Social Programs Foundation (SPF)

Organization Future Prosperity House (OFPH)

Legal Protection Institute (LPI)

 

Kakheti Regional Development Foundation (KRDF)

UNDEF Electoral Trainings Start
2019-08-20

In August, 2019, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and its implementing partners launched the
series of trainings on Legal Basics for Parliamentary and Local Self-Government Elections. The
Electoral trainings are organized for IDPs living in Collective Centers in Borjomi, Kutaisi and Zugdidi
Municipality. The Electoral trainings are organized in the framework of the "Foster Democracy
through Electoral Participation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia" project. The
project is funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and aims at to increase
awareness of electoral processes and to create an informed type of participation for IDPs in
Georgia.

In August, 2019, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and its implementing partners launched the series of trainings on Legal Basics for Parliamentary and Local Self-Government Elections. The Electoral trainings are organized for IDPs living in Collective Centers in Borjomi, Kutaisi and Zugdidi Municipality. The Electoral trainings are organized in the framework of the "Foster Democracy through Electoral Participation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia" project. The project is funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and aims at to increase awareness of electoral processes and to create an informed type of participation for IDPs in Georgia.

the International Summer Academy
2019-08-20

On July 18-19, 2019, Dimitri Zviadadze, Programme Manager of Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) was
invited as a guest-speaker for the International Summer Academy dedicated to the Migration and Integration
in the Eastern Partnership and Baltic Sea Region. The two weeks International Summer Academy was
organized by the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and the University of Gothenburg (UoG) Sweden.
LAG representative delivered presentation on “Forced Migration related Legal Issues – Georgian Experience
with some Ukrainian Parallels”.

On July 18-19, 2019, Dimitri Zviadadze, Programme Manager of Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) was invited as a guest-speaker for the International Summer Academy dedicated to the Migration and Integration in the Eastern Partnership and Baltic Sea Region. The two weeks International Summer Academy was organized by the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and the University of Gothenburg (UoG) Sweden. LAG representative delivered presentation on “Forced Migration related Legal Issues – Georgian Experience with some Ukrainian Parallels”.

UNDEF Monitoring Visit
2019-05-23

 On May 20th, 2019, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) hosted Mr. Christian Lamarre, Senior Programme Management Officer, from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). This was a monitoring visit organized in the framework of the "Foster Democracy through Electoral Participation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia" project funded by UNDEF. The project aims at to increase awareness of electoral processes and to create an informed type of participation for IDPs in Georgia.

During the meeting Mr. Lamarre was briefed on the current progress of the project. Later on, the field visit to Shavshvebi IDP settlement in Shida Kartli was organized where improvised workshop with IDPs took place.

IDP Forum
2019-05-14

On 24 April 2019, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia (IDP Ministry) has organized IDP Forum in Hotel “Vere Palace”, Tbilisi.

The IDP Forum gathered up to 40 representatives of IDP communities from the different regions of Georgia including Zugdidi, Poti, Kopitnari, Khoni, Tskaltubo, Kutaisi, Tserovani, Rustavi and Tbilisi. Also, the representatives of the national state institutions (e.g. IDP Ministry, Abkhazian Government in exile) and local authorities (e.g. Zugdidi and Rustavi municipalities) participated in the event. 

The ultimate goal of the IDP forum was to enable exchange of ideas, perceptions and visions on way forward regarding addressing internal displacement in Georgia. More specifically, the IDP Forum aimed to increase awareness on internal displacement related challenges, generate constructive dialogue between IDP communities, national and local stakeholders, as well as develop recommendations for all those concerned.

Project presentation in Kutaisi
2019-02-26

On February 11th, 2019, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and Organization Future Prosperity House (OFPH) organized presentation of the project "Foster Democracy through Electoral Participation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia" in Kutaisi. The project presentation was attended by the representatives of the civil and public sectors in Imereti region. The participants were informed about the activities planned in the framework of the project. The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the discussion on “the role of the civil sector in increasing informed electoral participation of IDPs”.  

The project is funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and aims at to increase awareness of electoral processes and to create an informed type of participation for IDPs in Georgia.

Project Kick-off Workshop
2019-01-29

On January 17th, 2019, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized the workshop in Kutaisi dedicated to the launch of the new project "Foster Democracy through Electoral Participation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia". The project implementing partners discussed the project activities, the ways of implementation as well as their roles and responsibilities in the project. By the end of the meeting, the sub-grant agreements have been signed with the project implementing partners, namely: Social Programs Foundation (SPF), Organization Future Prosperity House (OFPH) and Legal Protection Institute (LPI). The project is funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and aims at to increase awareness of electoral processes and to create an informed type of participation for IDPs in Georgia.

We Are Looking for Intern!
2019-01-16

Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) is recruiting the Office Assistant – Intern to be based in Tbilisi. The incumbent will support smooth functioning of LAG office, including support to the LAG project operations managed and implemented from Tbilisi office. LAG offers exciting working environment open for learning and development to its employees and associates. Please note that this position does NOT entail any salary. However, the successful candidates, upon completion of the internship, will have an advantage in any future recruitments with LAG for similar positions.

 

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Project
2019-01-14

United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) has launched a new project "Foster Democracy through Electoral Participation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia". The project aims at to increase awareness of electoral processes and to create an informed type of participation for IDPs in Georgia. This will be achieved through mobilization and training to improve knowledge of electoral processes and encourage meaningful electoral involvement in the upcoming 2020 parliamentary and 2021 municipal elections. Capacity building activities will target civil society organizations who observe and monitor the elections in Georgia. The project is funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).

LAG Consortium Chairman Visit to Ucraine
2018-11-17

On 25-26 October 2018, Dimitri Zviadadze, Chairman of Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) participated as a guest-speaker in the Forum “Efficient Local Government as a Background of Democratic and Rule-of-Law State” which was held in Kramatorsk, Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. The Forum was organized by Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast State Administrations, Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government, and the Ministry of Regional Development of Ukraine with the support of the Council of Europe.

More than 200 people participated in the event, including members of the Parliament of Ukraine, representatives of central and local executive bodies, local self-government authorities and their associations, experts and academics, international partners.

The Forum included seven panel discussions on the following topics:
Local self-government development; Legislative regulation in the area of local self-government; Strategic planning as an instrument of the new regional policy; Co-operation in addressing IDPs issues: authorities – business – community; Information space: public broadcasting and community media; Children – community’s future; Community safety instruments: financial mechanisms, state emergency service, national police, national minorities issues.

Field Visit to Kutaisi IDP Settlment
2018-09-24

On September 18, 2018 Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized field visit to multi-store building at #112 Agmashenebeli avenue in Kutaisi where, together with locals, IDPs are resettled and workshop with the representatives of the state Legal Aid Service (LAS).

During field visit, there was a meeting organized with IDPs living in the building and who are resettled there in the frame of the “durable housing” program.  The visit was attended by the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). IDPs informed about the issues they face in the building, particularly about non-functioning elevator which creates a lot of obstacles for resident’s movement in multi-store building.

The field visit and workshop were organized in the frame of the “Free Legal Aid for IDPs in Georgia” project implemented with financial support from the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Workshops for the representatives of the Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
2018-09-05

On August 29-30, 2018 Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized workshops for the representatives of the Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Tbilisi and Kutaisi. The workshops were participated by the CBOs operating in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari IDP settlements and by the representatives of the international organization “Save the Children”.    

In the course of the workshops participants discussed activities implemented by LAG within above mentioned IDP settlements during last year as well as future plans. By the end of the workshops the parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) based on which these CBOs and LAG will continue cooperation in the future. 

