Seminars about OGP in different regions of Georgia

DSCN0051IDFI has conducted seminars about Open Government Partnership in different regions of Georgia.

Levan Avalishvili, chairman and Giorgi Kldiashvili – director at IDFI spoke about OGP goals and challenges at Samtskhe-Javakheti State University, on 13th of October. They highlighted the undertaken commitments declared in National Action Plan of OGP Georgia 2014-2015.

Another seminar with librarians. IDFI as a volunteer partner is involved in The IREX-sponsored Beyond Access program works around the globe to support the role of libraries in development efforts. One of the OGP commitment is connected to development of libraries. The workshop was held at Training Center of Justice in Kvareli, where participants pointed out significant importance of development of national libraries, stated in the action plan.

Giorgi Kldiashvili said that according to action plan this commitment implies the use of public libraries with new functions: along with the traditional purposes, libraries will acquire functions of Community Centers. Thus, libraries will serve as additional opportunity to increase capacity of communities and local governments. Trained librarians through modern technologies (internet, computer technologies, and new books) will ensure high quality service delivery for local population.

The students of Akaki Tsereteli State University emphasized essential parts of OGP Action Plan on 16th of October. Giorgi Kldiashvili underlined that involvement of civil society will increase effectiveness of Government actions and improve the quality of its decisions. “If the government does not give attention to their citizens needs, it will not be effective otherwise”-he said.

The students were interested to what extent the government will open decision-making space for broader participation of society and whether our government is willing to meet needs and priorities of the citizens. In response the director of IDFI said:

“In any country where the Government does not wish to make things more transparent, it has more tools to increase involvement of citizens, than the citizens themselves. If the government authorities do not have will to involve citizens in decision-making process, for example in budget management process, society will not manage it on their own. That is why any government must ensure raising awareness of the citizens and their direct participation”.

Seminars on OGP related issues will be continued in the following week as well. The workshops is supported by USAID within the framework of Good governance (G-3) project.

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