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Trainings Conducted as part of the “Civil Society Organizations Supporting Free Trade with Europe” Project

14-Nov-2017

Trainings Conducted as part of the “Civil Society Organizations Supporting Free Trade with Europe” Project

In September and October 2017, PMC Research Center conducted trainings and stakeholder meetings about value chain analysis methods in seven regions of Georgia. More specifically, the trainings were carried out for civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kakheti, Kvemo Kar...

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Supporting Georgian National Communication Commission to Advance its Business Processes

11-Oct-2017

Supporting Georgian National Communication Commission to Advance its Business Processes

PMCG has started assisting the Georgian National Communication Commission (GNCC) to improve its business processes, under the USAID HICD 2020 Activity. For the GNCC, it is vital to have well-structured business processes to be able to fulfil its mandate, which incl...

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Reviewing Anaklia Deep Sea Port Baseline Action Plan

10-Oct-2017

Reviewing Anaklia Deep Sea Port Baseline Action Plan

PMCG, together with Antea Netherlands, recently started working on a project designed to study the Baseline Contamination Rectification Commitment Action Plan of Anaklia Deep Sea Port (ADSP) before giving it their seal of approval. Before the construction of Anakli...

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Product Selection for Value Chain Analysis Discussed in Adjara

29-Sep-2017

Product Selection for Value Chain Analysis Discussed in Adjara

On September 23, PMC Research hosted a working meeting to discuss and select the most valuable agricultural product for Adjara in order to conduct a value chain analysis (VCA), as part of the European Commission (EC) project “Regional Civil Society Organizations as Vect...

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PMCG Gathers EU Project Teams for Networking Event

27-Sep-2017

PMCG Gathers EU Project Teams for Networking Event

On September 22, PMCG staged a networking event, hosting Team Leaders and Deputy Team Leaders from all EU-funded projects in Georgia in which PMCG is a partner. In addition, representatives of the State Minister’s Office on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (OSMEEA...

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Supervising Construction and Rehabilitation of Water Supply and Sewerage Systems in Georgian Towns

22-Sep-2017

Supervising Construction and Rehabilitation of Water Supply and Sewerage Systems in Georgian Towns

 PMCG, together with Hill International and Temelsu launched the Asian Development Bank (ADB) project, to supervise construction and rehabilitation works of water supply and sewerage systems in three Georgian towns – Bolnisi, Chiatura and Marneuli.The project team ...

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PMCG Consultant Shares Performance Improvement Experience at ISPI-EMEA 16th Annual Conference, Bologna, Italy

20-Sep-2017

PMCG Consultant Shares Performance Improvement Experience at ISPI-EMEA 16th Annual Conference, Bologna, Italy

Vano Tavadze, PMCG’s Senior Consultant in Institutional Capacity Building and Monitoring and Evaluation, participated in the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)-EMEA 16th Annual Conference – Reshape Ecosystems, Re-Imagine Organizations, Reinvent Per...

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New Project to Support Rural Development in Khulo

19-Sep-2017

New Project to Support Rural Development in Khulo

 On September 15, the European Union launched a new development project entitled “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality”. The project is being implemented by Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG) together with PMC Research...

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PMCG’s CEO Shares Expertise at 10th International Local Economic Development Forum

14-Sep-2017

PMCG’s CEO Shares Expertise at 10th International Local Economic Development Forum

On September 13, PMCG’s Chairman and CEO, Aleksi Aleksishvili, delivered a presentation to the 10th International Local Economic Development Forum (LED), organized by Tbilisi City Hall in cooperation with international organizations, including the Asian Development Bank...

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Georgian-German Startup Forum

11-Sep-2017

Georgian-German Startup Forum

On September 4, Georgian-German Startup Forum was held at Technopark, organized by PMC Research in collaboration with Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA). The event aimed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience regarding entrepreneurship and ...

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PUBLICATIONS

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99: Tourism- January-September, 2017

13-Nov-2017

99: Tourism- January-September, 2017

  In 2017, compared to the corresponding period of 2016: • In the first three quarters, the number of tourists increased by 29%; in the third quarter, the proportion of tourists making up total international travelers reached its peak at 52.1%.• In the first three quarters...

