September 2010
EWMI Introduces New Civil Society Project in Georgia

The East-West Management Institute (EWMI) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a cooperative agreement to implement the Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development Program in Georgia (G-PAC), a four-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Working in partnership with the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA), EWMI aims to strengthen civil society’s role in advocating for and influencing the development and effective implementation of public policy reforms. EWMI will work to strengthen the advocacy and watchdog roles of civil society organizations (CSOs) as advocates for an empowered citizenry; improve public policy discourse, research and analysis leading to the development of viable policy options which reflect the citizenry’s needs to government; enhance the institutional capacity of universities in the areas of public policy, public administration and political science; and build coalitions to develop strong networks of CSOs throughout Georgia and strengthen their connections to media, political parties and constituencies. Throughout the implementation of the program, EWMI will work closely with local organizations and will focus on developing an institutional grounding in support of the emergence of respected independent voices in the nascent public policy and political policy community in Georgia.