Governance Reform Fund

Assistance to the Government of Georgia in the implementation of some major institutional reforms

Photo: Leli Blagonravova/UNDP

Summary

The Governance Reform Fund (GRF) is more than a decade-long initiative to assist the Government of Georgia in the implementation of some major institutional reforms. Launched in 2003, this comprehensive assistance programme, funded by the Government of Sweden, aims to boost reforms in Georgia’s public sector and enhance efficiency of public institutions through policy advice, technical support and skills development.

Activities

UNDP works hand in hand with the Government of Sweden to strengthen public sector in Georgia and to support the Government in implementing their reform agenda. The programme’s current phase was initiated in 2015 and is due to end in 2020. Emphasis is placed on developing an efficient public administration system with the goals of developing a stronger rule of law, fostering greater democratic accountability, moving forward in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and rapprochement with the European Union.

Results so far

Since 2003, the Governance Reform Fund has benefited a number of public institutions in Georgia. Some specific results of the programme include:

  • Improving external aid management and coordination mechanisms
  • Increasing government transparency and civic engagement in Georgia’s EU Association Agreement process through creating an Electronic Monitoring system
  • Contributing to the development of consumer rights protection and market surveillance systems
  • Developing an inclusive SDG16 monitoring methodology, which, upon successful testing, will be used to effectively monitor all 17 SDGs and will serve as a model for institutionalized Government e-monitoring platforms that will enhance the management of SDGs and other national/international policies
  • Establishing sustainable preventative mechanisms to mitigate future natural disasters
  • Equipping 459 civil servants from 73 LEPLs and 18 ministries with the capacity and understanding of the new Law on Civil Service and anti-corruption mechanisms necessary to effectively implement reforms
  • Creating a foundation for the development of critical bylaws on e-waste management through developing an EPR manual and conducting a comprehensive assessment of e-waste trends in Georgia
  • Strengthening understandings of Georgia’s renewable energy capacity to facilitate the development of Georgia’s renewable energy sector

Since its establishment, GRF has run capacity development programmes for almost all governmental institutions in Georgia. In the coming years, the involvement of the private sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), members of academia, youth, and marginalized communities in GRF activities will be paramount.

Contact information

Project address

15a Paliashvili Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact persons

Salome Odisharia
Project Manager
salome.odisharia@undp.org

Gigi Bregadze
UNDP Democratic Governance Team Leader
gigi.bregadze@undp.org

Impact

START DATE

January 2011

END DATE

December 2022

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE

Georgia

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

United Nations Development Programme

DONORS

GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND

GOVERNMENT OF ROMANIA

GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY

SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (SIDA)

THE U.S. COMMITTEE FOR THE UNDP

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PRO

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$6,496,005

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2012$353,372

2013$87,527

2014$634,660

2015$435,629

2016$357,469

2017$719,012

2018$541,035

2019$917,151

2020$918,542

2021$1,230,129

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