Poverty Reduction and Confidence Building in Border Areas of Georgia and Armenia by Strengthening Civil Societies in Sustainable Rural Development (STAGE II), financed by Austrian Development Cooperation and Cooperation with Eastern Europe (ADC), is implemented by CARE Osterreich and CARE International in the Caucasus, along with the partner organizations-Civil Development Agency (CiDA) in Georgia and Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation in Armenia. The project duration is from May 1, 2009-October 31, 2011.

The goal of the project is to support sustainable rural development in border areas of Georgia and Armenia through the strengthening of civil society and enhancing the partnership between civil institutions and local government, as well as offering platforms for confidence building between ethnic Armenians and Georgians and increased cross-border cooperation.

The project is a continuation of the project STAGE I, which was carried out during two years in Georgia-in the regions of Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli. The project was focused on organizational development of Rural Associations in these regions. STAGE I ended on April 30, 2009.

The project is carried out in border areas of Georgia and Armenia: Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli (Georgia) and Lori, Tavush and Shirak (Armenia).

The direct target groups of the project are Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Local Governments (LGs) of the target regions. The indirect target groups of the project are rural population of the target regions.

In the framework of the STAGE II project, the following activities are planned:

  • 10 project target Civil Society Organizations will take at least 10 trainings on issues of organizational development, cross-border cooperation and relations with local authorities;
  • Local Government officials of the project target regions will take at least 10 trainings on organizational development, cross-border cooperation and Civil Society Organization relations issues;
  • For sharing experience and deepening cooperation between Civil Society Organizations, cross-border study visits will be organized;
  • Study visits with participation of CSOs, LGs and Central Government representatives will contribute to deepening of cross-border collaboration;
  • Organizing multi-ethnical/agricultural fairs in border areas of Georgia and Armenia will contribute to popularization of agriculture and confidence-building;
  • Small grant competition will contribute to strengthening target CSOs and increasing their roles in respective communities;
  • The project will strengthen target organizations through provision of technical assistance tailored to their needs;
  • will cover STAGE II activities and contribute to enhanced public awareness on target CSOs and development of cross-border collaboration.

Projectteam: Mary Sargsyan, Project Coordinator