About the Project
Rural development has an important role to play in the sustainable development of Georgia. The Need for rural communities to approach development from a wider perspective has created more focus on a broad range of development goals rather than merely creating incentive for agriculture development. Under ENPARD II, UNDP is implementing the project “Support to Rural Development in Georgia”. Project aims to establish and implement Rural Development Strategies for Georgia and its Ajara region respectively.
On May 17th, 2016 The 2016-2020 Rural development Strategy of AR Ajara was approved, aimed at increasing the quality of life in rural areas, promoting vibrant, resourceful and enterprising rural communities, enhancing the sustainable management of natural resources, and assisting the diversification of rural economy. It represents new approach and the emphasis is placed on the European experience of supporting rural areas through fostering knowledge, innovations and bottom-up participatory processes leading to sustainable rural development outcomes.
The strategy adoption was followed by the establishment of the Rural Development Council of Ajara (RDC) within the Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara. Formation of new council called upon adequate capacities of individuals and institutions involved in the rural development policy development. In 2018, under EU funded ENPARD UDNP Project SRDG initiated a Public Policy Leadership and Management Training Program.
The overall objective of the Capacity Development Support was to build capacity of Ajara Government (member institutions of the Rural Development Council) through offering a range of results oriented towards joint inter-agency trainings and hands-on support for targeting institutions to strengthen their capacity to independently develop, implement and monitor respective programmes and measures for sustainable rural development.
As part of UNDP’s Capacity Development Support to address the challenges for RD member institutions and to achieve efficiency in Rural Development Strategy execution, ACT provided workshops/ trainings to:
· Support in Policy making through policy analysis and learning
· Support to policy- planning process: an applied framework
· Support to active citizens and accountable AR Government: communication strategy
· Support to the establishment of mentoring system for project development
· Project management reinforcement and support process
· Support to the introduction of a risk management practice and framework
On the outcome level, Capacity Development Support strengthened cooperation within and among different RDC agencies and boosted confidence levels and work efficiency in the areas such as:
As a result, 54 civil servants of AR Ajara Government have been trained in:
· Project management
· policy planning
· Policy analysis and learning
· Communications strategy
Establishment of mentoring system for project development