South Caucasus / Georgia
The ethno-political wars that broke out in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and later in August 2008, turned thousands of civilians into IDPs. Up to 300 000 people fled their homes as a result of the conflict. A safe and dignified return to their places of origin for the majority is not an option.
The goal of DRC’s work in Georgia is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement problems on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. Since 1999, DRC programmes in Georgia proper and Abkhazia are designed to support broad-based sustainable solutions for the displaced people. The approach focuses on helping the forcibly displaced, returnees, host communities and persons in a refugee-like situation overcome their specific vulnerabilities through prioritising their medium and long-term socio-economic needs, so that they can rebuild their lives with dignity.
Over the last 20 years, DRC has successfully responded not only the short-term shocks with quick impact interventions, but also, addressed medium-term socio-economic aspects of the fragile situation. While displacement of people is the main reason for DRC to initiate assistance, the target group involves not only refugees, internally displaced persons, but also vulnerable individuals, local organisations and government institutions that bear responsibility and play an important role in building sustainable initiatives for creating opportunities and preventing negative impacts of forced displacement.
The Danish Refugee Council in Georgia proper and Abkhazia operates across a number of sectors, including:
- Shelter and Small-Scale Infrastructure (construction and rehabilitation works)
- Access to community services
- Economic Recovery (self-reliance, small-business and SME development, rural development, work placement, vocational and educational training, etc.)
- Protection and Legal Aid Assistance
- Capacity Building of Duty Bearers and Civil Society support
DRC currently works through one Regional office in Tbilisi and three field offices in Zugdidi, Sukhumi and Gali with approx. 55 staff members to provide best possible assistance to those in need.
According to the Strategic Program Document 2017-2019 for Georgia proper and Abkhazia, the overall objective of country strategy is to reduce displacement related risks and support and facilitate durable solutions for IDPs in Georgia proper and returnees, persons of concern and in a refugee-like situation in Abkhazia. DRC country strategy is based on three main principles:
Protection Lens - All programmes are designed through a “protection lens”, ensuring that all activities integrate protection principles.
Balanced programming – responding to needs on both side of the ABL: Whether within or across borders, recognized or not, addressing the needs of the displaced remains our prime focus. IDPs, host communities and vulnerable population of both sides of the ABL are targeted equally to promote peaceful coexistence.
Advocacy - DRC advocates on behalf of the displaced and vulnerable groups primarily through our relations with local and central governments.
DRC Georgia enjoys a diversified partner and donor base which consists of a wide range of governmental institutions at local and central level in Georgia and in Abkhazia. Due to its earlier operations in Georgia, DRC has a long-standing working relationship with the former Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia – MRA, and its legal successor and provides in multiple fields technical assistance on policy and institutional development. As a part of daily coordination DRC has been member of the Ministry Steering Committee with the aim to contribute to the development and implementation of the State Strategy for IDPs under the former MRA mandate.
DRC promotes interlinked partnerships and an effective engagement at local level as follows:
- Strategic level partnerships with key donors and Governmental institutions
- Capacity Building/Operational level partnerships with Georgian National NGOs and Community based organisations
- An effective community-based engagement with Beneficiaries
DRC implements its activities in Georgia proper and Abkhazia from project grants funded by the following donors:
- European Union
- Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Eurasia Grants)
- Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO)
- Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
DRC Georgia current portfolio equals to approximately EUR 5 120 000 million.
DRC Georgia Regional Office
Address: 37D, Chavchavadze Avenue, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: (+995) 0322 24 46 88