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Request for Proposals for Civil Society Organizations

Europe Foundation (EPF) is pleased to invite Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), registered and operating in Georgia, to participate in its Open Door Grantmaking Program. Europe Foundation encourages interested CSOs to submit inquiries or full proposals from September 21, 2021 to October 15, 2021. CSOs will still be able to submit inquiries within the Open Door […]

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Meet the Youth Bank members: Atuka Samadalashvili

Atuka Samadalashvili, 16, is a member of the Gori Youth Bank. He’s been actively engaged in local youth projects since middle school. Currently, he’s one of the most active members and the Financial Manager of Europe Foundation’s Gori Youth Bank. “As I began my junior year of school, I decided to focus my time one […]

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Meet Youth Bank members: Megi Kirtava

Megi Kirtava, 19, an Alumna of Gali Youth Bank I joined the Youth Bank in 2017. Informal education is very important for young people living in my region. I got a lot out of the different activities I engaged in, outside of school. I became far more motivated and independent and participated in many useful […]

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Meet Youth Bank members: Diana Kotrikadze

Diana Kotrikadze, 16, a member of Khobi Youth Bank. I joined Youth Bank in 2020, and now I am a program manager there. I mobilize the team, conduct various activities, and sort project reports for submission to Europe Foundation. I engage as many students as possible in Youth Bank activities because I believe that together […]

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Small Grant Competition for Empowering Developing Civil Society Organizations

Europe Foundation (EPF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity of grassroots Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and increasing their effective and sustained engagement in the decision-making processes at a local level, so as to identify and address the communities’ salient problems.  Deadline for submission of applications: July 16 ,2021  […]

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Request for Proposals for Civil Society Organizations

Europe Foundation (EPF) is pleased to invite Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), registered and operating in Georgia, to participate in its Open Door Grantmaking Program. Europe Foundation encourages interested CSOs to submit inquiries or full proposals from June 9, 2021 to July 14, 2021. CSOs will still be able to submit inquiries within the Open Door […]

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Request for Proposals: Training on Cross-Cultural Communications

Europe Foundation invites proposals from qualified organizations or individuals to conduct a series of trainings on cross-cultural communications for young people involved in its Youth Integration Program to help them cultivate trust and promote meaningful interactions. Europe Foundation expects this assignment to be conducted between June-July 2021, depending upon the availability of the selected consultant/s. […]

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Terms of Reference: Delivering the Virtual Trainings on Media Literacy

Europe Foundation invites proposals from qualified organizations or individual/s to conduct avirtual training on Media Literacy for youth engaged in the Foundation’s Youth IntegrationProgram. The objective of the training is to hone the participants’ skills in accessing, criticallyassessing, and creating media content, to make their social and civic activism more effective.Europe Foundation expects this assignment […]

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Fiscal Transparency in Times of Emergency

COVID-19 pandemic enforces almost all countries over the world, including Georgia to make prompt decisions on reallocation and reprioritisation of the public finances, so that budget funds address crisis prevention and eradication as much as possible. Transparency of fiscal measures gains more importance during the emergency situation which helps all stakeholders to be better and […]

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Watchdog Journalism for Change - A new program of Europe Foundation

Europe Foundation continues to support civic monitoring and advocacy efforts for more accountable, transparent, and needs-based public policy making in Georgia.  To this end, the Foundation is initiating a new program – Watchdog Journalism for Change – which aims at supporting investigative reporters and advocacy groups to work together to shine a light on systemic […]

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Use of Public Finances for PWD Inclusion and Participation

  სახელმწიფოს მიერ დახარჯული სახსრები შშმ პირთა რეალური ინტეგრაციისთვის სასურველ შედეგს არ იძლევა - ეს გამოიკვეთა ბიუჯეტის კვლევის ანგარიშში, რომელიც ვროპის ფონდმა 2019 წლის 16 მაისს წარმოადგინა. ანგარიში ფონდის მიერ მოწვეულმა კონსულტანტმა ალექს კოტემ, ექსპერტ მიხეილ კუკავასთან ერთად მოამზადა. კვლევის ფარგლებში შესწავლილი იქნა საქართველოს, როგორც ცენტრალური, ისე ადგილობრივი ბიუჯეტი შშმ თემის საჭიროებებთან მიმართებაში. დოკუმენტში გამოწვევად […]

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Europe Foundation’s response to the Impact Assessment of Industrial, Technical Support, and Access to Finance Components for the ‘Produce in Georgia’ Program (2014-2018)

Europe Foundation responds to the Impact Assessment of Industrial, Technical Support, and Access to Finance Components for the ‘Produce in Georgia’ Program (2014-2018) published by LEPL Enterprise Georgia operating under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. In August 2018, Europe Foundation commissioned a Gendered Assessment of SME Development Strategy of Georgia 2016-2020, […]

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Knowledge and Attitudes towards the EU in Georgia (2009 – 2019):Presentation of Europe Foundation’s 2019 Survey

