Decentralised governance, social cohesion and inclusive economic growth: EU and Germany launch new programme for Georgia’s regions

Decentralised governance, social cohesion and inclusive economic growth: EU and Germany launch new programme for Georgia’s regions

March 22, 2022

The European Union together with the German Government have launched a national programme supporting sustainable and inclusive growth, balanced territorial development and good governance in Georgia’s regions. The programme covers Guria, Imereti, Kakheti, Racha-Lechkhumi, and Kvemo Svaneti.

The €9.5 million ‘Integrated Territorial Development’ (EU4ITD) programme, running from 2022 to 2025, is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Drawing on €8.5 million from the European Union and €1 million from Germany, the initiative serves to overcome regional disparities and achieve social cohesion by combining territorial development measures, such as urban renewal, with actions promoting economic development and social inclusion. 

GIZ will help municipalities, businesses, and citizens realise the untapped economic and social potential in the focus regions. UNDP will promote decentralisation and good governance and establish institutional development frameworks for decentralised regional policy.

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