Evaluation of Core Support to Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS)
Sida Decentralised Evaluation
Sida Decentralised Evaluations (Sida Review)
Pierre Walther , Nelly Dolidze
2017:15. The Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS), recently renamed Rondeli Foundation, is an independent, non-profit think-tank dedicated to helping to improve policy decision-making in Georgia through research and analysis, training of policy makers, and public education about strategic, security and reform issues, facing Georgia and the Caucasus in the 21st century. The evaluation assessed the results of a first two-year phase of core funding by Sida to GFSIS. It concludes that the many studies, debates, courses and trainings provided by GFSIS are of good quality and lead to concrete results at the level of outcomes, particularly in the present context. The multi-stakeholder approach (Government, political parties, NGOs, media) contributes to establish a culture of dialogue in the country. The targets agreed with Sida are likely to be met by the end of the phase. The network of over 3,000 alumni, many of them holding senior positions, is certainly one of the key assets of the foundation. The evaluation identified a number of areas which need to be addressed to increase institutional sustainability.