  23 სექტემბერს, ევროპის ფონდმა „ევროკავშირის მიმართ დამოკიდებულებებისა და ცოდნის შეფასება საქართველოში“კვლევის ანგარიში წარმოადგინა. გამოკითხვას ევროპის ფონდი 2009 წლიდან, ყოველ ორ წელიწადში ერთხელ ატარებს. კვლევა წარმომადგენლობითია ქვეყნის მასშტაბით (ოკუპირებული ტერიტორიების გარდა) და  მაქსიმალურად იდენტური კითხვარის გამოყენებით ტარდება, რათა საშუალება მოგვეცეს შევაფასოთ რამდენად იცვლება საქართველოს მოსახლეობის ცოდნა და მოლოდინები ევროკავშირის, საქართველო-ევროკავშირის  ურთიერთობებისა და ევროინტეგრაციის პროცესის მიმართ.  […]

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Steps for community mobilization

Community mobilization is a key element for civil society organizations that represent and work to advance the interests of various community groups. As an essential component of their advocacy efforts, they must succeed in this mobilization and in advocating for their own interests, as well. In the final analysis, this will bring positive outcomes for […]

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Is mental illness a lifelong verdict?

blog by: Olga Kalina *** People with mental problems, both in Georgia and across the world, deal with stigma, discrimination, and various barriers. Visiting a psychiatrist and/or having a history of mental illness can have a devastating effect on one’s life, irrespective of whether he/she is still suffering from the mental disorder. It is no […]

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Public Participation in Fiscal Policy: The GIFT Principles on Fiscal Transparency, Participation, and Accountability

On December 17, 2019, Europe Foundation and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) held the launching event of our joint initiative that aims at contributing to open and inclusive public participation in the design and implementation of fiscal policy.  The event brought together representatives of national and local authorities, civil society, and the media, […]

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Park for everyone

Natia Vashalomidze, a resident of Ozurgeti, joined a civic protest after the mayor of her city covered the central area of a park with asphalt. Despite the protests residents voiced against this decision, it was implemented, and now the park has a road running through it. As a result of the intensive activity by Natia […]

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Volunteering Amid the Pandemic

Europe Foundation’s Youth Bank brings together active young people across all regions in Georgia, teaches them volunteering, and provides necessary resources so they can launch and fund positive initiatives in their own communities. Over the years, Europe Foundation has helped hundreds of young people carry out much-needed projects. Two of these are Patima Margoshvili and […]

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Civic Engagement Goes Remote

Youth Bank members met the COVID-19 challenge with remote volunteering. They were surprised that a lack of physical contact is no longer a barrier. “Our main goal is to mobilize our peers and to jointly carry out the initiatives that are useful for the community. It was at first difficult to imagine managing this process […]

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Mosaic’s Highlights

Radio Mosaic is a main source of information for the Gori municipality. Mosaic’s news and reports focus on the people living in and around Gori and their specific needs.  With Europe Foundation’s support, Mosaic established a governance responsive to the needs and interests of the area’s citizens. “We are ready to applaud the government when […]

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More limited abilities - the hidden effect of COVID-19

On the 10th of April, 2020, more than one month after COVID-19’s first case was confirmed in Georgia, PWD advocacy organizations wrote a letter to the government stating that it was ignoring their needs and asking that their special needs be taken into consideration. Forty-two organizations reminded Georgia’s government that PWDs are the most vulnerable […]

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Robolab in Rustavi

Eleven-year-old Nika Gogoladze has attended the Robotics School in Rustavi since last September. As they say, he prefers robotics classes to any other lesson at school. “Since September I have missed robotics classes only once, and only because I got the day wrong. I learn a lot here. Assembling robots is the most interesting activity.” […]

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Greenhouse in the schoolyard

The Youth Bank has one of the most active committees in the Marneuli district. Along with committee members, the authors of projects, i.e. young persons who turn ideas into projects, are quite active too and in a joint effort with the committee carry out the work for the benefit of their local community. This process […]

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Tebe’s Social Exhibits

Tebe is a social enetrprise operating a day center in Borjomi. The Borjomi day center was established in 2013 in a former kindergarten building “without any previous plan, but as a result of a tireless fight,” recalled Nana Lomadze, founder of the community service organization (CSO), Together for Real Changes. Before undertaking this project, Nana […]

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Social Enterprises during the Pandemic Crisis

To tackle the impacts of COVID-19, Europe Foundation offered additional support to social enterprises previously awarded grants. Several organizations benefited from this support while dealing with the tasks facing them. One of these is Anika’s Day Care Center, who digitally transformed their services to deliver them remotely. Another, Social Café Mziuri, used the additional funds […]

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Call for applications from CSOs to participate in an online training on needs assessment, planning and costing of social services

Europe Foundation invites CSOs registered in Georgia to participate in an online training on needs assessment, planning and costing of social services. The training is aimed at strengthening the capacity of CSOs in identifying the needs of and advocating for social services at the local level, so as to promote their informed participation in developing […]

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Call for applications to participate in online training sessions: civic budgetary oversight and budget advocacy and CSO participation in development and implementation of service-oriented government programs

Europe Foundation invites CSOs registered in Georgia to participate in online training sessions on (1) civic budgetary oversight and budget advocacy and (2) CSO participation in development and implementation of service-oriented government programs. The training is held under Engage and Monitor for Change Program and aims at developing capacity of CSOs on budgetary issues so […]

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Request for Proposals Training on Cross-Cultural Communications

  Europe Foundation (EPF) invites proposals from qualified organizations or individuals to conduct a series of trainings on cross-cultural communications for young people involved in its Youth Integration Program. EPF expects this assignment to be conducted during June 10-July 20, 2019, depending upon the availability of the consultants selected. Detailed information is available in the […]

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Who is a personal assistant?

