Jugendstimmen für eine bessere Zukunft: Förderung der lokalen Jugendbeteiligung in Georgien?



Contract partner: CARE Österreich, Verein für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und humanitäre Hilfe Country: Georgien Funding amount: € 300.000,00 Project start: 01.10.2023 End: 30.09.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal


The project aims to strengthen the participation of female and male youth in local decision-making in rural and remote areas and communities in the Administrative Boundary Line of Georgia.


Expected results


1) Female and male youth have increased motivation and are equipped with life skills, competences and spaces to effectively engage in the development of their communities;

2) Female and male youth concerns and demands presented through digital and participatory means are considered in local development planning and priorities.

 


Target group / Beneficiaries


Direct beneficiaries: 865 persons, including 12 youth trained as civic engagement and peer facilitators, 180 youth participating in capacity building, youth participating in the activities organized by the youth clubs, 120 community members involved in needs identification processes with the youth, 16 municipal officials capacitated to enable youth participation in decision-making and representatives of youth, communities, duty-bearers and other stakeholders involved in roundtables and a Youth Forum; At least 60% of the participants will be girls and young women, approximately 20% will be youth from linguistic and ethnic groups and IDP communities, and approximately 2-5% will be youth with disabilities. Indirect beneficiaries will include the entire youth populations of the communities as well as other in the communities who will benefit from the positive contributions made by youth through their initiatives and through the youth contribution to local planning.


Activities


Mobilization and outreach, support to the activities of community-based youth clubs for youth mobilization, revitalization of communities and inclusion of marginalized youth, capacity building for peer facilitators, personal and skill building development program for youth and study tour to the Balkans to network with youth-based clubs and programs, training the youth in the use of the participatory research to identify development priorities, cross-learning with youth initiatives in Georgia and ideathons, support the youth to design and implement small-scale community initiatives and engage in digital advocacy, improve the capacities of the local government to respond to youth participation and to organize dialogues between youth, local government and other actors, including a national forum.


Context


Despite the strides made towards democratization over the past 30 years, Georgia still struggles to develop and consolidate an active citizenry and responsive government. Especially at the local level, citizens often feel ineffective at influencing local decision-making and many municipal officials carry on their work without consulting citizens. This context is exacerbated in rural and remote communities, and those along the Administrative Boundary Line, where in addition, the general lack of services and opportunities, especially for the youth, results in disengagement and demotivation of youth towards participating in the development of their communities. According to a 2021 study, a major portion of young do not participate in decision-making, nor in volunteer activities. As a result, local planning, decision-making, and government services are not effective at meeting the interests of youth.


ADC-co-financing rate: 80.00 %

project number 8108-09/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
tied
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.