What decentralization means for Georgia

Niels Scott, U.N. resident coordinator and U.N. Development Program resident representative.in Georgia.

More than two decades since the fall of the Soviet Union and seven years since the end of armed conflict with Russia, Georgia is still struggling to transition to democracy.

While the eastern European country is “moving ahead in a lot of areas,” there is a need to decentralize government, Niels Scott said, adding that people should be better able to say to the government what they want and the government to be better placed to hear them.

The U.N. Development Program resident representative and U.N. resident coordinator said decentralization is not easy as it means leaders would have to give up authority and devolve governance to the regions, but the process is gaining steam — starting with elections at the local level.

Learn more about what decentralization means for Georgians by watching the clip above. To watch our interview with Niels Scott on UNDP’s priorities and challenges in the country, click this link.

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  • Jacques Jimeno

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