  Tekla Tatuashvili is seven years old. She studies at #1 Public School of Bolnisi and has had a personal assistant who helps in her learning process for about a month and a half now.   Tekla has a congenital cardiac anomaly. In her infancy, she underwent surgery for the condition. At the age of […]

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Finite Water

  “We are accustomed that Georgia is rich in water, though this does not mean that it does not need to be managed. As the temperature rises, this available resource diminishes and its distribution is uneven (75% of water is in Western Georgia). Such a state of affairs makes it clear that the water resources […]

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Real Life, Real Money, Real Change

  Vernon Ringland is a youth development specialist living and working in Northern Ireland. For twenty years, he has been developing a project to help youth that now covers 24 countries, including developing countries. Ringland often travels to these countries to help introduce his Youth Bank concept, to meet and teach youth, to visit conflict […]

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People Along the Occupation Line

  Gela Mchedlidze is a football coach in the village of Abano. He trains kids on a newly-repaired playground close to school. He travels to his job from the neighboring village of Koda. Koda is situated on the occupation line and is home to fifty families. “Can you see those black dots? They are Russian […]

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Europe Foundation Completed the 2018 Best Food Enterprise Competition

  Europe Foundation completed the 2018 Best Food Enterprise of the Year Competition. While the participants demonstrated significant progress during the competition, none of them were able to fulfill all the recommendations provided by the SPS expert monitors.  For this reason, EPF did not identify this year’s winner. This is the 5th time that EPF […]

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Request for Proposals: Training on Sanitation and Hygiene Standards for Youth

Europe Foundation (EPF) invites proposals from qualified organizations or individuals to develop a handbook on Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools and conduct a series of trainings on Hygiene and Sanitation for young people involved in its Youth Integration Program. Detailed information about the call is available in the attached Request for Proposals. 

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Mzetamze in search of springs

  The village of Mzetamze is six kilometers away from Tsagveri in the Borjomi Gorge. It counts approximately 250 permanent residents. A newly built concrete road runs from one end of the village to another. Such a road is a rarity in Georgia’s villages. As 58 year old Dali Kasashvili recalls, earlier, because of knee-deep […]

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Implementation of Georgia's Commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement: the Case of Air Quality

  Europe Foundation (EPF) held a roundtable discussion   Implementation of Georgia’s Commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement: the Case of Air Quality.  The aim of the event was to facilitate a conversation between different stakeholders on improving air quality in Georgia. The discussion focused on ways of supporting timely and transparent convergence to European policies […]

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Maradisi Volunteers

Tengo Shanidze is a committee member of the Marneuli Youth Bank, a program implemented by Europe Foundation. Now, in his final year of school, Tengo has to spend more time studying than volunteering, but he still intends to remain involved and will never remain passive. He believes that, in a joint effort with his peers, […]

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Request for Proposals to Promote Participatory Civic Monitoring and Advocacy in the Fulfilment of Georgia’s Obligations under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA)

Europe Foundation (EPF) continues to provide grant support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to undertake civic monitoring and advocacy efforts and to contribute to more accountable and transparent public policy making in Georgia. To this effect, EPF is pleased to announce a call for proposals aimed at promoting participatory civic monitoring and advocacy in Georgia […]

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We eat; therefore, we care!

  Around 85,000 kg of meat and meat products were destroyed by the National Food Agency after sales of expired food products were identified from January to September 2018. Meat processing enterprises belong to the category of high risk producers, and, therefore, the state requires that, in addition to observing all other necessary norms, they […]

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Gendered Assessment of SME Development Strategy of Georgia 2016-2020

  Gendered Assessment of SME Development Strategy of Georgia 2016-2020 was commissioned by Europe Foundation and conducted by Nordic Consulting Group to assess the extent to which the state strategy promotes economic empowerment of women.  The assessment is based on desk study, including the review of Georgia’s SME Development Strategy 2016-2020 and its implementation instruments […]

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Public Financing of Civil Society Organizations: Considerations for Georgia

On November 8, Europe Foundation (EPF) will be presenting the report Public Financing of Civil Society Organizations:  Considerations for Georgia. The presentation will take place at Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel (1 Rose Revolution Square) during 13:30 — 15:45. Representatives of the Georgian Government, civil society, diplomatic missions and international development organizations will attend the event. […]

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Call for Proposals to Promote Participatory Civic Monitoring and Advocacy

Europe Foundation (EPF) continues to provide grant support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to undertake civic monitoring and advocacy efforts and to contribute to more accountable and transparent public policy making in Georgia. To this effect, EPF is pleased to announce a call for proposals aimed at promoting participatory civic monitoring and advocacy in Georgia […]

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Nothing About Us Without Us

“I got injured and  everything changed overnight. I found myself on the other side of society, in that segregated segment which, in my understanding, was a place forothers.” These words belong to Giorgi Akhmeteli. Giorgi uses a wheelchair and currently leads Accessible Environment for All, one of the most active organizations focusing on persons with […]

