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Care International

With the support of the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development(ENPARD), Care International in the Caucasus,together with Lagodekhi Local Action Group (LAG), implements a pilot rural development project in Lagodekhi municipality “Participatory Rural Development in Georgia”.

The project’s overall objective is to contribute to poverty reduction and improved employment and living conditions in Lagodekhithrough the establishment of a model of participation and cooperation in local development that takes into account sharing of the European experience on the territory of the Lagodekhi Municipality.

The LEADER approach takes it origin from the European experience, namely French that states that local development strategies are more effective and efficient if decided and implemented at the local level by local actors. The seven key features of the LEADER approach are:

  • Area-based local development strategies
  • Bottom-up approach
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Innovation
  • Integrated, multi-sector actions
  • Networking
  • Cooperation

A fund of approximately 3 million GEL is available to support rural development projects in Lagodekhimunicipality. This fund is overseen by the LagodekhiLAG and applications are welcomed from private businesses, non-governmental organizations, associations, community groups, farmers and agricultural cooperatives, government agencies and private individuals.

For more information please visit http://www.care-caucasus.org.ge