A working group met in Khoni. The participants discussed the final version of the code of ethics, which is ready for presentation at meeting of the City Council.

The second issue on the agenda was information about local needs research. They talked about the problems highlighted during the research and the developed recommendations. Among the presented issues there are reception days in the City Council and presenting of the data the representative of governmental structures. All this will make it easier to address the right people and find the ways of problem solution. After that, the working group members talked about these and other topical issues at during the meeting.

 

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

The representatives of the City Hall and City Council of Knoni municipality attended trainings on the topic “Petition - a form of citizens' participation in local self-government”.

In the first part of the training, the participants were provided with information on citizen’s participation in the implementation of local self-government, on the factors and forms of citizen participation, on the role, meaning and rules of adopting the petition.

In the second part, they were familiarized with the application on Khoni municipality website, with the registration, signature and subsequent procedures. An electronic petition was prepared and implemented in the framework of the project “A common forum for CSOs from Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi for PAR Roadmap monitoring”.

Khatia Khachapuridze: “I live in Tbilisi. I needed to register my father's land in the village Gelaveri, and I found Khoni hotline in Google ... I was provided with all the information I needed. I welcome the existence of a hotline, because it simplifies the solution of many issues".

Tsisana Mushkudiani: “The Internet and social networks made the whole world more comfortable, not only Khoni. I do not often call on Knoni hotline, although, whenever I applied, I was never left unanswered. They competently provide the information they have”.

This is the opinion of people who are satisfied with Khoni hotline.

The hotline was created following the recommendations of Khoni working group: a separate telephone line was installed, the staff was retrained, the population was provided with information about the start of the hotline...

The idea of a hotline belongs to Khoni civil society organization – Center for Education and Development “Edelweiss” and this idea was implemented in cooperation with the local government.

"I received the correct information about the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict."

"I am an IDP from Abkhazia, but I know very little about reasons and duration of conflict. This training gave me the opportunity to learn more. "

“I have heard only about the consequences of conflict. I always wanted to know more about the history of conflict. Thank you for this training and for answering my questions. "

This is a feedback from one part of the training participants. The training was conducted by the conflict expert Keti Vasadze.

“Prehistory of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, its continuation and consequences”

- the participants of the online training on this topic were members of the Youth Initiative Group of Khoni municipality.

Khoni working group raised important issues at the round table. The meeting was attended by representatives of local government, schools, mass media, as well as social workers and young leaders.

The head of the working group, Alexandre Akobidze, presented the work of the group, and member of the group Eliso Jikia presented the results of the third monitoring of public administration reform, carried out within the framework of the project.

During the round table, the participants were introduced to the effectiveness of the hotline, activated after the implementation of the mini-project. They talked about a code of ethics that will soon take its final form. The recommendations developed after analyzing the monitoring in terms of gender and participatory budget, adaptation of the city hall building and other topical issues were also significant.

An online workshop regarding introduction of an electronic petition in Khoni Municipality was conducted. The workshop was attended by the administrator of the website of Khoni Municipality, IT specialist, facilitators, who will be actively involved in the planned informational meetings in twelve administrative units of the municipality. Workshop participants were provided with information about the e-petition system: its registration, e-voting procedures, etc. The second part of the workshop was devoted to the issues of system administration.

On April 6, a meeting with one initiative group of women was held in Khoni City Council  and the other - in the House of Culture.

First speech was presented form the side of training participants (6 women out of this group participated in the training, which was held in Sairme) and they shared their impressions with the group members.

Then there was a presentation on "Gender Responsive Early Warning System." The participants of the two meetings got acquainted with the essence of this system and human security. At the end, they received information about the research "Assessment of the quality of population human security and gender needs", also the participants, who will carry out this work were selected.

An online petition system is being introduced in Khoni Municipality!

An information meeting was held on April 6, which discussed the importance and necessity of this system.

The members of the working group named the administrative units, where they will hold information meetings with the population according to the plan.

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”.

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

Elaboration of the final version of the Code of Ethics is coming to its end – ordinary meetings of the  working group was held in Khoni Municipality, which was attended by the Chairperson of the City Council Valeri Bakhtadze.

This document differs from the Codes of Ethics of other municipalities. It applies not only to public officials, but also to officials with professional, administrative and labor contracts.

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”.

“Strengthening the role and functions of the Gender Equality Council in the process of introducing local gender policy” - a round table on this topic was held  with participation of representatives of Khoni Gender Equality Council, local self-government and civil activists.

The municipality makes important changes in terms of reorganizing the Council, creating thematic groups, choosing their strategies and initiating local programs with target on vulnerable groups. Particularly important for the participants was the question of how the budgetary support of the issues, envisaged in the plan should be carried out, as well as the issue of maximum involvement of the units responsible for the implementation of the plan.

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