Georgia: EU supports local civil society organisations to encourage community engagement in rural development

Photo: UNDP Georgia
Photo: UNDP Georgia

As part of a broader effort to promote rural development in Georgia, the EU, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is launching a series of workshops in Rural Development Advocacy in the country’s eight municipalities.

The first workshops on 7-8 October brought together up to 60 community activists and representatives of civil society organisations from the municipalities of Tetritskaro, Lagodekhi and Dedoplistskaro.

By the end of 2020, similar workshops will be carried out in five other municipalities – Akhalkalaki, Borjomi, Kazbegi, Keda and Khulo.

Workshop participants have been receiving practical knowledge about advocacy and activism, among other topics, which will equip them to carry out public campaigns in their municipalities and promote the concept of rural development across the country.

The series of workshops for the civil society organisations is part of the €179.5 million in EU assistance that has been allocated to Georgia under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) between 2013 and 2022. This support aims to promote rural development policies and create economic opportunities for the rural population outside of agriculture.

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ENPARD Georgia