The training on elaboration of grant applications and projects was held in Batumi for the representatives of civil society organizations from eight municipalities.

The second grant competition is currently underway according to the project. The training was devoted to the consideration and adjustment of projects that will be submitted to the competition. The work was quite fruitful, as together with the theoretical part, the training format also envisaged the active involvement of the participants. All organizations were able to correct and improve their project applications.

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

After online activities during pandemic, the representatives of civil society organizations from 8 municipalities gathered in Kutaisi. The training was devoted to the issues of lobbying. Actual cases were discussed along with other important issues. The interactive work was conducted by the trainer Elisabed Sopromadze and according to the participants, it was useful and productive day for them.

The organizer of the training is Imereti Scientists’ Union "Spectri". 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”.

First activity of the project “Bridging the Gap: People to People Initiatives for Conflict Resolution” was held in Sairme on March 27-28. It was a training on "Gender Responsive Early Warning System (GREWS)". Members of women and youth initiative groups created within the project from Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Khoni, Senaki, Zugdidi and Tsalenjikha municipalities participated in the training. Using the information obtained during the training, the members of the initiative group will be involved in the process of research, which is planned in the target municipalities.

The youth spirit was felt that day in the office of the Fund "Sukhumi". Students of the upper-grades from Kutaisi, Zugdidi and Tsalenjikha municipalities took part in the training “Conflict Management, Positive Communication, Tolerance, Empathy, Leadership, Civil Activism”.

Young people liked the comfortable atmosphere, topics, relationships between the participants, they boldly played roles during various activities.

At the end of the training, the participants shared their impressions. Here are some short phrases from their remarks:

Elene Shengelia (school of the village Koki, Zugdidi municipality): - The training strengthened the roots of non-formal education in me ... My knowledge and the knowledge gained during the training supplemented each other and created a strong chain.

Mariam Kartvelishvili (Kutaisi): - I will use, the knowledge, I gained here, in my everyday life and I will also share it with my peers.

Salome Gogokhia (school No. 2 of the village Pakhulani - Tsalenjikha municipality): - I received new information, met new friends. I will use this knowledge in many good deeds

Searching for the funds, registtarion of civic organizations, self-presentation, presentation of results - all these questions were necessary, interesting and useful. Therefore, the mobilizers of the Women Support Centers were actively involved participated in the process of two-day online training.

The participants got acquainted with the procedure of registering the organization, with the necessary documents. Particularly interesting was the part of the training, which was devoted to the skills of self-presentation, presenting the results of activities and formulating these results in a success story.

Fifteen new organizations have been added to civil society in 8 municipalities. It is one of the most important results of our project. After the registration, necessary training is provided to them.

The representatives of these organizations have attended the training on the topic "Development of projects and grant applications" and got acquainted with the process and stages of drafting project grant applications. Despite the online format, the training has been conducted with the active involvement of the participants. The discussed theoretical issues and specific examples will help them develop a project idea according to the application form.

On February 18-19, a two-day training was held with representatives of local self-governments of Imereti, Samegrelo, Guria and Adjara. The issue of the strategy of gender equality, organizational, technical and methodological aspects of the municipality was discussed on the first day. The second day was devoted to the development of municipality action plans.

The training participants had interesting presentations on the approaches existing in the municipalities, successful practices and challenges.

They are already leaders, as they conduct the activities  of Women Support Centers in 11 municipalities. They attended many trainings, but teaching and learning is never superfluous. Therefore, a two-day training was held for the mobilizers of the Women Support Centers, where they discussed topical topics: the phenomenon of leadership, civic activism, advocacy strategy.

The online space has become a platform for the participants to share their knowledge and information. They saw leadership, teamwork and advocacy issues in a new prism.

An online training was held for the representatives of the Forum for Civil Society Organizations, the aim of which was a brief overview of the essence, stages and forms of advocacy. During the training, discussions and group work, participants discussed the factors hindering the proper implementation of public administration reform at the local level, identified and analyzed the target groups and stakeholders. The training developed the working document for the advocacy of the needs at the regional and national level in the municipalities, which will be the basis for a joint advocacy strategy of the representatives of the Forum for Civil Society Organizations and the Fund "Sukhumi" at the regional and national levels.

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