David Zalkaliani has met the UNDP Resident Representative

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:35

Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani met the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Niels Scott. The sides discussed the difficult situation in Syria and Georgia’s involvement in providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population.
Niels Scott thanked Georgia for supporting the steps taken by the international community towards resolving the crisis in Syria, as well as for the Georgian Government’s initiative to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population. The sides discussed various issues relating to cooperation between Georgia and the UNDP.

Conference on the regional and local development issues

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:14

Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Tengiz Shergelashvili and UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia Neil Scott opened the two-day conference related to regional and local development issues.
Results of the SGP over the 2015-16 have been summarized on the conference. The grants allowed NGOs and community organizations to implement the projects aimed to increase civic engagement and socio-economic development of the country. The program included 6 regions - Guria, Racha-Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Imereti.
Together with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, "Civil Development Agency" (CIDA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADC) were actively involved during the process of the program implementation.  

What Do Georgians Think About Public Services?

Published in Society
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 22:57

Quality of roads, public kindergartens, cleaning service and citizen engagement in decision-making are in focus of a research commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and carried out by the Georgian research company ACT in November 2015.

The discussion about key findings of the study on 27 July 2016 brought together representatives of the Georgian Government, Parliament, local authorities, civil society and international organizations.

Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia, and Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, addressed the participants of an event with welcome remarks.

The comprehensive nation-wide research is based on interviews with 3,800 citizens over the age of 18 in all regions of Georgia. It examines public views about the services that are currently provided by municipalities and central government, provides comparative analysis with the similar study conducted in 2013, and includes recommendations for local authorities based on the perceptions and expectations of citizens.

The research is part of a wider programme supported by UNDP, Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) to assist self-governance reform in Georgia.

A Study Reveals What Georgians Think about Public Services

Published in Society
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 16:22

Quality of roads, public kindergartens, cleaning service and citizen engagement in decision-making are in focus of a research that will be presented on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 10:00 am, in Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel (1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia).

Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, and Tengiz Shergelashvili, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, will open an event that will bring together representatives of the Georgian Government, Parliament, local authorities, civil society and international organizations.

The comprehensive nation-wide research of citizen satisfaction with public services in Georgia was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and carried out by the Georgian research company ACT in November 2015.

The study is based on interviews with 3,800 citizens of Georgia over the age of 18 in all regions of Georgia. It examines public views about the services that are currently provided by municipalities and central government, provides comparative analysis with the similar study conducted in 2013, and includes recommendations for local authorities based on the perceptions and expectations of citizens.

A full report of the study will be available at the UNDP Georgia website: www.ge.undp.org

The research is part of a wider programme supported by UNDP, Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) for the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) to assist self-governance reform in Georgia.

Small Farmers Meet High-Ranking EU Officials

Published in Economics
Saturday, 16 July 2016 21:37

BATUMI. 16 July 2016 – EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn visited Georgia on 14 July to speak at “Georgia's European Way” conference in Batumi.

After the conference, Commissioner Hahn visited a number of agriculture projects in Ajara Autonomous Republic funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The EU official was accompanied by EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman, United Nations Resident Coordinator Niels Scott and Minister of Agriculture of Georgia Otar Danelia.

Commissioner Hahn visited the agricultural cooperative “Lurja 2015” which produces berries in Ochkhamuri village in Kobuleti. The founder and several members of the cooperative are visually impaired. Commissioner Hahn handed over two laptop computers with speech recognition software specially designed for visually impaired persons.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn also visited the Kobuleti branch of the Ajara Agroservice Canter to learn about services for farmers that help promote agriculture and rural development in Ajara.

Meetings of high-ranking EU officials with small farmers continued on 16 July, when Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Katarina Mathernova, accompanied by Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Otar Danelia, and Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia, Natia Natsvlishvili, visited a wine cellar “Satsuri” and honey producer “Naturgift” in Batumi.

Both cooperatives were established with assistance of the programme ENPARD funded by the European Union and implemented in Ajara AR by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Katarina Mathernova handed over to the cooperative "Naturgift" a modern honey production equipment worth GEL 60 thousand.

The visits to EU-funded agricultural cooperatives and the meetings with small farmers offered EU officials first-hand information about the challenges and achievements of local economies in Georgia and the role cooperation in boosting rural development.

The programme ENPARD is recognised as one of the most successful agriculture initiatives funded by the EU. Since 2013, the programme has supported Georgia’s agriculture and rural development with over EUR 102 million. In Ajara Autonomous Republic ENPARD is being implemented through cooperation with UNDP.

The first phase of the programme came to end in June 2016. The second phase will be launched shortly to continue through 2018.

International Conference for Independent, Qualified and Ethical Profession of Lawyer

Published in Justice
Friday, 17 June 2016 21:59

Over thirty representatives of the Georgian and international bar associations get together at a conference in Tbilisi on 20-21 June 2016 to discuss an independent, qualified and ethical exercise of the lawyer’s profession.