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Life beyond Paravani

  Vardanush Malkhazian is 60 years old. She lives in Ninotsminda, and like 98% of the local population of this village, she is Armenian by ethnicity. Along with other women, Vardanush is now harvesting potatoes. She says she will sell them to re-sellers at GEL 0.35 per kilogram. She is not unhappy about her life, […]

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Arabuli ART HOUSE – Korsha’s calling card

  Nino Arabuli has been engaged in tourism for 12 years now. Although Khevsurian by origin, it was not until her university years that she visited the region for the first time. Today, she works on the use and development of Khevsureti’s tourism potential. This activity engages a social mission as well: to employ local […]

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Europe Foundation Assessed Food Safety Regulation in Georgia

  On September 14, 2018, Europe Foundation (EPF) presented the assessment report – Food Safety Regulation in Georgia: Assessment of the Government’s Reform Efforts in 2017 – prepared by a group of independent experts.  As in previous years, the report provides a broad overview of the activities implemented during 2017 by the Government of Georgia […]

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The House of Progress in Guria

  The Young Scientists’ Club, the largest and oldest nongovernmental organization in Guria, has long outgrown the meaning of its name – the founders of the Young Scientists’ Club are neither young nor scientists any longer. It has been years since they have led the largest and most experienced NGO in Guria in pursuit of […]

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The Unanswered Letters of Batumi

  With a population of 158,800, the Batumi municipality is the largest administrative unit in Georgia. However, if any of these citizens happens to request public information from the Batumi municipality, there is a 15% likelihood that the citizen will not receive any response, a 7% chance that he/she will receive incomplete information and a […]

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Call for Proposals for Social Enterprise Development

Europe Foundation (EPF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for civil society organizations (CSOs) for social enterprise development. Grant competition aims to support the development of new and existing social enterprises, to promote social enterprise as a viable instrument for attaining long-term CSO sustainability. See full text of the announcement.  See the application form.

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Request for Proposals for Civil Society Organizations

  Europe Foundation (EPF) is pleased to invite Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), registered and operating in Georgia, to participate in its Open Door Grantmaking Program. EPF encourages interested CSOs to submit inquiries or full proposals from September 4 to October 2, 2018. CSOs will still be able to submit inquiries within Open Door Grantmaking Program […]

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Archil Elbakidze’s strawberries

  Archil Elbakidze is a chemist. He has worked in the field of agriculture for many years now. The organization he founded, Abkhazinterconti, is already 20 years old. Over the years, Archil has gained so much experience and knowledge that today he regards himself as an expert in berry fruits. For some time now, he […]

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Association in displacement

  As many as 88,542 internally displaced families are registered in Georgia today. Since the 1990s, the state has provided accommodation to only 35,341 families. The remaining 53,201 families are still awaiting accommodation from the state (Source: The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, „Document for the development […]

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Request for Applications: Food Safety Experts

Europe Foundation invites food safety experts to conduct inspections in food enterprises, participating in the Best Food Enterprise of the Year (2018) competition. For more information, please, find the full text of the announcement in Georgian.  About Best Food Enterprise of the Year (2018) competition (available in Georgian only).  List of the Competition participants (available […]

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Youth Bank in Svaneti

  Dariko Kvanchiani is 15 years old. She lives in the village of Becho in Svaneti. Just recently, she became a committee member of the Svaneti Youth Bank under Europe Foundation’s Youth Integration Program. During a presentation of the Youth Bank at Public School #1 in Mestia, Dariko stayed silent. She did not engage in interaction. However, her interview made it […]

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Participatory budgeting – a necessary element of democracy

  According to the 2017 Open Budget Survey, Georgia’s budget transparency score is quite high – 82 out of 100, up by 16 points since 2015. According to the same survey, the public participation in budgeting score is 22, which means that the population still has a very limited possibility to participate in the budgeting process.  […]

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Europe Foundation Revealed the Best Food Enterprise of 2017

Ozurgeti Tea Packaging Factory of Geoplant, Ltd. was named as the Best Food Enterprise of 2017. EPF announced the winner of the Best Food Enterprise of the Year award on April 27, 2018, at the Golden Brand Awards ceremony. This is the 4th time that EPF organized such a competition, designed to enhance stakeholder adherence […]

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Cochlear Implants: an alternative to being deaf

  Rezi Chekurishvili was six months old when his parents noticed that he did not react to sound. Doctors diagnosed him with profound deafness, the most severe form of hearing loss and a condition in which a traditional hearing device is of no help. The only solution is a cochlear implant. “Actually, we should have […]

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Holiday Products from Social Enterprises

  Europe Foundation and Social Enterprises Alliance (SEA), in cooperation with Goodwill hypermarket, are pleased to extend an invitation to the Social Enterprise Easter Fair, which will take place during April 4-7, 2018, at the Goodwill in Didi Dighomi location (Address: 1 King Parnavaz Avenue).  The fair will offer food products and Easter items made […]

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Novelty in New Mziuri

  If the New Mziuri Park is a lively place today, it is at least partially due to a café, or to be more accurate, a social space, as the importance of this venue cannot be limited to its role as a catering facility alone. Gvantsa is a barista at the Mziuri Café. She has […]

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Living with Hepatitis C

  Author: Irakli Imnaishvili *** I underwent an initial interferon therapy course in 2007. Although it was administered under the supervision of specialists from the London Liver Centre, the treatment failed to eliminate the virus. After the treatment, the disease became more aggressive. The rate of liver scarring accelerated and the viral load increased. At […]

