The ninth meeting of the CSO Forum was held in Batumi “Hilton” Hotel.

The meeting was attended by 16 civil society organizations registered in 8 municipalities. They analyzed the situation regarding CSO support and funding and their development opportunities in these municipalities.

According to the participants, most organizations have neither experience nor practice of working with donors.

It was noted that mostly regional organizations implement activities in the municipalities and participation in the project will give them possibility to show their opportunities and enrich their experience.

The work is carried out in the framework of the project “A common forum for CSOs from Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi for PAR Roadmap monitoring”.

In the framework of the new project “Women`s participation in the process of building trust and sustainable peace has been strengthened”, the needs research of women and IDP girls and victims of conflict has started in target municipalities.

During the meeting with the fieldworkers, information on important details of future activities was exchanged.

The geography of the research is 6 villages on the conflict dividing line and in Zugdidi. During the research, quantitative and qualitative information will be collected.


Familiarization with local and central services, identification of problems for advocacy - these issues were discussed at mobilization meetings in March.

An active communication was held with members of local governments in order to receive information. The meetings were conducted by mobilizers of the Fund "Sukhumi"  Women Support Centers in Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Khoni, Terjola, Senaki, Poti, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Lanchkhuti and Kobuleti municipalities. The meetings were also attended by a lawyer, a psychologist and a conflictologist of the organization, who provided the participants with information on the mechanisms for the elimination of violence.


Ekaterine Gamakharia, Head of the Tbilisi Representative Office of the Fund "Sukhumi" has participated in a meeting organized by the Association “Peaceful and Business Caucasus”. The meeting was dedicated to the situation of the fire-affected population in Gali district.  The representative of Fund “Sukhumi” has made a presentation and informed meeting participants about key findings and urgent needs of fire-affected population reflected in the organization’s recently published rapid-assessment report.

The meeting was attended by the civil society organizations working on the issues of IDPs and conflict-affected population, representatives of the de jure authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, and the fire-affected persons.

The response strategies and actions of joint efforts were actively discussed during the meeting.

The next meeting of the Project Coordination Council was held today. The meeting discussed the current project activities, in particular the process of preparing the third monitoring of the report on public administration reform, the next training scheduled in March for the member organizations of the Forum and other future plans.

The work is carried out in the framework of the project “A common forum for CSOs from Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi for PAR Roadmap monitoring”.

“A very necessary project”, “You are really doing a big job”, “Training on these issues, should take place throughout Georgia”, “I am ready to cooperate”, “The conflict expert is already working in a second circle in our school. “Our school is always open for you", "Thank you very much for the work done", "We are waiting for you in Chokhatauri municipality, we promise to work actively"," We follow your work, and are delighted with your young people"- these and similar considerations were expressed or recorded in a chat during a meeting on the Zoom platform.

On February 10-11 a consultation meetings was held with the representatives of Tsageri and Ambrolauri partner organizations and local governmental structures to identify respondents and to discuss about the third monitoring questionnaire planned within the project “Guria, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi General Forum of Civil Society Organizations for Roadmap Monitoring (PAR)”. Overcome challenges, in accordance with the agenda, in terms of transparency, efficiency and inclusion in the local municipality were revealed and mini-projects are planned to be developed within the framework of sub-grants program by the local civic sector.

The ordinary meeting of Ozurgeti working group was actively attended by members of the group representing both local self-government and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. During the meeting, special attention was paid to the issues of sharing the experience of Ozurgeti Municipality in the field of public administration and highlighting the role of civil society.

The work is carried out within the framework of the project “A common forum for #CSOs from #Guria, #Imereti and #Racha-Lechkhumi for #PAR Roadmap monitoring”.

The project is implemented with the support the European Union - #EU4Georgia

The next meeting of Lanchkhuti working group was dedicated to discussing the role of youth in the public administration process and their needs. Representatives of youth CSOs participated in the meeting together with the members of the working group, in particular, the members of newly established organizations within the framework of the project - "Lanchkhuti Youth Movement" and "Ruduni". The meeting discussed urgent problems in the direction of introducing public administration. high motivation of young people and willingness to contribute to the further development of civil society was highlighted. Representatives of the partner CSOs - Lanchkhuti Information Center and the Georgian Rural Hall took an active part in the meeting.

Plan of active work from the new year - this was the main topic at the online meeting, in which  civil society organizations of Vani took part. These organizations are: "Support 2020" and "Citizens' activity for effective governance and justice". During the meeting, a presenter was selected, who will present the results of the organizations' work at the end of the month.

The conversation also touched upon the third monitoring of the grant competition, in which organizations will take an active part.