The workshops were organized in the frame of the “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project implemented in partnership with Save the Children with financial support from the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Workshop of Practitioner Lawyers
2018-07-10

On 25th of June, 2018, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized a meeting with State Legal Aid Service (LAS) in Kutaisi. During the workshop the practitioner lawyers from both agencies exchanged information and experience of working on legal cases of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The parties discussed the issue of future cooperation, in particular, joint mobile visits planned and organized in IDP settlements.

The meeting was organized in the framework of the “Free Legal Aid for IDPs in Georgia” project funded by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Close out event of the project “Towards Fairer Society”
2018-06-06

On May 29th, 2018 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) participated in close out conference of the project “Towards Fairer Society”. The event took place at the Hotel “Iota”, Tbilisi and was organized by Danish Refugee Council (DRC). The conference was attended by the representatives of governmental, non-governmental and community based organizations. During the event project implementing partners summarized results achieved through facilitation of the advocacy campaigns.

The project close out event was held in the framework of the “Towards Fairer Society” project, which was implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA). The aim of the project was to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for IDP rights. The project was funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Maintenance Problem for 49 Families Living in IDP Compact Settlement is Resolved
2018-05-28

Ketevan had new pipes installed to repair a leaky roof, finally resolving a maintenance problem for 49 families living in her IDP compact settlement.

Ketevan has been living in an IDP compact settlement, N27 Ana Politkovskaia Street, in Tbilisi, since 2012. She was concerned that the roof of her building was leaking when it rained and damaging the apartments. The IDP tenants were complaining about the problem and knew they had to establish an HOA to obtain financing for repairs. As an active member of her IDP community, Ketevan took the initiative to approach LAG for legal assistance to establish an HOA for her building. LAG provided legal counseling so Ketevan could prepare the necessary documents for HOA registration with the relevant government offices. As the head of the HOA, she managed to obtain financing to repair the leaky roof.

There is more work to be done to further improve the living conditions of Ketevan`s IDP compact settlement. The common areas need to be privatized to allow for necessary repairs and enhancements to the building. LAG is working hand in hand with Ketevan and her neighbors to assist with solving the similar and other types of legal issues.

LAG has been working with the families in various  IDP compact settlements to raise awareness of their rights and provide legal counseling as part of the Free Legal Aid for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia project since 2014. This project is funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with the overall goal of facilitating access to durable solutions for IDPs. 

Visit of European Students to Tserovani IDP Settlement
2018-04-20

On April 20, 2018 LAG Consortium facilitated the visit of the group of 60 students from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland to Tserovani IDP settlement. The visit was organized as a part of 3 days study tour to Georgia. Nana Chkareuli, representative of IDP community based organization “For Better Future” hosted the meeting in Tserovani. During the meeting the students were provided with information about the history of the settlement and other displacement related issues. It was a forth visit implemented by the College of Europe to Tserovani settlement which was organized and facilitated by LAG Consortium and community based organization “For Better Future”. LAG Consortium would like to express its sincere appreciation to Ms. Nana Chkareuli, Executive Director, “For Better Future” for continued partnership and cooperation.

Close out event of the project “Towards Fairer Society”
2018-04-11

On March 26 and March 27, 2018 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized the close out event of the project “Towards Fairer Society” in Zugdidi and Kutaisi. The meetings were attended by representatives of governmental, non-governmental and community based organizations. Results achieved through the advocacy campaigns were summarized during the meeting. Finally, certificates for the active participation in the project trainings were awarded to the attendees.

The project close out event was held in the framework of the  “Towards Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA). The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for IDP rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Preparation For Gender Equality Event
2018-03-30

Since February 2018, target schools in Gardabani, Rustavi, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari are actively involved in the process of preparing the events aimed at raising youth awareness about gender equality and women's rights.

The activities  were organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Study Visit to Denmark
2018-03-09

From February 25 to March 1, 2018, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) representative participated in the study visit to Denmark organized by Danish Refugee Council (DRC). During the study visit, there were several meetings organized including in DRC Headquarters with DRC Diaspora program, DRC volunteer house, and DRC Integration and Asylum departments

Also, there were meetings organized with respective state institutions, particularly with State Immigration Service at the Sandholm Asylum Center, Association of Local Municipalities and Government Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

The time was allocated for the meetings with Danish civil sector representatives including Danish Helsinki Committee, Danish CSOs for Development and Cooperation (Global Focus) and Civil Society in Development (CISU).   

LAG expresses its appreciation to DRC and particularly to all those colleagues who planned and facilitated this very informative and beneficial study visit

Strategic Planning Workshop
2018-03-09

On March 2, 2018, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) conducted an Internal Workshop on Strategic Planning. A SWOT analysis was performed to examine internal strengths and weaknesses in relation to external opportunities and threats. The workshop was facilitated by a Peace Corps volunteer from the United States who is serving at OFPH, a LAG Consortium member.

Proposal Workshop for Partners
2018-02-16

On February 14, 2018, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) conducted a training workshop in Kutaisi for its implementing partners OFPH and LPI. The workshop covered best practices in capture management and proposal development, with the goal of strengthening the capacity of partner organizations to pursue and win grant opportunities. The workshop was facilitated by LAG Program Manager, Dima Zviadadze, and LAG’s Peace Corps volunteer from the United States.

Training for school facilitators
2018-02-04

On January 23 and 25, 2018 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized trainings for schools facilitators on “Women’s rights, gender equality and equity”. 10 schools were selected in targeted locations and the trainings will be conducted for targeted students as well. 
The event was organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Journalist workshop and media tour in Kutaisi
2018-02-04

On 23-24 January, 2018 Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized journalist workshop and media tour in Kutaisi.

The first section of the event envisaged provision of the training to approximately ten journalists on the IDP rights, related legislation and ongoing reforms. Moreover, the journalists had a chance to get familiar with the advocacy campaigns launched by the working groups established by LAG, learn about the progress achieved and remaining challenges. After orientation workshop the media representatives were asked to visit preliminary identified IDP settlements in order to cover existing problems via TV reportages, radio programs and newspaper articles.

The workshop and media tour were organized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

HOA issues on Imedi TV
2018-01-31

On January 23, 2018 the Consortium facilitated the discussion on Home-Owners Associations (HOA) issues within Imedi TV show. In particular, the guests – coordinator of Technical Assistance Center Coordinator and elderly head of HOA within Saburtalo district - spoke about strengthening the role of HOAs, their existence as an independent institutions and their importance. The event was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project.

 

Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

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Visit in IDP settlement in Kopitnari
2017-12-27

On December 22, 2017 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) together with Save the Children hosted the visit of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) in IDP settlement in Kopitnari. During the meeting with IDPs, the guests were informed about the issues faced by the residents and their needs.

The meeting was organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Group meeting with children in Kopitnari
2017-12-27

On December 21, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia’s (LAG) psycho-social specialist conducted a group meeting with children in Kopitnari IDP settlement. The meeting consisted of interactive exercises; in particular, children prepared the greetings cards and Christmas trees with support of project staff.

The meeting was organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

LAG Coordination meeting
2017-12-27

On December 20, 2017 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia’s (LAG) Coordination meeting was held in Tbilisi. LAG and member / partner organizations discussed the ongoing projects, trends and challenges and the following year’s initiatives.

