Foreign Operations Assistance: Georgia

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
August 31, 2016


United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, August 2016*

Date: 08/2016 Description: FY 2015 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective--Georgia: Peace and Security; Governing Justly and Democratically; Investing in People; Economic Growth. - State Dept Image

U.S. assistance aims to consolidate Georgia’s democracy; further its integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions and increase its resilience against Russian pressure; make progress toward a peacefully unified nation, secure in its borders; and achieve inclusive, sustainable economic development. In addition, U.S. programs bolster democratic and participatory governance; develop policies and institutions that uphold and enforce the rule of law; promote integration with the EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and increase regional cooperation. U.S. assistance also helps Georgia achieve broad-based and sustainable economic growth.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals

Georgia is closer to Euro-Atlantic integration and is a more democratic, stable, and prosperous country capable of advancing peace and security within and beyond its borders.

• U.S. programs will support more transparent and accountable governance by strengthening the executive and legislative branches. To combat corruption and promote government transparency, USAID will support Georgia’s ongoing civil service reform, which seeks to create a standardized, merit-based, and politically neutral civil service. Activities increase civic engagement and civic education, including outside Tbilisi, improve access to independent, reliable, and balanced information, and advance good governance.

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653a

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL ($ in thous)

75,431

80,612

90,325

Economic Support Fund

38,266

-

63,025

Foreign Military Financing

30,000

30,000

20,000

International Military Education and Training

2,165

2,200

2,200

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

3,500

-

4,000

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

1,500

900

1,100

• U.S. assistance will develop political parties so that they can better represent their constituents’ interests, move towards platform-based campaigns, and promote the role of women in political parties and elected office.

• U.S. programs advance the rule of law, due process guarantees, and the protection of human rights through improved governance and capacity of justice system institutions; a more effective legal framework for due process guarantees through technical assistance and civil society engagement; increased capacity of legal professionals, including through strengthened legal professional associations and improved legal education; and increased access to justice for marginalized populations.

• U.S. assistance advances Georgia’s democratic development and economic transition and complements the objectives of the country’s EU Association Agreement. These objectives include the harmonization of legislation, policies, and regulations with EU structures and institutional strengthening initiatives that align with EU goals.

• The United States supports confidence-building activities between people living within the internationally recognized borders of Georgia by promoting increased interaction centered on concrete initiatives that benefit all sides. These activities include engagement on education, health, science, and technology. Programs aim at integrating Georgia’s marginalized groups, including ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities, and vulnerable youth. Assistance promotes gender equality, through strengthening women’s roles in the employment sphere, and politics, and will work to increase the role of women in conflict mitigation.

BY OBJECTIVE
($ in thous)

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653(a)

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL

75,431

80,612

90,325

Peace and Security

37,715

38,588

33,140

Governing Justly and Democratically

20,529

22,515

26,870

Investing in People

1,298

2,000

200

Economic Growth

15,889

17,509

30,115

• U.S. programs combat trafficking in persons (TIP) and domestic violence by training border personnel, investigators, police officers, and prosecutors. Assistance encourages the use of task force and team approaches to combating TIP and domestic violence, particularly in high-risk regions.

The United States realizes its global and broader security and economic priorities by leveraging its strategic partnership with Georgia.

• The United States works with the Government of Georgia to implement agricultural development programs that remain critical to realizing core U.S. development and foreign policy goals, including achieving political and economic stability, reducing poverty and sources of conflict, and accelerating and sustaining broad-based economic growth. Assistance accelerates inclusive growth and reduces persistent poverty by enhancing agricultural productivity.

• U.S. funding helps Georgia develop and implement national action plans for low emission development, measure and curb greenhouse gas emissions, and pursue opportunities for public- and private- sector investment and clean growth.

• Programs improve rural income and remove constraints in critical small-scale rural and community infrastructure that hinder economic development. U.S. assistance strengthens and expands small and medium-sized enterprises and their business networks to diversify sources of inputs and sales markets.

• U.S. assistance to the primary education system improves reading and math competencies of Georgian and ethnic minority students, including children with disabilities and introduces entrepreneurial skills.

• U.S. assistance provides professional military education courses that increase interoperability with the United States, strengthen civil-military relationships, enhance senior leadership strategic management skills, and promote respect for democratic values and human rights.

• U.S. funding sustains assistance in implementing Georgia’s new strategic trade control law, including reforms of secondary legislation and training for its licensing officers.

• U.S. assistance strengthens interoperability of Georgian forces with the United States and NATO and promotes defense reforms focused on professionalization of the armed forces and military educational institutions. U.S. funding provides direct support and assistance to the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
State Department Fact Sheets
U.S. Embassy Website
www.foreignassistance.gov
Millennium Challenge Corporation

*This fact sheet does not reflect centrally managed or regional Foreign Assistance funding that is not specifically budgeted for Georgia.