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Apr
01

President Margvelashvili and Cartu Foundation Unveil Plans to Usher a New Era in Georgia’s Public Schooling

April 1, 2015 A little-known experiment launched in 2009 is about to revolutionize Georgia’s countryside. “Teach for Georgia (TG)” [1] is a small program administered by the National Center for Teachers’ Professional Development, seeking to stream new blood into the public education system. With a tiny annual budget of 212,000 GEL, TG was initially conceived as a publically funded “startup”, an attempt to think and act out-of-the box. Though starting small and mainly focusing on schools in remote mountain communities, TG has always been seen as potential...
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Great, where do I sign up?.... But I am worried - what if I spend a year in the mountains and still can't redefine my purpose in l... Read More
Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:12 AM
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I fully agree with the message of the article -- radical, groundbreaking reforms are needed in Georgia's school system.The specifi... Read More
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Feb
20

Education for the Poor

Worldwide, cash transfer programs are used to fight poverty. Developing countries typically spend between 1% and 2% of GDP on cash transfers (“Cash Transfers: a Literature Review”, DFID Policy Division, 2011). International donors also invest substantially into such programs. The rationale for cash transfers goes beyond relieving short-run poverty. In their 2011 book Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, eminent development economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo explain the approach as follows: People are poor bec...
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Economists tend to think that all money is the same. If you are poor, then you simply don't have enough, and are forced constantl... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2015 7:07 PM
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Dec
19

Bringing Light to Georgia’s Darkest Corners

Nodar Dumbadze has a reputation for bringing tears and laughs out of his readers. Yet, when watching his “Hellados” performed in the tiny municipal “Culture House” in Terjola, we were laughing and crying not only in appreciation of Dumbadze's rare ability to weave tragedy and comedy into a single narrative. We were certainly moved by Dumbadze’s story of teenagers growing up in the tough multiethnic environment of Sukhumi, the love-hate relationship between the Georgian Jemal and the Greek Ianguli, and their ultimate love for their homeland. But, perhaps ...
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It had it. It was called TLG. It was removed for reasons no-one understood, and replaced with a simulacrum. Voila tout.
Friday, 19 December 2014 7:07 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
Thanks, Simon! This is a wonderful example... I am familiar with a few others. Israel used to give young people (particularly wome... Read More
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:11 PM
Guest — Simon Appleby
After the Second World War, Australian higher education, although almost totally state-run, was run on a full cost-recovery basis.... Read More
Friday, 19 December 2014 10:10 PM
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Dec
15

The Economics of Great Personalities

Some weeks ago, I was invited by a development bank to the Hotel Eden in Kvareli, Kakheti, where we discussed Georgia’s possibilities to develop economically. When we talked about the potential of the manufacturing sector, one of the attending bank employees said: “The problem is that Georgia does not have Rudolf Diesel and Nikolaus Otto.” I think that there is some truth in this sentence, which one might alter so that it fits better to modern times: “The problem is that Georgia does not have a Mark Zuckerberg/Steve Jobs/Bill Gates/Larry Page” or, to rem...
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> If Einstein was born to smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, it is unlikely that his great potential would have materialized. I hear... Read More
Monday, 15 December 2014 12:12 PM
Guest — Florian
The problem is the vicious nepotism. If jobs are assigned primarily by connection, not by qualification, of course it is unattract... Read More
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 4:04 PM
Guest — Nino
Indeed, we need to get the institutional framework right.Unfortunately, today people, who could be great personalities do not have... Read More
Monday, 15 December 2014 12:12 PM
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Nov
28

Career Guidance for Unemployed Georgians

One of the most puzzling aspects of the Georgian labor market is what is known as the “qualification mismatch”. While unemployment is high, many positions remain vacant due to a lack of qualified applicants. There is plenty of casual evidence that there is such a mismatch. Recently, a World Bank delegation we hosted at ISET reported about a meeting they had with Georgian entrepreneurs. One of those businessmen, active in the construction sector, was bringing welders from Turkey to Tbilisi, paying them extraordinarily high salaries (Turkish wage level plu...
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There should be vocational options available especially for boys from age fourteen or so, and the ability to migrate into vocation... Read More
Friday, 28 November 2014 6:06 PM
Guest — Hans Gutbrod
ok, I like the general idea, and I agree that carpenters, welders, and plumbers plus a number of other skilled workers could do we... Read More
Friday, 28 November 2014 6:06 PM
Guest — Oliver Reisner
The right link is http://www.worknet.gov.ge/
Saturday, 29 November 2014 2:02 PM
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Sep
26

Georgia’s New Immigration Law: Many Losers and no Winners

This year, the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) admitted nine Armenian students and one from Azerbaijan. They came to Tbilisi for a preparation course in August and all of them applied for residency permits before the first of September. All applications were exactly identical. Out of ten students, seven got their permits, two were denied, and one is still in process. The reasons for rejection were stated in most general terms, relating to Article 18 of the new immigration law. That article reads:  “An alien may b...
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once the reputation of a country is damaged, it could not be corrected for many many years. I am seeing lots of my friends who had... Read More
Friday, 26 September 2014 2:02 PM
Guest — Y
Who benefits? The bureaucrats with a newfound sense of "purpose" in their lives.
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:11 AM
Guest — Steven Hermans
Georgia was an easy place to stay. It now became like everywhere else: Europe, Central Asia, US,...
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:11 AM
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