Training on positive parenting in Kopitnari IDP settlement
2017-12-15

On December 14, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized training in Kopitnari IDP settlement on positive parenting, inclusive and other education opportunities. During the training participants actively discussed parenting management styles, upbringing methods and positive upbringing.
The meeting was organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Disability workshop
2017-12-13

In December 2017, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and Save the Children (SC) attended a workshop on best practices for working with people who have disabilities. The workshop was hosted at the Children and Youth National Center (CYNC) and was facilitated by CYNC’s Peace Corps Response volunteer in coordination with LAG’s Peace Corps Response volunteer. The workshop provided an overview of disabilities and how to interact with people who have disabilities to promote social inclusion.

Group meeting with children in Gardabani
2017-12-11

On December 7, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia’s (LAG) psycho-social specialist conducted a group meeting with children in Gardabani IDP settlement. The meetings consisted of interactive exercises, games and art-therapy activities (painting), which were aiming to improve communication skills with peers, build trust among each other, develop empathy, increase self-confidence, and develop concentration and listening skills. After every exercise children were analysing their behaviour, opinions and emotions they had during the activity. As a result, these group meetings facilitated to comprehend their behaviour and manage their emotions appropriately.

The meeting was organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Social project in Gardabani
2017-12-08

The Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) supported the IDP initiative group from Gardabani to submit the social project funded by IDP Livelihood Agency. The project envisaged provision of chairs and bookcases to the Kindergarten #2 in Gardabani.
LAG facilitated the process in the framework of “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by LAG in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

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Meeting with Kutaisi City Hall representatives_7.12.2017
2017-12-08

On 7th of December, 2017 representatives of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and working group composed of community based and civil society organizations functioning in Imereti region and Senaki Municipality held meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Kutaisi, Mr. Iuza Ugulava. 
The aim of the meeting was to present the problems identified in the framework of advocacy campaign in Imereti region and which relates to setting up/rehabilitating drainage systems in five IDP settlements in Kutaisi (Chavchavadze Str. #58b, Nikea Str. #21, Dadiani Str. #3, Chavchavadze Str. #16a) and Tskaltubo (Str. 9 April).
The deputy mayor promised to analyze the issue and organized next working meeting where the parties would go through the expert opinion prepared in the framework of the project and decide on possible solutions of the problems in each settlement. 
Advocacy campaign is realized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Interagency workshop in Kutaisi
2017-12-04

On 28th of November, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized an interagency workshop in Hotel “Rcheuli Palace”, in Kutaisi.

The aim of the event was to present the issue of inadequate conditions caused by disordered drainage systems in five IDP settlements in Kutaisi (Chavchavadze Str. #58b, Nikea Str. #21, Dadiani Str. #3, Chavchavadze Str. #16a) and Tskaltubo (Str. 9 April) as a part of the advocacy campaign to the relevant stakeholders and jointly search for possible solutions.

Representatives from various governmental agencies were present at the workshop – Territorial Unit of IDP Ministry, Government of Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia in exile and Local Municipality representatives from Kutaisi and Tskaltubo.

The workshop was held in the framework of “Towards Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA). The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

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Training on IDP rights_17 and 22 November 2017
2017-12-04

On November 17 and 22, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized trainings in Rustavi and Kopitnari IDP settlement on  IDP status, rights and entitlements, children with disabilities and social protection schemes, and child labor. The trainings enriched participants with knowledge and skills after which they will be able to individually access to services.
The meeting was organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Radio programme_21.11.2017
2017-11-29

On 21st of November, 2017 representatives of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) covered an implementation of advocacy campaign initiated around inadequate living conditions in five IDP settlements located in Imereti region (Kutaisi and Tskaltubo) via newspaper “New Press” and radio station “Dzveli Qalaqi” . The cause of the problem is non-functioning and damaged drainage system in the place.

Nina Gelashvili, LAG Team Leader, and Mate Chapichadze, Project Lawyer shared with the society objective evidences gathered as well as briefly reviewed interagency meeting organized on 28th of November in Kutaisi.

The coverage and radio program were realized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA). The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

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Workshop on best practices in proposal development
2017-11-24

In November 24, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) conducted an internal workshop on best practices in proposal development. The workshop covered topics such as proposal management, proposal writing tips, and the proposal review process. The proposal workshop was facilitated by LAG’s Peace Corps Response volunteer from the United States.

Visiting IDP collective centers in Tbilisi
2017-11-24

On November 22, 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) representatives visited three IDP collective centers in Tbilisi in order to learn about the housing and living conditions of IDPs.

Ad hoc meeting of the working group „Fazisi” in Zugdidi
2017-11-24

On 22nd of November, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized an ad hoc meeting of the working group „Fazisi” functioning in Samegrelo region.

The aim of the meeting was to prepare a project proposal in response to the call announced by European Foundation on advocacy campaign envisaging construction of playgrounds in IDP settlements located in  Chitatskari and Ingiri villages as well as in Zugdidi town, Samegrelo region.

The advocacy campaign is organized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Meeting with Senaki Mayor
2017-11-22

On 17th of November, 2017 representatives of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and working group composed of community based and civil society organizations functioning in Imereti region and Senaki Municipality held meeting with the newly elected Senaki mayor, Mr. Levan Kupreishvili. 
The aim of the meeting was to present problems identified in the framework of advocacy campaign in Senaki Municipality before the mayor. The former is related to malfunctioning sewerage system in former IDP Military Settlement in Senaki that constitutes danger for residents’ health and life. Moreover, it damages environment and basement of the buildings in the location. Last but not least, existing sanitary-hygienic norms do not meet set standards.
The mayor promised to analyze the issue and follow up on the matter in the beginning of December when the local municipality budget is being formed. 
Advocacy campaign is realized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Meeting with Zugdidi Mayor
2017-11-22

On 16th of November, 2017 representatives of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and working group composed of community based and civil society organizations functioning in Samegrelo region held meeting with the Zugdidi mayor, Mr. Lasha Gogia. 
The aim of the meeting was to present needs of four IDP settlements in Samegrelo region identified in the framework of advocacy campaign before the mayor. According to their information, high number of children living in the named locations stipulated setting up of the playgrounds. Relevant advocacy campaign was initiated on the matter and the newly elected mayor was asked for support. The mayor promised to analyze the issue and follow up on the matter in the beginning of December when the local municipality budget is being formed. 
Advocacy campaign is realized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

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Day against violence
2017-11-18

On November 18, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) together with Save the Children marked the European Day focusing on "The protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse facilitated by information and communication technologies (ICTs)”. Beneficiaries from Kopitnari IDP settlement were involved in the event and were encouraged to emphasize children’s rights and their protection. The aim of the event was to raise public awareness of abuse of children and the need for prevention.

Capture Management workshop
2017-11-13

In October 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) conducted an internal workshop on best practices in Capture Management. Capture Management is a disciplined approach for pursuing and winning grant and contract opportunities. The workshop was facilitated by LAG’s Peace Corps volunteer from the United States. 

Radio programme 1.11.2017
2017-11-03

On 1st of November, 2017 representatives of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and head of Senaki Community Education Center talked about advocacy campaign initiated around inadequate sanitary-hygienic conditions in Senaki IDP settlement in Radio “Atinati”. The cause of the problem is  non-functioning and damaged sewage system in the settlement.

Participants of radio program shared with the listeners gathered objective evidences as well as briefly reviewed interagency meeting held on 13th of October in Tbilisi. The aim of the event was to make relevant stakeholders aware of the problem and find out solutions.

