On October 4 2018, the APRC’s Salome Gelashvili and Pati Mamardashvili gave a presentation during an inception workshop, “Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of the Draft Law on Windbreaks”. This RIA was commissioned to the APRC team by REC Caucasus, and implemented with financial support from the IFAD in the framework of the AMMAR project.

The presentation was attended by representatives of Parliament, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the private sector, and different international donors.

The objective of the workshop was to present RIA concepts and methodology developed by the ISET Policy Institute research team. The key part of the presentation was a detailed description of the 8-step methodology employed in RIA, as well as potential cost and benefit categories associated with the draft law. The ISET team has also presented an influence-interest matrix of stakeholders, a timeline for stakeholder consultations, a division of responsibilities among stakeholders, and a work plan containing the main deliverables and respective deadlines.

September 17-18 2018, the APRC’s Rati Kochlamazashvili and Pati Mamardashvili conducted a training exercise for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) running Social Enterprises (SE) in value chain analysis and development.

In the recent years, SE development in Georgia has been supported by various organizations, including the Europe Foundation (EPF). The biggest challenge of currently-operating SEs in Georgia is a lack of entrepreneurial thinking and related activities. This seriously hinders their development; most SEs continue to depend on external funding and are far from achieving long-term sustainability.

In the framework of the capacity-building program for SEs, the EPF contracted APRC researchers to conduct a two-day training program in value chain analysis. A total of 25 representatives of SEs operating in different sectors (agriculture, manufacturing, services) in Georgia attended the training, which was held at the Holiday Inn hotel in Tbilisi.

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