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Digitalization – a means or an end in itself?

03.12.2020 — Article Georgia
Today, hardly anyone can imagine being without a favourite smartphone that surfs the internet, plays games, and streams multimedia; in fact, nobody would even be able to contemplate a minute without internet access. Internet-capable smartphones have created the need for us to be instantly updated and constantly connected with the rest of the world.  Yet neither computers nor the Internet were initially created for entertainment purposes, instead being born out of the need to tackle problems, a fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has poignantly proved. With this, we start a new series of articles in which we will explore digitalization – as either a means or an end – in SDC-funded projects in the South Caucasus region.



Georgia Joins the Equal Pay International Coalition

20.09.2020 — Article Georgia
18 September saw the first ever celebration of the International Equal Pay Day. On this day, Georgia officially declared its intention to join the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC). The decision will be consummated with the signing of the application this fall.


Women vis-a-vis the Pandemic

11.09.2020 — Article Georgia
The current year of 2020 has turned out to be very unusual. It became apparent rather early that the coronavirus was not just any other infection, but the cascade of shutdowns that followed could not have been predicted. It did not take long for institutions and companies, as well as entire districts and countries, to close down one after another, until the whole world found itself in quarantine. However, against this worrying background, three women from the South Caucasus countries saw a silver lining.



Switzerland and Austria extend support to the National Animal Identification and Traceability System in Georgia

16.06.2020 — Press release Georgia

The representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) signed an agreement on the extension of support to the Government of Georgia to kick off a nation-wide Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS). The extension will allow to smoothly resume and complete the activities that were hampered amid the COVID-19 crisis.

 


When a pandemic strikes, just play along

28.04.2020 — Article Georgia
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. For Marneuli residents this became a daily experience from March 23, when the government put Marneuli under quarantine on the grounds that the source of infection of the COVID-19 in the municipality could not be traced. From that day on, Marneuli residents acutely realized that they have been plunged into the global health and economic crisis.


Swiss travellers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App”

19.03.2020 — Press release Georgia
Bern, 19.03.2020 - Earlier this week, the Federal Council called on Swiss travellers to return home quickly. In order to better support those who are still blocked abroad, they should register on the "Travel Admin App" of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.


REMINDER to Swiss nationals visiting Georgia

19.03.2020 — Position Georgia

Der Bundesrat ruft Schweizer Touristen und Geschäftsreisende auf, jetzt in die Schweiz zurückzukehren und ihre Reise selbständig zu organisieren. 

Le Conseil fédéral invite les touristes et les voyageurs d'affaires suisses à rentrer maintenant en Suisse et à organiser leur voyage de manière autonome. 

Il Consiglio federale invita i turisti e i viaggiatori d'affari svizzeri a tornare in Svizzera e ad organizzare il loro viaggio in modo autonomo. 

The Federal Council invites Swiss tourists and travelling businesspersons to return to Switzerland and to organize their trip autonomously.


Female photographers ‘talk’ about tabooed social issues

08.03.2020 — Article Georgia
Stories are shaped by those who write, who create. In the modern world of abundant information, there is a growing need to tell the stories about people and social issues from diverse perspectives – from a female perspective. In 2018, SDC’s Regional Arts and Culture programme started to announce annual grants for female photographers from the South Caucasus to cover social issues and use the medium of photography as a powerful tool of storytelling. Through tailor-made mentoring, the female photographers also learn every nook and cranny of photography.


Boosting Rural Access to Public Services: New Community Center Opens in Racha

15.01.2020 — Article Georgia
Residents of Chrebalo and around 3,000 people of some seven nearby villages will now have improved access to over 200 public and private services. Local inhabitants of those mountain villages will be able to enjoy public services offered by the Public Service Development Agency, the National Archive of Georgia, the National Agency of Public Registry and Social Service Agency along with the services of private companies Magticom and Liberty Bank, directly in their village.

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