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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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On February 8-10 Regional Civil Society Network (R-CSN) held a meeting of its working groups. Network members discussed the current situation and held discussions about the existing situation in regions and the main challenges that CSOs face in their locations.

Within the meeting, formation of the 2017 Action Plan took place and leaders of working groups were elected to lead the working process of the groups during the year. Group members also discussed the possible proposals of the projects which they will present to donor organizations in the near future.

Currently, R-CSN unites 64 regional CSOs, and within the network six groups are operating:
- Euro-Atlantic Integration support team
- Women’s Empowerment support team
- Environmental Protection support team
- CSR Development support team
- Conflict Resolution and Confidence Building support team
- Board of the Network

The working meeting took place with the support of the European Union and USAID funded ACCESS programme.

Friday, 10 February 2017 00:00
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From November 20-21,2016 CiDA’s Executive Director Zviad Devdariani visited Belarus where he was welcomed by local Civil Society Organization SYMPA. The visit aimed to share best Georgian practices in advocacy to the organization’s staff and interested people.

Meetings were held in two cities of Belarus, Mink and Vitebsk, and were attended by CSO leaders, NGO representatives, media and local authorities. Devdariani introduced them to the theory of advocacy based on three practical examples: It Affects You, The Women’s Movement and Reform of Local Self -governance.

First contact between SYMPA and CiDA was made previously, when CiDA shared information with Belarusian colleagues in Georgia on related topics.

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Monday, 21 November 2016 00:00
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