Empowering civil society and professional organizations to ensure safe, secure and accountable society in Georgia

Project Description
The goal of the project is to support the increase of human security and safety in Georgia through creating human rights-based drug policy and improved crime and drug prevention, treatment and care systems. This well serves the global objective of the call to further strengthen the civil society in Georgia and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Specific Objective
Overall objective of the project is achieved through interlinked comprehensive packages of activities planned under the six specific objectives:
1. Build the capacity of law enforcement, educational system and relevant personnel to prevent, identify, timely intervene and tackle criminal and violent behaviors;
2. Build the capacity of health care service providers to provide support to youth with substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health or behavioral disorders;
3. Support the development and implementation of evidence-based and practice-informed substance abuse prevention strategies and interventions;
4. Build the capacity of the health care system to timely identify, engage and provide client-cantered effective treatment and care through introducing integrated care approaches and ensuring continuum of care for SUD will be achieved by strengthening the primary health care system via introducing relevant age sensitive clinical protocols and educational programs;
5. Support reframing Georgian drug related legislation and policy towards evidence-based and human rights-based approaches;
6. Build the thematic technical and organizational capacities of local CSOs working in the field of health, social and youth affairs.
Expected Results
The action aims to improve policy, organizational systems and human resource capacities, as well as general social environment to reach the overall objective. The activities equip relevant professionals with knowledge and skills, develop systems and mechanisms for coordinated/integrated work of organizations and increase capacity of services involved in crime/substance use prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. In response to the needs of CSOs/CBOs, the action will support the development of their specific technical and advocacy capacities. Representatives of the organizations providing services to the youth involved in crime and anti-social behaviour such as school teachers, mentor-teachers, police officers and public administrators will gain relevant knowledge and skills to implement effective evidence-based preventive interventions. Youth, parents and educators will have access to evidence-based programs and resources that would equip them with knowledge and strategies to prevent or reduce risks of engaging in criminal and/or violent behaviors and drug abuse. Youth with mental health and substance use problems will have access to specific services to address their health needs. The PWUD will benefit from improved legislative environment and better access to effective evidence-based health and social services. Media representatives will gain better understanding of ethical and human rights perspectives of the drug use phenomena and appropriate standards for reporting drug related issues. Representatives of the entertainment industry will obtain knowledge on the risks associated with drug use in nightlife setting, and will be able to engage in prevention and risk reduction activities. Youth attending nightlife events will have access to prevention and harm reduction information to protect their health and health of their peers. Local CSOs working in the field of health, social and youth affairs will improve thematic and organizational capacities to engage in service delivery and advocacy activities. They will also benefit from thematic networking and partnership with health facilities, community organizations and local governments. Primary health and specialized SUD care facilities will be able to adopt new protocols and specific procedures to improve management of patients with drug related problems. They will greatly benefit from improved systems and mechanisms for coordinated work. Family doctors will gain knowledge and skills to identify, manage and provide needed referral to individuals with SUD. SUD professional personnel will gain new knowledge and skills on the management of specific conditions and populations with SUD, and will have access to evidence-based, state of the art educational resources in Georgian language. Representatives of decision-making bodies (authorities) will benefit from better understanding of effective and evidence-based policies and strategies to address drug use issues.
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Priority Area:
Partnership that empowers
Civil society
Civil society, Health, Human rights
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Implementing Organisation:
Open Society Georgia Foundation
Funding by the EU:
€1 350 000
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