Peace and Stability

Empowering Vulnerable Groups

IDPs – Post Conflict Recovery
Post-conflict countries face extraordinary development and security challenges as they move toward economic recovery. The experience in crisis management led us to work on empowering the most vulnerable communities, including IDPs in the post-conflict period. Abkhazia and South Ossetia – the two occupied regions of Georgia have been affected by the armed conflict and as a result, thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in beginning of 90’s and 2008.
 
After the initial assessment and analysis of the economic loss, RDFG supports IDPs in economically recovery from the mentioned devastating conflicts. Most of these people live far away from their hometowns and villages, unfamiliar communities, and find it difficult to find jobs or to establish their livelihoods. Thus, we support their integration in local communities and encourage them to get involved in economic development, educational and employment programs.

Assisting People Living Near the Boundary Lines in Conflict Zones
After the warfare in 1990s and 2008, Russian Federation continues the so-called “creeping occupation” of Georgian territories, as its forces gradually push deeper into Georgia and turn more and more of it to Russia’s control. Hence, thousands of people are forced to live under the constant fear of being kidnapped by the occupation forces and find it more and more difficult to economically empower.
 
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 socio-economic development and integration in local society.
Supporting Ethnic Minorities
Historically our country is ethnically diverse, and this diversity often caused the reality where the minorities were not offered equal opportunities. Hence, the Government of Georgia has been working on special plans for the integration of ethnic minorities into the society for years.
 
RDFG understands that the issue of ethnic minorities marginalization and their level of integration into society is a vital challenge for our country and among other interventions. 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.
 
There are several regions populated by the ethnic minorities in Georgia, especially in the south-west part of the country – the municipalities adjacent to Armenia and Azerbaijan. One of the main challenges for these communities is the language barrier that hinders them from getting the education and starting own businesses.
 
RDFG encourages ethnic minorities to overcome the mentioned difficulty 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 as well as involve them in B2B linkages building.