Gender Equality and Community Empowerment

Community Development

In RDFG, we believe that the opportunities should be equal and equitable for each member of the community, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, social status, disability, etc. We are fully committed to supporting inclusive programs to ensure that all the community members get equal and equitable services and foster civic engagement in the community’s sustainable development.

We create the opportunities for locals to facilitate their economic growth and empowering local societies self-resilience.

RDFG is promoting and integrating innovative local territories development and management approaches, local civil society development models, municipal structures capacity building methodologies.

We provide training sessions, mentoring, and coaching programs to strengthen community and empower them with knowledge, skills, and information.

Community Engagement in Decision Making and Planning
RDFG promotes civic engagement in decision and policymaking. Based on the LEADER approach, RDFG initiates the establishment of local action groups (LAGs) that have own strategy for the local development. LEADER approach is based on the European experience and is centered around the idea that decisions related to rural development issues are made most effectively with the participation of local private, public, and civil sectors. The LEADER approach is based on seven core principles: Area-based local development strategies, bottom-up approach, public-private partnerships, innovation, integration, multi-sector actions, networking, and cooperation.
 
LAGs are based on the analysis of opportunities and challenges in the community identified the rural development priorities and elaborated balanced, cooperative, and inclusive local development strategy. Aligned local development strategy priorities, the local action group will lead a competitive selection and financing on the local development projects.
 
Within strengthening the national emergency management system, to provide the technical assistance, RDFG DRR Center closely partners with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and other stakeholders to facilitate the enhancement of emergency management information system at the central and local levels in the country. Within the framework of the mentioned cooperation, RDFG’s disaster risks reduction and emergency management experts actively work with rural population – this includes permanent meetings with local communities and city halls representatives, assessing manmade and natural hazards and elaborating local emergency plans.

Enabling Access to Economic Opportunities
Income inequality remains one of the core challenges for our country, especially in rural areas. RDFG focuses on generating livelihoods and improving incomes among people living in extreme poverty by supporting MSMEs development, provision of modern infrastructure for smallholder farmers, skills development, and provision of life-long learning opportunities.
 
RDFG creates economic opportunities through various donor-funded programs, and independently established projects. We foster public-private partnerships, support agriculture and rural development through the establishment of micro, small, and medium enterprises, thus create a source of income for disadvantaged people. RDFG encourages all the members of the community, including women, youth, minorities and IDPs, to develop skills, get educated, and create own sources of income.

Local Civil Society Strengthening
Empowered civil society is the backbone of every community’s sustainability. This kind of independent groups are keeping governments accountable, promote peace, and foster the well-being of citizens.
 
Our goal is to contribute to the sustainable inclusive development for all people and fight against poverty by promoting civil society’s skills and knowledge. RDFG’s approach uses capacity building and awareness-raising on equality, to ensure that community-based civil society is empowered enough that each member can easily engage in decision and policymaking.


 

Gender Equity and Equality

Women and Youth Empowerment
Gender equality and social inclusion is crucial for development of worthy communities. The fairness of having equal rights and access to opportunities for women and men is a core element of RDFG’s work. We foster women to realize that men and women are equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities. Hence, RDFG provides skills development theoretical and practical training, supports the implementation of formal and non-formal educational programs women can engage at any age and encourages them to get jobs or establish own MSMEs independently. Our approach is that the different behavior and needs of men and women should be valued equally.
 
Our work considers cultural and social characteristics — age, ability, geographic location, ethnic and religious identities, and economic status — to inform analysis, project design and establishment, monitoring, assessment, and teaching methodologies.

Access to Equal Opportunities
RDFG stands for equal opportunities, for fairness in which any human being, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, social status, disability, etc. are treated similarly, without setting artificial barriers and preferences. By adopting a holistic approach, targeting all levels of education, we encourage women to get engaged in RDFG’s programs related to vocational education, employment shuttle and digital acceleration, to get skills and knowledge to later have capabilities for creating own source of incomes and be the ones that foster communities progress. Giving the equal economic opportunity for targeted groups and individuals by designing livelihoods development, income generation and value chain development programming with special focus on women, youth, IDPs and peoples with disabilities.
Empowering Vulnerable Groups
RDFG supports IDPs’ post-conflict economically recovery from the devastating two armed conflicts that occurred in Georgia in recent decades. Most of these people live far away from their hometowns and villages, unfamiliar for them communities, and find it difficult to find jobs or establish MSMEs. Thus, we support their integration in local communities and encourage them to get involved in educational and employment programs.
 
RDFG’s one of the priorities is to support the long-lasting peacebuilding in the war-torn societies and provide these communities with quality education and assist them in establishment of micro, small and medium enterprises.
 
Equal and equitable access to quality education, civic participation in local development, and social and regional integration in society are core elements of RDFG’s work with ethnic minorities. One of the main challenges for these communities is the language barrier that hinders them from getting the education and starting their own businesses. RDFG encourages ethnic minorities to overcome the mentioned difficulties and get involved in various educational programs and training we provide locally.
 
Within the framework of the TVET, Employment Shuttle, and other kinds of life-long learning programs, we foster their interest in learning and gaining knowledge in different fields later to be able to either establish their own enterprises or respond to the local job market demand properly.
 
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