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Civil Society Organizations Advocate for Rural Development

Up to 30 representatives of Civil Society Organizations from different municipalities of the Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia took part in the Rural Development Advocacy training in Rustavi on October 26-27.

Representatives of civil society, community/rural associations and non-commercial legal entities established by the local self-governments received information on the national rural development policy and its relevance to the local needs and opportunities, as well as on the role of different stakeholders in policy planning and implementation, European models and approaches to rural development, such as LEADER / Local Action Groups, and their application in Georgia.

The training in Rustavi is the first in a series of training events in every region of the country. This intensive training programme aims to develop inspiring advocates of rural development, raise public awareness and promote advocacy and civil activism in rural areas. The training programme will continue until the end of 2017 and will cover Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kakheti, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Guria and the Autonomous Republic of Ajara.

The Rural Development Advocacy Training runs under the European Union’s Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) and is organized by the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) with assistance from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The European Union (EU) will continue supporting regional civil society organizations in their efforts to engage in rural development, take part in shaping rural development policies and promote government accountability.

The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.