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Working in Crises and Conflict

Georgia’s stability is fundamental to the country’s sustained economic and democratic development. Further, U.S. foreign policy goals seek the peaceful restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The 2008 conflict with Russia was the most recent and serious setback in an almost twenty year post-civil war period characterized by pervasive insecurity and periodic flashes of violence associated with Georgia’s occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. U.S. assistance was critical to getting Georgia back on its feet after the war and spurring a sustainable recovery.

USAID’s programs continue to promote a more stable and integrated society capable of participating in the democratic process as an essential part of Georgia’s continued development. Increased engagement and confidence building efforts will reduce tensions with the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and may help Georgia make progress toward peace and eventual reconciliation. Greater integration and inclusion of Georgia’s minorities, women, peoples with disabilities, and internally displaced persons will contribute to inclusive economic growth and citizen participation in governance.

Current programs:

Youth Participation and Developing Project (YDP)
Aug 2012 – Aug 2015

The purpose of this project is to increase engagement in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The primary mechanism to achieve this goal will be youth engagement through increased communication across the regions, education and skills development. Youth will learn to work together toward shared or common goals, as identified by the youth themselves, while improving decision-making skills and implementing solutions.

Abkhazia Community Revitalization Project
Oct 2010 – Sep 2015
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The Project supports the goal of restoring peace and stability in Georgia through a variety of programs in Abkhazia determined in conjunction with the Government of Georgia and in keeping with the evolving economic and political environment, with a particular emphasis on health care, youth and cross-community interaction. Activities include: rehabilitation of district hospitals, supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, capacity building of healthcare personnel including contact between professionals from both sides of the administrative boundary line; distribution of medical equipment and supplies; supporting computer literacy classes for youth in schools and youth centers; business skills improvement and vocational training for youth; small-scale infrastructure rehabilitation in 15 communities.

Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-Ossetian People-to-People Reconciliation Project
July 2014 – July 2016
George Mason University

The purpose of this project is to enhance security, increase community capacity for peacebuilding, and strengthen relationships and cross-conflict collaboration among conflict stakeholders. In the short-term, the project aims to improve living conditions for targeted conflict-affected communities by increasing information, communication and economic opportunities. In the mid- to long-term, the project will facilitate changes in the attitudes and behaviors of key conflict stakeholders, including individuals, communities, authorities and civic society. This systemic shift will lay the foundation for future political agreements.

Last updated: December 07, 2015

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