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Civil society organisations and community development: reflections on the Georgian experience

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Abstract:

This paper draws on the experience of the Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) to explore the current situation of the 'civilsector' in post-Soviet Georgia. More specifically, it addresses the emergence of community development in the country and the challenges it faces now and in the future. The paper begins with a brief account of the development of a 'thirdsector' in Georgia before reviewing the work of the CSRDG and highlighting its impact and the constraints on further development. It concludes by calling for a strategic partnership between civic organisations, international agencies and the state to create the conditions in which community development and the third sector could thrive.

Keywords: CAPACITY BUILDING; COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT; RURAL CONDITIONS; SUSTAINABILITY

Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080511X583878

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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