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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Georgia

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Since 1994, NDI has conducted programs in political party development, parliamentary strengthening, safeguarding elections, civil society development, women’s political participation and local governance in Georgia. The Institute has provided extensive training to a broad range of political parties, fostered dialogue among political leaders and supported domestic election monitors. NDI public opinion polls and focus group research contribute objective data on priorities and public confidence in political institutions. NDI political research encourages policy-driven discussions within political parties and government institutions at both national and local levels. The Institute’s presentations on polling and focus group results help Georgian institutions to diagnose and address citizens’ needs. At the local level,  NDI assists new local councilors and mayor’s offices across five regions better understand their new responsibilities, conduct constituent outreach and develop local policies that reflect citizens' concerns. NDI’s local efforts have also contributed an institutionalized a system of public outreach. With current funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), NDI works on engaging citizens in the decision-making process and strengthening  democracy in Georgia.

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Legislative Development

NDI has contributed to the development of Georgia’s parliament for more than a decade by strengthening the legislature’s capacity to meet citizen needs. The Institute is presently implementing an ambitious program to increase the parliamentary caucus’ effectiveness to negotiate legislation, communicate with constituents and conduct oversight of the executive branch. In light of recent decentralization reforms, NDI also engages in improving the performance of party factions at the local level. Activities for improving legislative practices at the local and national level include enhancing the coordination between factions and parties; improving skills in drafting legislation and enhancing mechanisms for including citizens’ priorities in legislative agendas. The Institute also initiated a Parliamentary Fellowship Program through which four Georgian researchers provide research, analysis and information for members’ legislative debates and communication with constituents.

Public Opinion Research  

NDI conducts regular public opinion research to help local partners stay informed of citizens’ priorities and concerns. The research explores citizen perceptions about democracy and socio-political developments in the country and measures public confidence in political institutions. The Institute uses a combination of surveys and focus groups to gather quantitative and qualitative data and shares research findings with media, political parties, civil society and government officials. Broad dissemination of this research promotes an informed and objective political discourse and helps local partners diagnose and address issues of public concern.

Women’s Political Participation

Improving the quality of and opportunities for women’s political participation in Georgia has been a focus of NDI’s programming since 2009. NDI has implemented programming to support women candidates at the local and national level, including a Women’s Leadership Program and candidate training for both national and local elections. The Institute has also worked with political parties to improve opportunities for women as candidates and leaders. In addition, NDI is the lead facilitator of a multi-partisan gender task force that brings together representatives from major political parties, civil society, members of parliament and the international community to promote women’s participation in Georgia’s political processes. The formation of the task force was an historic step in Georgia, as it presented the first united voice on women’s political participation and mobilized a diverse group of civil society organizations. NDI also hosts the annual Win with Women conference, providing a platform for political parties, civil society organizations and local and national government representatives to engage in an open and constructive discussion on women’s participation.

Civil Society Strengthening

NDI partners with civil society organizations in Georgia to facilitate issue-based dialogue between Parliament and the general public, engage citizens in decision-making processes and contribute to democratic developments in the country. NDI programs support collaboration between civil society and political authorities as well as the strengthening of networks and partnerships between civil society organizations (CSOs) themselves. The Institute has developed a targeted system to help CSOs improve their strategic communication, advocacy and fundraising. The Institute works with a diverse group of CSOs geographically and thematically, covering good governance, elections, transparency, accountability, women’s empowerment, youth and local governance. Working with organizations in nine out of Georgia’s ten regions, NDI helps civil society and media organizations to conduct and analyze research, strategically communicate with partners, citizens and donors, and effectively advocate for democratic change. Through NDI assistance, all partner CSOs designed concrete plans for improving their communication with citizens and donors.

Local Governance

As Georgia has moved forward with decentralization reforms and devolved more authority to the local level, NDI programming has adapted to reflect these changes and support local governments with their new responsibilities. The Institute works directly with local council (Sakrebulo) members and mayor’s offices across different regions to increase local government responsiveness, ensure access to impartial information through NDI public opinion research, foster collaboration with local CSOs and support women’s participation in local decision-making processes. Activities are designed to improve local capacities for oversight and support the exchange of information and best practices between local authorities. The program includes an internship component to develop a network of young professionals to work alongside municipal officials, contributing to the day-to-day functions of the local councils, supporting policy research and drafting legislation.

Election Observation

NDI has conducted international election observations in line with international practices and standards for Georgia’s 2012 parliamentary, 2013 presidential and 2014 local elections. The Institute’s international election observation helped mitigate the potential for electoral violations in a polarized political environment and brought comparative experience to address deficiencies in the electoral process. In addition, NDI has supported local election partners in their nonpartisan citizen monitoring by providing planning, communications and technical assistance to help ensure that polls are credible and continue to contribute to Georgia’s democratic progress.

