News & Events
In December 2014 ISET-PI has been awarded a 5-year grant by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) providing the Institute with the opportunity to transform itself into the premier economic policy think-tank in the South Caucasus. To achieve this objective, ISET-PI is currently in the process of forming four new specialized policy research centers to work alongside the Institute’s Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC). These four new centers will address the following priority areas: i) macroeconomic and financial regulation; ii) social policy; iii) private sector development; and, last but not least, iv) energy and environment. An additional grant from the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Institute will be used to strengthen ISET-PI’s linkages with international partner institutions and to increase its presence in print, social and electronic media.
Since October 2014, ISET has been regularly collecting and delivering scrap paper to Makuliteratura. Established in 2012, Makuliteratura is an organization that collects waste paper (old books, papers, magazines and newspapers) and exchanges the waste paper it receives for new books. At ISET, we noticed that our students were printing a lot of materials for assignments and course readings. Once the assignments and readings were completed, however, there was a significant amount of waste paper not being put to use. As such, last May ISET decided to begin collecting its waste paper in the School’s library and donating it to Makuliteratura.
It is a moment the entire ISET community has been eagerly waiting for the last 6 years, ever since its first class graduated in 2008. Asya Shchepetova, the most Georgian Ukrainian economist, has just defended her doctoral dissertation and received an economics PhD degree from the Toulouse School of Economics in France, a global leader in the field of industrial organization and competition policy. We congratulate Asya for this wonderful achievement and wish her a great career as a competition policy expert, researcher and teacher. Asya came to ISET in 2006, having studied business administration in Ukraine.
On December 4 and 5, Head of the Agricultural Policy Research Center at the ISET Policy Institute Pati Mamardashvili and Senior Research Associate Salome Gelashvili participated in the National Conference for Agricultural Information and Consultancy Centers of the Ministry of Agriculture sponsored by USAID/SEAS Project. The subject of the presentation was "Value Chain Analysis and Marketing - What AICC employees should know to help farmers". Presenters discussed the definition of Value Chain Analysis (VCA), its application and examples of instruments used in VCA. Presentation was followed by lively discussion and an interesting Q&A session.
On November 6, Vice President for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Laura Tuck, Regional Director for the South Caucasus Henry Kerali, Program Leader for the South Caucasus Rashmi Shankar and other representatives of the World Bank Tbilisi Office visited ISET. The goal of the meeting was to discuss opportunities and challenges for job creation in Georgia with ISET faculty and Policy Institute. Roundtable discussions involved the subjects of constraints on the labor market, and the job-worker skill mismatch, as well as lack of demand. As for the skill mismatch, sides pointed out the existence of a huge pool of unemployment and, at the same time, employers’ difficulties to find qualified employees.
ISET Policy Institute was contracted by UNICEF to revise the Needs Index and upgrade it to reflect current reality. Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia, the Social Service Agency and UNICEF are in the process of refining the social service protection system in Georgia to make it more child sensitive. The current system uses sophisticated methodology of calculating the score of the household which applies for the assistance to the socially Unprotected Families. One of the most important elements in the methodology is Needs Index which translates needs of different families into monetary value.