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On December 15, 2016, Dr. Natalia Velikova, Associate Professor at Texas Tech University (TTU), held a lecture on Focus Group Discussions for the researchers of ISET-PI. Natalia is an Associate Director of the Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute. Currently, she is a Fulbright scholar in Tbilisi and works on the Development of Wine Marketing and Wine Tourism Strategies for Georgia.

Natalia started her presentation by outlining the main differences between quantitative and qualitative research and suggested some criteria for choosing between these two approaches. Afterwards, she introduced Focus Group Discussions (FGD) as one of the methods used in qualitative research and listed research goals and questions to be addressed with FGDs.

On December 12-14, two ISET-PI researchers, Maka Chitanava and Giorgi Mzhavanadze, attended the Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth in Central Asia and South Caucasus study finalization conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This study was commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and implemented by eight Central Asian and South Caucasus countries.

The aim of the conference was to finalize the study’s report, and discuss policy options to achieve inclusive economic growth by promoting the creation of good jobs. Participants included country experts, international experts, and ADB staff. Country experts from national think tanks presented key findings of their work, trends related to inclusive growth, employment, labor market policies and ways for development partners to assist with creating better conditions for enabling inclusive growth in each country.

A researcher of the Private Sector Development Policy Research Centre, Olga Azhgibetseva, attended a three- week intensive training program in Sweden.

Around 60 participants from five countries (Albania, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova and Ukraine) attended the course. Each country was represented by a group of professionals consisted of businessmen or people serving in top positions in their organizations, which were a mix of business support organizations, ministries, chambers or research and policy centers. Georgia was the largest group with 13 participants.

The Private Sector Growth strategies training program included the following modules:

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