The program "Capacity-building of the Georgian Leadership Community for Improved Decision-making and Negotiation Skills" is designed to assist the Georgian government to respond to the governance challenges. The project aims at engaging directly with middle level public servants and civil society representatives (25 program participants) in practical exercises in policy development and negotiation techniques. As such, these exercises not only aim to modernize Georgian public administration and public policy, they also seek to deliver actionable policy documents related to issues of national importance. Key to this project is the introduction and reinforcement of modern management knowledge, practice and skills among public officials.  Their efforts will be consistent with and supportive of principles of gender equality.

During the two years period (2015-17) Georgian public servants will go through the seven months training sessions in public policy and negotiation techniques, as well as will work on the pertinent for the country policy issue under the guidance of GFSIS mentors. The training sessions will be followed by a study visit to Estonia in purpose to focus on the central themes emerging from Georgia’s increasing co-operation with the EU, as well as to strengthen the international communication and negotiation skills of the Georgian trainees. In the end of the program, public discussions will reveal the best five policy papers that will be published.

The program will promote a likeminded leadership culture that is accountable, oriented to meeting the needs of Georgian society, capable in making well-founded decisions in a transparent manner and flexible in responding to changing circumstances. Furthermore, it will improve cooperation between organizations and sectors in Georgia and strengthen the capacity of Georgian government officials to represent Georgia in its engagement with foreign states and in international organizations.

The program is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is implemented by the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) in partnership with Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD).

Program Coordinator:  Khatia Shalamberidze, e-mail: khshalamberidze@gfsis.org

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