Challenges to Georgia’s Health System on the Municipal Level Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors: Nino Mirzikashvili

The spread of infectious disease (COVID 19) caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has posed a significant challenge globally, including in Georgia. Every country has its own story of coronavirus and has its own role in defeating it – dependent on the capacity of its socio-economic and healthcare system. To tackle the pandemic, individual responsibility, either local or central government’s role is tremendous, and the world is united around the primary goal – end the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Development of the Tbilisi Railway Line

Authors: Irakli Zhvania

This document provides a complex assessment of the mainstream opinions and approaches concerning the Tbilisi rail line through the lens of urban planning and city development. Relocating the passenger carrier railroad to the city bypass route is extremely unreasonable and will have significant long-term negative consequences either from the city development or strategic and operational perspectives. 

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Challenges to the Citizen Participation in the Local Self-Governance

Authors: Koka Kiguradze

The government bears the responsibility to ensure that pandemic doesn’t completely undermine existing weak connections between citizens and the government, especially local government. The paper reviews the current challenges of citizen participation in local self-government and recommendations that include the introduction of various methods of e-government.

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Challenges to Gender Budgeting in Georgia on Municipal Level

Authors: Shorena Kakhidze

The document reviews the experience of gender budgeting in Georgia and problem analysis at the municipal level. The local self-government plays a tremendous role in achieving gender equality because the living conditions of men and women of their municipality depend on their decisions. Local self-government will not be able to exercise good governance if it doesn’t pay enough attention to gender equality issues and women’s empowerment.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Georgia’s Economy – Regional Analysis

Authors: Tamar Khorbaladze

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a severe healthcare crisis and brought a devastating impact on the economy. The world, including Georgia, started assessing the scale and scope of damage back in Spring 2020, but by the end of the year, the impact became more explicit and measurable, even on the regional level. Therefore, presented projections and recommendations are more grounded and realistic.

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The Political Landscape of Georgia

Authors: Zviad Barkaia, Bakur Kvashilava, Nino Gogoladze, Irakli Kobalia, Ivane Chkhikvadze

Political parties perform a variety of functions in democracies. Apart from participating in elections and fielding candidates, they work to develop policies, take part in governance, aggregate public interests, and ensure political socialization of voters. The institutional resilience of political parties helps them better perform these functions. The second edition of “The Political Landscape of Georgia” was written to support the study of the evolution of Georgian political parties and help in overcoming the problems that often accompany democratic transformation.

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