On 16-18 November 2018, over 15 members of the EU-supported Georgian Association of LAGs (GALAG) from Borjomi, Lagodekhi, Kazbegi, Akhalkalaki, Khulo, Keda, Tetritskaro and Dedoplistkaro gathered in Kutaisi for a training in advocacy and lobbying. The aim of the training was to support GALAG members in improving their knowledge and skills in advocacy and lobbying.
The training was conducted by the Department of Rural Development and Vocational Education (DRDVE) of Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).
During the workshops a number of important topics were discussed, such as: what is advocacy and lobbying and why is the LEADER approach important to this end, what are the key aspects of lobbying and advocacy in rural development, how to conduct advocacy campaigns, etc.
The training was very interesting, dynamic and interactive. It further facilitated the deepening of links between GALAG members from different regions of Georgia. The participants acquired new knowledge, which is aimed to help them in building successful advocacy and lobbying campaigns in the areas of rural development in future.
The Georgian Association of LAGs (GALAG) is supported by EU within the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). It comprises eight Georgian LAGs from Borjomi, Lagodekhi, Kazbegi, Dedoplistskaro, Tetritskaro, Akhalkalaki, Keda and Khulo, established with EU ENPARD support.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge