About APD

The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) is non-governmental, non-profit, non-political organisation, which aims at empowering youth and civil society actors for living and building peace in Georgia, South Caucasus, Europe and beyond through development of competences, advocating participatory policy development and promoting partnerships on cross-sectorial and intra-sectorial levels.

Objectives of APD:


  • To provide community-based educational opportunities to young people, particularly to internally displaced youth;

  • To train future youth leaders committed to peace, democracy and inclusion;

  • To contribute to nonviolent processes of conflict transformation in the Caucasus by providing competencies to youth, youth leaders, youth workers and youth organisations;

  • To support the integration of young people into the society and to empower them to take an active role on community level;

  • To make youth policy development in Georgia and the South Caucasus accessible to young people and their needs;

  • To promote cultural diversity and to fight any form of discrimination.



Fields of expertise:


  • Peace building

  • Youth work on local, national and international levels;

  • Youth policy development;

  • Youth research;

  • Non-formal education, specifically peace education.

How did we start?


The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) was established in October 28, 2002. APD is based on the six years’ experience of the Young Leaders for Peace and Development (YLPD) Training Programme with the mission to build bridges of friendship, understanding and dialogue among teenage war victims of the Georgian - Abkhaz conflict.


In the following years APD developed a strong profile in peace building, youth policy development and education for young people and stakeholders of youth field. Within this context APD realised various programmes on local, national, regional and international level with diverse donors and partners from all across Europe.


APD is implementing educational short and long term programmes for young people and NGOs from Georgia, the Caucasus and Europe in conflict transformation, active citizenship and intercultural learning as well as in relevant qualification for the Georgian labour market.


APD is also actively involved in the development of a coherent youth policy in Georgia.

Whatch short documentary about APD produced in 2008: