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Call for Graphic Designers

19/07/2018

Regional Development Association (RDA) is accepting searching for Graphic Designers with experience in creating professional vector graphics for use in printed and digital media. RDA aims to develop a comprehensive multimedia gallery dedicated toillustration of natural and cultural heritage of Samtskhe Javakheti within the frames of USAID Zrda project. The graphic images are intended for use in marketing materials of rural SMEs and other promotion material.

The deadline for submission of applications is 31 July 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Initiative That Achieves Results

31/05/2017

412 infrastructural projects, 910 new small businesses; at least 1,542 new jobs, average monthly profit of ₾301 per business, and an average profit increase of 25% among target families – these are only some of the results of the social responsibility program conducted by BP Georgia in villages located along the pipeline.

The business and economic agenda of the twenty-first century is saturated with the subject of corporate social responsibility – a subject of discussion at every global economic forum. The focus of these discussions is usually the question as to whom the main initiative regarding social responsibility ought to be coming from – should the businesses themselves decide independently to combine the profit-making process with social and environmental issues, or should the government force the business to undertake socially responsible steps via regulations?

Support Small Business Entrepreneurship and Successful Beneficiaries

01/07/2016

The meeting of agricultural machinery service providers was organized in Zemo Skhvilisi within the scope of Community Development Initiative (CDI 5). Entrepreneurs presented their ploughs, seeders, scythes, cultivators and other crop farming machinery and shared experience. 
 Community Development Initiative (CDI) has stared in 2003 in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli with the financial support of BP. Regional Development Association (RDA) is the implementing partner of
CDI program for the last six years.

Community Based Organizations and Their Role in Rural Development

16/06/2016


The Program in 33 communities of Adigeni, Akhaltsikhe and Borjomi municipalities has several directions, one of which is rehabilitation of existing infrastructure. To ensure successful implementation of the project, community based organizations (CBOs) were created within a 4-kilometer corridor of the pipeline. To obtain matching grants, CBOs, together with population, select priority projects and fill in applications. Local community is also engaged in implementation of the selected projects, either through labor or cash contribution. RDA team also participates in the process – quality and schedule of works are monitored on spot. CBOs are regularly trained to ensure adherence to quality and safety measures during implementation of these and other projects.  

BP Pipeline Community Support Project – “Community Development Initiative” (CDI) enters its new phase

01/07/2015

Following the 12-year successful past experience, Community Development Initiative has entered its 5th phase. CDI is initiated and funded by BP and its co-ventures in Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and  South Caucasian Pipeline (SCP) companies.The objective of the 5th phase is to build on the results achieved during the previous four phases and continue support to communities in target villages along the East and West Route sections of BTC and SCP pipelines.The project implementing partners for the phase 5 are: in East section of the pipeline, Kvemo Kartli – Centre for Traninig and Consultancy (CTC) and in West section, Samtskhe-Javakheti – Regional Development Association (RDA).

BP assists development of cooperatives in Samtskhe-Javakheti

11/12/2014

A number of projects have been implemented since 2003 within the framework of Community Development Initiative (CDI) program - initiated and financed by BP and its partners in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli. Regional Development Association (RDA) implements the abovementioned projects in Samtskhe-Javakheti (western route of the pipeline).

Zaza Ivanidze - Hero Of Imedi

16/11/2014

Zaza Ivanidze - Hero Of Imedi (GEO)

Arranged demo farms, increased yield and solved problem of cattle feeding with the assistance of BP in Samtskhe-Javakheti villages.

10/10/2014

Within the framework of Community Development Initiative (CDI) program initiated and funded by BP and its partners in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli region, a number of projects have been implemented since 2003. Regional Development Association (RDA) represents an implementing entity of CDI in Samtskhe-Javakheti (Western route of the pipeline) since 2012.
 The program covers the villages located along the Western route of the pipeline and aims to improve
livelihood of the population in 33 villages of Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe and Adigeni municipalities through financing participatory socio-economic projects.

The projects implemented by the assistance of BP in Samtskhe-Javakheti villages

29/07/2014

Rehabilitation of village infrastructure, arrangement of agricultural demo plots, creation of rural cooperatives and small business star-ups.Community Development Association is implemented in 5 more villages of Samtskhe-Javakheti region since 2013.Regional Development Association has started implementation of the Community Development Initiative program within the framework of South Caucasus gas pipeline expansion ( CDI SCPX) project since June 2013. The program is initiated and financed by BP and its partners. 

Problems solves by BP in the villages of Meskheti

07/07/2014

Kilometers of rehabilitated irrigation system and increased amount of harvest;  dozens of arranged  cattle watering troughs  and enhanced milk yield; roads, bridges, potable water and  sewage system, dozens of infrastructural projects implemented in more than 30 villages.

4 winners of Community Development Initiative grant competition gained the status of Agricultural Cooperative

05/07/2014

The component Development Of Agricultural Cooperatives is implemented within the Community Development Initiative program. The grant competition Development of Agricultural Cooperatives announced by Regional Development  Association (RDA)  in Samtskhe-Javakheti region is completed. From  47 participant  groups 12  were trained on grant application filling, 4 best projects were selected for financing. 