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Babale Goes Online

  Lia Tabatadze’s daughter is eight years old. She was born with Down syndrome. At the maternity ward Lia, like many other mothers, was advised to abandon her. Lia recalls that, although she was shocked, she did not consider this advice even for a second. Instead, she started to search for information about the diagnosis. […]

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Smart Hand with a Social Mission

The fact that Mariam’s left hand would not develop normally was something that her parents were aware of as early as on the 12th week of her mother’s pregnancy. Today, Mariam is seven years old and she is an exceptional girl. Mariam Niniashvili is the first person in Georgia to have received a high-tech, 3D-printed […]

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Museums with Unlimited Opportunities

If you have ever visited a museum you must have felt the temptation to touch an exhibit. Coming closer and closer to the red line, you even overstep it and soon hear the approaching footsteps of exhibit staff or, worse, an alarm which abruptly ends the magical interaction between you and the exhibit. In some […]

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Europe Foundation Held Budget Literacy Training for Representatives of Civil Society Organizations and Media

  To strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media in budget-related issues and foster their engagement in budget planning and public expenditure monitoring processes, Europe Foundation organized three-day training-seminars on budget literacy on November 17-19, and November 24-26. Over the past few years, Europe Foundation has been focusing on budget transparency […]

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Europe Foundation Joined Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

  On November 13-19, 2017 more than 70 countries celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Europe Foundation (EPF) has been taking part in the GEW since 2014 and  this year joined the Week with the following events: On November 16, EPF organized Social Enterprise Marketing Masterclass delivered by Strategic Marketing and Corporate Innovation Specialist, Ms. Miriam […]

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New Trainers Joined the Team of Youth Integration Program’s Trainers

  During October 30 – November 01, 2017, EPF organized yet another training of trainers of its Youth Integration Program alumni, so that they can support the growth of the program. During the training, which was led by Youth Bank International’s Vernon Ringland, the participants worked on developing trainer’s skills, as well as delved deeper into […]

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Youth Integration Program Beneficiaries Started another Grantmaking Cycle

EPF’s Youth Integration Program beneficiaries started the implementation of a new grantmaking cycle by conducting community needs assessments and issuing requests for youth-led initiatives designed to address the identified needs. The young grantmakers already introduced the survey results to local residents and will soon fund project ideas that respond to  salient community issues.

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Europe Foundation Celebrates Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2017

During the week of 13-19 November, more than 70 countries of the world celebrate the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2017. As in previous years, Europe Foundation joins GEW 2017 with the following activities: November 16, 09:30 – 14:30 – Social Enterprise Marketing Master Class, delivered by Strategic Marketing and Corporate Innovation Specialist, Ms. Miriam Kiwan. The event […]

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Youth Integration Program Welcomes Its New Members

  Eighty new members from 19 municipalities have joined EPF’s  Youth Integration Program. The interest and motivation to become the member of the program was high: more than 500 young people participated in the selection process.  The Youth from Tsalka also joined the Youth Bank (YB) Georgia, forming the Tsalka YB Committee.  On October 20-24, Europe […]

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Presentation of the Project - Writers for European Values

  On October 9, 2017, EPF grantee, Education for All Children, visited the village of Partarzeuli and organized a discussion on Georgian and European values in the courtyard of the House-Museum of Giorgi Leonidze, a well-known Georgian writer, poet, and literary scholar of 20th century.  The event was held within the EPF-supported project, Writers for […]

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Knowledge and Attitudes towards the EU in Georgia, 2009-2017

On October 10, 2017, 13:00-15:00 Europe Foundation (EPF) will be presenting its recent survey report entitled Knowledge and Attitudes towards the EU in Georgia, 2009 – 2017. The presentation will be held at Tbilisi Marriott Hotel, the Ballroom, (Address: 13 Shota Rustaveli Ave., Tbilisi). The report presents the results of a study into the Georgian […]

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Call for Applications for Participation in Budget Literacy Training

  Europe Foundation (EPF) is pleased to announce a call for applications for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and media outlets to take part in the training-seminars on participatory budgeting and public expenditure monitoring. The training-seminars will be conducted under the umbrella of the Foundation’s Engage and Monitor for Change program and are aimed at strengthening […]

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Working Together toward Common Goal - Increasing Youth Participation in the Black Sea Region

On September 21 Europe Foundation hosted a regional thematic meeting – Working Together Towards Common Goal – Increasing Youth Participation in the Black Sea Region.  The event brought together the representatives of the civil society organizations from Georgia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Ireland, Serbia, Bosnia and Hertsogovina, Latvia and Poland,  employing YouthBank methodology to […]

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Presentation of the Project - Inclusive Education in Georgian Museums

On September 20, civil society organization, Art for Public Interests (API) held a presentation of the EPF-funded project – Inclusive Education in Georgian Museums, aiming at contributing to improved integration of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Georgia’s social and cultural life, through inclusive educational programs. Mr. Mikheil Tsereteli, Deputy Director of the Georgian National Museum […]

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Gori Municipal Authorities Awarded Europe Foundation for its Efforts to Develop the Youth Policy in Gori

