Exchange of experiences is the best way to introduce the innovations. This is a special method for the Fund "Sukhumi" and it often gives municipalities this opportunity.

The Forum of Civil Society Organizations of Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi initially envisaged cooperation and mutual assistance.

The project includes three organizations: Fund "Sukhumi", Fund of Women Entrepreneurs and Imereti Scientists’ Union "Spectri".

The Civil Society Forum united 16 organizations in October 2019. Their geographical area is wide: 8 municipalities (Khoni, Vani, Terjola, Bagdati, Lanchkhuti, Ozurgeti, Tsageri, Ambrolauri).

The Forum was created in order to actively involve the society in the process of monitoring the Roadmap for Public Administration Reform.

Already at the beginning of the project, the organizations attended meetings, trainings, studied the criteria for the implementation of public administration reform, also how to draft projects, advocate problems, learned the techniques of research ... They contributed to the creation of new organizations, and 14 new organizations were registered in the municipalities.

Dachi is a smart and businesslike person. He was born this year, in early April. He often "works" with his mother. He helped her even before he was born. So, the residents of Bagdati should be grateful to Dachi for the preparation of serious documents.
If anyone thinks that this is a joke, I cannot agree. Because Dachi actually works with her mom. Dachi's mom is a young, beautiful and clever woman. She graduated from school in the village Dimi, and then graduated from the Faculty of Law and the Master's program of Tbilisi State University.
When the implementation of our project started in Bagdati, City Council members were invited to the working group. Guram Kiknavelidze, the chairman of the commission on financial - budgetary issues, was elected as the chairperson of the group. The second member is Gvantsa Grdzelidze, chairman of the legal and procedural commission. In short, both are necessary people, now the group has its own financial and legal lobbyists. That is why, Bagdati working group is distinguished by its activity and is successfully implementing the Public Administration Reform.

Based on the circumstances caused by COVID-19, debates in a a Zoom format were held in Tsageri, which was organized by the Fund of Women Entrepreneurs. During the meeting, the participants - representatives of the City Council and the City Hall, the civil sector and the media - had the opportunity to listen to the results of the needs research conducted in the municipality and the work carried out within the framework of the project. The exchange of successful examples of Khoni and Tskaltubo on the topic of the petition and the civil budget was interesting.

The participants expressed great interest, which was shown by active involvement and recommendations.

The work is carried out in the framework of the project “A common forum for CSOs from Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi for PAR Roadmap monitoring”.


The project is implemented with the support the European Union - #EU4Georgia

Members of the Bagdati working group, representatives of local self-government and civil society organizations, as well as experts from the municipalities of Tskaltubo and Khoni participated in the debates, which was held online.

Local partner organizations spoke about the results of their small projects, presented a needs research, carried out in Bagdati municipality.

During the debates, special attention was paid to the discussion of the experience of Tskaltubo Municipality in terms of civil budgeting. The topic of the e-petition was also important for the participants. The web page has this function, but it has not been used until now. Khoni practice showed how this issue can become relevant for the population.

Terjola debate justified the forum's main mission: members of the civil society forum learn from each other and share best practices with other municipalities.

First there was a meeting of the working group, where the debates were planned and determined.

And on July 22, online debates were held - interesting, active, meaningful, with concrete examples and results ...

The meeting was attended by representatives of Terjola local self-government, civil society organizations and various spheres, as well as guests from Tskhaltubo and Khoni municipalities.

It was a kind of report on the work done. And the work was quite fruitful: 4 monitoring of public administration reform, small projects, update of the web page, needs assessment, civil budget implementation process...

The press conference was held within the framework of the project “A common forum for CSOs from Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi for PAR Roadmap monitoring”. 

Representative of the Cultural-Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi" presented the results and analysis of the second citizens’ local needs research conducted by partner organizations in the municipalities selected under the project. The aim of the study was to define awareness of the society in public administration reform, the quality of e-services and to identify specific results and challenges of public administration reform in municipalities.

The press conference was attended by 24 journalists, and the issues discussed were covered in the media.


The results of the mini-projects implemented by civil society organizations were summarized at the ordinary meeting of Vani working group. They also discussed the recommendations that were developed for local government with the aim of implementation at the local level of public administration - this mainly concerns the improvement of the skills of citizens and representatives of the City Hall in terms of using e-services.

The meeting highlighted the activities that the group should carry out before the completion of the project, and the responsibility for their implementation was distributed among the members of the group.

Ordinary working meeting in Bagdati was devoted to the results of the research conducted by the CSO member organization "Equality Now" and also to the recommendations that will be prepared during the analysis of the research.

The research reflected the womens needs and its recommendations should be reflected in the Gender Equality Action Plan.

The head of the partner CSO “Civic Spectrum-Equality”, presented a working version of the anti-corruption regulation. Bagdati working group is considered a lobbyist in the process of approving the regulation.

Guests - representatives of Lanchkhuti and Tsageri municipalities.

Hosts - Representatives of Khoni Municipality City Council and City Hall, members of the local civil society organization and youth center, teachers.

And the unusual format - the debate.

The guests presented their successful work - in terms of developing a code of ethics and the introduction of civic budgeting.

Khoni working group and the representatives of local civil society organization informed the participants about the results of working on small projects, participating in the needs assessment.

The Mayor of Khoni highlighted the achievements of the working group - spoke about the effectiveness of the municipality hotline, updated website and e-petition. Everything that has been done and what is still planned will contribute to the successful implementation of public administration reform.

Population is going to plant hornbeam trees in Gubi. In Dedalauri it is planned to asphalt the central road, the residents of Dzedzileti and Gocha-Jikhaishi have a problem with transport.

These are the problems of the villages of Khoni municipality. And the solution was found...

Electronic petition!

This is a modern, convenient mechanism.

A petition (lat. "Petitio") is a collective request to the authorities in written form.

The Internet has significantly increased and simplified signatures to the petition, improved the dialogue of citizens with government structures. Our project “A common forum for CSOs from Guria, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi for PAR Roadmap monitoring” also serves to activate Internet resources.