Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the situation in Georgia has been unstable. Until today, unresolved conflicts keep the conflict-affected populations and vulnerable communities in poverty, preventing sustainable re-/integration of IDP populations, hindering the development of equitable, pluralistic communities, and aggravating a climate of insecurity, hostility and fear.
The participation of youth in volunteering and other civic activities and the awareness about their rights is generally low. The youth living in rural areas (47% of the total population) struggle to find employment or pursue further education and typically do not meaningfully participate in community decision-making.
ER1: Trained female and male youth are better able to identify, articulate, and advocate for their peace and security concerns.
ER2: Communities understand, encourage and support peace and security concerns identified by female and male youth.
ER3: Consultative mechanisms are responsive to the concerns of female and male youth.
Training young men and women in Participatory Learning Assessment
Developing local action plans by the youth
Training female and male youth in identified topics
Organize two joint workshops in Tbilisi for young activists and youth club members to share experiences and discuss awareness raising and advocacy plans
Organize community discussions around identified priority concerns related to peace and security
Youth organize community events and awareness raising activities
Small grants are distributed to implement community initiatives that promote peace and security, and benefit communities
Create and disseminate communication and visibility materials in the communities
Build the capacities of local champions on youth participation and youth civic action
Facilitate youth engagement with local government representatives through working groups and consultative meetings
Local government representatives share the requested information on youth and community priority concerns related to peace and security
Final conference on youth participation and civic action for peace and security
Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli and Samegrelo regions, Georgia
Direct participants: 450 female and male youth (ages 14-29); Indirect participants: 5,500 individuals, who are part of the four communities targeted.
01.01.2021 – 31.12.2022
Austrian Development Agency (with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation)
To contribute to a more peaceful, cohesive, inclusive, and equal society in Georgia.
To strengthen the participation of female and male youth (age 14-29) in local decision making and peacebuilding processes.