The radio program was organized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Link - radio programme 1.11.2017

 

Project presentation in Rustavi and Tskaltubo
2017-11-02

On October 31 and November 1, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized a round table in Rustavi and Tskaltubo. 
The aim of the meeting was to present project goals and objectives, offered services, planned main activities, gained experiences and best practices. A significant focus was on consultation and referral services and cooperation mechanisms.
The event was attended by local municipality, international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community based organizations (CBOs) representatives from targeted locations. 
The meeting was organized within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Tskaltubo and Kopitnari communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Conclusive meeting of the working group „Zrunva”
2017-11-02

On 30 October, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized a conclusive meeting of the working group „Zrunva” in Kutaisi.

The aim of the meeting was to report on achievements of advocacy campaigns envisaging rehabilitation of sewage system in Senaki IDP Military Settlement and drainage systems in five (5) IDP settlements in Kutaisi and Tskaltubo. The agenda included planning of additional activities for complete fulfillment of the set objectives.     

As a result of the group discussion, organization of additional meeting with stakeholders on the advocacy campaign implemented in Senaki IDP settlement as well as preparation of TV and radio programs with a view of reflecting on ongoing processes was decided. The aim of the additional meeting with concerned parties  will be to receive updated information on positions articulated by the representatives of various ministries during the workshop of 13th of October. 

Moreover, in the framework of the advocacy campaign directed towards setting up drainage systems in Kutaisi and Tskaltubo IDP settlements, organization of workshop with local municipality representatives was planned. During the event, the group will actualize the problem, discuss measures that are needed to be taken and will agree on the possible dates for completion. 

The advocacy campaigns are organized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).   

Conclusive meeting of the working group „Fazisi”
2017-10-27

On 16 October, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized a conclusive meeting of the working group „Fazisi” functioning in Samegrelo region.

The aim of the meeting was to report about achievements regarding advocacy campaign  envisaging  construction of playgrounds in four IDP settlements located in Samegrelo region – Chitatskari, October, Ingiri and Zugdidi. There are 225 children living in the indicated settlements.    

After provision of information to local IDP community, gathering signatures , collecting  demographic data, selecting playground equipment, making relevant estimations, identifying territories adequate for playgrounds, gathering photo material, identifying possible owners of the land plots, organizing meeting with representatives of local municipalities and receiving permission, the respective project proposals was submitted to the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The working group expects to receive final decision on funding by the end of October.

The advocacy campaign is organized in the framework “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).    

Radio programme 17.10.2017
2017-10-23

On 17th of October, 2017 representatives of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) talked about advocacy campaign initiated around inadequate sanitary-hygienic conditions in Senaki IDP settlement in Radio “Odishi”. The cause of the problem is  non-functioning and damaged sewage system in the settlement.

Participants of radio program shared with the listeners gathered objective evidences as well as briefly reviewed interagency meeting held on 13th of October in Tbilisi. The aim of the event was to make relevant stakeholders aware of the problem and find out solutions.

The radio program was organized in the framework of the “Free Legal Aid for IDPs in Georgia” project supported by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Trainings on legal aspects of local self-governance elections
2017-10-20

On 17-18 October, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized trainings on legal aspects of local self-governance elections for 40 IDP community based organizations.
During the trainings, the participant have been provided with extensive information on such issues as - functions and entitlements of local municipality, elections of self-government bodies and participation their management, concept of elections, types and systems, administration of elections, observes, campaign/agitation, electorate lists, balloting procedures, violations, etc.
The trainings were interactive, including lot of practical examples, accompanied by the questions from the participants
The trainings were organized in the framework of the“Towards the Fairer Society (TaFS)” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA). The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and NGOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Interagency meeting in Tbilisi
2017-10-19

On 13th of October, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized an interagency meeting in Hotel “Vere Palace”, Tbilisi. 
The aim of the event was to present the issue of inadequate sanitary-hygienic conditions existing in Senaki IDP Military Settlement as a part of the advocacy campaign to the relevant stakeholders and jointly search for possible solutions. 
Due to complexity of the problem, representatives from various agencies were present at the meeting – IDP Ministry, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Government of Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia in exile and Senaki Local Municipality. 
The workshop was held in the framework of “Towards Fairer Society” project which is being implemented in several regions of the country in partnership with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and CSOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

 

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Viziting IDP settlements in Gardabani and Zugdidi
2017-10-16

On October 3-4, 2017 LAG Consortium together with Save the Children hosted the visit of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) in IDP settlement in Gardabani and collective centers along with newly constructed buildings in Zugdidi. During the meeting the guests were informed about the issues faced by the residents and their needs.

Viziting Gugutiantkari and Mejvriskhevi villages
2017-10-09

On October 6, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG), Social Programs Foundation (SPF) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representatives visited internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Tsilkani IDP settlement and Gugutiantkari and Mejvriskhevi villages of Shida Kartli along administrative dividing line. The purpose of the visit was to obtain first-hand information about the living conditions of IDPs. Also during the visit, there were number of IDP families visited who were previously assisted by LAG/SPF with receiving the IDP status under the “Free Legal Aid for IDPs in Georgia” project supported by UNHCR.

Training in Odessa
2017-09-22

From September 12-14, 2017 LAG Consortium participated in the international workshop in Odessa, Ukraine which was conducted within the framework of “HOME - The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grass-root homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine” project. The invited guests presented the effective functioning mechanisms of the home-owners associations and discussed achieved results. Representatives of Technical Assistance Center (TAC) from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine exchanged their experiences, achievements, developed materials, difficulties and challenges.

Third working meeting of local community based and non-governmental organizations in Kutaisi
2017-09-21

On September 15, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) facilitated the third meeting of the working group composed of the local community based and civil society organizations that are working on IDP issues in Imereti region and Senaki.

During the meeting the participants presented updated information on implementation of the advocacy campaign action plan. Moreover, they referred and solved those challenges that have emerged in the process. By the end of the meeting, the working group reflected the relevant changes in the guiding document.

The meeting was held in the framework of the “Towards the Fairer Society” project which is implemented by LAG together with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA) in several regions of Georgia. The goal of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and NGOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Second working meeting of local community based and non-governmental organizations in Zugdidi
2017-09-15

On September 14, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) facilitated the second meeting of the working group composed of the local community based and civil society organizations that are working on IDP issues in Samegrelo region.

During the meeting the participants have worked on the working group’s Terms of Reference (ToR) and a detailed action plan for the advocacy campaign.

The meeting was held in the framework of the“Towards the Fairer Society” project which is implemented by LAG together with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA) in several regions of Georgia. The goal of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and NGOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Meeting with local IDP focused CBOs and NGOs in Zugdidi
2017-09-11

September 6, 2017, LAG Consortium organized a meeting in Zugdidi Techno-Park with IDP focused community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental (NGOs) organizations operating in Samegrelo and Adjara regions. Meeting was organized in Technopark Zugdidi branch. 
The purpose of the meeting was to identify the common issues for advocacy campaign, to form a respective working group and to plan the future activities of the latter. Selection of the issue as well as composition of the group was done via hidden balloting, preserving principles of transparency and based on the active participation of the participants.
The meeting was held in the scope of the “Towards a Fairer Society” project implemented in several regions of Georgia together with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The goal of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and NGOs working on IDP issues so that they can effectively advocate for IDP’s rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Training for the heads of Home Owners Associations 03.09.2017
2017-09-04

On September 1, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) conducted training for the heads of Home Owners Associations on the legal and financial procedures for functioning of Home Owners Associations and energy efficient measures. The training took place in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO). Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management.

