Tbilisi Transformational Leadership Forum (TTLF) 2018

Duration: 08/2018 - 0n-going                  Donor: Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On November 26-29, 2018 the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS) hosted a four-day Tbilisi Transformational Leadership Forum 2018 supported by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The forum brought together young leaders from the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries as well as participants from Sweden, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania. Leading speakers from governments, media, think tanks, international organizations and academia offered practitioners viewpoint on important issues related to evolving political, social and economic dynamics in Eastern Partnership countries and beyond.

The second phase of the project will take place in Sweden, where young leaders will have an opportunity to meet Swedish policy makers and representatives of think tanks and academia.



Project: Transformational Leadership and Confidence Building for Young Professionals in the South Caucasus (TRASC)

Duration: 01/2018 - 04/2018                     Donor: Black Sea Trust (BST)

Transformational Leadership and Confidence Building for Young Professionals in the South Caucasus - an intensive four-day educational programme in Tbilisi for motivated young people from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia (aged 23-30). The overall aim is to nurture confidence building amongst a successor generation of leaders and opinion shapers across the region via an innovative specially-designed curriculum taught by experts and practitioners from within and from outside the region. Among other topics the seminar aims to develop young peoples’ knowledge of and capacity to critically engage with the EU integration process and its implications and opportunities for the South Caucasus region via the particular prism of the Eastern Partnership (EaP). 


Project: "Empowerment of Georgian Teachers to Raise the Awareness of Youth in Georgia’s EU Approximation"

Duration: 05/2016 – 10/2016     Donor: Embassy of Lithuania to Georgia

Over the duration of the project, GISS will raise the awareness of approximately 150 teachers and 500 high school students across 5 regions of Georgia, about the EU integration process, European values and democracy. Objectives of the project will be achieved through workshops and a follow-on implementation of teachers’ initiatives in 5 cities of Georgia, including the regions with large segment of ethnic minorities.


Young Women for Peace

Duration: on-going   Donor: United States Agency for International Development 

The purpose of the project is to foster dialogue, contribute to confidence-building and create resources for peaceful conflict resolution through greater connectivity between the young women residing in Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia. The project will achieve this goal through joint learning processes (on-line language courses, university classes, trainings, seminars, workshops), leadership, communication, advocacy skills development, cultural exposure, networking and small grants’ initiative. The project will combat deeply rooted harmful stereotypes and will build confidence between individuals and among the group through educational process on democracy, and the EU and leadership skills training to be put to use to implement small community projects upon return home.


The project: The Tbilisi Transformational Leadership Forum (TTLF) 2016

Duration: 12/2015 – 02/2016      Donor: Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

The purpose of the project was to design a leadership program for young leaders from the EaP and EU member states to share the experience and knowledge about the EU integration processes and related transformations that took place in the EU member states as well in some of the EaP countries. There were 2 participants from each EaP country and 2 participants respectively from each of the following countries: Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. The project was divided into two phases. The first phase included a 4-day lecture/workshop series in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Second phase was a study trip to Sweden.


Project: “Supporting the EU Approximation Process in Georgia”

Duration: 02/2015 – 10/2015        Donor: Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The goal of the project was to strengthern public support and commitment to the process of EU approximation in the regions of Georgia where awareness about subtantive elements of the Association Agreement, including DCFTA and Visa Liberalisation process is quite low. The project consisted of three main phases (Regional trainings, summer school and study visit to Stockholm) plus a continued networking. 


Project: "Conflicts-related Policies: Challenges and Perspectives"

Duration: 01/04/2013-30/09/2013     Donor: Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development

This project aimed to analyse government’s conflict-related policy and deliver recommendations on improving its record. Among other aims, the project was dedicated to increasing awareness of the problems Georgia faces as a result of on-going problems related to the territorial integrity of the country. GISS organized number of roundtables on the above topic with participation of government and non-governmental actors. In addition, GISS held multiple public lectures at Georgian universities about legal, political and economic aspects of the problem. 


Project: “EaP- V4 Transformational Leadership Forum”

Duration: 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2014           Donor:Visegrad Fund

The Leadership Program was a partnership project implemented by the GISS together with 2 EaP and 4 Visegrad countries. The project aims to design a leadership program for young leaders from the EaP and V4 countries to share the experience and knowledge about the EU integration path and transformations that led to institutional and societal changes in the V4 countries.


Project: “Raise Awareness of Ethnic Minorities Living in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region about European Integration Processes”

Duration: 15/05/2014-1/07/2014           Donor: Embassy of Lithuania to Georgia

The project’s aim was to raise awareness of ethnic minorities in Samtkshe-Javakheti region about European Integration and the benefits this process offers to Georgian citizens.  Moreover, specific target groups (students, journalists and NGO representatives) learned about the opportunities of the EU Visa liberalization process and the Association Agreement and how this might affect their life.


Project: “Doctors Acting Together for Improved Medical Services”

Duration: 01/06/2013-01/10/2013           Donor: COBERM / UNDP

The project brought doctors from both sides of the dividing lines (Tbilisi and Sokhumi controlled areas) together with the Georgian doctors working in the United States (GAMPHA) to establish informal network of like-minded professionals seeking to improve the quality of medical services provided to the residents of the Abkhazia region through conducting trainings in reproductive health, identifying the  current needs, as well as for the development of sustainable professional relationship between representatives of the healthcare institutions from both sides and building the confidence among divided communities.

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