GEORGIA 2020

Advocacy for Students’ Rights

Center for Progress

$39,241

To promote political engagement among university-aged youth. The organization will advocate for reforms to the laws controlling university governance, and restricting freedom of association on university campuses. Student activists will raise awareness of the right to free association, and promote accountability in the allocation of university funds.  The organization will draft proposed legal reforms to safeguard academic freedom, and conduct advocacy with the relevant government bodies.

Capacity Building for New Parties

Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy

$49,997

To increase the strategic and organizational capacities of Georgian political parties, with a particular focus on nascent political movements.  The partner will build on work done in a previous project to help four Georgian political parties or movements to make progress on areas they identified for strategic development, as well as to develop practical strategies for fundraising, outreach, and online campaigning in advance of the 2021 local elections.  

Civic Engagement for Members of Religious Communities

Center for Development and Democracy

$81,550

To engage with educators in religious education institutions in Georgia to increase their capacity to teach civics and to talk with students about Georgia’s democratic development. As part of the project, the grantee will conduct trainings for civic educators working in religious schools, focusing on democracy, human rights and Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. It will also host public events to discuss these topics with a larger audience, including parishioners, clergy, and church officials.

Civil.ge

United Nations Association of Georgia

$74,822

To maintain a daily news website. Articles will be published in English, Georgian, and Russian and will provide timely daily news coverage of current events in Georgia. Under this program, reporters will continue to increase the number of short news pieces posted on the site, particularly in the lead up to the 2020 parliamentary elections, and will develop engaging content to reach a wider audience on social media.

Conflict Sensitive Reporting

Association “Studio Re”

$52,660

To increase the availability of objective information about how the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict affects both populations. The organization will train Georgian and Abkhazian journalists who will prepare, record, and broadcast in-depth televised reports on how the current situation affects both parties to the conflict and explore areas for mutual dialogue.

Developing Georgian Independent Media

Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics

$49,535

To monitor Georgian media outlets for violations of professional and ethical standards. The organization will monitor Georgian media outlets and publish critiques of unprofessional and unethical reporting on the online media critique platform, Mediachecker. It will promote editorial independence and unbiased, reliable reporting by journalists in Georgia to increase public trust in the media.

Developing Georgian Independent Media

Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics

Supplement$9,774

To monitor Georgian media outlets for violations of professional and ethical standards. The organization will monitor Georgian media outlets and publish critiques of unprofessional and unethical reporting on the online media critique platform, Mediachecker. It will promote editorial independence and unbiased, reliable reporting by journalists in Georgia to increase public trust in the media.

Elevating the Integrity of Parliamentary Elections

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$171,000

To promote the integrity of the 2020 Georgian parliamentary elections and provide recommendations for future electoral processes. The program will support additional staff and participants to augment a long-term observation mission and an election-day observation delegation funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The mission will result in specific recommendations for actions to improve the Georgian electoral process and increase incentives for a credible process.

Encouraging Policy Discussions with the Georgian Church

Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies

$44,809

To increase the capacity of members of the Georgian Orthodox Church to support Georgia’s democratic development. The organization will conduct a series of trainings with representatives of orthodox communities to raise their awareness of key issues and to support their productive engagement. The trainings will also promote constructive dialogue between members of the Georgian Orthodox Church and civil society.

Encouraging Policy Discussions with the Georgian Church

Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies

Supplement$60,000

To increase the capacity of members of the Georgian Orthodox Church to play a positive role in Georgia’s democratic development. The organization will conduct trainings with representatives of Orthodox communities to raise their awareness of key issues, including Georgia’s foreign policy and democratization, and to support their productive engagement. The trainings will also promote constructive dialogue between members of the Georgian Orthodox Church and civil society. Additionally, the grantee will conduct trainings on policy analysis and national policy issues for politically engaged youth. 

