In 2014, a wide-reaching effort began to develop EU Country Roadmaps for engagement with civil society. Envisaged as a joint initiative between the EU and its Member States, the Roadmaps were introduced to strengthen their engagement with civil society in the respective partner country.
The first Roadmap for Georgia covered 2014 to 2017 and contained different priorities for EU engagement with civil society. In 2018, at the request of the European Commission, our Project carried out an assessment of the previous Roadmap.
The assessment demonstrated that Georgian civil society organisations (CSOs) experienced important progress in a number of areas, first of all in terms of policy dialogue and economic sustainability. EU support was crucial in these respects, allowing for a better engagement of civil society in policy dialogue and ensuring more stable financing for CSOs. But, as civil society development and strengthening is a long journey, further work remains to be done.
In order to assess the Roadmap and EU’s contribution to the development of civil society in Georgia, a survey of a random national sample of 148 registered CSOs was carried out in autumn 2018, together with interviews with various stakeholders and focus groups for the validation of results.
Please have a look at the infographics for a summary of the report findings:.