The Georgian government is currently working on the draft of a new Code on Spatial Planning and Construction, with the aim of increasing the safety of new constructions while consolidating the great achievements obtained in terms of effectiveness in the delivery of construction permits. One of the main changes that is likely to be introduced in the new Code – in line with the best practices at the international level1 – is the regulation of the qualification requirements for building designers. The current government believes that the time has come to increase the safety standards and to regulate the access to the profession of building designer.

Some Background on the Georgian PSA The present Population Situation Analysis (PSA) was carried out by the Country Office of UNFPA in Georgia, at the request of the Government Planning & Innovations Unit of the Administration of the Government of Georgia between late July and early November of 2014. UNFPA based itself on the knowledge of national experts regarding the economic, social, institutional and political situation in the country, through the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), which made three of its collaborators available for the current task:

The methodology aims to calculate the subsistence minimum for different categories in terms of the subsistence minimum of a healthy 30-39-year-old man. The categories differ by gender, age (in the following ranges: 0-3 (less than 48 months), 4-6 (from 48 to 84 months), 7-12, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40- 59, and 60+), and social or health status (in the following categories: healthy, child with disability, person with disability group I, person with disability group II, refugee, bedridden, lonely pensioner, pregnant, breast-feeding woman, single parent, and orphan). Table 1 below summarizes all categories.

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