Second working meeting of local community based and non-governmental organizations in Kutaisi
2017-09-04

On September 1, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) facilitated the meeting of the working group composed the local community based and non-governmental organizations that are working on IDP issues in Imereti region and Senaki. The meeting was held in the framework of the“Towards the Fairer Society” project in LAG office in Kutaisi. 
During the meeting the members have on the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the group and a detailed action plan for the advocacy campaign. 
The project is being implemented Georgia by LAG together with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA) in several regions of Georgia. The goal of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and NGOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Meeting with local IDP focused CBOs and NGOs in Kutaisi
2017-08-23

On 23rd of August 2017, representatives of LAG Consortium in the framework of project “Towards the Fairer Society” held a meeting with local IDP focused community based organizations (CBOs) and NGOs in the Center of Civic Engagement in Kutaisi.

Purpose of the meeting was to identify issues for advocacy campaign, to form a relevant working group and to plan the future activities of the respective group. Selection of the issue as well as composition of the group was done via hidden balloting, preserving principles of transparency and democracy.

The project is being implemented in several regions of the country by LAG Consortium together with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and NGOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The project is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU). 

Radio programme 8.08.2017
2017-08-14

On 8th of August representatives of LAG Consortium - Nina Gelashvili, Project Team Leader and Rusudan Pachkoria, Project Lawyer reviewed implementation and achievements made in the framework of the project “Towards a Fairer Society” via Radio “Atinati”.

The project is being implemented in several regions of the country by LAG Consortium together with Danish Refugee Council and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti”. The aim of the project is to capacitate local CBOs and NGOs working on IDP issues so that they can advocate for their rights. The program is funded by Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Link - radio programme 8.08.2017

 

Round table in Kutaisi City Hall
2017-08-01

On August 1, 2017, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized round table in Kutaisi with the representatives of the local self-government from Kutaisi and Tskaltubo. During the round table, the findings and accomplishments of the “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project were presented and discussed. The project has been implemented by LAG in partnership with international organization Save the Children and with financial support by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM). The meeting was concluded with signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the parties which entails strengthening cooperation among the signatory parties in the process of protection of IDPs and other vulnerable groups and increasing their access to state and municipal services.

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Training for the heads of Home Owners Associations 29-30.07.2017
2017-07-31

On July 29-30, 2017, LAG Consortium conducted training for the heads of Home Owners Associations on the legal and financial procedures for functioning of Home Owners Associations and energy efficient measures. The training took place in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO). Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management.

Round table in Rustavi City Hall
2017-07-28

On July 28, 2017, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized round table in Rustavi with the representatives of the local self-government from Rustavi and Gardabani. During the round table, the findings and accomplishments of the “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project were presented and discussed. The project has been implemented by LAG in partnership with international organization Save the Children and with financial support by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

The meeting was concluded with signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the parties which entails strengthening cooperation among the signatory parties in the process of protection of IDPs and other vulnerable groups and increasing their access to state and municipal services.

Link

 

“Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project monitoring
2017-07-25

On 24 July, 2017, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project hosted Mr. Ali Dastgeer, international experts deployed by EU for monitoring of the above project. In the course of the visit, Mr. Dastgeer was informed about the project activities and met the head of Saburtalo District Gamgeoba, as well as the heads of several home-owners associations and get familiar with the work of newly established HOAs throughout the project. Furthermore, he visited the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba in order to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

Workshops with State Legal Aid Service (LAS) in Kutaisi and Zugdidi_2017
2017-07-25

On 14th and 21st July, 2017, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized two workshops with State Legal Aid Service (LAS) in Kutaisi and Zugdidi. During the workshops the practitioner lawyers from both agencies exchanged information and experience of working on legal cases of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The topics discussed mainly related to the court practice on IDP status and resettlement issues, the work of resettlement commission, amendments to order #320, etc. The workshops were organized in the framework on “Free Legal Aid for IDPs in Georgia” project funded by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Supporting Home-Owners Associations (HOAs) establishment
2017-07-24

Within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project LAG Consortium representative supports the establishment of Home-Owners Associations (HOAs), including facilitation and extract from the National Agency of Public Registry of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, services of the Notary Bureau, printing stamps for HOAs and ensuring the registration within the relevant administrative district. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

Legal Counseling for Home Owners Associations
2017-07-24

LAG Consortium representative continues to support the establishment and development of Home-Owners Associations (HOAs) within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project. During the field visits, the project lawyer offers legal counseling to HOA chairs and members on crucial for the community issues. Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

Training on “Protection, IDP and vulnerable community rights and entitlements”_12-14 July 2017
2017-07-18

On July 12, 13 and 14, 2017, Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) organized the training on “Protection, IDP and vulnerable community rights and entitlements” in Gori for representatives of the local civil society and community based organizations operating in Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli and Mtskheta Mtianeti regions. 
The training was organized in the framework of the project “Towards the Fairer Society” implemented in partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti” (CHCA) and funded by Danish Civil Society Development Fund (CISU).

Workshops in Kutaisi and Tskaltubo on “Identification and response to gender-based violence”
2017-07-04

LAG Consortium protection team has completed the cycle of workshops on “identification and response to gender-based violence” in Kutaisi and Tskaltub aiming to increase knowledge of local state structures. The workshops were conducted within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the “Consortium Legal Aid Georgia” (LAG) in partnership with “Save the Children” (SCI) and is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM). 

Workshop "Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Development Plan"_26.06.2017
2017-06-28

On June 26, 2017, LAG Consortium organized a workshop where representatives of the Union of the Home-Owners Associations (HOA) from Saburtalo District Gamgeoba and Technical Assistance Center (TAC) were invited and discussed partnership opportunities and TAC’s Development Plan. The meeting was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO). Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management.

Training on the “Protection, IDP and vulnerable community rights and entitlements”_26 June 2017
2017-06-28

On June 26, by provision of the training - “Protection, IDP and vulnerable community rights and entitlements” to CBOs from Adjara and Samegrelo regions, the first phase of capacity building was terminated.

The similar training will be provided to civil society and community based organizations based in Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli and Mtkheta Mtianeti in mid-July.

The Training organized by the LAG Consortium is realized in the framework of the project “Towards the Fairer Society” funded by CISU. The aim of the project concerned is to build and strengthen IDP focused CBOs and CSOs. This will be achieved through capacitating the project beneficiaries by LAG Consortium, DRC and CHCA on such issues as advocacy, IDP rights, communication, project management, etc. 

Training for the heads of Home Owners Associations 24-25.06.2017
2017-06-26

On June 24-25, 2017, LAG Consortium and Sustainable Development Center - Remissia conducted training for the heads of Home Owners Associations on the legal and financial procedures for functioning of Home Owners Associations and energy efficient measures. The training took place in Mtatsminda District Gamgeoba. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO). Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management.

Workshops in Gardabani and Rustavi on “Identification and response to gender-based violence”
2017-06-23

LAG Consortium protection team in order to increase knowledge of local state structures conducted a workshop on “identification and response to gender-based violence” in Gardabani and Rustavi. The workshops are conducted within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the “Consortium Legal Aid Georgia” (LAG) in partnership with “Save the Children” (SCI) and is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM). LAG Consortium would like to express its sincere appreciation to Mr. Gocha Jamarauli, Governor of Gardabani Municipality for hosting the training.

