Shida Kartli

 

Innovation and US

Project code: RDFG0032IAU
Status: Ongoing
Donor: European Union, Save the Children, Children and Youth Development Fund
Pillar(s): Social-Economic Development, Peace Building, Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming, Innovation
Start date: January 03, 2019
End date: October 31, 2019

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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli

Contact person: Tatia Bzhalava – Project Manager; E-mail: tbzhalava@rdfg.ge


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:


Adapted Computer Programs, training course for blind people in emotions management and effective communication skills

Project code: RDFG0026ACLT
Status: Completed
Donor: Gori City Hall
Pillar(s): Social-Economic Development
Start date: October, 2017
End date: December, 2017

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

Target area(s): Shida Kartli


Livelihood development of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Shida Kartli Region

Project code: RDFG0020LDSK
Status: Completed
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 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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli


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


Livelihood Initiatives to Foster Employability and Entrepreneurship of IDPs and host populations in Georgia – “LIFE Georgia”

Project code: RDFG0013LIFEGECGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: European Commission
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building, Advocacy
Start date: January 01, 2015
End date: September 30, 2016

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 socioeconomic 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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli


Advancing IDP Women and Youth in Shida Kartli

Project code: RDFG0011AWYAAGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: German Embassy in Tbilisi
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building
Start date: July 1, 2014
End date: December 31, 2014

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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli


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


Provision of Operational Space/Social Community Centers

Project code: RDFG0007SCCSCISER
Status: Completed
Donor: Save the Children International
Pillar(s): Peace Building
Start date: December 01, 2013
End date: April 30, 2014

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

Target area(s): Shida Kartli


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


Community Technology Access (Year 2, Phase II)

Project code: RDFG0004CTAUNHCRGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building
Start date: June 01, 2011
End date: December 31, 2011

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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli


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


Community Technology Access (Year 2, Phase I)

Project code: RDFG0002CTAWVGEOGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Children & Youth Engagement, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building
Start date: January 01, 2011
End date: April 30, 2011

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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli


Economic Development for Georgia’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through Greenhouses

Project code: RDFG0001EDGHIPGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: Heifer International in Georgia
Pillar(s): Economical Development, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace Building,
Start date: January 01, 2011
End date: December 31, 2013

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.

Target area(s): Shida Kartli