Community development in Georgia

Conference: 5 April 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia

The Third Sector Research Centre worked with the Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), and the Community Development Journal (CDJ), to explore the prospects for developing Community Foundations in the South Caucasus.

The conference involved forty representatives from Georgian Civil Society Organisations, international organisations, and CSOs from Armenia and Azerbaijan using community development approaches. 

The conference explored the challenges, constraints and opportunities for community development in the South Caucasus region. Presentations were given on the Community Development Coalition (CoDeCo), which unites 9 Georgian CSOs working with Community Development principles;  and the experience of community work in Armenia and Azerbaijan. Angus McCabe from TSRC talked about different models for Community Foundations and asset based development from across Europe. 

Recommendations fell into four main categories:

  • Promote the development of appropriate legislation to regulate Community Foundations (e.g. legislation stimulating philanthropy, volunteer work, social entrepreneurship, relevant tax exemptions etc)
  • Develop policy, long and short term strategies, for promoting Community Foundations
  • Develop and consolidate various tools and resources for the establishment, functioning, management and monitoring of Community Foundations
  • Establish pilot Community Foundations

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