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Rural Development for Sustainable Growth of Tetritskaro Municipality
 
Donor: European Union, under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia – ENPARD II
Start/End date: November, 2016 – September, 2020
Location: Tetritskaro Municipality
 
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.
 
Contact person
Nelly Revazishvili – RDFG Rural Development Project Manager
E-mail: nrevazishvili@rdfg.ge


V4 Rural Development Experience for Sustainable Growth

Donor: Visegrad Fund
Start/End date: 20 September, 2019 – 20 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

Contact person
Samantha Guthrie
E-mail: sguthrie@rdfg.ge

For more about Visegrad Fund, please, follow: www.visegradfund.org (or www.visegrad.fund)


Innovation and Us
 
Donor: European Union, Save the Children, Children and Youth Development Fund
Start/End date: 3 January, 2019 – 31 October, 2019
Location: Shida Kartli
 
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.
 
Contact person
Tatia Bzhalava – Project Manager
E-mail: tbzhalava@rdfg.ge


Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia
 
Donor: German Environment Agency (UBA)
Start/End date: December, 2017 – October, 2019
Location: Georgia, Armenia
 
The Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) participates in a transboundary project “Assistance in Safety Improvement of Tailings Management Facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia”. Project 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.
 
At the first stage of the project “Analysis of existing legislation related to the management of tailings in Georgia“ was developed, based on which recommendations were given for amendments to the national legislation. In addition, recommendations were prepared as a regulatory on TMF management for the former Soviet Union countries. Moreover, in the framework of the project, the condition of the Kvirila River basin in Imereti region was studied, based on which the document “Analysis and Recommendations on Water Quality and Pollution of the Kvirila River Basin” was developed. This document has been submitted to the members JEG (Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents) of the UNECE and other international experts. The Joint Expert Group (JEG) operates in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and the convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.
 
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 neighboring 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 State Sub-Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia – Emergency Management Service, as well as private mining companies such as “Georgian Manganese LLC” and Rick Metals group (RMG).
 
Contact persons
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG DRR Center Chairman
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge
 
Keti Gloveli – Project Assistant, RDFG
E-mail: kgloveli@rdfg.ge


Adapted Computer Programs, training course for blind people in emotions management and effective communication skills
 
Donor: Gori City Hall
Start/End date: 23 October, 2017 – 23 December, 2017
Location: Shida Kartli
 
The overall objective is to support blind people from the Shida Kartli region in socialization and development of employability skills through teaching of Adapted Computer Programs.


Livelihood development of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kvemo Kartli Region
 
Donor: Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia
Start/End date: 1 June, 2016 – 30 November, 2016
Location: Kvemo Kartli
 
The main aim of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and to increase opportunities for sustainable livelihoods among IDPs in Kvemo Kartli region through support of agricultural and social initiatives. As a result of the project activities, 30 IDP families will develop/improve livelihoods and economic conditions.


Livelihood development of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Shida Kartli Region
 
Donor: Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia
Start/End date: 1 June, 2016 – 30 November, 2016
Location: Shida Kartli
 
The main aim of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and to increase opportunities for sustainable livelihoods among IDPs in Shida Kartli region through support of agricultural and social initiatives. As a result of the project activities, 30 IDP families will develop/improve livelihoods and economic conditions.


Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP Farmers in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions (EDKK)
 
Donor: The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany
Start/End date: 1 January, 2016 – 1 July, 2018
Location: Kvemo Kartli, Kakheti
 
The EDKK project is designed to contribute to the poverty reduction and social inclusion for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Georgia, focusing on the creation of a strong and competitive rural production, processing and marketing sector that contributes to the economic development and employment for old and new caseload IDP farmers and youth in Georgia. Project activities include strengthening of farmers Regional Center (Extension service center) and young farmers’ centers and farmers’ unions/cooperatives, arranging demonstration farms and organizing training and consulting on business development, disaster risk reduction and climate change related issues.


