Good governance means that the government includes society’s needs in the decisions it makes. According to the Council of Europe, the following characteristics are the major indicators of the good governance: Effectiveness and Efficiency, Openness and Transparency, Competence and Capacity, Innovation and Openness to Change, Sustainability and Long-term Orientation, Accountability, Human rights, Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion, Sound Financial Management, Ethical conduct, Rule of law, Fair Conduct of Elections, Representation, and Participation.
The Good government also ensures that corruption is minimized, the views of minorities are considered, and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making. It is also responsive to the present and future needs of society.
Institutional and Policy Reform
RDFG’s Good Governance Sector improves governmental performance by providing technical advice and strategic guidance. RDFG advises legislative bodies on institutional and policy reform, supporting them in implementing legislation analysis and provision of recommendations for policymaking on a national and the international level. With the help of donor organizations, we assist the government in capacity building, supporting them with relevant strategy documents, aiming to improve the legal and regulatory environment in the country.
We strengthen local communities, inform them about the need for governmental accountability, thus ensure the efficient and equitable provision of the governmental services.
RDFG actively participates in the institutional development of the crisis management system of the country, guaranteeing inclusive and participative operational structure for emergency management and disaster risk reduction policies in rural areas.
Provision of Equal and Equitable Access to Opportunities
RDFG works with various minority groups, including IDPs from the two occupied regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia, people living near the boundary lines, ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities. Our main goal is to provide the same level of opportunities to all segments of society, guaranteeing various levels of support and assistance depending on specific needs or abilities.
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Promoting Civic Engagement
RDFG promotes civic engagement in decision and policymaking. Based on the LEADER approach, RDFG initiates the establishment of local action groups (LAGs) that have their own strategy for 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 leads 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 risk 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.