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