Georgia is considered a positive case of democratic development. International IDEA has supported democracy in Georgia since the early 2000s. Its democratic reforms, functioning democratic institutions, and peaceful electoral transitions of the past years constitute an exemplary model of democratic developments among new democracies in Eastern Europe. With a positive record of reforms in the past, the country continues to face challenges in consolidating and deepening its democratic processes.
In recent years, International IDEA’s focus in Georgia has been on the area of money in politics, as well as citizen participation. We have worked with Georgian actors such as the State Audit Office, the Central Elections Commission and local civil society. At the end of 2016, Georgia launched an online reporting and disclosure system for political party donations, to which International IDEA has contributed with international comparative knowledge.
The country still faces challenges in ensuring inclusive political participation as well as preventing informal influences and financial interests from dominating the political scene. We continue to support Georgia by convening stakeholders to discuss the role of money in politics.