Akhmeta Youth Engage with EU-supported ENPARD Project
“The goal of the camp was to gather together youth from each settlement of the municipality to promote communication and solve social issues. I was looking forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and, of course, having fun. All these expectations were fully met.” Konstantin, 23.
Within the framework of the EU-supported project “Promoting inclusive and participatory local development in Akhmeta Municipality”, Action Against Hunger and the Kakheti Regional Development Foundation hosted a Youth Camp from the 8th – 14th June 2019. The camp brought together 20 young people from different communities of the municipality to receive training on youth leadership, personal development and communication skills. Above all, the Youth Camp served as an ideal platform to promote youth engagement in the Local Action Group (LAG) that will be formed in Akhmeta in the coming months. Encouraging youth involvement in the Local Action Groups and decision-making processes is one of the key challenges and is extremely important for the success of the project and locally-led development initiatives.
The training courses were complemented with recreational activities at the Aragvi Adventure Centre and a study tour to Kazbegi Municipality. Members of the Kazbegi LAG provided comprehensive information about project progress and challenges, the Local Development Strategy process and the grant support schemes. Several projects supported by the Kazbegi LAG were also visited.
“We all learnt a lot with the help of the trainers. I hope that the Youth Camp will be a basis of many interesting projects and activities in our district.” Nino, 24
The project aims to support the socio-economic integration of rural communities through a bottom-up, community-led approach to rural development. The activity will promote the voices of community members in local development planning and project’s decision-making processes to improve the quality of life and economic conditions in Akhmeta Municipality.
The project is funded by the European Union as part of the third cycle of the ENPARD programme and is implemented by Action Against Hunger, Kakheti Regional Development Foundation and supported by Tusheti Development Fund.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.