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Open Call for Georgia Shining Light Awards, 2021

To encourage civic monitoring and advocacy efforts for more accountable, transparent, and needs-based public policy making in Georgia, Europe Foundation launched a new initiative – Watchdog Journalism for Change – which aims at supporting the media and advocacy groups to work together to expose poor governance in Georgia, in order to achieve concrete improvements for […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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