EU-supported Human Capital Analysis of Keda was Published
The Human Capital Analysis results in in Keda municipality of Ajara was published under the EU’s ENPARD project “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)”. The study was carried out by the Center of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), the partner organization of CENN.
156 page report includes results of desk research, as well as findings of quantitative and qualitative study. The publication contains information on social-economic condition, infrastructure, organizational development level, local interests and interest groups at each administrative unit in Keda municipality.
Besides other results in local socio-economic factors, the study revealed that the main development area where local citizens have some experience and see their development perspective is predominantly agriculture and tourism. Youth migration, after completing the school education was identified as a problem. Main reason for internal (e.g. Batumi and Tbilisi) and external (predominantly seasonally to Turkey) migration is a result of the lack of local opportunities to continue education or start relatively well paid job. According to the desk research, in August 2018, the percentage of citizens in Keda receiving social support from the government (22.9%) was higher than in entire Adjara (10%) and Georgia (11.1%).
As it shows the main needs and local development areas from the local citizens’ perspective, the results of human capital analysis is considered by LAG and other stakeholders while elaborating Local Development Strategy, as well as intervention, monitoring and evaluation plans.
The study was executed by the research team of four members and nine interviewers, one for each community. It combined the desk research, qualitative (in-depth interviews and focus groups) and quantitative methods (interviewer administered questionnaires). 64 individuals, from different social groups were involved via qualitative and 292 via quantitative methods in the study.
157 local stakeholders, including 146 members of 10 communities, 10 representatives of LAG Board and Mayor of Keda, attended 10 workshops and a meeting, where their feedback on the human capital analysis results was solicited and incorporated in the study.
The Human Capital Analysis report is available online and printed copies for stakeholders.
The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.
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.