Legal Counseling for Home Owners Associations_May 2017
2017-06-23

Within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project, LAG Consortium representative supports the establishment and development of Home-Owners Associations (HOAs). During the field visits, the project lawyer offers legal counseling to HOA chairs and members. Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with Sustainable Development Center – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

Training for Civil Society Organizations_19.06.2017
2017-06-22

On 19th of June, the training “Protection, IDP and vulnerable community rights and entitlements” was provided to CBOs from Imereti region at LAG Consortium Kutaisi Office.  

During the event, the speakers focused on such important topics as definition of an IDP, IDP status related issues, social protection of IDPs and vulnerable groups, IDP state strategy and action plan, housing programs for IDPs, IDP livelihood state strategy and action plan, international standards related to the covered topics, etc.

The training processed interactively. The participants, after having reflected on the theoretical parts of the workshop covered relevant national judicial practices.

The Training organized by the LAG Consortium is realized in the framework of the project “Towards the Fairer Society” funded by CISU. The aim of the project concerned is to build and strengthen IDP focused CBOs and CSOs. This will be achieved through capacitating the project beneficiaries by LAG Consortium, DRC and CHCA on such issues as advocacy, IDP rights, communication, project management, etc. 

Training for Civil Society Organizations_16.06.2017
2017-06-22

On 16th of June, Danish Refugee Council Zugdidi Office hosted training organized by LAG Consortium. The training “Protection, IDP and vulnerable community rights and entitlements” was provided to CSOs based in Imereti, Samegrelo and Adjara region.

During the event, the trainers focused on such important topics as definition of an IDP, IDP status related issues, social protection of IDPs and vulnerable groups, IDP state strategy and action plan, housing programs for IDPs, IDP livelihood state strategy and action plan, international standards related to the covered topics, etc.

The training processed interactively. Referring to own practices, the lawyers discussed topics envisaged by the training. In particular, the participants, after having reflected on the theoretical parts of the workshop covered relevant national judicial practices.

The Training organized by the LAG Consortium is realized in the framework of the project “Towards the Fairer Society” funded by CISU. The aim of the project concerned is to build and strengthen IDP focused CBOs and CSOs. This will be achieved through capacitating the project beneficiaries by LAG Consortium, DRC and CHCA on such issues as advocacy, IDP rights, communication, project management, etc. 

Meeting the Mayor of Tbilisi
2017-06-20

On June14, 2017, representatives of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and the Institute of Democratic Governance and Innovation met the Mayor of Tbilisi Mr. David Narmania. During the meeting the representatives of both organizations presented current projects and discussed cooperation mechanisms. In particular, the project “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” was presented.

The Project aims to contribute to improvement of the quality of life in Tbilisi through development and effective participation of grass-root home owners associations (HOAs) in housing management. The Mayor was informed about the HOAs capacitated under the project and the Technical Assistance Centre (TAC) established on the basis of Saburtalo Gamgeoba and which provides consultative and technical support to HOAs. The Project is implemented by LAG in partnership with Sustainable Development Centre – Remissia, Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti” (CHCA) and the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) with financial support from the European Union.


2017-06-16

Training for the heads of Home Owners Associations 10-11.06.2017
2017-06-14

On June 10-11, 2017, LAG Consortium and Sustainable Development Center - Remissia conducted training for the heads of Home Owners Associations on the legal and financial procedures for functioning of Home Owners Associations and energy efficient measures. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) and Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA).

Information meetings in Kutaisi and Zugdidi
2017-05-30

Informational meetings with IDP focused community based and civil society organizations located in Imereti, Samegrelo and Adjara were held in Kutaisi and Zugdidi on 23-25 May, 2017. 
Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) delivered presentations on planned activities to participants of the meetings. There were discussions facilitated over issues considered to be problematic for IDP communities in Samegrelo, Imereti and Adjara. Ultimately, further steps in the framework of the project have been defined.
The aim of the project is to build and strengthen IDP focused CBOs and NGOs capacities via outreach/mobilization, capacity building, advocacy and networking so that they are able to protect their rights before duty bearers. 

The project “Towards a Fairer Society” is funded by Civil Society in Development (CISU) and implemented by Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Consortium Legal aid Georgia (LAG) and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA).

Workshop “Homeowner Association Management and Energy Efficient Refurbishment – Georgian and German Experience”
2017-05-04

On May 4, 2017, the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and Sustainable Development Center – Remissia within the framework of “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project conducted workshopHomeowner Association Management and Energy Efficient Refurbishment – Georgian and German Experience”. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) and Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA). During the meeting the HOAs achievements and challenges in both Georgia and Germany were discussed, after which German colleagues were introduced to the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) established in Saburtalo District Gamgeoba and the HOA’s establishment process near Tbilisi Sea. 

Training for the heads of Home Owners Associations 29-30.04.2017
2017-05-01

On April 29-30, 2017, LAG Consortium and Sustainable Development Center - Remissia conducted training for the heads of Home Owners Associations on the legal and financial procedures for functioning of Home Owners Associations and energy efficient measures. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) and Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA).

Radio programme 27.04.2017
2017-05-01

On April 24, 2017, LAG Consortium colleagues participated in radio programme devoted to IDP rights and gender equality. Natia Khaindrava advisor to the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia discussed the Ministry’s Strategy and Action Plan on Gender Equality. Radio programme was aired within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project, which is implemented in partnership with “Save the Children” (SCI) and is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Trainings on Women's Rights
2017-04-28

LAG Consortium Gender Based Violence Specialist within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project conducts trainings on Women’s Rights, Gender Equality and Equity. High school pupils attend the training the main goal is to provide information about gender as social, cultural and economical phenomenon, influence of gender stereotypes on women’s life, prevention of early marriage and causes of domestic violence and defense mechanisms. 

Financial Training
2017-04-24

On April 20-22 April, 2017 LAG Consortium conducted a training on Financial and Monitoring and Evaluation topics for its implementing partners.

Group meeting with children
2017-04-10

LAG Consortium protection team conducted a group meeting with children on effective communication. The meeting is implemented within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented in partnership with “Save the Children” (SCI) and is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Trainings on positive parenting
2017-04-05

LAG Consortium conducted a series of trainings on positive parenting and inclusive education opportunities in all targeted communities. The trainingს were implemented within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project, which is implemented in partnership with “Save the Children” (SCI) and is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Training on positive parenting in Gardabani
2017-03-27

LAG Consortium protection team conducted a training on positive parenting, inclusive and other education opportunities in targeted communities in Gardabani Municipality. LAG Consortium would like to express its sincere appreciation to Mr. Gocha Jamarauli, Governor of Gardabani Municipality for hosting the training.

The training is implemented within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the “Consortium Legal Aid Georgia” (LAG) in partnership with “Save the Children” (SCI) and is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

College of Europe students' visit
2017-03-23

On March 23, 2017 LAG Consortium facilitated the visit of the group of 60 students from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland to Tserovani IDP settlement. The visit was organized as a part of 2 days study tour to Georgia. IDP community based organization “For Better Future” together with Akhalgori municipality representatives hosted the meeting in Tserovani, provided information about the history of the settlement, the people living there and responded to various questions of the students. LAG Consortium would like to express its sincere appreciation to Ms. Nana Chkareuli, Executive Director, “For Better Future” and Mr. Nugzar Tinikashvili, Gamgebeli at Akhalgori Municipality for co-organizing and hosting the meeting.

Training on positive parenting
2017-03-17

On March 14-15, 2017 Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW) conducted workshop for LAG Consortium staff members on positive parenting and inclusive education. Training topics included but were not limited to family management styles, tackling aggression, educational requirements for students with special needs.

