USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia:

  1. Youth Component
  2. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Component
  3. Professional Orientation and Career Guidance Project

Project code: RDFG0018ZRDA
Status: Ongoing
Donor: USAID
Pillar(s): Social-Economic Development, Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming
Start date: Winter 2018
End date: Spring 2020

USAID Zrda Activity is a five-year program designed to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions by improving MSME growth, increasing productivity of rural households, facilitating market linkages between producers and buyers and promote local economic development by establishing and strengthening networks. As a result, Zrda will create jobs and increase sales for MSMEs and incomes for households, bolstering the resilience and livelihoods of the target communities. Zrda targets communities in proximity to the administrative boundary lines and communities with ethnic minority populations:

  1. USAID Zrda Youth Component – The Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program implemented by RDFG aims to strengthen rural youth through entrepreneurship.

    All in all, 5 hundred young people (age of 18-29) living in the 9 target municipalities will be engaged in the project. The training sessions will be implemented on the basis of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) entrepreneurial-training manual. After the first stage, the project participants will be required to present their business ideas related to Agriculture, Tourism, Innovations/Technologies and Creative Industry.

    Within the second stage, the authors of 15 entrepreneurial ideas or the group of authors will be invited to the boot camp where during 6-7 days they will have an opportunity to attend the intensive training sessions and work on turning their own ideas into the business projects. At the end of the boot camp, the jury will reveal 3 winner business projects that will be awarded with grants: 10 000 GEL, 8 000 GEL, and 6 000 GEL.

    The key outputs of the project: At least 5 hundred rural youth will undergo entrepreneurship trainings; At least 5 new enterprises will be created, 25 people will be employed.

    Contact person: Revaz Javelidze – Networking/ Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG; E-mail: rjavelidze@rdfg.ge

  2. One of the main aims of the USAID Zrda is to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions. As it is impossible to support the sustainable economic development without creating safe environment, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Component consists of disaster risk reduction activities on the local level, elaborating municipal emergency management plans according to modern standards and implementing relevant methods at the level of instructions. Within the project, DRR activities are being implemented by the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) and RDFG DRR Center.
    Contact person: Shota Kublashvili – RDFG Emergency Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Expert; E-mail: skublashvili@rdfg.ge
  3. In the framework of the USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia and EU-funded ENPARD Programme, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia ‘s (RDFG) Professional Orientation and Career Guidance Project aims at raising awareness about vocational education and career growth among school students (14-18 years old, at least 350 young people). The specific object of the project is to help young people to make decisions about their educational and professional choice, assist them in managing their careers. The Project is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.
    Contact person:
    Revaz Javelidze – Networking/ Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG
    E-mail: rjavelidze@rdfg.ge
    Nelly Revazishvili – RDFG Rural Development Project Manager
    E-mail: nrevazishvili@rdfg.ge

Target area(s): Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Kakheti.

Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia

Project code: RDFG0027ASIT
Status: Completed
Donor: German Environment Agency (UBA)
Pillar(s): Disaster Risk Reduction
Start date: December 08, 2017
End date: October 30, 2019

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).

Target area(s): Georgia, Armenia

Contact persons:

Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP Farmers in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions (EDKK)

Project code: RDFG0017EDKK
Status: Completed
Donor: The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany
Pillar(s): Economical Development, DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building, Advocacy
Start date: January 01, 2016
End date: July 01, 2018

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.

Target area(s): Kvemo Kartli, Kakheti

Strengthening National Disaster Risk Reduction Capacities in Georgia

Project code: RDFG0014NEMISUNDPGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: The United Nations Development Programme
Pillar(s): DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement, Advocacy
Start date: March 05, 2015
End date: September 30, 2016

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.

Target area(s): Countrywide

Diplohack/UNDP Innovation Challenge

Project code: RDFG0010ICEUNDPGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: The United Nations Development Programme
Pillar(s): Children & Youth Engagement, Advocacy
Start date: March 24, 2014
End date: October 31, 2014

The project aims to support youth led or youth based organizations in defining best models of youth engagement in decision-making.

Target area(s): Countrywide

Training on Disaster Risk Reduction in 17 Schools

Project code: RDFG0003TDRRWVGEOSER
Status: Completed
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Pillar(s): DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement
Start date: March 01, 2012
End date: July 10, 2012

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;

Target area(s): Samtkhe-Javakheti, Imereti, Kakheti

Assisting Kakhetian farmers in demo plots establishment

Project code: RDFG0002AKAFWVGEOSER
Status: Completed
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Pillar(s): Economical Development, DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming
Start date: December 01, 2011
End date: April 10, 2012

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.

Target area(s): Kakheti

Training for Kakhetian Farmers in Agronomy

Project code: RDFG0001TKFWVGEOSER
Status: Completed
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Gender Mainstreaming
Start date: February 10, 2011
End date: June 30,2011

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.

Target area(s): Kakheti