The Forging Ahead project is part of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) IV programme “EU Support to Conflict Affected/Displaced Population and Host Communities in Georgia”. The programme supports the Government of Georgia in addressing needs caused by internal displacement. The project aims to provide durable housing solutions to IDPs, raise them and their host communities out of extreme poverty and lessen their dependence on the state.
The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and carried out by Hulla and Co. Human Dynamics KG in consortium with DVV International and Pro NGO! e.V., started in June 2014 and will last for more than two years.
The Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees (MRA).
Objectives of the Project
The overall goal of the project is to support the MRA and other governmental agencies towards the smooth implementation of the IDP Action Plan and Livelihood Action Plan adopted by the Government of Georgia.
The Technical Assistance project also assists MRA in reaching compliance criteria related to the IDP IV programme, in particular:
1) Increase the capacity of the MRA and its Regional Offices to implement the IDP Action Plan, inform about and provide services at central, regional and local level and to coordinate processes related to durable housing and livelihood throughout the process from policy generation to their implementation;
2) Assist the MRA in setting up the institutional frameworks to support the above mentioned processes.
Results to be achieved
- Central and regional MRA offices implement the IDP Action Plan.
- Communication between the MRA central and regional offices and between the MRA and IDPs is based on a comprehensive Communication Strategy and Action Plan (CSAP).
Durable housing solution (DHS) are allocated and privatised to IDP beneficiaries in a transparent and accountable manner.
- Draft and implement cross-sectoral Livelihood Strategy and Action Plan (LSAP).
- Change from status to needs-based assistance and for streamlining IDPs into general government policies.
- An Analytical Unit (AU) under MRA is financed and trained. It is fully operational and provides assessments, monitoring and strategy support to the MRA.
- Assessments on socio-economic integration and livelihood needs of IDPs, as well as regional employment opportunities for IDPs, are completed and updated.
- An independent assessment of the functioning of the complaints and redress mechanism for rehabilitations and constructions is carried out.
- Reinforce the capacity of the MRA to effectively implement the IDP and Livelihood Strategies and Action Plans;
- Contribute to increasing the analytical and research capacity of the Ministry, including strengthening of Policy and Analytics Division, as well as providing training;
- Assist the MRA in responding to IDPs’ livelihood needs, including providing them with employment- and income-generating opportunities;
- Help streamline the allocation of Durable Housing Solutions (DHS);
- Enhance the Ministry’s capacity to successfully communicate its strategy and activities;
|EU MRA TA Project Team||
Minister Sozar Subari and EU Ambassador Janos Herman attending the Workshop, where the EU MRA TA Project, along with other implementing partners, is presenting the results of studies on IDP issues.
|MRA employees attending the Training on Effective Services to IDPs organised with support of the EU MRA TA Project|