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Since the ratification of the European Charter on Local Self-Government in 2004, Georgia developed and implemented a number of reforms and laws with the aim to strengthen local authorities and to enhance civic engagement in decision-making. The large-scale decentralisation and regional development mechanisms include but are not limited to amendments to the Constitution of Georgia introducing constitutional guarantees for local self-government, the 2014 Self-Government Code, and the Decentralisation Strategy 2020-2025. In addition, the country has implemented since 2014 the National Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights in Georgia, accompanied by successive action plans.

In this context, the project “Strengthening participatory democracy and human rights at local level in Georgia” aims to strengthen human rights protection and democratic public participation at local level by ensuring that civil society organisations and citizens have a real impact on decision-making processes. The project also helps strengthen the capacities of local authorities and the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG) to protect and embed human rights standards and practices in their policies and strategies, to incorporate a gender perspective and to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

The project is implemented jointly by the Congress and the Directorate General of Democracy, Division Elections and Civil Society,  under the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023. The main partners of the project are NALAG and the Public Defender of Georgia, which support the identification of needs and the provision of capacity development, expert support and advocacy.

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Strengthening participatory democracy and human rights at local level in Georgia

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By having an impact on the protection and promotion of human rights and promoting inclusive and participatory societies and institutions at all levels, the project “Strengthening participatory democracy and human rights at local level in Georgia” contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good health and well-being), 5 (Gender equality), 10 (Reduced inequalities), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (Partnership for the goals) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Congress Secretariat in Strasbourg

Marité MORAS
Head of Unit - Co-operation Activities
Email : marite.moras@coe.int

Giulia NASON
Project Officer                 
Email : giulia.nason@coe.int

 

Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi

Nino TSAGAREISHVILI
Senior Project Officer
Email : nino.tsagareishvili@coe.int

Diana ENDELADZE
Project Assistant
Email : diana.endeladze@coe.int