Sustaining DRR actions at scale in South Caucasus region
 
Donor: The United Nations Children’s Fund
Start/End date: 17 March, 2015 – 17 December, 2015
Location: Tbilisi, Racha-Lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti
 
The project is designed in the framework of ongoing phase of ECHO and UNICEF funded programme aiming at building the resilience of children and vulnerable communities in hazard prone areas by promoting preparedness and disaster risk reduction education. The specific objective of the project is to continue application of apply successfully piloted methodologies of working with DRR Youth Clubs and to increase knowledge and capacity of children and education authorities in 10 pilot schools in hazard prone areas to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to disasters. On the other hand, the project aims to assist national education and emergency management authorities in further development/strengthening of DRM systems and respectively reflect of internationally recognized standards/methodologies in national level polices. The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Emergency Management Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
 
Contact person
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG DRR Center Chairman.
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge


Strengthening National Disaster Risk Reduction Capacities in Georgia
 
Donor: The United Nations Development Programme
Start/End date: 5 March, 2015 – 30 September, 2016
Location: Countrywide
 
The overall objective of the “Strengthening National Disaster Risk Reduction Capacities in Georgia” project is to enhance national disaster risk reduction capacities for increasing the resilience to potential disaster risks by achieving the following two outputs: i. Disaster Risk Reduction and recovery related issues are mainstreamed in sectorial planning and national development programmes and frameworks; ii. National disaster preparedness capacities are strengthened for effective response at all levels.
 
Contact person
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG Chairman.
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge


Livelihood Initiatives to Foster Employability and Entrepreneurship of IDPs and host populations in Georgia – “LIFE Georgia”
 
Donor: European Commission
Start/End date: 1 January, 2015 – 30 September, 2016
Location: Shida Kartli
 
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction among conflict affected / displaced persons and their host communities in Georgia by facilitating their socio-economic integration and inclusive participation in broader economic development processes. The specific objective is to increase opportunities for sustainable livelihoods of conflict affected / displaced persons and host communities in Samegrelo and Shida Kartli through support in professional development, access to employment and fostering inclusive and gender sensitive policies, in collaboration with duty bearers, service providers and civil society actors.


ENPARD Ajara Support to Agriculture Development
 
Donor: The United Nations Development Programme
Start/End date: 11 December, 2014 – 10 December, 2015
Location: Ajara
 
The main goal of the project is to promote sustainable market-oriented practice of farming to support development of agriculture in Ajara AR. The objective of the project is support to creation and development of market oriented sustainable farmers cooperatives in Ajara AR through provision of target and assets (machinery, equipment etc.) to identified cooperatives under ENPARD Ajara project for enhancing primary and secondary production, handling and transportation, as well as marketing of products produced by cooperatives. Output: enhanced capacities of producing and marketing of agriculture cooperatives farms in Ajara AR and establishing of good model of cooperative farm practice accessible for application all over the country.
 
Contact person
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG Chairman
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge


Advancing IDP Women and Youth in Shida Kartli
 
Donor: German Embassy in Tbilisi
Start/End date: 1 July, 2014 – 31 December, 2014
Location: Shida Kartli
 
The Project aims to empower IDP women and youth and diversify opportunities for employment, self-reliance, livelihoods and skills development through improved access to vocational training, creation of income-generating activities and enhancing entrepreneurial skills.
 
Contact person
Nelly Revazishvili – RDFG Rural Development Project Manager
E-mail: nrevazishvili@rdfg.ge


Ajara Support to Agriculture Development
 
Donor: The United Nations Development Programme
Start/End date: 12 December, 2013 – 12 December, 2014
Location: Ajara
 
The main goal of the project is to promote sustainable market-oriented practice of farming to support development of agriculture in Ajara AR. RDFG will provide grant support to the agricultural cooperatives identified and selected under the framework of ENPARD Ajara – Support to Agriculture Development in Ajara AR. The grants are for developing of primary and secondary handling, transportation and/or processing of products.


Provision of Operational Space/Social Community Centers
 
Donor: Save the Children International
Start/End date: 1 December, 2013 – 30 April, 2014
Location: Shida Kartli
 

The project Goal is to secure integration prospects and protection of persons living in war-affected communities near Georgian-South Ossetian Administrative Boundary Lines (ABL) through finding durable solutions, which will be achieved through following objectives:

  1. Expanded access to quality community-based protection services through psychosocial and referral support for IDPs and host communities.
  2. Enhanced capacity of IDP families and host communities to prevent and respond to the protection needs of IDPs and vulnerable host community members.
  3. Increased government’s accountability to respond to the protection needs of IDPs and vulnerable host community members.

