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Within the EU ENPARD-supported project ‘Keda LEADER’, CENN, the Institute for Democracy (IoD) and the Local Action Group (LAG), are launching a grants competition: ‘New Challenges - New Opportunities’ designed to respond quickly to the new challenges facing Georgia as a result of the "COVID-19" pandemic caused by the spread of the coronavirus.

The grants competition starts on March 27 and will end on April 13 at 18:00.

 

The priority areas of the grants competition include:

  • Promotion of online formal and non-formal education
  • Increase public awareness, including on virus safety rules
  • Promoting the involvement of vulnerable groups in public life
  • Improving access to services
  • Supporting capacity building of health care professionals

 

Initiatives should be connected to the Keda municipality.

 

Maximum grant amount: EUR 3,000 equivalent in GEL.

 

The following entities are eligible to apply for the competition:

 

  • A public or private legal entity, including educational institutions
  • Civil society representatives, including initiative groups
  • Cooperatives
  • Local Government and Governance Bodies

 

Applicants may submit only one application for the grant competition.

 

All documents to complete the application are available in the Georgian language on the following link: https://bit.ly/2wGctDs

 

Applications can only be submitted in Georgian.

 

The application (application form, action plan and budget) should be submitted electronically at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The subject should indicate the name of the grant competition - Grant Competition: New Challenges - New Opportunities.

 

The deadline for submission of applications is April 13, 2020, 18:00.

Late or inappropriate applications will not be considered.

 

In case of any additional questions about above mentioned grant competition, please contact the Chair of the Keda LAG, Giorgi Abuladze, +995 577 17 37 06

 

 

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

 

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28.03.2020

February 26, 2020. Within the EU ENPARD supported project “Keda LEADER” 14 youth participated in “the GREAT Music Show” that took place in the Keda LAG office.

The idea to organize the event was initiated by the active youths from Keda municipality. Within the event music from different categories like ‘children music’, ‘film music’ or ‘pop music’ was played and the participants had to guess the correct song title and artist. One category included activities such as stop dancing or an association game.

At the end the winner group was awarded. The youth participation in the event was outstanding. The event aimed at youth mobilization, awareness raising and engagement.

 

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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28.02.2020

February 25, 2020. Bulachauri - representatives of The European Union-supported ENPARD program in Georgia, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara AR and ENPARD implementing partners gathered at the next Steering Committee meeting organised by ENPARD partner CENN under the organization’s ongoing EU-supported projects, “Keda LEADER” and “Embrace Tsalka.” The event took place at the Bulachauri Green Center and aimed to introduce the activities carried out and planned within the projects, exchange information and recommendations among involved counterparts and develop future cooperation.

 

Opening remarks were delivered by CENN’s Executive Director, Nana Janashia. During the meeting, the delegation of the European Union to Georgia - Project Officer Mrs. Ketevan Khutsishvili and Attaché, Programme Officer of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food Safety, Mr. Georges DEHOUX, addressed the participants and talked about the importance of a bottom-up approach:

 

The main purpose of our meeting is to share the experiences gained within the projects and the challenges we have faced since the project implementation up until now, which should be of interest to the Steering Committee members. The EU Delegation to Georgia, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection of Adjara, representatives of various LAGs and stakeholders are taking part in the event, which is a good opportunity to share opinions and perspectives from different points of view. Many thanks to the EU Delegation to Georgia for both political and financial assistance, as they are both very important for the democratic development of the country. It is noteworthy that we held a meeting of the Advisory Board for the Rural Development Program in the village of Bulachauri Green Center, where local women are employed. ” – Nana Janashia

 

"I am very pleased that the interest the regions have in the development of the region at the local level is more in the case of EU funding for Georgia. The slow but steady progress that accompanies rural development in this country is at the forefront of democratic processes. What the EU is doing in Georgia is to promote democratic reforms with the logic of what democracy should be based on. The development of agriculture should begin with the direct involvement and identification of the needs of those who are facing current challenges. We, on the one hand, define the Georgian political line and on the other hand, the resource contributors to the development of the country's agriculture and statehood through democratic principles, local needs and the application of the bottom-up approach. The role of the various implementing organizations and actors involved in achieving this development is important, as is the state's readiness and support. It is also important for LAGs to promote sustainability so that they can continue to operate as projects finish. ” – Ketevan Khutsishvili

 

“I very much believe in a bottom-up approach not only for local development, but also for local democracy, this is something that is extremely important. What you are building now will be very important for the future of Georgia. We are glad that you are following the EU approach, but it is important to make it your own, because you are not in the same context as other EU countries. You should find ways that will be beneficial for your communities and recognition and openness from the government is crucial for better future development and sustainability.” - Mr. Georges Dehoux

 

In addition, presentations were conducted by the Chairs of the Keda and Tsalka LAGs, who spoke about the current state and future plans of the ENPARD project and LAG activities in Keda and Tsalka Municipalities. In addition, a number of possible joint initiatives aiming at strengthening partnerships between Georgian LAGs and their corresponding municipalities were announced. Other respective guests included Nodar Kereselidze, the National Project Manager at UNDP Georgia, who gave an overview of the planned actions within ENPARD III; and Juba Maruashvili, Senior National Grant Management Expert for FAO-ENPARD projects in Georgia, who presented on the points concerning FAO support for the agriculture sector in Georgia under ENPARD III.

