Batumi. 13 September 2017 – Up to 30 representatives of Ajara AR government participated in the rural development inception training, which took place on 12-13 September in Batumi. The training was delivered by high level international and national experts.
Representatives of Ajara Rural Development Council member institutions received information about the key conceptual aspects of sustainable EU rural development, organization of rural development programming and implementation arrangements, role of stakeholders in policy formulation and implementation, partnership approach and practice examples from EU Member States.
During the two-day training, participants had an opportunity to familiarise with the practical aspects for increasing effectiveness of rural development programmes, optimizing synergies and efficiency in policy delivery, facilitating effective and creative dialogue with multiple stakeholders, working with collective intelligence of organizations and communities, discuss opportunities and challenges in rural development governance and improve understanding of the role they can play at a personal and institutional level in making tangible contributions to new rural development solutions reflecting the needs and aspirations of the rural population of Ajara. Participants also conversed about Ajara Rural Development Action Plan for 2017 and discussed further steps for the adoption of the action plan for 2018-2020.
The training aimed to support creating effective and inspiring agents of rural development within relevant public institutions and strengthening organizational capacity at regional level with a view to advance inclusive policy-making and delivery shaped through the participation of empowered rural communities.
The event took place in the framework of the European Union’s Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). It was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the cross-ministerial Rural Development Council of the Government of Ajara AR.
The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.