Visit in IDP settlement in Tskaltubo
2017-03-14

On March 6, 2017 LAG Consortium together with Save the Children hosted the visit of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) in IDP settlement in Tskaltubo. During the meeting with IDPs, the guests were informed about the issues faced by the residents and their needs.

Vacancy at LAG Consortium!
2017-03-02

Vacancy at LAG Consortium!

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Local NGOs joint statement
2017-02-28

LAG Consortium joined the statement made by the local NGOs regarding the IDP allowance reform. For detailed information follow the link below.

IDP allowance
2017-02-28

On February 5, 2016 the head of LAG Consortium member organization - Social Programs Foundation Mr. Irakli Bokuchava was broadcasted on TV company “Obiektivi” discussing IDP allowance and needs based assistance.

Program

First Coordination meeting in 2017
2017-01-20

On January 17, 2016 LAG Consortium’s Coordination meeting was held in Tbilisi. LAG and member / partner organizations discussed the ongoing projects, trends and challenges and initiatives for 2017.

Happy New Year!
2016-12-28

LAG Consortium wishes You Happy New Year! Let coming 2017 year bring us happiness and success in personal and professional life.

IDP Rights Trainings
2016-12-28

LAG Consortium protection team conducted trainings on IDP status, rights and entitlements, children with disabilities and social protection schemes and child labour in targeted communities in Gardabani, Kutaisi and Tskaltubo. The trainings are implemented within “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” project. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the “Consortium Legal Aid Georgia” (LAG) in partnership with “Save the Children” (SCI) and is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Vacancies at LAG Consortium
2016-12-21

Vacancies at LAG Consortium:

1) Consultant -Gender Based Violence (GBV) specialist

2) Consultant -Psycho-social specialist

Training in Berlin
2016-12-21

From December 4 to 10, 2016 LAG Consortium participated in the international workshop in Berlin, Germany which was conducted within the framework of “HOME - The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grass-root homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine” project. The invited guests presented the effective functioning mechanisms of the home-owners associations. The workshop in Berlin continues the series of workshops aimed at enhancing the professional knowledge and capacity for the technical advisory centres (TACs) established in the partner countries. TACs have been established to provide information and advice to homeowners to improve awareness in the field of housing management.

Georgian-Abkhazian meeting
2016-12-21

On December 13-16, 2016, LAG Consortium participated in the Georgian-Abkhazian meeting organized by the Council of Europe. Representatives of the Georgian and Abkhaz civil societies discussed the human rights situation of the conflict-affected population. This format of a dialogue, created by the efforts of the Public Defender's Office and supported by the Council of Europe, has been effective since 2014 and includes a regular cycle of meetings. It is implemented within the confidence-building initiatives of the Council of Europe Directorate of Political Affairs and aims at restoring cooperation and dialogue between the societies split by conflict.

Radio Program in Tbilisi
2016-12-16

On December 1, 2016 Program Manager of the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia, Mr. Dimitri Zviadadze, Director of IDP Livelihood Agency, Mr. Irakli Ujmajuridze and Charity Humanitarian Centre Abkhazeti, Mr. Nukri Milorava in radio program "Right and Freedom" discussed IDPs socio-economic conditions.
Radio program 

 

Workshop in Tbilisi 2016
2016-12-01

On December 1, 2016 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) held a workshop with the State Legal Aid Service (LAS) representatives in Tbilisi in the framework of “Free Legal Aid for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia” project funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During the meeting local, practicing lawyers discussed the current IDP related caseload and referral mechanism established based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the agencies in April 2016.

Training for the heads of Home Owners Associations 25.11.2016
2016-11-28

On November 25, 2016 LAG Consortium and Sustainable Development Center - Remissia conducted training for the heads of Home Owners Associations on the legal and financial procedures for functioning of Home Owners Associations and energy efficient measures. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) and Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA).

Project presentation
2016-11-14

On October 28 and November 11, 2016 LAG Consortium organized a meeting for local Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), where new project “Supporting Human Rights and Protection of Internally Displaced People in Georgia” was presented. The goal of the project is to address human rights and protection challenges of Internally Displaced Persons living in Rustavi, Gardabani, Kutaisi and Tskaltubo communities through providing effective protection, referral, advocacy and capacity building services. The project is implemented by the “Consortium Legal Aid Georgia” (LAG) in partnership with “Save the Children” (SC) and funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM).

Third Coordination meeting in 2016
2016-11-03

On November 3, 2016 LAG Consortium’s Coordination meeting was held in Tbilisi. LAG and member / partner organizations discussed the Consortium's projects and activities, new initiatives and referral mechanism.

Training for the heads of Home Owners Associations
2016-11-02

On November 1, 2016 LAG Consortium conducted training for the heads of Home Owners Associations on the legal and financial procedures for establishment and functioning of Home Owners Associations. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO) and Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti" (CHCA).

Training on “Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons: Council of Europe Standards and National Challenges”
2016-10-11

On October 1 and 2, 2016, the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine organized the Training on “Human Rights Protection of Internally Displaced Persons: Council of Europe Standards and National Challenges” for newly established Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine. Dimitri Zviadadze, Chairman of Consortium Legal Aid Georgia was invited to share the experience of Georgia on policy development processes related to internal displacement.

Workshop in Zugdidi 2016
2016-09-21

On September 19, 2016 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and its partner organization - Legal Protection Institute (LPI) held a workshop with the State Legal Aid Service (LAS) local representatives in Zugdidi in the framework of “Free Legal Aid for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia” project funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During the meeting local, practicing lawyers discussed the current IDP related caseload and referral mechanism established based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the agencies in April 2016.

Workshop in Kutaisi 2016
2016-09-15

On September 14, 2016 the Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG) and its partner organization - Organization Future Prosperity House (OFPH) held a workshop with the State Legal Aid Service (LAS) local representatives in Kutaisi in the framework of “Free Legal Aid for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia” project funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During the meeting local, practicing lawyers discussed the current IDP related caseload and referral mechanism established based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the agencies in April 2016. The meeting was also attended by UNHCR representative from Zugdidi.

We are hiring!
2016-09-08

The Consortium Legal Aid Georgia (LAG Consortium) announces a vacancy of Finance Administrative Assistant

 

Memorandum of Understanding with Saburtalo Gamgeoba
2016-09-02

On September 2, 2016 Consortium Legal Aid Georgia and Sustainable development Center – Remissia signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saburtalo District Gamgeoba. The MoU aims to increase cooperation through the development of existing Home Owners Associations (HOAs) in Tbilisi and envisages establishment of the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) that will provide consultative and technical services to the respective HOAs.

Workshop on "The Development of Home Owners Associations"
2016-08-31

On August 31 2016, LAG Consortium organized a workshop for the EU funded “HOME - The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grassroot homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine” project partners in Georgia. The workshop was attended by Charity Humanitarian Centre "Abkhazeti" (CHCA), Local Democracy Agency Georgia (LDA), Kutaisi Education Development and Employment Center (KEDEC), and Union for development and cooperation "Progress".

Training for the consultants of Saburtalo Gamgeoba
2016-08-19

On August 17-18, 2016 LAG Consortium and Sustainable Development Center –Remissia conducted join training for the “Govern Your City” project consultants of Saburtalo Gamgeoba on the legal procedures for establishment and functioning of Home Owners Associations and energy efficiency measures in the buildings. The training was conducted within the framework of the “Home Owners Associations (HOAs) as a Driving Force of the Modern City” project funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the German NGO - Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

Tour in Khevsureti
2016-08-15

On August 6-7, 2016 LAG Consortium and our implementing partners organized tour in Khevsureti, where we explored monuments of cultural heritage - Shatili and Mutso. Special thanks to our colleagues and friends Ani Imedashvili for wonderful guidance and Levan Shashiashvili for taking these beautiful photos. 

