Fighting Goliath: The Reform of Party Finance in Ukraine

Authors: Oleksii Sidorchyk

Representatives of the Ukrainian Parliament, the National Agency for Corruption Prevention (NACP), non-profit organizations and the diplomatic corps gathered to discuss the findings and recommendations of the expert paper produced by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation with support from the NIMD’s regional office in the Eastern European Neighborhood. Moderated by Tetyana Danylenko of the 5th Channel, the event provided a venue for frank and open discussion of recommendations outlined in the paper as well as policy viewpoints of participants.

NIMD will continue to provide support to an informed policy debate and will offer facilitation, expert insight, experience sharing and technical support for consensus building around key areas of democratic reforms in Ukraine.

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Ranking of Gender Equality among Political Parties of Georgia

Authors: Bakur Kvashilava, Khatia Gogilashvili (2017)

In 2014, the first Ranking of Gender Equality among Political Parties was produced by NIMD office in Eastern European Neighborhood. This is the second ranking and it covers the years of 2015-2016.

The gender equality index of political parties produces its assessment of political parties in three dimensions – electoral, institutional and programmatic. Each of these dimensions consists of a set of indicators to which pre-determined weights are assigned and the resulting aggregate can be used to create a common index of gender equality in political parties.

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Guidebook: European Union and Georgia

Authors: Mikheil Mirziashvili and Ivane Chkhikvadze

The Guidebook is prepared in partnership by Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy and European Partnership for Democracy.

The Guidebook is a summary version of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia. It also covers history of EU-Georgia relations, key EU institutions and responds to the myths about the EU in Georgia.

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Local Self-Government. Political Party Finance. Women and Security

Authors: Nino Kakubava & Tamunia Chincharauli, Ketevan Bolkvadze, Rusudan Kervalishvili (2014)

This publication is a combination of three policy papers commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy in cooperation with the European Partnership for Democracy. The content is devoted to the issues of political party finance, local self-government and women’s participation in politics. These topics are at the centre of policy debates in Georgia.

Ketevan Bolkvadze’s paper draws the comparison of Armenian and Georgian system of political funding and provides recommendations on how they can be reformed. Nino Kakubava and Tamunia Chincharauli analyze legislative and institutional aspects of participation. Rusudan Kervalishvili’s paper is about women’s engagement in peace and security. It goes through the international obligations of Georgia and draws recommendations on how to better materialise them.

The policy papers are based on research carried out by professionals of relevant fields and address three critically important challenges of the current Georgian politics.

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Strengthening women’s engagement in the political life of Georgia

Authors: Tamar Bagratia, Nino Shioshvili, Nana Berekasvhvili, Lela Gaprindashvili, Ketevan Mskhiladze, Charita Jashi (2013)

This publication (in Georgian only) is a collection of expert analysis published by the NIMD South Caucasus Representation with the support of Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, within the framework of the project: “Strengthening women’s engagement in the political life of Georgia”. During the period of the project, thematic discussions have been organized in Tbilisi and other five cities of Georgia on the subject of gender equality, attended by the members of the government and the Parliament, local and international NGOs as well as by the independent experts. An expert review, prepared by an independent expert based on the thematic discussions, became the basis for the publication.

The publication includes the gender analysis of 2012 Parliamentary elections as well as the analytical documents written by five independent experts, invited by the organization, on the following subjects: gender equality in labor relations, educational policy planning, violence against the women, the coverage of gender equality issue in media and the gender mainstreaming of the budget.

This publication does not reflect any political or state interest. The opinions expressed in the publication do not necessarily reflect the views of NIMD and its management. NIMD does not take responsibility for the accuracy of facts and data used by the authors or the citation of sources in the publication.

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Strategic Planning for Political Parties: A Practical Tool

Authors: Caspar F. van den Berg; Contributors: Kati Piri, Sam van der Staak, Levan Tsutskiridze (2013)

The experiences of the NIMD work in party development in Georgia were summed up in the publication created jointly by the NIMD and International IDEA for the purposes of their further use in the program countries of the two organisations.

This Strategic Planning Tool for Political Parties is a contribution that parties around the world can use in their attempts to further gain the interest and trust of citizens. In this tool, which was first successfully tested by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) in its programmes in Georgia and Mozambique, NIMD hopes that political parties will find a resource to improve their public standing as well as their chances at electoral success. This tool is intended to guide political party assistance providers in helping political parties set up and carry out strategic planning processes. It offers an approach to, and guidelines for, the practice of strategic planning aimed at systematically strengthening parties’ organisational capacities. Electoral campaigning strategy is one aspect of a party’s organisational functioning, but by no means is the core issue in organisational strategic planning.

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Policy Development in Georgian Political Parties and NGOs

Authors: William Dunbar, Mikheil Svanidze (2012)

This publication (Georgian & English) reflects research methods, approaches and traditions guiding the policy formation in Georgian political parties. The nature of the process, in which political parties shape their ideas into programs, has a considerable impact on the functioning of nation’s political system. Intra-party discussions, research, systems of planning and analysis, monitoring and evaluation of policies or, their absence, have strong influence on the workings of individual political parties as well as national politics.

This research assesses several dimensions of policy formation. First and foremost, NIMD is interested in the intra-party mechanisms (if any) for developing political programs, the extent to which policy formation is institutionalized, democratic and effective and when this is not the  case, we tried to see as to what are the obstacles that need to be overcome. This research also looks at the capacities that exist in Georgia’s non-profit, research sector to aid political parties in this work and the methods and resources that are being used in communicating policy ideas to the public.

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Intra-party Democracy and Local Self-governance

Authors: Medea Badashvili & Tamar Bagratia, David Jijelava, Irakli Khmaladze (2011)

The papers look at key aspects of intra-party democracy and local governance and address issues important to Georgia’s democratic development.  The lack of democracy and transparency in and of political parties as an important inhibition to party’s efficiency and effectiveness and being in opposition to the general principles of democracy. Parties that are not democratic themselves cannot build democracy for the state. Therefore, NIMD emphasises the importance of an intra-party democracy in Georgian political parties.

Publication discusses the participation of young people and women in Georgian political parties. The paper by Tamar Bagratia and Medea Badashvili, assesses party statutes and organizations, external partnerships and decision-making patterns from gender perspective and looks at the positions of women in political parties as well. David Jijelava analyses the role young people play in political parties.

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