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Starting from October 26, the ISET Policy Institute team, in cooperation with the USAID Economic Governance Program, started an online training course in Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for public servants. The aim of the training is to provide participants from the selected institutions a clear understanding of the purpose of RIA, its structure and implementation, and how it works within the context of Georgian. The course will also develop and strengthen the participants’ technical skills that are necessary to conduct standard RIAs in accordance with the RIA methodology approved by the Government of Georgia in January 2020. The training is organized around specific RIA steps, included practical group activities every week, and will last for a total of seven weeks.
On October 22, ISET Policy Institute's Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Center (APRC) conducted a stakeholder workshop entitled “Information quality standards for the participants and beneficiaries of the Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (AKIS)”. The project is supported by the UNDP, and implemented by the Environmental Information and Education Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (EIEC), along with the APRC itself. The main objective of the workshop was to overview the AKIS in Georgia and discuss the information quality standards for the participants and beneficiaries of this system.
The ISET Policy Institute has once again demonstrated its relevance and focus on the regional economic research with the publication of a research paper in the 117th issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest (CAD), a bimonthly online magazine. The Institute’s article, 'International Diversification of Agricultural Trade of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia', was written by Phatima Mamardashvili, Salome Gelashvili, Ia Katsia, and Salome Deisadze and examined the agricultural trade relations of the three South Caucasus countries from 2002-2018. The research analysed the differing economic results from the three countries' individual foreign trade policies, particularly with regards to the varying levels of cooperation between the South Caucasus nations and Russia and the European Union.
ISET has broadened its international connections by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Clermont-Auvergne University, a leading public university in central France. The MOU will allow ISET students and faculty to visit and study in France, and – most exciting of all – includes a clause that provides for the future development of dual degrees to be granted from both universities. The broader cooperation between parties will also cover exchanges of researchers, development of research programs, participation in conferences, workshops and seminars. The agreement was signed after a more lengthy process than expected due to the travel complications caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis; senior Clermont-Auvergne faculty were scheduled to visit ISET in May, only for their trip to be cancelled.
Based at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), the ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) is one of the first university-based think tanks in the South Caucasus. ISET-PI complements the educational mission of ISET by delivering training, conducting research and analysis, expressing views on policy, and providing a professional platform for policy discussions and debates. ISET-PI is seeking a Junior Researcher, preferably an MA graduate in economics/ business administration / public administration/ public policy/sociology. Title: Junior Researcher Job type: Full time
Parliamentary elections are just around the corner. A well informed and empowered citizen is central to the outcome of elections that will be in the best interest for the future development of the country. Do you consider yourself an informed voter? How are you making your decision on whom to vote for? Do you know where you stand on a political landscape? What do you know about the proposed programs of political parties? Do you need non-partisan, unbiased advice? Well, Election Compass Georgia may help you to answer some questions in the hot pre-election period! In order to equip citizens with knowledge and information on political parties' programs and help voters to explore which political party is closest to their own views, the ISET Policy Institute participated in designing and implementing Election Compass Georgia, a collaborative effort of Georgian institutions and countries' development partner organizations. This led to the creation of the voting advice application - https://kompasi.partiebi.ge/, web-based tool covering all the major parties participating in the 2020 parliamentary elections.