GEORGIA | Project awarded and Kick-off meeting
Following the award of the project earlier this year, last week we had the pleasure to travel to Georgia, for the kick-off of the project “Support to External Security Sector Oversight”. The event was held on 20 October 2021 in a hybrid modality, and was hosted by the EU Delegation in Georgia. The meeting gathered representatives of beneficiaries, i.e. Public Defender Office, State Inspectorate Service, State Audit Office, and members of the consortium.
During the meeting, the attendees discussed on the general framework for the implementation of the project, focusing on priorities, activities, and partnerships required for the kick-off and success of the project.
The participants also discussed the need for involvement in project activities of institutions such as law enforcement agencies, as well as civil society organisations (CSOs) dealing with security related issues. In addition, it was stressed the need to update the foreseen activities in accordance to the new realities and the main challenges in the field, context in which all stakeholders confirmed their commitment and cooperation for the successful implementation of the project.
The official start of the project will be followed by bilateral meetings between the project team, main beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
The technical assistance project aims at increasing the human security of people in Georgia by enhancing the accountability of security related actors. The project is part of the reform process in the security sector that is supported by the EU, and will focus on strengthening external oversight mechanisms on the security sector in line with relevant EU and international policy. The project will address external oversight more widely and will specifically work with: the Parliament, the Public Defender’s Office, the State Inspector Service, and the State Audit Office.
Over a duration of 30 months, until October 2024, the team of experts will work to increase the capacity building and transparency of work among the institutions overseen, to strengthen the coordination between them and to promote a constructive dialogue with civil society.
The activities foreseen include workshops, seminars, conferences, developing knowledge products, study visits and sharing experiences with national and international experts. They will be organised in close cooperation with the institutions, based on their needs.
The project is implemented by B&S Europe (Consortium leader), in partnership with Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) and the Georgian Center for Strategy and Development (GCSD).