Our Results

Over small business projects and up to 700 employed. These are the results of activities of company BP under the development initiative of the company for the local people

RDA Launches EU Funded Agri-Cooperatives Project in West Georgia

13/03/2014

RDA’s geographical coverage expanded to West Georgia from January 1, 2014, after gaining an opportunity to implement Small Farmers Co-operation component of ENPARD Georgia program as part of the consortia with CARE International in the Caucasus and International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET).

The Ministry of Agriculture visited enterprises in Akhaltsikhe

05/05/13

Georgian Buziness Zone  owns Diary and Combined Feed plants in  Tsnisi village, Akhaltsikhe.  In 2009 the company attracted  contribution  grant within the framework of Millennium Challenge Program (MCG) and  established dairy plant equipped with the latest technologies. In 2010 Georgian Business Zone expanded its activities and built up Combined feed proceeding plant, which was equipped with the modern technological equipments funded by BP within the program “Farmer to Farmer” (FtF).  Both plants of Tsnisi  village run  ISO and HACCAP certificates.

 

According to the director of Georgian Buziness Zone Ltd.  Besik Babunashvili, establishment of farm and deploy of highly productive livestock  is planed for the next year “We plan to build farm using credit with low interest. Project works have already been started, and we hope to receive loan in October”

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RDA Starts Implementation of CDI SCPX Project Funded and Initiated by BP and Its Partners

05/05/13

From June 2013 Regional Development Association  (RDA) launched program – Community Development Initiative (CDI) for South Caucasus Pipeline Extension  (SCPX) project initiated and funded by BP and its partners.  CDI  SCPX aims to improve living conditions of population through  social and economic development  projects  in the villages, which are located in 5 kilometer radius from  gas pressure regulation stations.

The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia familiarizes with BP’s small start-up business development model in Samtskhe-Javakheti region

12/04/13 Press Release

The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia plans to further facilitate the SME development in Georgia. Within the framework of the initiative The Deputy Minister Ketevan Bochorishvili visited Samtskhe-Javakheti region, where BP has been promoting entrepreneurship in the communities along Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline for the last several years.
“We have decided to visit successful micro-entrepreneurs on site, as it is the only way to see the real picture and create useful sector development strategy” – says Ms. Bochorishvili.

 

RDA Awards Guinness Book Recordsman Jumber Lejava with Honorable Adviser Status and Health Insurance

11/02/13

In January 2013 the world traveler - Jumber Lezhava  became honorable adviser of Regional Development association. Mr. Lejava will train Samtskhe-Javakheti Community Based Organizations about how to overcome problems in life. RDA has great honor to award a Guiness Book Recordsman with health insurance from BCI. 

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RDA Rises Awareness on 3R Principle of Waste Management in Samtskhe Javakheti

31/10/2012 Press Release

RDA has been selected as implementing entity for environmental awareness building project in partnership with Environmental Union "Samkaro". The project envisages series of trainings in Samtskhe Javakheti schools and communities with the purpose to communicate the importance of the 3R principle of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle). The training are being conducted in town of Akhaltsikhe and 11 villages (among them five CDI West villages - Klde, Arali, Minadze, Tsnisi, Varkhani). Trainings in school aim at general awareness of the issue, while in communities, RDA tries to advance skills of CBOs to mobilize community members with the purpose of securing funding for the environmental projects. 

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RDA and Georgian Fruit and Vegetable Export Company sign MOU

22/10/2012 Press Release

In September 2012, Regional Development Association (RDA) and Georgian Fruit and Vegetable Export Company signed Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation within the framework of which RDA conducted assessment survey in 3600 villages of 64 municipalities in all 10 Georgian regions and created database of so called “Village ID Cards”.

 

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Recent news​ RDA signs first grant agreements in CDI4

01/10/2012 Press Release

The fourth phase of the Community Development Initiative West has officially launched on May 11, 2012 upon signing of agreement on implementation of the project between BP and RDA. The project will emphasize its efforts on delivering benefit through mixed funding instruments, including matched grants and subsidized micro loans. Technical assistance and capacity building of the beneficiaries remains at its top for every component of the project.

HERA meets CDI3 women grantees, extends financing to form a value chain

22/07/2012

RDA facilitated meetings between the organization HERA (Her Equality, Rights and Autonomy) and CDI3 start up women grantees in villages Klde (Wool processing ), Tsnisi (Dental service) and Zikilia (Mini market). HERA is an UK organization which supports strengthening of the women's role in the society in order to prevent them from trafficking and achieves this by helping women entrepreneurs worldwide to sustain their small businesses. The visit was organized upon HERA's request submitted to RDA last month.Add News Story here

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RDA Launches CDI4

11/05/2012 Press Release

The fourth phase of the Community Development Initiative West has officially launched on May 11, 2012 upon signing of agreement on implementation of the project between BP and RDA. The project will emphasize its efforts on delivering benefit through mixed funding instruments, including matched grants and subsidized micro loans. Technical assistance and capacity building of the beneficiaries remains at its top for every component of the project.

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