EaPTC Armenia – Georgia Awarded Grant Projects

Cross-border Economic Development (CED)

Cross-border Economic Development CED [English subtitles]




Direct bridges for small businesses

July 8, 2016

Among other EaPTC consortium members СIDA, Rustavi based NGO, employs global approach for transboundary cooperation development. An EU-funded grant project supporting Cross-border Economic Development (CED) at first is focused on field research, which gathered very valuable information about local businesses on the both sides of the border...

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The role of Agriculture in Economic Development of Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions

March 22, 2016

Civil Development Agency (CiDA) is a Rustavi-based non-government organisation, which has been supporting the social and economic rights of Georgian citizens since 2002. Its project, Cross-border Economic Development (CED), received the EU grant of 224, 533 Euro under the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Support Programme (EaPTC). 

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The Business Catalogue and Guideline:

1. Business Catalogue (Georgian-English) 

2. Business Catalogue (Armenian-English)

Title of the action:Cross-border Economic Development (CED)
Location(s) of the action:Georgia, Kvemo Kartli region; Armenia, Tavush region
Total duration16 months
EU financing224 533,08 EURO
Name of the applicantNGO Civil Development Agency (CiDA), Georgia
Co-applicant 1Support for Noyemberyan (SFN), Armenia
Co-applicant 2Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) Armenia, Armenia

Applicant’s contact details

Postal address:9/1 Pirosmani Street, Rustavi 3700, Georgia
Telephone number:+995 0341 25 88 22
Contact person for this action:+995 0341 25 88 22
Contact person’s email:Zviad Devdariani
Website:www.cida.ge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 Summary of the action

Objectives of the action

Overall Objective: To improve the living conditions of bordering communities in the Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions.

Specific Objectives:

  • To strengthen cross-border cooperation between Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions by attracting investments;
  • To strengthen cross-border cooperation between Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions by increasing transactions between business entities from both regions; and
  • To inform business entities in the target regions about cross-border investment and trade opportunities.
Target group(s)NGOs, businesses, investment agencies, and regional and local government representatives from Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions
Final beneficiariesThe bordering communities in Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions
Estimated results
  • The knowledge of Georgian and Armenian regional business holders on new economic opportunities within the frameworks of the Eurasian Customs Union and the EU Association Agreement has increased.
  • Links between Georgian and Armenian business holders have strengthened, and joint ideas are initiated to support local economic development.
  • Georgian and Armenian business holders have increased access to business-related information on establishment/development of joint business activities.
Main activitiesBaseline Survey, including desk research; Start-up workshop; Agro-tours; Media tour; Agricultural fair; PR training sessions; Consultations; Online platform; Catalogue; Guideline

Roles and participation and attitudes of actors and stakeholders

Civil Development Agency (CiDA) will:

  • Conduct the field work in Kvemo Kartli that is part of the baseline study;
  • Engage its agribusiness networks and affiliates in project implementation, provide its expertise on agribusiness throughout the project implementation and make sure that Georgia-Armenia agribusiness interactions result in enduring partnerships based on business interest and communities’ benefit;
  • Develop a database of local agribusinesses, coordinate information collection relevant to the Tavush region. It will make sure that Kvemo Kartli LG is informed about and engaged in the progress of the project, will coordinate all activities with agribusinesses such as joint training sessions and agribusiness exchange tours taking place in Georgia;
  • Provide relevant information (both financial and content-related) to the Georgian part of the Action;
  • Be the liaison with government agencies, international organisations and the donor community in Georgia;
  • Be responsible for maintaining regular communication with all partners involved, ensuring compliance of the activities with the proposed Action. SFN will supervise the organisation of all project-related activities in Georgia ((sector-specific discussions, workshops, AgroTours, presentations, B2B meetings, development of business partnerships, support to business transactions, communication with Armenia-based agribusinesses and others) and coordination of events with the partners in Armenia – EPF and SFN. CiDA will manage announcements, public events and joint business-to-business activities of other actors involved in the project.

Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) will:

  • Conduct a desk research as part of the baseline study. It will design the research questions for 
the mapping research;
  • Work through its EPF Northern Branch located in Ijevan, which covers Ijevan and Berd sub- regions, while SFN covers Noyemberyan and Dilijan sub-regions of Tavush. The two partners will ensure that the agribusinesses in the entire Tavush region have access to the opportunities offered by the Action;
  • Assist in drafting of Terms of Reference and contracts for experts and trainers. It will also assist CiDA and SFN in preparing the narrative and financial reports;
  • Assist in the design of the training programmes, the development of the online portal and making a sustainable platform to support extended cooperation of agribusinesses between Armenia and Georgia.
  • Methodologically support SFN throughout the project implementation, advising on best means to achieve aims.
  • Provide necessary contacts in Yerevan and with central government; as well as with Marzpetaran; and other stakeholders, such as international organisations and businesses, including Diaspora businesses.
  • Support CiDA and SFN in M&E, including risk assessment and advise on the nature of cross- border interactions.

Noyemberyan (SFN) will: 


  • Conduct the field work in Tavush that is part of the baseline study;
  • Engage its agribusiness networks and affiliates in project implementation, provide its expertise on agribusiness throughout the project implementation and make sure that Armenia-Georgia agribusiness interactions result in enduring partnerships based on business interest and communities’ benefit;
  • Develop a database of local agribusinesses, coordinate the collection of information relevant to the Tavush region. It will make sure that Tavush LG is informed about and engaged in the progress of the project, will coordinate all activities with agribusinesses such as joint training sessions and agribusiness exchange tours taking place in Armenia;
  • Provide relevant information (both financial and content-related) to the Armenian part of the Action;
  • Be the liaison with government agencies, international organisations and the donor community in Armenia;
  • Be responsible for maintaining regular communication with all partners involved, ensuring compliance of the activities with the proposed Action. SFN will supervise the organisation of all project-related activities in Armenia (sector-specific discussions, workshops, AgroTours, presentations, B2B meetings, development of business partnerships, support to business transactions, communication with Georgia-based agribusinesses and others) and coordination 
of events with the partner in Georgia – CiDA. It will also coordinate research report presentations and will collect reports from EPF. SFN NGO will produce combined progress reports to CiDA, manage announcements, public events and joint business-to-business activities of other actors involved in the project.

Sustainability of the action

The Action will produce the following impacts at technical, social and policy levels:

Technical: The target groups have increased their knowledge and skills via training sessions, tailored consultancy and exchange moments during various activities (e.g. fair, agro-tours).

Social: The social impact of the Action is secured in the publication of a practical guideline, as well as in other activities that aim at developing and/or expanding existing business operations, which will lead to the creation of additional jobs in the cross-border communities. This, in turn, will lead to a better socio-economic condition of the final beneficiaries.

Policy: The business owners and NGOs, as well as investment companies, will have established links with national and regional stakeholders, thereby developing their capacities to network with relevant stakeholders. Moreover, the dialogue between public institution officials and the target groups will improve, leading to a better implementation of local development strategies and increased knowledge about the importance of cross-border cooperation. The problems of Armenia joining EEU and Georgia the EU via AA will receive new solutions thanks to the Action.


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