Georgia

American-Georgian Initiative for Liberal Education
Democratic Ideas and Values
$39,500
Youth and Democratic Values
To develop the analytical skills and political and civic consciousness of Georgian youth. AGILE will conduct public events in Tbilisi and four regional cities on democracy-related topics. AGILE will expand its events with university students and expanding to involve advanced high school students. The participants will write articles and publish them in popular periodicals which will also be made available on the organization’s webpage.

Association "Studio Re"
Freedom of Information
$56,212
Televised Talk Show
To strengthen freedom of speech and the editorial independence of the media. The Association will produce 16 television shows that will be broadcast on Maestro Television in Tbilisi and 17 regional television stations throughout Georgia. The programs will provide an important forum for balanced and informed public debate of the most pressing issues in Georgian politics. 

Caucasian Institute for Economic and Social Research
Accountability
$31,895
Civic Oversight of Local Government
To improve civic oversight of local governance. The Institute will work with partner non-governmental organizations Poti, Kutaisi and Batumi, train local journalists and civil society activists in monitoring the legal, economic and administrative activities of local governance bodies. Working groups from each city will conduct monitoring, produce reports, and publicize their findings. 

Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics
Democratic Ideas and Values
$27,100
Youth Dialogue
To promote democratic ideas and values among youth in Tbilisi. The Charter will work with a group of university students who will attend a series of lectures by visiting experts on topics of democratic and liberal values. These lectures will be filmed and made available for viewers as live and archived video. The students will then produce monthly online television programs based on ideas coming out of the lecture series. 

Georgian Young Lawyers Association
Political Processes
$40,700
Pre-election Monitoring
To monitor the electoral environment in Georgia in the period preceding the October 2013 presidential elections. GYLA will advocate for improvements to the electoral law, train and support monitors in Tbilisi and seven regions of Georgia, and conduct legal aid and strategic litigation in the instance of serious electoral violations. 

Human Rights Center
Rule of Law
$29,523
Courtroom Monitoring
To monitor courtroom proceedings for politically-sensitive cases. HRC will recruit additional staff, provide trainings on monitoring procedures, and monitor proceedings. HRC will produce regular articles covering developments during the trials and post them on its website, humanrights.ge. At the end of the monitoring period, the organization will publish a full report on its findings, including detailed recommendations for the government.

Human Rights Center
Human Rights
$54,840
Human Rights and Election Monitoring
To promote the fairness of Georgian elections and improve human rights practices. The Center will establish offices in Tbilisi and three regional offices to monitor and report on electoral violations during the October presidential elections, and to provide free legal aid. The Center will conduct human rights advocacy; submit reports to international organizations; and file cases with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Finally, the organization will produce short documentary films about human rights to be uploaded onto its video portal, www.hridc.tv. 

Independent Journalists' House
Democratic Ideas and Values
$27,470
Batumi Youth Dialogue
To promote democratic ideas and values among youth in the Adjara Autonomous Republic of Georgia. Independent Journalists’ House (IJH) will host a youth and society discussion series at its Batumi press center, Press Cafe, which will be available for viewers on live and archived video, and adapted into newspaper articles. IJH will teach young people to produce video programs about issues of local interest in Adjara.

International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy
Political Processes
$41,540
Legislative Reform
To conduct legislative analysis and promote democratic reforms in Georgia. The organization will produce detailed recommendations for constitutional, electoral, and local governance reform. ISFED will solicit public engagement in the reform process by hosting public meetings throughout the country, publicizing its recommendations, and conducting an advocacy campaign.

Internews Georgia
Freedom of Information
$30,340
Independent Web Site: Media.ge
To support the website Media.ge, a comprehensive resource for and about the Georgian media. The site is published in three languages, Georgian, Russian, and English, and is updated continuously throughout the day. The site has more than 1,400 registered subscribers and more than 2,300 unique visitors each day, who are predominantly media professionals, NGO activists, and staff of international organizations. 

Journalists for Future - A South-East European Partnership Initiative
Freedom of Information
$36,260
Promoting Minority Rights
To promote minority rights in Georgia. The organization will add a bilingual Georgian and English rubric to existing news webpage, www.dfwatch.net, providing in-depth analysis of minority rights in Georgia, and will conduct monthly roundtables on the subject. 

Levan Mikeladze Foundation
Democratic Ideas and Values
$36,200
Youth Initiatives
To encourage youth participation in local advocacy initiatives. The Foundation will provide student participants from a previous program advanced training in advocacy campaigns, identifying and monitoring community issues, and project design. Students will develop projects and receive support from the Foundation to complete their objectives. 