Livelihood Assessment in Communities of Zemo Svaneti
 
Donor: Action Against Hunger
Start/End date: 30 August, 2013 – 15 November, 2014
Location: Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti
 
This assessment was undertaken by RDFG in seven villages of Mestia Municipality by the request of ACF South Caucasus Mission within DG ECHO funded “Strengthening Community Resilience to Natural Disasters in Abkhazia and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia” project. About 124 interviews were undertaken in pre-identified by ACF communities and Mestia Municipal Center. The main objective of the assessment was to provide a comprehensive and in depth analysis of livelihoods practices, opportunities, strengths, and weaknesses in the selected ACF project communities in Samegrelo Zemo Svaneti, which are important to the communities’ resilience, effective resource management, and economic planning. The Assessment report was formulated in a way that would be easy to disseminate to communities, municipalities and other relevant stakeholders.


Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Institutions and Vulnerable Communities in Georgia
 
Donor: United Nations Children’s Fund
Start/End date: 15 August, 2013 – 27 November, 2013
Location: Tbilisi, Racha-Lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti
 
The overall objective of the proposed intervention was to contribute to the increased resilience and reduced vulnerability of children and communities in areas prone to natural hazards. The specific objective of the project was to increase knowledge and capacity of children and education authorities in 10 pilot schools in hazard prone areas to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to disasters. Within the project the following activities were carried out: School Disaster Management Boards in targeted schools were established, DRR/DM trainings for the targeted school representatives were delivered, School Disaster Management Plans were developed, youth DRR summer camp was organized for 40 participants from targeted schools. Also, it was advocated for adoption of developed common tools, such as school DMP templates and respective instructions by the respective line ministries.


Strengthening Community Resilience to Natural Disasters in Abkhazia and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia
 
Donor: Action Against Hunger
Start/End date: 15 July, 2013 – 5 August, 2013
Location: Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti
 
The project aimed to provide nine days training in Light Search & Rescue (LSR) Operations and conduct emergency simulations and evacuation drills for ACF beneficiaries in eight targeted communities with the purpose to form and equip the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). RDFG DRR center also provided technical assistance to local communities in development of Community Disaster Management Plans (CDMP) and School Emergency Response Plans (SERP) design, including evacuation schemes, as well as built DRM capacity of involved Abkhazian and Svanetian CBOs.
 
Contact person
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG DRR Center Chairman
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge


Disaster Risk Reduction Education Events
 
Donor: United Nations Children’s Fund
Start/End date: 3 September, 2012 – 17 September, 2012
Location: Tbilisi
 
The project aimed to facilitate the organization process of a DRR Education Event in the DIPECHO project pilot school in Tbilisi. As part of the Environmental Education Week (EEW) and the Intergovernmental Conference Tbilisi +35 on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development, which commemorates the 1977 Tbilisi Declaration and 35 years of global educational efforts toward a sustainable world. RDFG DRR Center assissted UNICEF in organizing a DRR education side event/site visit for the high-level delegates, who have expressed interest in learning about DRR/environmental education activities under the DIPECHO program and how these topics have been integrated in the National Curriculum of Georgia.


Training on Disaster Risk Reduction in 17 Schools
 
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Start/End date: 1 March, 2012 – 10 July, 2012
Location: Samtkhe-Javakheti, Imereti, Kakheti
 
The overall goal of project was to increase awareness about the natural hazards at schools and provide information about disaster risk reduction measures. The following aspects of the disaster risk reduction were introduced to the project beneficiaries, teachers and students from 17 targeted schools: stages of mitigation and preparedness for disasters. In addition to these, the sessions on simple early warning systems at schools, roles of the school’s youth clubs in reduction of disaster risks, awareness raising about environmental protection, supporting implementation of disaster risk reduction measures and preparedness for disasters at schools were provided. DRR reading book/materials and introduction to Early Warning Systems was developed and issued for targeted beneficiaries;
 
Contact person
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG DRR Center Chairman.
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge