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98: Development of the Agricultural Sector- January-June, 2017

07-Sep-2017

98: Development of the Agricultural Sector- January-June, 2017

  In the agricultural sector: In the last eight years, total production output has fluctuated between 7.8% and10.3% of gross domestic product In the first quarter of 2017, foreign direct investment amounted to negative US$0.3 mln In the first half of 2017, the volume o...

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97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

26-Jul-2017

97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

  In the first half of 2017: Remittance inflows to Georgia amounted to $629 Mln Remittance outflows from Georgia amounted to $96.3 Mln Inflow from Russian Federation, United States, Italy, Greece, Israel, and Turkey amounts to 81% of total remittance inflows to Georgia...

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Awarded with 1st place in the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's International Award

04-Nov-2016

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We are honored that our project supporting the Government of Adjara’s program budgeting within the USAID Good Governance in Georgia (G3) program, run by Management Systems International (MSI) has won 1st place in the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's International Award "Consulting Without Borders".

We would like to congratulate the project team for this acknowledgement. This again shows the value of applying international best practices to the local context. 

 

Background and Challenges:

Traditional, input-based budgets provide limited information on the outputs and outcomes of public spending, disclosing information by line items of spending only rather than clearly showing the planned programs, activities, outputs or outcomes. 

Most common practices applied in the regions of Georgia, such as the one-year plan for the budget, had weak links, if any, to government strategies and it was almost impossible for citizens to track the development of the government programs, especially multiyear activities. 

Input-based budgeting has not been treated as a planning document of a given government institution but rather a finance document only dealt with by the finance departments, with minimum input from the sector policy makers. This has been resulting in weak links to sector policies and planned activities. 

Methods and Activities:

We have worked with several regional governments of Georgia, such as the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, and municipalities of Batumi, Akhaltsikhe and Kutaisi to overcome challenges and to move toward more transparent and accountable systems of governance.

In most of the projects, our assistance started from the beginning – designing a high-level strategic direction document of the government. This document reflected all the priorities of the local governments and was based on the results of round-table discussions with the ministries, sub-agencies, sector specialists, CSOs, and other interested groups. 

Later, the government programs were translated into program budgeting forms, creating programs, sub-programs, activities, outputs, outcomes and relevant key performance indicators. To achieve sustainability, special attention was dedicated to on-the-job trainings, coaching and workshops, covering technical and methodological aspects and the best international practices of program budgeting. 

On one hand, wide coverage makes the process difficult, however, this was one of the key features in achieving success and changing the budgeting practice at each and every level of spending taxpayers’ money.

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Results:

As a result of a complex approach, combining the best international practices with the local context, the interest and engagement of stakeholders increased, and citizens gained more effective and transparent governments, disclosing activities, outputs and outcomes with respective key performance indicators, enabling effective monitoring and evaluation of budget execution.

Overall, these projects achieved:

 

  • Enhanced effectiveness of the governments in planning and executing programs
  • Increased level of transparency in public spending
  • Increased level of accountability
  • Increased level of citizen engagement in the budgeting process


"PMCG has been a reliable and trusted partner for the five-year Good Governance Initiative (GGI) project in Georgia. PMCG staff and local consultants have provided timely and critical inputs, supporting the Government of Georgia’s governance reform process in all branches of government with high-quality analytical services, based on their excellent local knowledge and experience. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with PMCG over the remaining years of the GGI program".

David B. Smith, GGI Chief of Party, Tetra Tech ARD


"Collaboration with PMCG experts and project team, obtaining qualified recommendations and sharing their experience was very important for the professional development of employees of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. We hope to have the chance to collaborate with PMCG again."
David Baladze, the Minister of Finance and Economy of GoARA


“This project has important implications for Georgia: it should increase the level of trust of the local population in government, ensuring that decisions on policy and expenditure are clearer to the population. It will also, in the long turn, lead to a more inclusive policy process, ensuring that programmes and budget are formed on the basis that they meet with the needs or approval of wider stakeholders”. 

Gabriel Al Salem Foundation Awards Committee



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All the described projects are implemented within the framework of the USAID Good Governance Initiative (GGI) and Good Governance in Georgia (G3) programs.

Follow the links below for detailed information about specific projects:
Strengthening Government of Autonomous Republic of Adjara Institutional Capacity for Program Budgeting
Assisting Kutaisi City Municipality in Elaboration of the Economic Development Strategy
Improving program budgeting capacity of Akhaltsikhe municipality
Strengthening Program Budgeting Capacity of Batumi Municipality

 

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