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Throughout the years, the Georgian public has remained steadfast in their desire for a thriving democracy. Georgia has a number of democratic strengths in its favor, including an engaged citizenry, as well as a robust and active civil society. However, as the country navigates its democratic path, there are a number of issues to address. Political and media polarization is a significant challenge as well as a perception among citizens that political actors are insufficiently addressing their most pressing concerns. Although Georgia holds regular and competitive elections, a pattern of single-party dominance since the early 2000s has inhibited the development of a dynamic multi-party system.
For the last three decades, NDI has worked with Georgia’s parliament, political parties, and civil society to improve their responsiveness and accountability to the public, and enhance citizen engagement in decision-making processes. At both local and national levels, NDI partners with party factions and elected officials to consult with citizens, incorporate their feedback on policies and draft legislation, and improve cooperation with civil society. NDI supports civil society with strategic planning and communications support to improve their ability to advocate on behalf of citizens. The Institute’s public opinion research provides political and civic leaders regular information on citizens’ concerns and priorities to encourage evidence-based policy discussions. NDI also supports efforts to strengthen women’s and youth’s political participation, representation and leadership in public institutions and in the policy-making process.
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