Civil society for the development of participatory self-government

Project goal:

Elaborate a strategic plan for urban development of the self-governing city of Batumi as well as improve and promote current mechanisms of engaging citizens in self-government activities and channels of cooperation that exist among the population.

Project objectives:

• Strengthen and promote “Council of Civil Advisors” and “Civil Councils”;
• Organize public meetings;
• Identify/advocate for problems existing in the city;
• Create a website for the “Council of Civil Advisors” (www.marte.ge);
• Develop and distribute a budgetary calendar;
• Develop a strategic plan for urban development of the self-governing city of Batumi;
• Organize public meetings with the population living in all 13 territorial units of the self-governing city of Batumi;
• Organize meetings with focus groups (architects, urban planners, developers, designers and representatives of various sectors of society);
• Elaborate a strategic plan for urban development of Batumi;
• Ensure engagement/participation of citizens in the process of discussion of the draft budget of the self-governing city of Batumi for 2014;
• Conduct an assessment in all 13 territorial units of the self-governing city of Batumi aiming to discuss the draft budget;
• Train members of Civil Councils in budgetary processes;
• Organize Open Doors and public hearings in order to ensure accessibility and transparency of the budget of the self-governing city of Batumi.

Donors and Partners:

MSI

Project coverage:

Batumi City

Project timelines:

2013-05-07 – 2013-12-31

Project Manager:

Vazha Salamadze