Gory municipal authorities awarded Europe Foundation (EPF) a certificate of recognition for developing the youth policy in the municipality in 2016-2017. Within its Youth Integration Program, the Foundation has been enhancing youth civic engagement and volunteerism in Gori municipality since 2009. To do so, EPF has been following the Youth Bank (YB) methodology, an innovative […]

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CSO Education for All Children Has Launched its EPF-funded Project: Writers for European Values

With financial support from Europe Foundation, local civil society organization Education for All Children will implement a project Writers for European Values in Tbilisi and the regions of Georgia. The project, which is a part of Europe Foundation’s 10-year anniversary campaign, envisions conducting lectures and discussions, during which three well-known contemporary writers will underscore the […]

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Youth Integration Program Members Celebrated Completion of the Grant Cycle and Summarized the Achievements

Within the framework of its Youth Integration Program, EPF organized a three-day domestic networking workshop in Tskaltubo, enabling the Youth Bank members from 20 municipalities to summarize the results of and draw conclusions from the newly completed grant cycle. The event also provided networking and experience-sharing opportunity to the beneficiary youth. The representatives of Europe […]

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Europe Foundation Will Hold Presentation of the Report, Food Safety Regulation in Georgia: Assessment of the Government’s Reform Efforts in 2016, in Zugdidi and Telavi

On August 7 and 9, 2017, Europe Foundation (EPF) will be presenting the report Food Safety Regulation in Georgia: Assessment of the Government’s Reform Efforts in 2016 in Zugdidi and Telavi. The presenter will provide a broad overview of the activities implemented during 2016 by the Government of Georgia (GoG) in food safety field, identifying […]

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Young Grantmakers from Georgia, including Abkhazia and also, from Bosnia and Herzegovina Met at the Leadership Conference in Sarajevo

Within the framework of the Europe Foundation’s project a Leadership Conference was held in Saraevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where young grantmakers from Georgia, including Abkhazia and also, from Bosnia and Herzegovina met to discuss the already implemented activities of the project and share lessons learned. Apart from networking and experience sharing opportunities, the Conference enabled […]

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Training in the Cross-Cultural Communication for the Youth Integration Program Members

The Youth Integration Program members participated in the Cross-Cultural Communications training, before departing for Sarajevo for the Leadership Conference, to meet with their peers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Abkhazia.  The training was built around such issues as addressing stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination, etc. The training also provided a space for the young people to voice […]

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Grant-cycle Closing Ceremony Organized by Marneuli Youth Bank

The Marneuli Youth Bank (YB) members successfully monitored implementation of funded five youth-led initiatives. To celebrate the success, the YB members organized a grant-cycle closing ceremony with participation of the school administration, representatives of educational recourse center and Women’s Room, as well as the youth residing in Marneuli. Attendees of the event were informed about […]

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Youth Bank Members Complete Implementing of the Grant-cycle

  The members of the Youth Bank (YB) Committees in 25 municipalities of Georgia  complete implementing of the grant-cycle.  Bolnisi Youth Bank members , who successfully monitored  implementation of  the funded five youth-led initiatives in Bolnisi municipality, celebrated successful completion of the grant-cycle by organizing a closing ceremony with participation of the school administration, as […]

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Fair of Social Enterprises: Buy Social

On June 17, within the framework of the Legacy Program of the World Rugby U20 Championship, Europe Foundation and Impact Hub Tbilisi, in cooperation with the Georgian Rugby Union hosted a fair of social enterprises. Fifteen social enterprises, assisted by the Australian National U20 Rugby team members offered customers wider variety of handmade products –  […]

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Fair of Souvenirs and Accessories Produced by the Youth with Disabilities was organized by the Dedoplistskaro Youth Bank

Today, entrepreneurial skills are of paramount importance that one should possess. Young entrepreneurs can become drivers of positive social change in their communities, which is proved by an initiative, Handicrafts implemented by the Dedoplistskaro Youth Bank  aiming at engaging the youth for fostering social inclusion of vulnerable groups, specifically, young people with disabilities. The initiative was implemented […]

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The Winner of the 2016 Best Food Enterprise of the Year Competition Identified LLC Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking has been named the Best Food Enterprise of 2016

In 2016, Europe Foundation organized third Best Food Enterprise of the Year Competition to enhance adherence to food safety standards among food business operators in Georgia and to encourage convergence to European policies in this area. As part of the agreements with 7 participating businesses EPF selected food safety experts performed three unannounced spot-checks at […]

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Training in Development of Demand-driven Projects Fostering Civic Participation

To implement its mission Europe Foundation (EPF) conducts not only operating programs but also grant-making, therefore the Foundation is interested to support demand-driven projects, which clearly reflect problem and ways of intervention and, at the same time, mainstream gender considerations within activities. To support civil society organizations (CSOs) in planning effective and sustainable projects, focused […]

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Youth Bank Members Continue to Fund Youth-led Initiatives

Within our Youth Integration Program, youth are still actively engaged in improving their communities In 27 municipalities of Georgia, the Youth Bank members funded 102 youth-led initiatives on topics like environmental protection, access to education, healthy lifestyle, human rights, etc. In order to introduce the funded projects to broader society and award the grants to the authors of the initiatives, the […]

