Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

EU project helps Georgia's women IDPs improve business skills

Tbilisi, 15/12/2016 - 12:16, UNIQUE ID: 161215_11
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Women’s economic rights, business planning, entrepreneurship, leadership, cooperation and basic taxation requirements were some of the key topics discussed during a three-day training organized for 25 internally displaced women from Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli and Samegrelo. They are all receiving small livelihood grants under the EU-funded FAO-UN Women project with the objective to turn their assets into sustainable businesses.

“When I saw the statistics of women's employment and their low economic activity rate, I felt it was very important to involve even more women in the implementation of our project idea,” stressed Gvantsa Kikaleishvili, from Khobi IDP settlement. “It is very good that the project provides the opportunity to get funding for social grants. We are planning to apply for a grant to rehabilitate a kindergarten in our settlement, which will bring benefit to the whole community and give some free time to women who can use it to become more socially and economically active.”

As a result of the training, IDP women have enhanced their understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment. They have acquired knowledge on small-scale business development, and they visited Techno Park Georgia, where they saw innovative business models and ideas. The trainees were also informed about different state agricultural and non-agricultural programmes to give them the possibility and skills to apply for additional funding. 

The training is fully aligned with the newly adopted National Action Plan of Georgia for 2016-2017 on Women, Peace and Security, which calls for providing trainings for IDP and conflict-affected women in entrepreneurship, business and other skills to start small businesses.


The training is one of the capacity-building components of the EU-funded project “Gender sensitive socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable IDPs”, implemented by UN Women and the FAO. Enhancement of management capacities is expected to contribute to the achievement of the IDP IV programme objectives, notably the socioeconomic integration of IDPs and their host communities with an emphasis on supporting the most vulnerable IDPs, including women. The project will greatly contribute to developing access and improving the livelihoods of at least 700 of the most vulnerable IDP households.

The project is part of wider EU sector support to socioeconomic integration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and conflict-affected people in Georgia. The so-called IDP IV programme provides technical and financial support to various partners to develop livelihood potential and opportunities for IDPs. In this regard, UN Women and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have joined forces, with each agency contributing its distinct comparative advantages and expertise in order to support gender-sensitive socioeconomic empowerment of the most vulnerable IDPs.



For more information, please contact:

Ana Pashalishvili

Tel.: 577 113314


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