On September 18-20, 2013 in Gudauri, by the initiative of Civil Society Institute (CSI), Civil Development
Agency (CiDA) and Consultation and Training Center (CTC), in partnership with
the "Civil Society Organizations Development Effectiveness” sub-group of the Eastern
Partnership Georgian National Platform, the joint meeting between Donors and Civil
Society Organizations was held. The financial support was provided by the
European Union Delegation to Georgia.
The main objective of the meeting was to promote dialogue and strengthen the cooperation between Donors
and Civil Society Organizations in Georgia. Expectations of the parties involved
in this meeting were to establish structural dialogue between donors and civil
society organizations and eliminate communication problems. This meeting also
aimed to identify: specific areas for cooperation, instruments and mechanisms
on how to implement the dialogue, and values, which will be a basis for
collaboration among two equal actors.
37 participants have attended the meeting.
Majority of them were from Civil Society Organizations (32), 5 out of them were
representatives of Donor Organizations. Wide spectrum of CSOs operating in the
country was represented in the dialogue: think tanks, welfare, service
providers, international non-governmental organizations, regional organizations
and etc. Represented at the workshop also were major international and local
donor organizations: EU Delegation to Georgia, USAID, and Open Society Georgia
dialogue was interactive and all participants were equally involved. The first
part of the meeting was devoted to presentations of the speakers, accompanied
by discussions. Then the format has changed and participants were working in
small groups and discussing the issues, mechanisms and values for cooperation.
the end of the meeting, participants presented all findings and results of the
small working group sessions and discussed the future plans. They chose the
members of the editing team, who will be responsible for continuation of the
working process to draft document on Donor and CSOs cooperation based on the
issues, instruments and values identified on this meeting. Participants agreed
that the editing team will be representative and will engage three CSO and
three donor organizations’ delegates.