. As a part of the GNDR governance structure and in an advisory capacity, RAG members will actively feed into and disseminate the decisions of the GNDR Global Board and in the process will hold the Board accountable.

Vano Grigolashvili has over 15 years of working experience with national, regional, and international NGOs from the USA, Europe, and the Caucasus, such as Save the Children International, World Vision International, Oxfam GB, AED, and Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus. Among other kind of expertise, Vano especially specializes in disaster management capacity building, emergency response operations, and the promotion of human rights and livelihoods development. Thus, in 2011, he established a Disaster Risk Reduction Center of RDFG. Since then, the center works to enhance the resilience of communities to disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards and promote the culture of prevention through provision of coordinated and systematic awareness-raising, capacity building and technical assistance in the field of DRR to communities, state and non-state actors at national and local levels.

Vano Grigolashvili – RDFG Chairman; vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge
Nina Kopaleishvili – RDFG Communications Officer; nkopaleishvili@rdfg.ge