Under the development project, 40 different IDP settlements around Georgia received 47 various micro-projects to improve services, infrastructure, and livelihoods.
Each of the micro-projects was implemented through community-based committees, which allowed residents to agree on the different development priorities of their settlements.
“We have committees in each building that are responsible for the projects. They meet, discuss, and decide the priorities of the settlement and chose the relevant project to be implemented,” said Boris Kolbaia, a resident of an IDP settlement in Kopitnari.
He said residents of his settlement asked to be hooked up to the national gas grid, and that soon, people would heat their homes with natural gas, instead electricity, which is more expensive.
In the IDP settlement of Mtskheta, residents asked through their representative committee for a proper road to be built.
“I use the road frequently, of course, and there is a huge difference. We are no longer bringing mud into our houses, and our houses are cleaner,” said Mtskheta resident, Ema Sakoeva.
Sakoeva and other Mtskheta residents said they now had easier and quicker access to towns and services nearby via an asphalt road, instead of the muddy dirt path they had before.
In Georgia much has been achieved in improving the housing conditions for IDPs. The time is right to adopt a holistic approach so that housing support is complemented by improved livelihood opportunities.