Liberali, ltd.
Freedom of Information
$44,041
Liberali.ge
To strengthen the editorial independence of media, raise the professional standards of Georgian journalists and to increase the accessibility of objective news and information in Georgia. The weekly magazine "Liberali" will produce news content for its website, liberali.ge, including daily news updates, analytical pieces, and multimedia features. 

Medium Orient Information Agency
Freedom of Information
$40,492
Discerning Public Opinion and Monitoring Developments in South Ossetia and Abkhazia
To foster freedom of information by carrying out and publicizing a series of independent public opinion polls in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The Agency will conduct four surveys on important social, political, economic and religious issues in the two areas. At the end of the year, the results of the surveys will be published online and in a brochure, as well as disseminated through via email. The Agency will also publish 25 articles on key developments in South Ossetia and Abkhazia on its website, www.caucasustimes.com. 

Newspaper "Akhali Gazeti"
Freedom of Information
$25,250
Independent Regional News
To improve the quality and increase the availability of objective news and information in Georgia. Akhali Gazeti, based in Kutaisi, will produce and publish a weekly newspaper. Akhali Gazeti will publish daily news content for the print edition and the newspaper’s online presence, develop multimedia content, and promote student engagement in independent journalism.

Newspaper "Batumelebi"
Freedom of Information
$34,500
Supporting Independent News Reporting
To improve the quality and increase the accessibility of objective news and information in Georgia. The program will establish an honoraria fund which will be used to improve the variety and quality of articles submitted to the newspaper, based in the Republic of Adjara, as well as to produce monthly investigative pieces. Some of the articles will be posted on the newspaper’s website, www.netgazeti.ge. 

NGO Abkhazia Info
Freedom of Information
$48,910
Radio Talk Show
To produce a radio talk show, "Dialogues," broadcast on the Tbilisi-based radio station, Ucnobi. The program will be aired six times per week, including Saturdays, for 45 minutes each day. The show will feature discussions between the hosts, guest experts, and callers about pressing socio-political issues in Georgia. Over the course of the year, 300 shows will be produced and broadcast, with the target audience being households and individuals 25 years old and above. 

Partnership for Social Initiatives
Democratic Ideas and Values
$26,290
Developing Democratic Discourse
To promote the consolidation of new grass-roots initiative groups and facilitate a dialogue between them and Tbilisi’s political and intellectual establishment. PSI will organize trainings, roundtables, and radio discussions to promote tolerance and understanding, reduce ideological tensions, and raise the level of political culture of the grass roots initiative groups and the established NGOs.

Prague Independent Media Trainers Association o.s.
Freedom of Information
$39,285
Fostering Independent Media in Georgia and Abkhazia
To foster and develop independent media in Georgia’s conflict-prone region of Abkhazia. Building on the  previous year’s program, PIMTA will organize a five-day workshop in Prague for 10 editors to strengthen skills in developing newsroom structures and managing news programs. 

Public Movement Multinational Georgia
Political Processes
$37,380
Election Monitoring in Samtskhe-Javakheti
To raise awareness among Georgian and international audiences regarding violations in the electoral process in ethnic minority regions and to promote the fairness of the Georgian electoral process. PMMG will support a team of static and mobile monitors to observe election day in Samtskhe-Javakheti, a largely ethnic-Armenian region of Georgia, where structural barriers have historically led to high levels of electoral violations.

Soviet Past Research Laboratory
Democratic Ideas and Values
$32,215
Confronting the Soviet Past
To promote understanding and discussion of Georgia’s Soviet history and the legacy of totalitarian society. SovLab will continue to expand its online digital archive of materials documenting political repression during the Soviet era; develop a new rubric devoted to Georgia’s liberal tradition under the first democratic Republic of Georgia; and host public events. 

Studio Monitor
Freedom of Information
$45,000
Investigative Reporting
To produce six investigative documentaries to be broadcast on the independent TV channel Maestro. The programs will present detailed, comprehensive, and independent information about major problems in the media sector, government accountability, the judiciary, the business sector, and human rights. Studio Monitor staff will conduct follow-up interviews with the subjects of the documentaries, as well as with officials and representatives of the government agencies concerned, to be placed on the organization’s website. 

You For Democracy
NGO Strengthening
$36,860
Youth Platform
To promote youth activism, encourage the creation of a national youth platform, maintain a resource center for youth movements, and provide policy recommendations for the new government. The organization will convene monthly meetings involving students from Tbilisi, Telavi, Kutaisi and Batumi. These meetings will facilitate planning on a number of fronts: identifying common problems and developing shared solutions; encouraging participation in student governance; and exploring the possibility of a national student coalition.

Grant descriptions are from the 2013 NED Annual Report.