Funding

NDI’s programming in Georgia is funded through the United States Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Swedish International Development Agency.

Contact Information

For more information about these programs, use our contact form or contact:

Washington, D.C.
Laura Jewett, Regional Director

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Newly Elected Officials Bridge Gap Between Government and Citizens in Georgia06/23/2015
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Win with Women Conference Builds Momentum for Women in Georgia Politics06/15/2015
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Get to Know NDI: Maka Meshveliani, 2015 Andi Parhamovich Fellow05/07/2015
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Georgia Has Solid Foundation for Credible Local Elections but Concerns Remain, NDI Delegation Finds05/02/2014
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NDI Welcomes Georgian Prime Minister Garibashvili03/06/2014
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Smooth Presidential Election Bodes Well for Georgia's Democracy but Minority Rights and Polarization Require Attention10/28/2013
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NDI Will Field International Mission to Observe Georgia's Presidential Election10/23/2013
NDI Poll: Georgians Say Government Is Making Changes That Matter to Them; They Disapprove of the Prime Minister's Resignation Statement09/23/2013
Georgian Dream and Ivanishvili Most Popular Political Force While UNM Seen as Strongest Opposition Party04/23/2013
NDI Poll: Georgians Continue to See Jobs as Number One Priority and Say Country is Headed in Right Direction04/16/2013
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Calm and Orderly Georgian Elections Set New Political Landscape, NDI Mission Finds10/02/2012
NDI Georgia Releases Political Poll Ratings and Crosstabs09/07/2012
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Interactive Georgian Website Gives Citizens Access to Election Data09/02/2012
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NDI Releases Political Poll Ratings in Georgia07/16/2012
NDI Delegation Releases Pre-Election Statement in Georgia06/29/2012
Jobs Remain Top Issue as Georgian Elections Approach, NDI Survey Finds03/26/2012
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Georgian Parliament's New Television Program Gives Constituents First Look at Their Members of Parliament11/16/2011
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New Report: Democratization Will Be Essential to Georgia’s European Integration10/17/2011
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Maturing and Developing Democracies Share Experiences on Parliamentary Research Services07/12/2010
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Georgian Political Parties Agree to "Win with Women"07/06/2010
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05/16/2015 Women's Rights Activism in Georgia - A Case Study
Report
National Democratic Institute
05/11/2015 Results of April 2015 Public Opinion Poll in Georgia National Democratic Institute
11/26/2014 Results of October 2014 Public Opinion Poll on Women’s Political Participation in Georgia
Public Opinion Results
National Democratic Institute
08/25/2014 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of an August 2014 Survey
Public Opinion Report
National Democratic Institute
06/10/2014 Georgian Election Framework Supportive of Democratic Local Elections but Violence and Intimidation Still Concerns
Statement
National Democratic Institute
05/08/2014 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of an April 2014 Survey
Public Opinion Survey
Luis Navarro
05/02/2014 Statement of the National Democratic Institute Pre-Election Delegation to Georgia
Statement
National Democratic Institute
03/06/2014 Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes
Manual|Handbook
National Democratic Institute, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
12/18/2013 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a November 2013 Survey
Public Opinion Survey
Luis Navarro
10/28/2013 Statement of the NDI Election Observation Delegation to Georgia's 2013 Presidential Election
Statement
National Democratic Institute
10/23/2013 Increasing Women’s Political Participation Through Effective Training Programs: A Guide to Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Training Manual
National Democratic Institute
09/23/2013 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a September 2013 Survey
Survey Report
National Democratic Institute
09/06/2013 Statement of the National Democratic Institute Pre-Election Delegation to Georgia
Pre-Election Statement
National Democratic Institute
07/12/2013 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a June 2013 Survey
Survey
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04/23/2013 Public attitudes in Georgia: Results of a March 2013 survey
Survey Report
National Democratic Institute
12/12/2012 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a November 2012 Survey
Survey Report
Luis Navarro and Ian T. Woodward
10/02/2012 Statement of the NDI Election Observer Delegation to Georgia's 2012 Parliamentary Elections
Statement
National Democratic Institute
09/25/2012 NDI Long-Term Observation Reports of the 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia
Statement
National Democratic Institute
09/07/2012 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of an August 2012 Survey Carried out for NDI by CRRC
Survey Report
Luis Navarro, Ian T. Woodward
07/16/2012 Public Attitudes in Georgia: Results of a June 2012 Survey
Survey Report
Luis Navarro, Ian T. Woodward