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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 a variety of programs to improve Georgia’s democratic processes. These programs have focused on political party development, parliamentary strengthening, safeguarding elections, civil society development, women’s political participation and local governance. NDI has provided extensive training to a broad range of political parties, fostered dialogue among political leaders and supported domestic election monitors. In 2014, NDI received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for new programs to further promote robust civil society, political parties and inclusive democracy in Georgia.

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Legislative Development

NDI has contributed to the development of Georgia’s parliament, strengthening the legislature’s capacity to meet citizen needs for more than a decade. The Institute is presently implementing an ambitious program to increase the parliamentary caucus’ ability to negotiate legislation, communicate with constituents and conduct oversight of the executive branch. In light of recent decentralization reforms, NDI is also engages in improving the performance of party caucuses at the local level, including in several of Georgia’s new self-governing municipalities. Activities for improving legislative practices at the local and national level include enhancing the caucuses’ coordination with parties; improving skills in strategy legislation development and media relations; and enhancing knowledge of constituent outreach and service provision.

Public Opinion Research  

NDI conducts regular public opinion research to help its local partners stay informed on Georgian 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. NDI works closely with political parties to help them reflect the priorities of Georgian citizens in party platforms. This research promotes an informed and objective political discourse and helps local partners to diagnose and address issues of public concern.

Women’s Political Participation

Improving 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 candidates and as leaders at the party level. Presently, the Institute is implementing programming to strengthen party strategic plans for providing opportunities for women leaders and candidates in the upcoming 2016 parliamentary elections. In addition, NDI is the lead facilitator of a multipartisan 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 Georgian politics.

Civil Society Strengthening

NDI partners with civil society organizations (CSOs) in Georgia to facilitate issue-based dialogue between parliament and the general public, engage citizens in decision-making and reinforce democratic progress in the country. NDI programs support the establishment of collaborative mechanisms between civil society and political authorities, as well as the strengthening of networks and partnerships between civil society organizations themselves. The Institute has developed a targeted system to help individual CSOs through trainings on strategic communication, advocacy and fundraising. The Institute works with a diverse group of CSOs, both geographically and thematically, covering good governance, elections, transparency and accountability, and empowerment of women and youth. NDI enhances the capacity of civil society organizations and media to conduct and analyze research, communicate strategically with partners, citizens and donors, and effectively advocate for democratic change.

Local Governance

As Georgia moved forward with decentralization reforms and devolved more authority to the local level, NDI programming developed to reflect these changes and support the new responsibilities of local government units. The Institute works directly with local council (Sakrebulo) members and mayor’s offices across different regions to increase the responsiveness of local government, ensure access to objective information, foster collaboration with local civil society organizations and support women’s participation in local decision-making. Activities are designed to improve local oversight and support the exchange of information and best practices between local authorities. The program includes an internship component designed to develop a network of young professionals that work alongside municipal officials, contributing to day-to-day activities by supporting policy research, drafting legislation and performing other core functions of the local councils.

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 has helped to mitigate the potential for electoral violations in a polarized political environment and address deficiencies in the electoral process. In addition, NDI has supported local election partners in their nonpartisan citizen monitoring, providing planning, communications and technical support 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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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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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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Georgian Political Parties Agree to "Win with Women"07/06/2010
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Parties Agree to National Political Channel in Georgia03/05/2010
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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
NDI Georgia
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
06/29/2012 Statement of the National Democratic Institute Pre-Election Delegation to Georgia
Pre-election assessment
National Democratic Institute