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Within the framework of the Keda Local Action Group initiative, Keda Municipality joined the EU initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth.”

Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) is a new initiative of the European Union, which began operating in January of 2017 within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.
The overall goal of the initiative is to support mayors and municipalities to be more active facilitators for economic growth and job creation at the local level. Mayors for Economic Growth has the potential to become an extensive professional network across the region, which will require certain commitments from its members as well as offer solid expert and peer-to-peer support.

It is noteworthy that with the initiative of the mayor of Keda, Mr. Levan Gorgiladze, the Chief Specialist of the municipality’s financial unit and coordinator of Tourism and Business Development sectoral direction of the Keda Local Action Group (LAG), Raul Tsintsadze, was nominated as the Local Economic Development Officer (LEDO) within the framework of M4EG.

According to the mayor of Keda, “yet another new initiative has started in our municipality, which will ensure economic development, new partnerships and efficient partnerships between local governments, and the private and civic sectors. Keda City Hall expects that the coordinated work will create more public good. This will be a long-term Local Economic Development Strategy and support the municipality’s economic growth, and the initiative will also attract new investments and other vital changes that will be utilized to improve the livelihood of Keda residents. In the name of our municipality, I want to first express our gratitude to the European Union for their support, and also to CENN, the Institute of Democracy and the Keda Local Action Group for their initiative”.

By joining the aforementioned initiative, new opportunities will be available for Keda Municipality in terms of an expanded investment portfolio and additional support from donors. Furthermore, by joining the initiative, another positive example of cooperation between the municipality and the Keda Local Action Group has been established.

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02.11.2018
On 15-20 October 2018, LAG board members from the Keda Municipality of Ajara participated in a study tour. The activity carried out under the EU’s ENPARD project, Keda LEADER, was organized by the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). Representatives from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara A/R participated in the study tour.

During the study trip, participants visited three LEADER regions and met with the LEADER managers and LAG Board members. Additionally, they visited the projects financed and implemented under the LEADER.

Austrian LEADER managers presented detailed information about the Austrian approaches, the role of LAGs in the development of Local Development Strategies and project evaluation.

In the LEADER region of Donau-Böhmerwald, participants visited the projects related to youth and women and carried out the meeting with a female network, addressing issues concerning female empowerment and employment. In the LEADER region of Pramtal Sauwald, the team visited the projects related to the development of regional value chains, such as pumpkin oil producers and family-owned beer breweries. In the LEADER region of Südliches Waldviertel – Nibelungengau, participants visited local producers of poppyseed, a family-owned whiskey distillery, herbal tea and spices. Additionally, participants visited an eco-tourism project - Tree Top Walk.

Participants were especially interested in the process of project evaluation, the selection process and the projects related to creating regional value chains.
The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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 populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge

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29.10.2018
On 30th September 2018, the Autumn Festival, supported by the EU ENPARD program, was held all day in Keda Municipality. The event was held with the initiative of Keda Municipality in partnership with CENN and Keda’s Local Action Group.

The official ceremony began with the signature of a Friendship Memorandum between the town of Keda and the Ukrainian town of Kremenets. In celebration of the European year in Georgia, a farmer’s market took place on the main bridge of the town. Sports activities, educational and entertaining programs for children, exhibitions about traditional cuisine, folklore and crafts were conducted in the town’s central park. An award ceremony for the honourable citizens of Keda and traditional cultural performances were the closing events of the festival.

The Autumn Festival is an annual event that aims to represent the diverse cultural traditions of Keda and in general, publicly promote Keda Municipality.
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 the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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 populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.
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03.10.2018
On September 28-30, 21 LAG members from Keda municipality of Ajara, participated in the EU-supported training “Business Planning”. The activity, carried out under the EU’s ENPARD project “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)”, was implemented by the Center of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), the partner organization of CENN. It aimed at improving entrepreneurial knowledge/skills among the LAG members. The topics covered during the three days were calculation of income and expenses, types of expenses, unit cost, gain/loss etc. The training was delivered based on the adult learning methods, ensuring active participation.

The training was the fourth educational activity for the LAG capacity building. Twelve trainings on different topics will be held in order to improve knowledge and skills of the LAG members and its potential sub-grantees.

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.

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02.10.2018
The Keda Local Action Group, together with CENN and Institute of Democracy (IOD) are announcing the first stage of the grants competition 2018-2019 under the EU ENPARD supported project Keda LEADER.

The first stage will open on September 20th and will end on October 20th at 5 pm.

The objective of the competition is to ensure the improvement of life in rural communities of Keda by creating decent working and living conditions in the municipality, improvement of the economic conditions and implementation of the innovative projects.

The priority areas of the grants competition include:
• Rural Development
• Tourism
• Off-farm activities
• Education, Culture, Sports
• Environmental Protection and Sustainable Resource Management
• Improvement of living conditions in Keda municipality.

Both commercial and social projects and initiatives will be supported under the competition.

Participation is open for both natural person and legal entities who implement or plans to implement their activities in Keda Municipality.

Those willing to participate in the competition are asked to examine the strategic directions identified by the Local Development Strategy of Keda and the Grants Manual. Interested candidates need to complete the Application Forms and submit it via email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or bring the hard copies to the LAG office at 10 Tbel Abuseridze Street, Keda town no later than 5 pm October 20, 2018.

All documents for the completion of the application are available in the Georgian language on the website.

For additional questions, clarification requests or inquiries please contact us:
+995 599 189 269
+995 577 104 833
+995 514 401 001

Please note, the grants competition has the following stages:
Stage I – Concept Note (Idea Competition)
Stage II – Complete Applications
Stage III – Approval of grant

The first stage successful candidates will be notified before November 20, 2018.

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 the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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 populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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20.09.2018
With the EU support, 5 women from the Keda Local Action Group participated in the international events taking place in Yerevan. On September 14-15 Armenia’s capital hosted the conference “Women in Agriculture” and the “Harvest Festival of Rural Life and Traditions”. Up to 100 women from different countries attended events dedicated to the women empowerment in agriculture.

The EU ENPARD program supported Keda LEADER project was presented at the conference by CENN. A local entrepreneur from the Keda municipality Tamar Baladze shared her success story and future plans on raspberry production with the Armenian women. On the second day, different products from the mountainous Adjara, such as wine, honey, jams, nuts, cheese, and species were exhibited and sold at the Harvest Festival.

Besides official festival events, women had an opportunity to visit organic farm and Green Center operated by Green Lane NGO on the outskirts of Yerevan city. In addition, on the way back to Georgia, participants visited village of Khashtarak, where one of the ENPARD Armenia beneficiaries hosted Georgian women at her raspberry garden and shared her experience about joining the Rural Women Council (RWC) established under the joint efforts of CENN and Green Lane in the framework of the project “Strengthening and Engagement of Rural Women in Natural Resources Management in the South Caucasus Countries”.

The further plans of the Keda LEADER program in regard to women empowerment in Keda municipality include trainings, seminars, exchange visits, and other capacity-building activities in line with the Local Development Strategy of Keda.

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 the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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 populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.



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19.09.2018
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