Mtskheta-Mtianeti

 

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: Ongoing
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:


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


Sustaining DRR actions at scale in South Caucasus region

Project code: RDFG0015SDAUNICEFGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: The United Nations Children’s Fund
Pillar(s): DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement, Advocacy
Start date: March 17, 2015
End date: December 17, 2015

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.

Target area(s): Tbilisi, Racha-Lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti


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


Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Institutions and Vulnerable Communities in Georgia

Project code: RDFG0008SDRRUNICEFGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: United Nations Children’s Fund
Pillar(s): DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming, Advocacy
Start date: August 15, 2013
End date: November 27, 2013

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 dilivered, 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.

Target area(s): Tbilisi, Racha-Lechkhumi Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti


Economic Development through agricultural assistance for IDP farmers in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Project code: RDFG0007EDMMBMZGRT
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: November 01, 2011
End date: February 28, 2014

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).

Target area(s): Mtskheta-Mtianeti


Food Security Enhancement / Economical Development for IDPs (Phase I)

Project code: RDFG0005FSEDUNWFPGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: The United Nations World Food Programme
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building
Start date: July 15, 2011
End date: November 30, 2011

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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti


Cost Recovery Initiative for Agricultural Production for IDPs

Project code: RDFG0003CRIUNFAOGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building
Start date: March 18, 2011
End date: June 18, 2011

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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kvemo Kartli