georgia

Our work in Georgia

Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Changed: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Swedish cooperation strategy for Georgia 2010-2013 focuses on supporting Georgia’s path towards a stable and democratic state with functioning institutions that will allow further integration with the EU.

Swedish support to Georgia focuses on three sectors:
- Democracy, human rights and gender equality
- Environment
- Market development

Democracy, human rights and gender equality

The objective of Sweden’s support to democracy, human rights and gender equality in Georgia is to lead to strengthening of democratic structures and systems. We therefore support a number of governmental institutions in areas such as public financial management and registration of public documents and cadastre. Several Swedish governmental agencies, such as the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden) and Lantmäteriet,(agency responsible for mapping the country, demarcating boundaries and helping guarantee secure ownership of Sweden’s real property.) are involved as direct partners - as requested by the Georgian government.

By supporting civil society organisations, such as the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna, Sida provides a broad support for strengthening of the civil society.

Furthermore, together with the UN, Sweden supports implementation of the country’s national action plan on gender equality. The aid addresses the government, the parliament, governmental agencies and the civil society.
A number of projects are supported in the breakaway region of Abkhazia. Activities there are very much focused on poverty-related issues and mainly target women and children in rural communities within the areas such as health and education.

Creating better prerequisites for free and fair elections is another goal of our development cooperation with Georgia. It includes measures of crucial importance for a developed democracy in the country. Together with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) we work to, for example, improve voter registration and capacity building of electoral administration and political parties.

Sweden supports the Georgian government in implementation of the national strategy and action plan for internally displaced persons. It includes providing sustainable housing solutions, creating income opportunities and providing legal aid for internally displaced people.

Environment

The Swedish development aid shall contribute to Georgia living up to international commitments and EU’s environmental requirements, with particular focus on improving water quality, sanitation and waste management on the local level.

Sweden has contributed to the improvement of water supply in the cities of Kutaisi and Poti through rehabilitation of water infrastructure. This was funded through investment loans by the European investment bank EBRD, and supplemented with funding from Sida.

In the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and the city of Rustavi, efforts are underway to facilitate the management of solid waste, including construction of modern landfills and closure of old dumpsites. This is also financed through investment loans from the European development bank, EBRD and supplemented with funding from Sida. Support is also provided to local organisations working for a cleaner Georgia, including support for information- and clean-up campaigns. Sweden also gives a contribution to a fund established by the World Bank that aims at modernising the country’s waste facilities.

Market development

In order to support Georgia in building its capacity to adapt to EU's trade-related regulations, Sida funds cooperation between Swedish and Georgian authorities such as the Swedish Competition Authority, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, the National Food Agency, and Statistics Sweden. The goal is that Georgia signs and implements a thorough and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU. The hope is that such an agreement will be possible to sign by the end of 2013.

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