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A New Way of Working: Community Participation in Local Budgeting in Georgia

The collapse of the Soviet Union led to difficult times for the independent state of Georgia, as it made the transition from a centralised to a market economy, and from a communist to a democratic system. People had no experience of making decisions, even at local level, or of participating actively in local government.

Since 2002, Oxfam GB has worked with the Association of Disabled Women and Mothers of Disabled Children with initial support from the Association of Young Economists of Georgia, to implement budget-monitoring projects in Zugdidi District, one of the poorest regions of the country. This paper shows how this process helped communities build the confidence to work directly with local government officials to build a new kind of civil society.

Uploaded on: Jun 13, 2017
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017
Year Published: 2009

Resource Tags

Resource Type: Impact Evidence Issues: Children's Rights, Community Organizing, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights Tool Type: Journal Articles & Books, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Filing Right to Information Claims, Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Promoting Citizens' Participation in Governance Languages: English Regions: Georgia Nature of Impact: Citizen Action & Participation, Legal Knowledge and Skills, Positive Impact, Sense of fair process Scale of Intervention/Impact: 1,000 to 10,000 people Institutions Engaged: Local legislative representative, Media, NGOs, Regulatory / Implementing Agencies Evaluation Method: Project Document Review, Surveys