Although Georgia has made significant strides on its developmental path over the last decade, and its ambitions to fully join Western bodies such as NATO and the European Union no longer seem a far-fetched dream, there are sectors of society which have not benefited from the full attention and aid given to other areas.

The life of disabled people anywhere is, of course, unimaginably hard, but in Georgia matters are even more complicated. The country’s economy has barely been strong enough to support its able-bodied population, let alone those with special needs. After Georgia signed the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2014, progress has been made, and the situation is not as dire as it once was; disabled access to buildings and public spaces is becoming increasingly common, but significant challenges remain.

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.

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