The Conference is organised by the Georgian Bar Association, with assistance from the Council of Europe (CoE), European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and in cooperation with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili will open the event.

Zaza Khatiashvili, Georgian Bar Association Chair; Cristian Urse, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia; Shombi Sharp, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Georgia; Stephen Stork, Deputy Head of Operations Section of the European Union Delegation to Georgia; and Irakli Burduli, Dean of Faculty of Law of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, will address the Conference at an opening session.

The Conference participants will discuss common challenges faced by lawyers and examine best practices in different countries. At the end of the Conference on 21 June, they will present a joint working document that will be published as a reference and guidance for professional associations of lawyers. Improving the quality of the profession of lawyer will in turn ensure the efficiency and fair administration of justice for the citizens of countries concerned.

Election Media Monitoring Kicks Off

Published in Society
Friday, 20 May 2016 13:28

The European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launch a new round of media monitoring ahead of 8 October parliamentary elections in Georgia.
Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, and Shombi Sharp, Resident Representative a.i. of UNDP in Georgia, announced the start of a new media monitoring exercise at a press conference on 20 May 2016.
“With parliamentary elections ahead, we once again underline the crucial importance of free media and reporting of a high quality. We are proud to support credible, professional media monitoring which will allow open dialogue about the media and contribute to free and fair elections in Georgia.” Ambassador Janos Herman said.
The 2016 election media monitoring continues a series of media monitoring rounds supported by the European Union and UNDP since 2010. As in previous years, monitoring will be carried out by a team of Georgian non-governmental organizations, including: Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Internews – Georgia and Civic Development Institute (CDI).
Forty-six national and local media outlets – televisions, radio, print and online media, will be scrutinized for impartiality and balance of reporting in an election period.
“We are privileged to work with a team of media monitors with very real commitment and professionalism. I strongly believe that media monitoring will assist Georgian journalists in performing their duties during elections and will promote open public discussion about the media and its role in a democratic society,” Shombi Sharp, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. said.  
The election media monitoring will be implemented in May – November 2016.
All reports will be available online at: www.MediaMonitor.ge and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MediaMonitor.ge

UNDP tops global index for international aid transparency for second consecutive year

Published in World
Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:16

NEW YORK — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) remains the most transparent aid organisation in the world, according to a leading global ranking released today.
The 2016 Aid Transparency Index today recognized UNDP as the leading aid organisation among 46 international agencies, representing 98 per cent of Official Development Flows. The index is produced by Publish What You Fund, a non-profit organisation that advocates for and measures transparency.
It is the second consecutive year that the UNDP has been ranked first in the index, which assesses the state of aid transparency among the world’s major donor organisations.
The index is based on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard, which sets a common global benchmark for publishing timely, forward-looking and comprehensive aid information.
“We are thrilled to be recognised for our commitment to transparency, which is at the core of our mission,” said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.
“UNDP was proud to be ranked number one during the last index, and our commitment to raising the bar has certainly not wavered since. We have continued to improve the way we report our data and are now able to share information on where our interventions are having an impact,” Helen Clark said.
“The developing countries we serve have a right to know how development funding is being used in their countries. All those who place funding through UNDP are also entitled to know how we are handling the monies entrusted to us.”
Currently 397 organisations are publishing information to the IATI Standard, including donor countries, multilateral organisations, foundations, private sector and national and international NGOs. More than 25 developing countries have endorsed the initiative and are active members in its governance.
Among the UN system, 14 agencies already publish to the IATI Standard: IFAD, OCHA, OCHA-FTS, CERF, UN Women, UNCDF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNOPS, WFP and the World Bank, with firm commitments from UNEP, UNIDO and FAO to begin publishing within the year.
“We congratulate UNDP for topping the Aid Transparency Index for the second time in a row. UNDP has become a leader in aid transparency and is setting a high bar for others to follow,” said Rupert Simons, CEO of Publish What You Fund.
As an original IATI signatory, UNDP began publishing to the global standard in 2011. Since then, it has consistently met international transparency standards, operating an innovative portal (open.undp.org) that details more than 5,000 of its development projects.

My Rustaveli - Students’ Essay Contest and Gender Equality Campaign

Published in Society
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 13:28

On 9 March 2016, 18:00, at Rustaveli National Theatre in Tbilisi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia will jointly present the students’ essay contest and gender equality campaign #MyRustaveli. The initiative celebrates 850th anniversary of the iconic Georgian poet – Shota Rustaveli and once again draws public attention to the timeless values of humanity and equality.
Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia; Tamar Sanikidze, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, and representative of the Embassy of Sweden to Georgia – Helena Sancho, will address participants and guests with opening remarks.
The event will also see the recital of selected verses from Shota Rustaveli’s epic “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” performed by the actors of the Rustaveli National Theatre. Ketevan Makharashvili of UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality in Georgia will speak about the students’ contest and a year-long gender equality campaign which will be ongoing till the end of 2016.
The initiative is part of the Gender Equality Week 2016 which traditionally celebrates International Women’s Day in Georgia.

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