Project information

Work on Minorities Inclusion in Georgia

The project will promote human and minority rights and reduce ethnic discrimination through the strengthening of participatory media in the target region. It will increase awareness among decision-makers of the specific needs of minorities through advocacy by means of participatory new media.

18 months

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need

    Need

    Despite their size and presence, ethnic minorities in Georgia are underrepresented in decision-making processes & in all spheres of public life, especially government. There is little or no dialogue between policy makers & minority communities, policies developed by local authorities are therefore not based on the assessment of the conditions & needs of the stakeholders. Minority members are completely dependent on centralized & non inclusive TV coverage for news & information about politics.

    Solution

    This project will allow minority communities to create and share their own news stories using the Internet and mobile phones to communicate independently of the state run TV and radio media. This will allow a pluralist & diverse content which is much more relevant to them. They will use it to carry out advocacy which will inform local decision makers about the needs and priorities of this community which will lead to more inclusive and better decisions and programmes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower minorities in Georgia to peacefully articulate their needs and concerns.

    Activities

    » 2 training events ( 3 days) for 30 participants each on new participatory media (facebook, twitter, youtube, blogs).
    » Peer education and workshop, including showing a short film, targeting at least 120 young ethnic minority community members.
    » Concluding event to share experiences and learning across campaigns.

    60 minority activists report increased capacity to use new media in campaigning.


    Aim 2

    Raise awareness among decision-makers of the specific needs of minorities.

    Activities

    » 12 public advocacy campaigns using new media, including 12 public discussion meetings involving local leaders.

    At least 300 items (video clips, photos, blog entries, web pages) are produced & disseminated through new media methods. At least 15 government employees take some follow up action


    Aim 3

    Promote gender equality in the targeted communities.

    Activities

    » Ensuring that 50% of the trainees are women and girls.
    » Ensuring that gender is mainstreamed in the advocacy and media campaigns.

    30 women report increased capacity to use new media in campaigning.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will strengthen the role of Georgian civil society in the target region in promoting human rights and democratic reform. It will also enhance the inclusiveness and pluralism of civil society by giving excluded ethnic minorities access to new media techniques and resources that they can use to promote their rights. The enhanced communication and coordination between young activists will feed into monitoring of Georgia’s fulfilment of international obligations.

    Risk

    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest, outbreak of disease, or major environment disaster. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.

    Reporting

    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £62,860

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,760 Human resources UK and local staff
      £20,000 Training 2 training events
      £6,800 Film film preparation, equipment, broadcasting
      £6,000 Advocacy public advocacy campaigns and discussions
      £15,300 Local office office rent, vehicle, Internet, electricity
  • Background

    Location

    Samtskhe-Javakheti region (Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda and Borjomi municipalities), Georgia.
    Some advocacy activities in Tbilisi, Georgia
    Small peer groups events across Georgia (in rural/ethnic minority areas).

    Beneficiaries

    Final beneficiaries are all ethnic minority communities in the target region, especially the ethnic minority youth in Samtskhe-Javakheti, where about 54% of the population are ethnic Armenians (in some districts 80-90% of the population). Majority communities in target region & Local authorities. Local community members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG Europe (the organization's office in Hungary) has over three years experience of work in partnership with local organizations in Georgia including training events in 2008 and 2009. From Jan 2010 MRG has been implementing a training and supported an advocacy project in Georgia.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Public Movement For Multinational Georgia (PMMG)

    PMMG will assist the project with its contacts and expertise of the situation of minority communities in Georgia & the target regions.