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ABOUT US

About us

Civil Society for Development, Decentralisation and Participation in Georgia (CSD) is a joint initiative of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), based in Tbilisi, Georgia and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), based in The Hague, Netherlands. It is funded by a grant from the Social Transformation Programme (MATRA) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

CSD aims to strengthen Civil Society Organizations so that they can mobilize and act collectively to participate in local self-government activities and promote local development. It will do so by organizing a series of capacity building activities around which Civil Society Organizations in Georgia will develop plans to raise awareness and to mobilize the community for local development. The project will also organize debates and forums which motivate community organizers and interested experts to become actively involved in championing and sustaining decentralized policymaking reforms.

 

Partners

ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment. Established in 1952 as the International Institute of Social Studies by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education it does research, teaching and public service in the field of development studies and international cooperation. For more information please visit ISS website. http://www.iss.nl/

CIPDD is a public policy think-tank, specialized in a broad area of democracy development. CIPDD was founded in 1992 in Tbilisi, Georgia. It is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation. It advocates policy goals such as the development of a vibrant and diverse civil society, effective and accountable public institutions based on the rule of law and an integrated political community, which at the same time respects and preserves identities of different ethnic and religious communities in Georgia. CIPDD seeks to contribute to the implementation of these goals through producing relevant and high-quality public policy documents, and encouraging a pluralistic and informed public policy debate in Georgia. Respectively, main activities of CIPDD include public policy research, publishing and disseminating its results, and organizing different forms of debate - professional, political or public - around this work. In addition, CIPDD is involved in advocacy efforts, including public advocacy and lobbying, and training related to its work. For more information please visit CIPDD website. www.cipdd.org

 

Project

The main objective of CSD is to develop the skills necessary for you to PARTICIPATE in local-level policymaking. We do this through five integrated activities:

First, we conduct capacity building trainings. We have trained a core group of Georgian activists on techniques and strategies for organizing communities to participate in debates and decisions regarding local government and development. These activists will be conducting trainings and capacity building sessions throughout the country for local community organizers and civil society groups. Contact our local project partners to find out when the next training session will be and PARTICIPATE.

Second, we organize a series of regional public debates on participation in local-level decision making. Through these debates and related activities, we will raise awareness about relevant issues in local government and development in communities. Contact our local project partners to find out when the next debates are in your region and how you can PARTICIPATE in them.

Third, we will draft and issue several policy papers on decentralization and local development to serve as a basis for discussion and mobilization in conjunction with the awareness raising programme. To find out more and contribute your views to the policy papers, consult our website and contact the CIPDD team.

Fourth, we have established a resource centre for community activists and organizers. The CSD Resource Centre is located in the CIPDD office on the Tsereteli Avenue 72. It hosts a web-based information and communication space as well as a library stocking material on decentralization, participation and local development. The CSD Resource Centre is open to all. Please contact Gia Gotua for information about accessing material.

Finally, to train the next generation of Georgian experts on policymaking, decentralization and local development, we have created two university-level courses on Principles of Decentralization and Participation and Local Development and Public Service Delivery Strategies. These courses will be held at the Ilia State University starting in October 2011. Contact Gia Gotua to find out about enrolment procedures.

 

How can you participate?

Contact our local project partners and:

  • Participate in capacity building training.
  • Use the CSD Resource Centre.
  • Take part in policy debates.
  • Enroll in one of our graduate courses.

 

 

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