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Giorgi Tumasyan, Georgia's Youth Representative to the UN, visited CiDA to meet the head of the organization, Zviad Devdariani. The main topic of the meeting was the current situation of youth in the Kvemo Kartli region, particularly in regarding gender and ethnic issues.
Zviad Devdariani introduced Giorgi Tumasyan to the existing projects of CiDA in the youth field. CiDA carries out a number of projects in this direction, including juveniles in conflict with law. In addition, CiDA is beginning a new cross-border project with Azerbaijan, which aims to strengthen youth entrepreneurship skills and encourage them to engage in local processes. Within that project, youth from Georgia and Azerbaijan will carry out joint projects.
Georgia’s youth representative to the UN visited local NGOs in the frames of a national tour. Tumasyan visited Georgia’s regions to get acquainted with the challenges and problems that youth in Georgia face today. After his visits, he plans to hold discussions about the problems to participate in finding ways to solve them.

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:00
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On August 21, at the Batumi Center for Civic Engagement, a working meeting between non-governmental organizations and those business companies which are interested in implementing sustainable projects in regions was held. The aim of the meeting was to promote cooperation between business and non-governmental organizations regarding sustainable regional projects.

Several representatives of more than 20 regional non-governmental organizations and business sector participated in the meeting, including Poti Sea Port, Hilton, GPI Holding, and Adjara Group.
During the meeting, business representatives made short presentations and introduced the organizations with their priority directions in which they would like to implement sustainable projects. The presentations were followed by individual discussions, during which the NGOs presented their project ideas to the attending business entities.
The meeting was organized by Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in cooperation with the Regional Civil Society Network and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Club.

The activities implemented by Civil Development Agency (CiDA) with regard to corporate social responsibility are supported by East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) ACCESS project through USAID funding.

Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00
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On June 9-10, a Training of Trainers (ToT) was held on the topic of Civil Service Laws of Georgia. Executive director of CiDA, Zviad Devdariani, representatives of UNDP Georgia, administration of the Government of Georgia and Civil Service Bureau of Georgia addressed the attendees of the training. 

The presentation was about civil service reforms and new Civil Service laws of Georgia. The participants of the event received information about the purpose of the reforms: creation of a professional Civil Service field, introduction of the professional Institute of Civil Service, the career and achievement based system, legal and social security guarantees for civil servants, establishing boundaries between politics and administration.
The primary objective of the new laws on civil service are: to understand the essence of Civil Service and create a clear legal framework, clear separation of the legal status and categories of civil servant employees, establishment of the professional institute of civil servants based on career advancement, establishment of a free, open and effective public service, creation of a fair pay and classification system.

A representative of the Civil Service Bureau, Gvantsa Beselia, presented on the issue of concepts, and principles of Civil Service to the training participants. She spoke on the following topics: acceptance to the Civil Service, rankings and categories, preconditions of acceptance (certification), and types of competitions. She also touched on the topics of career management, civil servant transfer to a new position, career development, mobility, and reserve. Beselia also explained the rights, guarantees, and responsibilities of civil servants.

Independent expert, Nino Tsukhishvili, spoke about: disciplinary liability, types of disciplinary misconduct, impact measures, and disciplinary proceedings. She also explained the grounds and procedures for dismissal.Tsukhishvili provided information to the training participants about the guarantees and rights of civil servants.
The training also aimed to introduce a training feedback form and a monitoring framework to the participants. The ToT was followed by a discussion.

On October 27, 2015 the Civil Service Law of Georgia was adopted, and it entered into force on July 1, 2017. The Civil Service Law of Georgia creates a career advancement and merit based professional Civil Service.

The training programme was prepared through the support of the United Nations Development Programme, with financial contribution from the Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (UK aid) and implementer NGO CiDA, in the framework of the project “Support of Civil Service Reform in Georgia by Civil Society”. The project is implemented in partnership with the administration of the Government of Georgia and the Civil Service Bureau. The project is co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the operational grant implemented by CiDA.

Monday, 12 June 2017 00:00
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CiDA’s CSR Manager Salome Zurabishvili was one of the speakers at the meeting in Sagarejo, Kakheti region, where the community meeting was held at the Center of Civic Engagement. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Human Rights Secretariat and Personal Data Protection, and its aim was to support the exchange of information between the central government and local/regional institutions, and bring the local issues to the attention of the central government.

Salome Zurabishvili spoke about the role of businesses in the protection of labor rights, promoting human rights, and establishment of community accountability. The questions raised during the meeting included the procedures for maternity leave for fathers, equal pay, salary issues for public servants, vacancy announcement requirements, and the protection of personal data. At the end of the meeting it was suggested that the issues be submitted to the Center of Civil Engagement, which will collect them and submit them in a unified format to the Secretariat.

Community meeting was held with the support of EWMI/PROLoG financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00
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