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Making Schools Safe

School is an institution which a large part of the population is constantly interacting with. Tamar Mosiashvili, who has 10 years’ experience as a teacher, was the coordinator of the nongovernmental organization Civic Development Institute for the project Citizen Monitoring of Safe Schools – which the Europe Foundation supported in 2010. The project aimed at […]

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External Evaluation of Europe Foundation’s EC-Funded Project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia (updated)

Europe Foundation (EPF) is seeking services of a qualified Consultant(s) to conduct an evaluation of its EC-funded project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The evaluation is to provide an independent assessment of the project’s implementation, including the assessment of the quality, impact, and sustainability of the activities undertaken. […]

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Partnership for Budget Transparency Project Closing Conference

On February 27, 2017 Europe Foundation (EPF) held a public forum and a closing conference of the EU-funded project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The event aimed at bringing together different stakeholders to discuss ways in which the project has contributed to improved budget transparency and accountability in […]

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Social Impact Award - a Program for Students in Social Entrepreneurship

Young, energetic people can become drivers of positive change, when given the opportunity to fully unleash their potential. They can contribute to solving salient social issues and build their own future. Social Impact Award, a program for students in social entrepreneurship,  invites young people to take an active role as citizens and respond to societal […]

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Results of the Grant Competition to Protect Consumer Rights

In response to the grant competition to protect consumer rights Europe Foundation received 10 applications.  EPF together with expert panel has completed the review of proposals submitted within competition.  The applications were evaluated based on following criteria: Degree to which the proposal adheres to the goal, objectives and requirements of the terms of the competition; […]

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Master-class on Mainstreaming Gender Considerations in Social Enterprise Development

On January 23, 2017 Europe Foundation hosted a Master-class on Mainstreaming Gender Considerations in Social Enterprise Development, made possible by the support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Master-class was attended by the representatives of social enterprises, civil society organizations and state agencies from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Gori, Lagodekhi and Dusheti. The event was organized […]

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External Evaluation of Europe Foundation’s EC-Funded Project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia

Europe Foundation (EPF) is seeking services of a qualified Consultant(s) to conduct an evaluation of its EC-funded project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The evaluation is to provide an independent assessment of the project’s implementation, including the assessment of the quality, impact, and sustainability of the activities undertaken. […]

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New television program - Environmental Migration in Georgia

On December 26, 2016, 21:40 p.m. the Public Broadcaster Adjara TV will launch a new television program “Environmental Migration in Georgia”, which was commissioned by Europe Foundation and Institute of Democracy in the framework of the Project “Advocating for the Eco-Migrants Rights”. TV program includes production of fifteen 18-20 minute documentaries on the problems and […]

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Bringing EU food safety standards to Georgia: a story of success

On September 30, 2016 Europe Foundation (EPF) concluded a project funded by the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which was aimed at improving food safety and consumer protection in Georgia and Moldova. EPF’s work on food safety issues started more than eight years ago, as the Foundation saw the need […]

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Training Seminars on Freedom of Information Issues

Europe Foundation conducted series of training- seminars for representatives of civil society organizations, local self-government, and media from six self-governing cities (Akhaltsikhe, Batumi, Gori, Ozurgeti, Tbilisi, and Zugdidi) on issues related to freedom of information.  The trainings were held in two streams:  on December 7-8, representatives of CSOs, municipalities and media organizations from Akhaltsikhe, Gori and […]

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Situation Analysis of Civil Society in Georgia

On December 5, 2016, Europe Foundation (EPF) hosted a presentation of a report Situation Analysis of Civil Society in Georgia. The report was prepared based on the stocktaking exercise commissioned by EPF, so as to have a fresh view of the environment in which civil society organizations (CSOs) operate in Georgia and to ascertain both incentives […]

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State Policy on Environmental Migration – Resettlement and Prevention

On November 22 and 25, 2016, under the framework of the EU-funded project Advocating for the Rights of Environmental Migrants that is implemented by Institute of Democracy and Europe Foundation (EPF), regional meetings were organized in Borjomi and Batumi to advocate for better state regulation of envir onmental migration. Representatives of local government, civil society and […]

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Joining Forces for Social Change

On November 17, Europe Foundation and Impact Hub Tbilisi hosted an event – Joining Forces for Social Change, within the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). GEW is celebrated annually, in November, in 160 countries.  Various events, planned throughout the week enable entrepreneurs to open up new opportunities, network, share ideas, etc. With its […]

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Statement of CSOs on the Draft Law on Consumer Rights Protection

In 2013, the Georgian Parliamentary Committee on European Integration began work on a draft law on Consumer Rights Protection. Multiple state institutions and civil society organizations were involved in the preparation of this draft law. Although it was finalized by the end of 2013, the draft law was initiated only in July, 2015 and the […]

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Youth Bank – Path Towards Change and Development

Two young people living in two regions located far away from each other – Mestia resident Vika Pilpani and Lanchkhuti resident Nino Tsetskhladze – have one thing in common: both were trainees of the Europe Foundation’s Youth Bank and now, as trainers, they share their knowledge and experience with other participants of Youth Bank. Nino […]

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Statement of CSOs on Draft Law on Consumer Rights Protection

The Georgian Parliamentary Committee on European Integration started working on a draft law on Consumer Rights Protection in 2013. Multiple state institutions and civil society organizations were involved in the preparation of this draft law. Although it was finalized by the end of 2013 the draft law was initiated only in July 2015 and it […]

