Ongoing Projects

Strengthening participatory democracy and human rights at local level in Georgia

Georgia, Decembre 2020 - Decembre 2023

Civil participation in local decision-making is a vital aspect of democracy. It allows citizens to make their voices heard and influence decisions that are affecting their daily life. While participatory decision-making has emerged, and a legal framework was developed in Georgia over the past decade, awareness and implementation of the different mechanisms of participation have yet to be enhanced in the local contexts.

In this context, the Division of Elections and Civil Society (DGII) together with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, initiated a new three-year project titled "Strengthening participatory democracy and human rights at the local level in Georgia". The aim is to improve the legal framework for citizen participation, enhance existing mechanisms and to promote new tools of citizen participation together with civil society actors and local authorities in different regions of Georgia. Furthermore, capacities of local authorities and the National Association of Local Authorities (NALAG) should be strengthened to effectively integrate and implement human rights standards and practices in their policies and strategies. Local inclusion and equal opportunities for all as well as a gender perspective in local policies should be implemented to eliminate discrimination.

The Division of Elections and Civil Society Directorate of Democracy (DGII) will focus on component I – strengthening participatory democracy, whereas the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will focus on component II – improving human rights aspects in selected municipalities in Georgia. Both components complement each other and are pillars of a well-functioning democratic society.

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Strengthening democratic resilience through civic participation during the war and in the post-war context in Ukraine

Ukraine, January 2023 to December 2024

The project builds on the best practices and achievements of the Council of Europe’s previous Action Plans for Ukraine, notably the results of projects implemented in the civic participation area in Ukraine between 2017 and 2022. It is designed to support the implementation of the objectives set out in the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine “Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction” (2023-2026) to help strengthen the democratic processes and address the challenges public authorities are facing in the time of war and post-war context through active and effective civic participation on local and regional levels. The project will support public authorities in establishing decision-making processes, based on wider participation and engagement of all stakeholders, ensuring transparency and inclusiveness in decision-making, starting with disclosure and access to information to concrete deliberation on specific policy areas. The implementation of the project in Ukraine is supervised by the Elections and Participatory Democracy Division of the Council of Europe.

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Past projects