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Georgia: Youth Voices for Peace – GEO948

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the situation in Georgia has been unstable. Until today, unresolved conflicts keep the conflict-affected populations and vulnerable communities in poverty, preventing sustainable re-/integration of IDP populations, hindering the development of equitable, pluralistic communities, and aggravating a climate of insecurity, hostility and fear.

The participation of youth in volunteering and other civic activities and the awareness about their rights is generally low. The youth living in rural areas (47% of the total population) struggle to find employment or pursue further education and typically do not meaningfully participate in community decision-making.

Overall Objective

To contribute to a more peaceful, cohesive, inclusive, and equal society in Georgia.

Specific Objective

To strengthen the participation of female and male youth (age 14-29) in local decision making and peacebuilding processes.

Expected Results

ER1: Trained female and male youth are better able to identify, articulate, and advocate for their peace and security concerns.

ER2: Communities understand, encourage and support peace and security concerns identified by female and male youth.

ER3: Consultative mechanisms are responsive to the concerns of female and male youth.

Main Activities
  • Training young men and women in Participatory Learning Assessment
  • Developing local action plans by the youth
  • Training female and male youth in identified topics
  • Organize two joint workshops in Tbilisi for young activists and youth club members to share experiences and discuss awareness raising and advocacy plans
  • Organize community discussions around identified priority concerns related to peace and security
  • Youth organize community events and awareness raising activities
  • Small grants are distributed to implement community initiatives that promote peace and security, and benefit communities
  • Create and disseminate communication and visibility materials in the communities
  • Build the capacities of local champions on youth participation and youth civic action
  • Facilitate youth engagement with local government representatives through working groups and consultative meetings
  • Local government representatives share the requested information on youth and community priority concerns related to peace and security
  • Final conference on youth participation and civic action for peace and security

 

Location

Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli and Samegrelo regions, Georgia

Beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries: 450 female and male youth (ages 14-29)

Indirect beneficiaries: 5,500 individuals, who are part of the four communities targeted.

Duration

01.01.2021 – 31.12.2022

Total Budget

EUR 375,000

Partner Organisation

IDPWA – IDP Women Association

Donors

This project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) (with funds of Austrian Development Cooperation).

This project contributes to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):