PRI’s South Caucasus office has signed a grant contact with the European Union to work on a project in Georgia on Monitoring Government’s Commitments and Promoting Reforms in the Penal Sector Through the Engagement of CSOs (civil society organisations). This is a joint project with the Human Rights Center and Rehabilitation Initiative for Vulnerable Groups.
The specific objectives of the 26-month project are to: 1) monitor and review progress against sectoral strategies, action plans, legislation, practice and process, in view of European best practices; 2) increase the capacity of CSOs and media organisations for policy monitoring and advocacy, and create a regional network in the sector; 3) to enhance policy dialogue and advocacy with relevant stakeholders related to penitentiary and probation reforms; and 4) to raise public awareness and outreach on the project themes.
PRI has been working in the South Caucasus region since 1999. The regional office is based in Tbilisi, Georgia, and also operates in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.