ECMI provides mainstreaming training to Georgian officials

As part of the Denmark’s Caucasus Joint Programme on “Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights Promotion” a partnership between the Council of Europe and ECMI/ECMI Caucasus, a specialised training in mainstreaming minority issues into the work of the Georgian government agencies is conducted on 24-26 October 2011.

The aim of the training is to  present the mainstreaming methodology to the ministries and governmental bodies directly and indirectly dealing with minority inclusion, as well as with  the implementation of the National Concept of Tolerance and  Integration in Georgia.  Recently, a mainstreaming guide for Georgia has been compiled and the final draft of the mainstreaming guide will be discussed and fine-tuned to reflect the European standards of minority governance in the activities of the National Security Council under the Office of the President of Georgia, the State Ministry for Reintegration responsible for ethnic minorities issues, and other ministries and various agencies.

An important aspect of the mainstreaming training is to include minority issues in the system of mainstreaming concept alike with gender and environmental mainstreaming. One of its main objectives is to define the scope of minority inclusion in the governmental general development programmes and targeted minority related programmes and projects.  As a concrete output, the mainstreaming training is aiming at establishing a set of indicators that will help following inclusion of minority issues at all stages of programming and implementation. 

ECMI developed a similar mainstreaming guide for Western Balkans in 2005-2006, in collaboration with the EU European Agency for Reconstruction. The guide was extensively used by the EAR representations in the Balkan countries, as well as other international and national agencies and NGOs.  Also in Georgia the mainstreaming training will be offered to the members of the Council of National and Ethnic Minorities.  Minority mainstreaming trainings are part of the series of capacity building activities of the Caucasus Programme.

The ECMI Caucasus website can be found here.
The National Concept of Tolerance and Integration in Georgia can be found here.
The ECMI mainstreaming guide for Georgia can be found here.

For further information contact Ewa Chylinski, chylinski[@]ecmi.de or Tom Trier, trier[@]ecmi.de 


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