|Title:||Georgian IDPs Project|
|Funding:||Council of Europe and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)|
|Duration||1/1/2012 – 31/12/2012|
The Council of Europe recognises and is concerned about the fact that there are, according to official Georgian sources, about 260 000 (90 000 families of) internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia, as a result of the conflicts in the 1990s and in 2008. The IDPs constitute a vulnerable group of the Georgian population whose accommodation, health care and other essential needs have not yet completely been secured, despite the efforts of the Georgian authorities
Therefore the Council of Europe has decided to financially support a project ran by the Office of the Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia, in support of the IDPs and other conflict affected individuals living in areas in which people as a result of the conflicts suffer from shortcomings in terms of general living conditions, health care and security guarantees. .
One of the concrete forms the Project takes is, inter alia, monitoring of the general situation of the IDPs and the other above vulnerable groups, and recommending solutions to appropriate authorities for solving structural shortcomings which cause difficulties in the everyday life of the former. Action by the Public Defender may originate in observations (reports) made during the monitoring, or be based on complaints from IDPs. Other activities under the Project are e.g. providing legal consultation to vulnerable IDPs and monitoring the allocation of IDP housing, thereby trying to ensure that this process remains fair. Yet another one among the components of the Project is awareness raising among the main population about the difficult situation of IDPs, with a view to facilitating the integration of the latter in their host communities.