 

During the meeting, a panel discussion was held in which participants talked about existing challenges and opportunities that LAGs face today. Representatives from government entities, implementing organizations and members of the LAGs discussed the importance of a bottom-up approach and the importance of the sustainability of LAGs at the local governing level.

 

“It is very good that we meet and discuss rural development issues in detail. One of our top priorities is rural development, and we must say that we already have a small enterprise development grant this year, and in cooperation with local people and LAGs, we will strive to advance this priority. In addition, the recognition and promotion of civil society and LAGs by the state is important for a better future of the village, the region and the country.” - Jambul Khozrevanidze, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection of Ajara AR

 

The following topics were also discussed at the meeting: The European Green Deal and its connection to Georgia; the effectiveness of the LEADER approach, the importance of Waste Management, Green Economy, Community Mobilization and LAGs’ involvement in the decision-making processes and the importance of cooperation between different governmental institutions and LAGs.

 

At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed to carry out activities in co-ordination with the ongoing projects and interested stakeholders.

 

The EU-supported ENPARD projects “Embrace Tsalka” and “Keda Leader are implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD), Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR), the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) and Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS). The project aims at diversifying local economic activities, improving the investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.


Media Contacts:

  • Marie Kikvadze, CENN Communications Assistant, +995 577 95 90 20, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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26.02.2020

February 25, 2020. Bulachauri – CENN will organize the next meeting of the Steering Committee established within the EU-supported ENPARD projects, “Keda LEADER” and “EMBRACE Tsalka.” The event will take place on February 25 at the Bulachauri Green Center.

 

For now, the Keda and Tsalka Local Action Groups (LAGs) have been established and are actively working within the aforementioned projects, and local development strategy documents for both municipalities have been developed. Taking into account the needs specified in the strategy document, Keda Municipality successfully completed the second grant competition and funded more than 40 projects.

 

During the meeting, the invited guests will get acquainted with the activities carried out within the framework of the projects, as well as discuss potential activities of the projects in order to effectively collaborate with other projects within the ENPARD program for successful future activities. In addition, representatives of the various ENPARD Programs and LAGs will present the results achieved within the project, which will facilitate the development of cooperation between projects.

 

The event will host representatives from the Ministry of the Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Georgia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia and other ENPARD partner organizations in the country. This networking platform will be a good opportunity to strengthen linkages and partnership opportunities among participants, exchange feedback or suggestions for further development and share experiences.

 

The EU-supported ENPARD projects “Embrace Tsalka” and “Keda Leader is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD), Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR), the Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA) and Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.

 

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

 

More information about the Keda and  Tsalka Local Action Groups (LAGs) is available on the official websites: www.kedalag.ge and www.tsalkalag.ge

 

Media Contacts:

•           Marie Kikvadze, CENN Communications Assistant, +995 577 95 90 20, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

•           Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, +995 595 98 99 16, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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24.02.2020

February 11-12, 2020. Keda Municipality - in the framework of the EU ENPARD supported project “Keda LEADER” implemented by CENN, a training course was held for the project beneficiaries.

The purpose of the training was to raise the awareness of the beneficiaries about the conditions of fish rearing, production activities and stages, basic economic calculations of production and production of fish and spawning and fish transportation.

During the training, the participants were introduced to all the necessary stages of fish breeding, such as: selection of the area; Measuring and calculating water consumption; Water management in fish tanks; Food supply; Use of chemicals and medicines; Control of the number of spawns and fish and control of industrial performance.

 

The training module provided practice-oriented activities that helped participants develop their skills. The training was attended by 17 people.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.


The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.





















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18.02.2020

January 28, 2020. Within the EU ENPARD supported project “Keda LEADER” 19 youth in the age of 12 to 15 participated in an activity called “Heave Hoo Games”. The event was held in the Keda LAG office.

Heave Hoo Games are a random collection of funny group games that involve competition, knowledge, team spirit and speed. The participants were split up in two competing teams and collected points for the accomplishment of the tasks.

The goal of the event was to understand the mechanisms of a group and how every individual can contribute to the strength of a team. Just like the motto “Together we are stronger”.

The event aimed at youth engagement and team building.


The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

 

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28.01.2020
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