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August 13, 2020

USAID and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the Strengthening Democratic Resilience in Georgia project to help independent media and civil society counter disinformation and support Georgia’s continued development toward a more responsive democracy. 

August 6, 2020

USAID support for elections and political processes in Georgia starts from a simple principle - Georgia’s democratic development depends on civic participation by citizens around the country.  Since 2019, USAID and the National Democratic Institute have partnered with local civil society organizations around the country, helping citizens speak up for the needs of their communities.

June 30, 2020

Georgian voters are scheduled to go to the polls this October for the 2020 Parliamentary elections.  If conducted in a free, fair, and transparent manner, these elections will be a significant step toward consolidating the country’s democratic development.  The elections are to take place under a reformed electoral system that will allow for a greater degree of choice and ultimately a more pluralistic parliament.  For voters to realize this opportunity, the work of local election observers will be crucially important both for ensuring free and fair conduct on election day and for maintainin

June 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on one of USAID’s guiding principles: for communities and societies to be resilient against threats, whether conflicts, economic crises, or a pandemic, citizens need to step up and take responsibility.  USAID’s Momavlis Taoba (“Future Generation”) activity is a nationwide program that encourages secondary school students to participate in community service.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, members of civics clubs have made a difference in communities across the country, including in Kvatsikhe, a village in Chiatura Municipality. 

June 18, 2020

Tbilisi – The United States Government has committed $1 million in additional funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia.  The new assistance, delivered in partnership with UNICEF, will provide hygiene and medical supplies to healthcare facilities, support rapid response teams, case management, and infection control, and strengthen public health communications.  In total, USAID has provided $2.7 million in emergency relief funding to help Georgia respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.