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Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness

Eastern Partnership - Georgia



Building a robust alliance of local development actors in Georgia

The project seeks to enhance the enabling environment, the capacity, and the competence of civil society (local organizations, active citizens, and youth) and of local authorities in order to empower them for joint actions that enhance sustainable, and inclusive local development. The project contains three components:

Component I: Enabling environment for CSOs. In order to facilitate the improvements in the legal environment, mechanisms for state funding and municipal grants, mechanisms for stimulating economic activities, and a financial package for stimulating volunteering are lobbied by CSI. Additionally, interactive platform CSOgeorgia promotes civil society initiatives and support CSOs transparency and accountability.

Component II: Online civic education and e-learning for participation in self-governance. CSI facilitates capacity-building activities for representatives of civil society, self-government officials and other development actors through Online courses to enhance their capacity and skills. Special self-study tutorials and competitions will be elaborated for youth, based on the findings from the need assessment study of young people from targeted municipalities in order to promote youth participation in local decision making process.

Component III: Stimulating public participation and cooperation among local actors of self-governments in regions: Adjara, Guria, Shida Kartli. CSI supports multi-stakeholder participatory activities such as joint face-to-face trainings, participatory budgeting and civil monitoring in order to promote cooperation in the region. The quality of participatory approaches will be assessed by Inter-municipal benchmarking process in Batumi, Kobuleti, Ozurgeti, Chokhatauri and Gori municipalities and stimulate them to carry out need-based policies.

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Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action

The CSO METER is a monitoring tool developed to assess the civil society environment in the Eastern Partnership countries. It consists of a set of standards and indicators in 10 areas that will measure both law and practice. They were developed based on a review of international standards and best regulatory practices to address the needs and emerging trends in the region. The objective of the CSO Meter is to provide a framework that will support regular and consistent monitoring of the environment in which civil society organizations (CSOs) operate. The data from this process will be used to produce recommendations and initiate evidence-based advocacy campaigns aimed at creating a more enabling environment. Stakeholders will also have a better understanding of the issues affecting the environment for CSOs and rely on benchmarks based on international standards in order to improve that environment. The CSO Meter was developed collaboratively by a group of experts from the Eastern Partnership region, with the support of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) under the project “Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action” financed by the European Union. The tool is the result of a joint effort by many stakeholders. It was developed with input from many civil society representatives from each of the Eastern Partnership countries, whose input helped ensure the creation of a tool that is responsive to local needs.
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