USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia:
- Youth Component
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Component
- Professional Orientation and Career Guidance Project
Project code: RDFG0018ZRDA
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:
- 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: email@example.com
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Revaz Javelidze – Networking/ Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG
Nelly Revazishvili – RDFG Rural Development Project Manager
Target area(s): Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Kakheti.
Rural Development for Sustainable Growth of Tetritskaro Municipality
Project code: RDFG0021ENPARD
Donor: European Union, under the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia – ENPARD II
Pillar(s): Social-Economic Development, Peace Building, Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming
Start date: November 15, 2016
End date: March 1, 2021
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.
Target area(s): Tetritskaro Municipality
V4 Rural Development Experience for Sustainable Growth
Project code: RDFG0035VISEGRAD
Donor: Visegrad Fund
Pillar(s): Social-Economic Development
Start date: September 20, 2019
End date: April 20, 2020
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
Target Area(s): Tetritskaro Municipality
Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia
Project code: RDFG0027ASIT
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
Livelihood development of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kvemo Kartli Region
Project code: RDFG0020LDSS
Donor: Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia.
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming
Start date: June 01, 2016
End date: November 30, 2016
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.
Target area(s): Kvemo Kartli
Economic Development through Agricultural Assistance for IDP Farmers in Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions (EDKK)
Project code: RDFG0017EDKK
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
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
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