International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis
Partner Name Engl International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis Abbreviation ICSRPA Department N/A Nuts Id0 GE, GEORGIA() Nuts Id1 GE0, Georgia() Nuts Id2 GE00, Georgia() Nuts Id3 GE000, Georgia() Postal code City 0179 Tbilisi Street number 52 Razmadze Street 456 Type of Partner interest groups including NGOs Co Financing Source ENI
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The International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis (ICSRPA), an independent think tank specializing in policy analysis, economic competitiveness and management consultancy, promotes the processes of conceptual change, reforms and development in Georgia. The center has strong background and experience in conducting training courses for Entrepreneurship development and implementing policy oriented projects under the auspices of the international donors including European Commission, United Nations Democracy Fund, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), UNDP Georgia, Konrad Adenauer Foundation etc. Since it was founded and officially registered in 2004, the Centre has managed to preserve its status as an independent and impartial organization. The Centre is located in Tbilisi, but operates across Georgia. In 2009-2010, under the auspices of the European Commission and German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), ICSRPA experts carried out diagnostic study analysis and created strategic framework for regional economic development in Georgia. In this project particular attention has been paid to the development of agribusiness sector and engagement in entrepreneurship activities. We were actively involved in GIZ program – “Institution Building and Human Resource Development for e-Learning in the Caucasus”, which significantly contributed to upgrade professional skills and qualifications of entrepreneurs in the Black Sea area. ICSRPA has elaborated the relevant Strategy for Regional Development of Georgia based on the preceding Diagnostic Report in the field of Innovation, New Technologies and Entrepreneurship.
Our experience includes elaboration of coherent PR and promotional strategies and launch of extensive value-driven PR campaign in order to promote NIS realization in Georgia and dissemination of the project results to larger audiences including the Government of Georgia, business sector, universities, scientific research institutions, donor organizations, through presentations, workshops, public discussions, printing media, radio and television. The outcome of this project was policy advice and recommendations as well as public awareness rising and consensus-building among the key stakeholders. The results of this study were useful to analysts and decision makers in government agencies, universities and business sector for setting priorities and undertaking appropriate actions. Our experts have successfully elaborated study to illustrate the methodology of the National Innovation System (NIS) Framework, which has been successfully used in OECD countries and more recently is becoming the focus of increased attention from developing nations. It introduced a framework for describing the national innovation system, the purpose of which was to provide policy makers with a tool to understand the constitution and characteristics of National Innovation System (NIS) in Georgia, to evaluate the nation’s innovation capabilities and performance, and better assess policy choices and potential impacts. ICSRPA experts have elaborated first of its kind in Georgia a Local Wine Tourism Cluster. In 2012 ICSRPA was included in the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme under the ENPI of the EU. Within the framework of the financed projects under the auspices of this program ICSRPA actively cooperates with regional partner organisations from Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia.
The Centre has been awarded a Certificate, for the active participation in the EU Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation Programme, by the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. In the scope of the programme ICSRPA implemented project related to Agrouturism, the experiences and results of which will pave the way for success of the proposed project. In the scope of the above mentioned project ICSRPA elaborated study of the current status, which demonstrated the current situation related to agrotourism and the services provided in Georgia; Study of the customers’ needs and expectations, which demonstrated the customers’ (visitors – tourists of the agrotourism sector) needs and expectations. The International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis undertook a research about standards in agrotourism in 3 countries. ICSRPA designed and develop a good practices database in the form of interactive map. Our centre developed the local standard (called Local Quality Agreement), created a local certification scheme and developed the local promotion plan for Georgia.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
DANUBE- Black Sea Connection of European and Asian Economy, a Step for Substantial Growth of the Black Sea Area (DABS) (2013-2015), ENI CBC “Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013, EUR 314 582.00, Partner Countries: Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey. The project was aiming to promote the agro-tourism in the partners’ regions and to improve the quality of the services provided by introducing a common specific quality standard and a certification process. Quality Certification System in Agroturism (CerTour) (2013-2015), ENI CBC “Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013, EUR 529 800.00. Partner Countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Moldova, Armenia, Ukraine Overall objective of the project was the strong regional partnership and cooperation to realize significant improvements of the wastewater treatment facilities (WWTF) management in the Black Sea (BS) coastal states. Continuous Improvement Strategy for Increasing the Efficiency of Wastewater Treatment Facilities in the Black Sea Coastal State (CISWastewater) (2013-2015), ENI CBC “Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013, EUR 456.500,00. Partner Countries: Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Moldova, Armenia The project was aiming to promote the agro-tourism in the partners’ regions and to improve the quality of the services provided by introducing a common specific quality standard and a certification process. Promoting Democracy in Georgia through Empowering Young Members of Political Parties and Civil Society Organizations (October, 2012 – September, 2014). UNDEF Project Grant, USD 115,000 The goal of the project was proactive participation of young leaders in the development of merit-based, participatory political processes that would lead to more effective democratic governance and public policy making. The Effects of Migration in Moldova and Georgia on Children and Elderly Left Behind (December, 2010 – December, 2012). THEMATIC PROGRAMME OF COOPERATION WITH THIRD COUNTRIES IN THE AREAS OF MIGRATION AND ASYLEM, EUR 600.000,00 The project aimed to identify the effects of migration specifically on the children and elderly left behind in Moldova and Georgia; to evaluate the possibilities to mitigate the negative effects and find the best ways to enhance the positive effects of migration on dependents left behind; Promoting the Principles of Knowledge Economy in Georgian Universities (February 2009 – December, 2009), Eurasian Partnership Foundation (Open Call), USD 27,000 The goal of proposed project was to promote the principles of Knowledge Economy in Georgian universities through providing policy analysis, disseminating the benchmarked practices, popularising the ENP priorities, providing trainings/seminars in Knowledge Management and Innovation Policy, and creating a network for exchanging ideas. Promoting the National Innovation System Framework in Georgia (May – December, 2008), Business Development Programme- German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), EUR 18, 395 ICSRPA elaborated coherent PR and promotional strategy to promote NIS realization in Georgia and disseminate the project results to larger audiences including the Government of Georgia, business sector, universities, scientific research institutions, donor organizations, through presentations, workshops, public discussions, printing media, radio and television. Creating the National Innovation System Framework in Georgia (November, 2007 – April, 2008), Business Development Programme – German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), EUR 20, 817 This study illustrated the methodology of the National Innovation System (NIS) Framework, which has been successfully used in OECD countries and more recently is becoming the focus of increased attention from developing nations. It introduced a framework for evaluating the nation’s innovation capabilities and performance, and for assessing policy choices and potential impacts. Analyzing the EU-Georgia Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan: Modern Benchmarking Approaches to Knowledge Management and Innovations in Georgia (February, 2007-October, 2007), Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), EUR 3, 550 This Project has been carried out within the framework of the program ‘Regional Competence-Building for Think Tanks in the South Caucasus and Central Asia’. It analyzed the framework for the European Neighbourhood Policy prospects in the context of Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Employment and European Union-Georgia Action Plan; and provided recommendations on how to cultivate knowledge management through promoting sustainable development of human resources and human capital, in order to increase innovative potential in government, business and society.