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Statement of CSOs on the Draft Law on Consumer Rights Protection

In July of 2015 the Committee on European Integration of the Parliament of Georgia initiated the draft law on Consumer Rights Protection. Adoption of the draft law will signify an advancement for Georgia on its course of European integration through improved consumer rights’ protection, creating a healthier business environment, its modernization and improved competitiveness. Multiple […]

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Recommendations on the draft law on changes and amendments to the Food/Feed Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection Code

The government of Georgia has presented a draft law on changes and amendments to the Food/Feed Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection Code to the Parliament of Georgia. Eurasia Partnership Foundation and its partner civil society organizations developed recommendations related to the proposed changes, which can be accessed in Georgian. Comments CSOs Draft Changes with Comments

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CSO Statement on Reforming the Food Market Regulatory Framework

Eurasia Partnership Foundation and its partner civil society organizations express their concern about the slow pace of reforms in the food safety field and appeal to the Georgian authorities to accelerate the reform process in order to improve, the protection of consumer rights. Please refer to the full text of the statement here (in Georgian)

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Food Safety Regulation in Georgia: Assessment of Government’s Reform Efforts in 2015 / Best Food Enterprise of the Year 2016

On May 18, 2016, Europe Foundation (EPF) will be presenting the report Food Safety Regulation in Georgia: Assessment of Government’s Reform Efforts in 2015. Following the presentation and discussion, EPF plans to announce the start of the 2016 Best Food Enterprise competition and acknowledge the successful participants of the 2015 Best Food Enterprise of the […]

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The Winner of the 2015 Best Food Enterprise of the Year Competition Identified

LLC Marshe has been named the Best Food Enterprise of 2015 To enhance stakeholder understanding of and adherence to food safety standards and to encourage convergence to European policies in this area, Europe Foundation (EPF) has been engaging Georgian business community in identifying and acknowledging the country’s best food enterprises. As part of the Best […]

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Presentation of Alternative Assessment Report: Implementation of the ENP Action Plan and EaP bilateral and multilateral roadmaps of 2013: Trade and trade-related issues

On 30 April, 2014 Eurasia Partnership Foundation is holding a presentation of the alternative assessment report: Implementation of the ENP Action Plan and EaP bilateral and multilateral roadmaps of 2013: Trade and trade-related issues. The report commissioned by Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) addresses such key issues as: trade, investments, customs procedures, intellectual property right and […]

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Presentation of Research Report Potential and Actual Environmental Migrants in Georgia: Experiences and Self-Assessments

Tbilisi, Georgia – On February 25, 2016, Europe Foundation will be presenting its recent report “Potential and Actual Environmental Migrants in Georgia: Experiences and Self-Assessments.” This event is being held at Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel within the framework of the project: Advocating for the Rights of Eco-Migrants funded by the European Union and through Institute […]

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Second Public Forum on Budget Transparency

On December 16, Europe Foundation organized its second public forum on Budget Transparency and Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The forum aimed at contributing to improved budget transparency and accountability in Georgia by fostering dialogue between representatives of civil society and relevant public authorities. The public finance management (PFM) expert at Policy […]

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Training on public expenditure management monitoring mechanisms for regional CSOs

On March 21-22, 2015, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) organized a training session on public expenditure management monitoring mechanisms. Representatives of 19 regional civil society organizations participated in the training, which took place within the framework of the EU-funded project entitled Partnership for Budget Transparency. The training was led by Mr. Besik Namchavadze, a consultant at […]

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CSO Platform Meeting

On March 18, 2015, the founding members of the CSO Platform Partnership for Budget Transparency met at the premises of Eurasia Partnership Foundation to deliberate the statute of the Platform, as well as its working principles and plan of activity. The founding members agreed that the Platform will be open to new membership, as long […]

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Project Opening Conference: Partnership for Budget Transparency

On December 19, 2014, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) hosted stakeholders and future beneficiaries at the inaugural event of its new, EU-funded project entitled Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia. The project, which was launched on November 1, 2014, is co-funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and […]

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A Session on Social Entrepreneurship at EBRD Civil Society Programme/Annual Meeting

On May 13-15, 2015, Georgia is hosing Annual Meeting and Business Forum of the European Bank for Reconstructive and Development which attract over 2,000 participants from the EBRD region and shareholders’ countries, including the representatives of the private sector, governments, international community, civil society and media. One of the flagship events of the Bank’s engagement […]

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Concluding Event of the Competition - Students for Social Enterprise

On April 28, 2015, Eurasia Partnership Foundation and the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) in cooperation with Tbilisi City Hall are organizing a concluding event of the annual competition Students for Social Enterprise. The event will be held at Courtyard Marriott, at 12:00 pm. During the event, student teams under 2 nominations […]

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Competition for Food Safety Experts

Eurasia Partnership Foundation invites food safety experts to conduct inspections in food enterprises, participating in the Best Food Enterprise of the Year competition. For more information, please, find the full text of the announcement in Georgian.

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Call for Applications: preparing Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Eurasia Partnership Foundation is pleased to invite applications from qualified organizations as well as individuals to prepare public service announcements. The call for applications is announced within the framework of the project Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending in Georgia, funded by the EU and co-funded by the Swedish International Development […]

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