Estonia has supported Georgia since 2000, and Georgia has been a priority country for Estonian bilateral development cooperation since 2006. Estonia supports Georgia’s integration with the European Union and is ready to offer assistance to facilitate the realization of the Association and Free Trade Agreement. At the end of 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs adopted the Estonia-Georgia Development Cooperation Land Strategy 2021-2024, which reflects Georgia’s needs and determines development directions and areas in which Estonia can offer added value.

Based on the plan for development cooperation and Georgia’s needs, Estonian development cooperation in Georgia focuses on the following areas for planning and implementation: strengthening democratic state structures and systems, supporting entrepreneurship, and improving the quality of education.

Since 2000, Georgia has been supported by Estonian development cooperation in the amount of nearly 14 million euros. During this period, 419 projects have been implemented in Georgia. There are currently 21 ongoing projects in Georgia.

Global Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia

Priority Areas of Estonian Development Cooperation in Georgia

  • Improvement of the quality of education – adapting the higher education system to today’s needs in Georgia; updating existing and new curricula to the needs of the labor market; introduction of teacher training; updating the vocational education system to the needs of the labor market; improving the quality of education and popularising vocational education; promoting cooperation between students, teachers, and researchers, and educational institutions; improving the quality of education in general education schools; introducing modern teaching methods.
  • Support for entrepreneurship – guiding the development of small businesses, including the creation of start-ups; supporting young people and small businesses in rural areas, especially through advice on how to improve product quality so that it meets the standards of the EU Free Trade Agreement.
  • Strengthening of democratic state structures and systems – backing activities that promote the implementation of the EU Association Agreement and the implementation of the reform plan; strengthening the administrative capacity and transparency of state institutions through e-government and information-communication technology (ICT) in state administration, especially in regards to the involvement of civil society in governance and the shaping of reform processes; participatory democracy; participation in the building of good governance capacity; EU outreach.

Relevant Documents

Ongoing projects in Georgia

Project Project Dates Project Implementer
Mondo in Georgia: increasing digital competences and employment among young people and women in the Samegrelo region 01.09.2021–30.08.2022 NGO Mondo
Local Ownership of Democracy: Transparent Governance on Local Level 01.09.2019–31.08.2022 ESTDEV
Digital SDG-Olympiad for Civic Education in Georgia 01.09.2021–31.08.2022 Jaan Tõnissoni Instituut
Developing Georgian Entrepreneurship Education by Advising JA Georgia, Training Teachers and Offering Motivational-Educational Opportunities for Youth 01.08.2019–31.08.2022 SA Junior Achievement Eesti
Female entrepreneurship development programme in Georgia 01.09.2021–31.08.2022 Eesti Kaubandus-Tööstuskoda
Strengthening the sustainable forestry practices in Georgia: the implementation of Timbeter’s innovative timber measurement technology 01.01.2021–30.09.2022 Timbeter OÜ
Sustainable agriculture practices and biodiversity protection in Kakhetia 01.09.2021–30.12.2022 NGO Peipsi Koostöö Keskus
Strengthening Democratic Processes, Rule of Law and Good Governance in Eastern Partnership Countries 01.04.2018–31.12.2022 ESTDEV
Business ecosystem development in Georgia to mitigating the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 01.02.2021–31.12.2022 NGO Loov Eesti
Introducing children safety education project “Protect yourself and help others” in Georgia 01.08.2021–31.12.2022 Eesti Punane Rist
Supporting students motivation to learn through raising their awareness about their own wellbeing and mental health status using Clanbeat application 23.08.2021–31.12.2022 Clanbeat Education OÜ
One Step ahead – Supporting Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Georgia 01.10.2021–31.12.2022 Peace Action Community Estonia NGO
Supporting IDP and conflict-affected women’s sustainable livelihoods through entrepreneurship in Georgia (2) 01.01.2022–31.12.2022 Eesti Pagulasabi
SpeakTX – empowering the personnel of educational institutions and supporting the study process of students in Georgia 01.09.2021–31.12.2022 Cognuse OÜ
Act for the Environment! Keep it clean cooperation program in Georgia 01.09.2021–28.02.2023 NGO Let’s Do It World
Enhancing health and well-being of young people by supporting the development of youth friendly services in the primary healthcare in Georgia 01.09.2021–28.02.2023 Eesti Seksuaaltervise Liit
Training of future Georgian public service leadership 01.09.2021–31.08.2023 Eesti Diplomaatide Kooli SA
Building a legislative framework for securing Georgia’s strategic assets 01.09.2021–31.08.2023 Tallinna Tehnikaülikool
Development of Rural tourism services in Dedoplistskaro region in Georgia 01.10.2021–30.09.2023 NGO Eesti Maaturism
Going Global Georgia 2 – Training Georgian SMEs on online marketing and e-export 01.01.2022–31.12.2023 SA Tartu Loomemajanduskeskus