Social-Economic Development – Completed projects

Working with different groups of society to improve their social-economic conditions through vocational trainings, employment programs and social projects.

Ongoing projects Completed projects

 
 
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


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.


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.


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


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.