National and regional cooperation

Peace-building and conflict transformation

 

Since its establishment APD is realizing conflict related projects in Georgia and the South Caucasus. The activities in this field of work range from educational international short term and national long term projects to humanitarian aid in post-war situations.

 

Programme objectives:

  • Foster nonviolence as an approach to conflict transformation in Europe, particularely in Georgia and the South Caucasus
  • Strengthen capacities for peace-building in Georgia and the South Caucasus
  • Provide direct and immediate support for conflict affected parts of the Georgian population

 

Peace Education is included in most educational projects of APD.

 

Example of project:

 

"Future Without Conflicts"
Funded by the Council of Europe, Confidence-building Measures (CBM) programme


APD in partnership with Fund “Abkhazetis Momavali” (FAM) conducted Training of Trainers session in Conflict Transformation for 20 Georgian and Abkhaz young people in November 2003, Likani, Georgia.
Through December 2003 - April 2004. were conducted training sessions for 1510 Georgian and Abkhaz youth in 15 regions of Georgia.


The final evaluation meeting of the project were conducted in July 2004, Tskneti, Georgia.
As the one of the results of the project were published Manual on Conflict Transformation.

 

CAUCULT

 

With support of partners from Austria and Lithuania, there have been Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network created in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in frames of 3 years project – Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network – Caucult, supported by Eastern Partnership Cultural Programme. 60 key dialogue workers were selected in most culturally diverse regions of 3 countries in order to enable cultural minorities of their regions express their needs through culture and contribute to cultural diversity of the region. 

Youth empowerment and youth inclusion

 

In the field of youth empowerment - which is a cross-cutting issue for APD appearing in all other working areas – APD is applying a long-term approach divided into two sub-categories: a) projects directly addressing needs of marginalised youth such as young IDPs and b) projects focussing on the education of youth leaders and young multipliers for community development.

 

Programme objectives:

  • Empower young people and youth leaders to take an active role in community development and in addressing and articulating needs of young people, particularly of marginalised youth

  • Improve the living conditions of young people in Georgia

 

Examples of projects:

 

"Active Citizens"

Funded by British Council (2010-2011)

APD in cooperation with British Council Georgia realized a three stage programme consisting of a training of trainers phase, a multiplying phase and community projects to empower internally displaced youth from collective centres in Tbilisi, Tserovani, Tskneti, Poti, and Zugdidi to take an active role in community development processes. The training programme on civil development, active participation and leadership resulted in eleven community projects with a total of 300 beneficiaries.

Contractor of Salto EECA for the volunteer training cycle in the frame of the Youth in Action Programme in Georgia

 

"IDP Youth Clubs – Support and Further Development"

Funded by SlovakAID(2009-2010)

 

APD in cooperation with the Slovak-Georgian Society (Slovakia) implemented for the duration of 10 months educational programmes in two youth clubs in Tserovani and Tbilisi for 125 young internally displaced people from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The youth club members aged between 14 and 18 attended English and computer classes, received non-formal education in conflict management, improved their leadership skills and expressed their artistic skills with silk paintings.

Youth policy development in Georgia

 

Since 2007 APD is working on youth policy devlopment in Georgia and continuously cooperates with diverse governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to improve local and national structures addressing youth issues.

 

Programme objectives:

  • Strengthen local and national capacities for a coherent development of youth policy in Georgia;

  • Foster an exchange of expertise and practice among stakeholders of youth on non-governmental and governmental level.

 

APD is invited to consult governmental bodies on local, regional and national levels permanently in the process of youth policy development and its implementation.

 

Since 2007 APD in partnership with different governmental and non-governmental organisations organises annual Youth Organizations Forum of Georgia in order to gather youth organisations working in a country to discuss actural topics, get to know development in the field on national and international level, and get involved in a process of youth policy development. Since 2007 APD initiated and co-organised Fora in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015,2017 and 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch documentary about one of the first Youth Forums from 2008.

Poeple with disabilities 
 

APD is actively involved in local activities of international project – “Civil Society as an Advocate for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Government Decision – Making” implemented by British Councils and their partners in 6 countries, supported by the European Union.

Project aims to strengthen the role and capacity of disability focused civil society organisations to work with local government and ensure  better representation of People with Disabilities (PWDs) in the policy making process and  better understanding and protection of their rights.

 

Humanitarian AID in 2008
 

With financial support of and in cooperation with Polish Humanitarian Organization (Polska Akcija Humanitarna) in October – December 2008 APD imoplemented the humanitarian project in post conflict area (Gori district, village Shertuli). 7 houses, damaged during the Russian-Georgian armed conflict have been reconstructed, 11 families got cows, every family in a village received the firewood and flour for whole winter.