Assisting Kakhetian farmers in demo plots establishment
 
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Start/End date: 1 December, 2011 – 10 April, 2012
Location: Kakheti
 
RDFG was contracted to assist World Vision Kakheti Area Development Program (ADP) to provide an assessment for identification of project beneficiary farmers and local schools for establishment of demo plots. For identified beneficiaries RDFG provided demo plot specific training and organized an exchange visit Kakheti ADP community farmers and school students to the RDFG demo plots and Young Farmer Centers and arranged the discussions the association’s beneficiaries. RDFG Farmers Field Schools (FFS) specialists provided a continuous capacity building to establish and run the demo plots as well as facilitated organization of seasonal school vegetable fairs.


Economic Development through agricultural assistance for IDP farmers in Mtskheta-Mtianeti
 
Donor: The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany
Start/End date: 1 November, 2011 – 28 February, 2014
Location: Mtskheta-MtianetiMtskheta-Mtianeti
 
The overall goal of phase I was to contribute to poverty reduction and to youth inclusion in livelihood development for IDP families in Georgia. Project activities included establishment of Farmers Regional Information Centre (Extension Service Center) and Youth Farmers’ Centers, promotion of farmers’ union/cooperatives, arrangement of demonstration plots and markets, provision of trainings and consultations on agricultural development, business development DRR and Climate Change topics within RDFG Farmers Field Schools (FFS).


Food Security Enhancement / Economic Development for IDPs (Phase I)
 
Donor: The United Nations World Food Programme
Start/End date: 15 July, 2011 – 30 November, 2011
Location: Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti
 
The goal was to reinforce/reestablish livelihoods and food security among eleven IDP settlements and host communities in four municipalities of Shida Kartli and Mtskheta – Mtianeti regions through trainings and consultations in various sectors of agriculture. Micro-projects including mushroom farms, solar-dryers, and vertical farming plots were established within the project. In addition, greenhouse equipped according to modern standards was arranged.


Community Technology Access (Year 2, Phase II)
 
Donor: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Start/End date: 1 June, 2011 – 31 December, 2011
Location: Shida Kartli
 
The project goal was to provide computer literacy trainings and to diversify opportunities for employment, self-reliance, livelihoods and education of the population of concern through improved access to distance learning, vocational training, initiation of income-generating activities and enhancing entrepreneurial skills. The project activities included: provision of basic computer literacy training for targeted beneficiaries in nine CTA Centers; provision of distance learning and vocational training opportunities; promotion of entrepreneurship and enhance job opportunities; administration and maintenance of www.idpclub.ge web portal.


Cost Recovery Initiative for Agricultural Production for IDPs
 
Donor: The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization
Start/End date: 18 March, 2011 – 18 June, 2011
Location: Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kvemo Kartli
 
Project aimed to facilitate investments and engagement of the IDP population in agricultural/horticultural production activities through provision of cost recovery incentives in 15 targeted villages. RDFG Farmer Field School (FFS) specialists assessed potential beneficiaries land plots and farms to evaluate their applications to provide recommendation on their further involvement to the assistance project.
 
Contact person
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG Chairman
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge


Training for Kakhetian Farmers in Agronomy
 
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Start/End date: 10 February, 2011 – 30 June, 2011
Location:Kakheti
 
RDFG was contracted to provide two-day trainings for agronomists and local farmers on bio and traditional viniculture and field-crop cultivation. Also, RDFG consultant undertook field visits to consult beneficiary farmers in the 12 targeted villages.


Economic Development for Georgia’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through Greenhouses
 
Donor: Heifer International in Georgia
Start/End date: 1 January, 2011 – 31 December, 2013
Location: Shida Kartli
 
The overall goal of the project was to improve livelihoods and economic conditions of IDPs and local residents in 2008 conflict effected area. Three greenhouses compiling modern standards were constructed in the targeted area serving at the same time as demonstration plots in modern greenhouse technologies within the association’s Farmers Field Schools (FFS). The FFS provided farmers with capacity building opportunities in modern agricultural technologies through trainings, agronomic services, demonstrations and practical exercises for project beneficiaries in three villages. The project also encompassed free distribution of high productivity, early harvest tomato seedlings to nine hundred beneficiaries.