Zugdidi Center covers Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region:
NCCE’s Zugdidi office has been in operation since February, 2012. Since the day of its opening, the center has hosted up to 2 500 meetings with participation from 48 000 people.
NCCE’s Zugdidi office has initiated and organized more than 180 discussions/meetings of local and national importance. The network acts as a great platform for discussion of social, healthcare, infrastructure, IDP, youth and public policy, as well as other important issues. As a tradition, the Zugdidi office hosts town-hall meetings of local authorities with local citizens.
During elections, the Zugdidi Office, along with other NCCE offices nation-wide, functions as a media center and provides a safe and neutral facility for debates and briefings for all stakeholders. NCCE offices provide non-partisan hubs for political unions, CSO representatives, election administration, the local population, and others in order to enable voters to make an informed decision.
NCCE’s Zugdidi office is actively engaged in advocating issues of different importance on the municipal level. A local CSO Civic Activism and Equality Center was established based on the Civic Activism and Equality Club of NCCE Zugdidi with the same name. The organization, made up of the efforts of various activists, works to empower girls and women.
In 2018, with joint efforts of the city council and NCCE’s Zugdidi office, one of Zugdidi’s streets was named after the well-respected female pacifist, novelist and Nobel Prize winner, Bertha von Suttner. A member of Austria's high aristocracy, Bertha was a writer and peace activist who worked as Alfred Nobel's secretary. In 1876, shortly after getting married, she and her husband settled in Georgia for 10 years, where they were hosted by the queen of Samegrelo, Ekaterine Dadiani. While living in Georgia both Bertha and her husband were active writers and journalists. In Zugdidi Bertha wrote her novels Bad Person, Hanna and Inventory of a Soul.
The work of NCCE’s Zugdidi office also helped to establish the Regional Tourism Development Group in 2014. NCCE Zugdidi encouraged the civic initiative through which the Tourism Information Center was created as well as the informational banners that were then installed in Zugdidi. The Group is now engaged in active discussion with local historians, researchers and other stakeholders regarding the creation of new touristic products. In addition, the NCCE Zugdidi office initiated discussion that led to the handover of control over the Botanical Garden to the local self-governance for purposes of its rehabilitation.
NCCE Zugdidi supports civic initiatives, including those developed by youth. Toward this end, the center has encouraged a good number of initiatives by communicating with various public and private entities and mobilizing civic activists and media.
Good awareness of local needs and good relations with government and its branches, media, CSOs, entrepreneurs and other civic actors make NCCE Zugdidi a reliable partner. It is equipped with all necessary resources to support any person or organization to implement interesting initiatives and activities throughout Samegrelo Upper Svaneti region.