The Constitution Day of Norway 2016
2016-05-23

On May 20, 2016 the Royal Norwegian Embassy hold a reception in Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, in Tbilisi dedicated to the Norwegian Constitution Day or National Day celebrated on May 17th. Our sincere congratulations to Norway!

UNHCR partner training in Borjomi
2016-05-10

On May 10-11, 2016 LAG Consoritum participated in UNHCR partner training in Borjomi.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative's visit
2016-04-20

On April 20, 2016 LAG Consortium hosted annual meeting with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented by Ms. Katrine Osland Netland organized within the framework of “Legal Protection for Displaced in Georgia 2014-2017” project. In the course of the visit, Ms. Netland was updated on the project progress and introduced to some of the project activities in the field.

Memorandum of Understanding with Legal Aid Service (LAS)
2016-04-18

On April 18, 2016 Dimitri Zviadadze, Chairman of Consortium Legal Aid Georgia, and Meliton Benidze, Director of Legal Aid Service, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).Both organizations agreed to deepen their cooperation on IDP issues, improve lawyers’ capacities and develop referral mechanism.

First Coordination meeting in 2016
2016-03-22

On March 22, 2016 LAG Consortium’s Coordination meeting was held in Tbilisi. LAG and member / partner organizations discussed the Consortium's projects, current activities and future plans.

Conference on “Migration challenges in the South Caucasus and the region”
2016-03-21

On March 21, 2016 LAG Consortium participated in the conference on “Migration challenges in the South Caucasus and the region” organized by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The session was attended by representatives of the PACE member states, as well as representatives of the executive and legislative bodies of Georgia.

UNHCR's 2017-2019 strategy
2016-03-16

On March 14, 2016 LAG participated in UNHCR’s annual stakeholder consultations on the 2017 Country Operations Plan. UNHCR’s main strategic directions for 2017-2019 were introduced and discussed with partners and persons of concern (IDPs and refugees) through thematic discussion in four working groups: 1) Legislative framework and international standards; 2) Physical safety and prevention of sexual and gender based violence; 3) Local integration and naturalization and 4) Needs based assistance and development. 

Study tour
2016-03-10

On March 8, 2016 LAG Consortium facilitated the visit of the group of 50 students from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland to Tserovani IDP settlement. The visit was organized as a part of 2 days study tour to Georgia. IDP community based organization “For Better Future” together with Akhalgori municipality representatives hosted the meeting in Tserovani, provided information about the history of the settlement, the people living there and responded to various questions of the students. LAG Consortium would like to express its sincere appreciation to Ms. Nana Chkareuli, Executive Director, “For Better Future” and Mr. Nugzar Tinikashvili, Gamgebeli at Akhalgori Municipality for co-organizing and hosting the meeting. 

Round-table “Internal and External Displacement in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood – The Case of Georgia”
2016-03-09

On February 11, 2016, Dimitri Zviadadze, LAG Consortium Chairman was invited as guest speaker by the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland to take part in the round-table “Internal and External Displacement in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood – The Case of Georgia”. The objective of this round-table, organized by the European Neighborhood Policy Chair was to familiarize the audience with past and present political developments in Georgia and discuss the situation of internally displaced people through the prism of human rights and good governance, local and regional socio-economic development, and international legal obligations. Also, the round-table aimed to address the response by the EU and the international community, thus putting the phenomenon of displacement in Georgia in a wider regional context. Among other speakers were Prof. Dr Ciarán BURKE, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena and Ms. Sigrid BRETTEL, DG Home Affairs, International Relations Officer for South Caucasus, Brussels. The event was chaired by Prof. Tobias SCHUMACHER, Chairholder, ENP Chair, College of Europe, Natolin campus.

Livelihoods Support to Conflict-Affected Communities
2016-02-17

On February 17, 2016 the conference on “Livelihoods Support to Conflict-Affected Communities” was organized in the Betsy’s Hotel in Tbilisi. During the conference four studies funded by EU and implemented by Human Dynamics, DRC/CHCA and ACF supporting the socio-economic integration and livelihood needs of IDPs in Georgia were presented. The initiated reform on shift from IDP status to needs based assistance was also discussed. LAG Consortium contributed to introduction of the IDP Livelihood Action Plan and facilitated the session on linkages between IDP Livelihood AP and other policy documents of the relevant line-ministries.

Online consultations
2016-01-29

In January 2016, LAG Consortium launched the pilot online consultations mechanism allowing beneficiaries to raise questions and receive responses via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LAG-Consortium) and/or website (www.lag.ge). Please contact us on Facebook and website and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Conference
2016-01-23

On January 23, 2015 LAG Consortium participated in the conference organized by the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee and Westminster Foundation for Democracy. During the conference thematic recommendations prepared by civil society organizations (CSOs) on the implementation of 2014-2015 governmental action plan on the protection of human rights were presented. Dimitri Zviadadze, LAG Consortium Chairman, presented recommendations regarding IDPs’ rights.

Coordination meeting 3
2015-11-19

On November 20, 2015, LAG Consortium’s Coordination meeting was held in Tbilisi. LAG and member / partner organizations discussed the Conosrtium's current activties and future plans.

Radio Program
2015-11-10

On November 5, LAG Consortium Project Manager Dimitri Zviadadze in radio program "Right and Freedom" discussed IDP durable housing process.


http://radio1.ge/en/videos/view/152164.html

Meeting UNHCR Operations Review Mission from Geneva
2015-11-04

On November 4, 2015 LAG Consortium together with other UNHCR partners met UNHCR South Caucasus Operations Review Mission from Geneva. During the meeting the prospects of durable solutions for displaced as well as displacement related gaps and challenges were discussed. 

Working meeting
2015-07-15

On July 15, 2015 LAG Consortium held a meeting with the representatives of Legal Aid Service. During the meeting cooperation mechanisms and possibilities were discussed. 

Coordination meeting
2015-07-03

On July 2, 2015, LAG Consortium’s Coordination meeting was held in Tbilisi. The representatives of the member organizations and former NRC senior employees discussed LAG Conosrtium's current activties and future plans

Norwegian Constitution Day
2015-05-15

On May 15th , the Royal Norwegian Embassy hold a reception in Hotel “Rooms” in Tbilisi dedicated to the Norwegian Constitution Day or National Day celebrated on May 17th. Our sincere congratulations to Norway!

University of Groningen students
2015-04-29

On April 28, 2015 the University of Groningen students visited LAG Consortium office. LAG Consortium’s representatives informed the students about the organization, its current projects and activities. Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) exit from Georgia and LAG Consortium’s successive development were actively discussed among the participants.

Audit
2015-03-17

On 11-13 March, 2015, the Moore Stephens which is one of the leading international accounting and consulting network, conducted audit of the LAG Consortium’s project “Free Legal Aid for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia”. The project was funded by UNHCR.

Board meeting
2015-01-28

On January 28, 2015, LAG Consortium's 4th Board meeting was held in Tbilisi. The Board consisting of the representative of the member organizations and former NRC senior employess discusses and pproved the LAG Consortium's Annual Report for 2014.

 

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United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

United Nations Democracy Fund

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
Action Against Hunger              

Housing Initiative for                        

Eastern Europe 

EU Delegation in Georgia               
Save the Children International
Danish Refugee Council           


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