The close ties between ISET and the World Bank were reaffirmed once again on the 8th of May when a project supported by the Bank was unveiled at an event in the institute’s conference hall.

Mr. Alan Fuchs’ report, South Caucasus in Motion, examines the economic development of all three countries of the region; Mr. Fuchs explained that although his work constituted individual investigations and comparisons of statistical data of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, it was also important to consider the three separate nations as constituting the South Caucasus all together. This point was also highlighted by the Word Bank’s Regional Director for the South Caucasus, Mercy Tembon, in her opening address.

On April 3, ISET hosted a knowledge-sharing event by ADB Regional Gender Consultant, Ketevan Chkheidze. The public lecture (which was entitled ‘Gender in Development: Practices, Challenges and Opportunities’) was dedicated to the issue of developing gender equality in the context of Georgia. Specifically, the lecture covered key gender trends in development, where they stand in terms of advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as practices and approaches in this process and the benefits of considering gender issues in a developing democracy like Georgia.

In addition, drawing on the examples of the ADB’s operation, the practices of integrating gender in development work in different sectors were shared to the audience. Discussing the case of Georgia, the lecture also emphasized the role of different stakeholders, along with the challenges and opportunities in facilitating equal access to and equal participation in development processes.

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