FactCheck.ge

Georgia’s Reforms Associates

$87,860

To promote the accountability of public officials in Georgia. The organization will fact-check national and regional government officials’ statements. The organization will monitor local and national media outlets for political bias, disinformation, and fake news, including Armenian- and Azerbaijani-language media outlets operating in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli. With Endowment support, the grantee will publish fact-checking articles on its website, produce articles debunking anti-Western propaganda, and prepare weekly briefs.

Georgia: Strong Associations – Strong Advocates, Phase III

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$230,716

To strengthen the organizational capacity of Georgian SME-focused business associations, including capacity to advocate. The Center will design and launch training sessions, webinars and peer learning opportunities on advocacy and related topics, and will support groups of associations through one-on-one expert mentorship and small grant funding to jointly advocate economic recovery measures. 

Improving Access to Local Information

Kakhetis Khma (Voice of Kakheti) Media House

$38,555

To increase awareness of issues facing the Kakheti region of eastern Georgia. The grantee will maintain and develop its online news portal, with a focus on news and reporting from rural communities in the Kakheti region. The organization will also continue to train young journalists and to produce analytical content and accompanying multimedia pieces on local and national issues.

Independent News in Adjara

Newspaper “Batumelebi”

$52,000

To promote independent media in the Adjara region of Georgia. The organization will report on breaking news and political and social developments in Batumi and the surrounding area. To encourage government accountability, the organization will also prepare analytical articles and investigative reports on the activities of government officials and private companies.

Independent News in Samtskhe-Javakheti

The Union Southern Gates

$49,996

To support independent media in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. The organization will publish analytical and news articles and produce multimedia reports on a daily basis for its website. The grantee will also host radio and online talk shows, and continue its citizen journalism trainings to increase capacity for local reporting. Under this program, particular emphasis will be placed on coverage of the parliamentary and local self-government elections.

Investigative Journalism

Studio Monitor

$98,683

To strengthen government accountability by producing investigative documentaries for broadcast on national television. The programs will present detailed, objective material on significant political topics, including cases involving institutionalized corruption, nepotism, wasteful government expenditures, human rights violations, and electoral fraud. The films will also be shared online to reach a broader audience.

Legal Aid and Human Rights Monitoring

Human Rights Center

$65,725

To improve human rights practices in Georgia. The organization will monitor and report on human rights, provide free legal aid to citizens, and support the activities of two regional human rights centers. The organization will conduct human rights advocacy and will submit reports to the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, and other international organizations. 

Monitoring Public Events

Human Rights Center

$42,513

To promote international fair trial standards and protect freedom of assembly. The organization will train a special team of monitors; conduct regular monitoring of trials with potential political motivations; monitor public events, including protests and other large gatherings; issue regular reports on current developments; and issue a final report on the results of their monitoring.

Parliamentary Monitoring

Democracy Index – Georgia

$68,011

To promote the accountability of the Georgian parliament. The organization will monitor Parliament to determine the legislative body’s effectiveness in oversight and lawmaking. The grantee will track the official activity of parliamentarians and create accessible online profiles detailing this information. It will produce written legal assessments of legislative initiatives and host livestreamed discussions. The organization will publish press releases, host a weekly TV program, and circulate content to promote awareness of parliamentary activities. The grantee will host a roundtable for newly elected members of parliament.

Planning Steps for a Peaceful Future

Levan Mikeladze Foundation

$52,190

To develop a vision for constructive engagement between parties to the conflicts between Georgia and the breakaway region of Abkhazia. The organization will conduct research and prepare policy recommendations to create a new framework of Georgian-Abkhazian relations. The grantee will also organize a Track 1.5 dialogue in Minsk between Georgian and Abkhazian government officials.

Preserving Historical Memory

Soviet Past Research Laboratory

$49,563

To promote an accurate understanding of Georgia’s totalitarian past, and its implications for modern Georgian democracy. As part of the program, the organization will record and publish oral histories with leaders and other from the late Soviet period, digitize family archives and other documents, hold five public discussions, publish academic articles, and shorter pieces on local media.  

Promoting Accountability in Local Self-Government

Innovation and Civil Development Center – Progress House

$43,765

To promote accountable local self-government administration in Georgia. The organization will monitor and disseminate analysis on the performance of local self-governance bodies in Western Georgia, provide citizens with accurate information on the activities and promises of their government representatives in the context of parliamentary and local elections, and promote citizen engagement with local self-government bodies. They will also assist municipal governments to increase their transparency and strengthen their capacity to engage with their constituents through online participatory mechanisms. 

Promoting Accountability of Government Officials

Journalistic Data Processing Centre

$32,019

To promote accountability of Georgian government officials. The organization will monitor the business activities of parliamentarians and other officials by analyzing public asset declarations and other public records. The project website will feature investigative reports and provide a user-friendly database that will make publically available information on officials more accessible. The grantee will also examine criminal investigations and law enforcement reforms.

Promoting Democratic Ideas and Values in Adjara

Independent Journalists’ House

$44,972

To promote democratic ideas and values among youth in the Adjara Autonomous Republic of Georgia. The organization will host a series of expert-led discussions on current topics in Georgian politics, which will be available for viewers online in video and print formats. The grantee will organize an additional discussion series on democratic values in rural public schools in the region. It will also work with youth volunteers to produce video programs including news items, talk show features, and analytical pieces about local issues in rural areas of Adjara.

Promoting Electoral Integrity

International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy

$106,979

To safeguard the electoral process in Georgia, and to advocate for systemic protections of free and fair elections. As part of the project the organization will: investigate and document systematic uses of administrative resources to influence voters; conduct seminars with local officials and media outlets on voter’ rights; hold meetings with international stakeholders to help them engage more productively on electoral issues; and hold a high-level conference and media briefings to inform key stakeholders and the broader public about their findings.

Regional Civic Engagement

Civil Movement of Georgia

$49,900

To increase civic participation and government accountability in the Kakheti and Shida Kartli regions of Georgia. The organization will work with the local community to identify needs and policy priorities, hold advocacy meetings with local officials, investigate abuse of power at the local level, and publicize the results through regular press conferences.

Researching Authoritarian Influence and Illiberal Movements

Investigative Journalists’ Team iFact

$50,000

To expose the network of individuals and organizations behind disinformation in Georgia. The grantee will combat disinformation spread by Russia-affiliated, illiberal groups and fake social media accounts through a counter-narrative focused on their connections and sources of financing. Additionally, the organization will conduct investigative journalism to reveal how authoritarian countries, including China, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, exert “sharp power” to undermine Georgia’s democratic development. It will publicize instances of corruption, conflicts of interest, and other illegal operations uncovered by the research.

Squander Detector

Governance Monitoring Center

$65,194

To investigate cases of government misspending and elite corruption in Georgia. The organization will increase public awareness of wasteful government spending by publishing investigations into unjustified and potentially illegal government expenditures. It will monitor campaign donations and political candidates’ finances prior to the 2021 local elections. The online publications will describe concrete examples of high-level corruption and highlight the lack of transparency and accountability of the government.

Televised News and Investigations

Telecompany Pirveli

$61,750

To promote fair and accurate television coverage of Georgian politics and current events during the 2020 parliamentary election campaign, and in advance of local elections in 2021.  Endowment support will be used to pay journalists’ salaries, enabling the grantee to increase and diversify their reporting, including new coverage, political talk shows, and a series of popular investigative reports.

Youth and Democratic Values

American-Georgian Initiative for Liberal Education

$55,364

To develop the analytical skills and political and civic consciousness of Georgian youth. The organization will conduct public events with university students in Tbilisi and four regional cities on democracy-related topics, as well as workshops for young activists on the 2020 elections. The organization will maintain local offices in Telavi and Gori to monitor the pre-election environment, and encourage local youth to volunteer with campaigns.

Youth Political Participation in Georgia

Europe-Georgia Institute

$44,942

To encourage youth political participation during the 2021 Georgian local elections. To contribute to the emergence of new faces in Georgian politics, the organization will create a platform to give visibility to young politicians who espouse democratic values. The organization will also work with youth wings of established political parties to create pipelines for politically engaged youth to participate in political processes.