A Stronger Georgian Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare for Enhanced Advocacy for Child Wellbeing

In the last months the Georgian Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare has been going through changes regarding its structure, internal policies and overall capacity. With trainings targeted to strengthening the capacity of its member organisations and youth committee in terms of fundraising, communication and decision-making, the coalition is more likely to effectively represent the voices of civil society representatives militating for the welfare and for the rights of children in Georgia.

An essential part of the reorganisation process was represented by the organisation of its first General Assembly, on the 30th of September. Within the GA, the Board, the Chairman and the Secretary of the coalition have been elected. 7 NGOs were elected to be part of the coalition’s board: Global Initiative in Psychiatry, World Vision Georgia, Children of Georgia, First Step, the Public Health Foundation, the Georgian Association for Social Workers and SOS Children’s Villages Georgia. Jaba Nachkebia, the director of  Children of Georgia, has been elected the Chairman of the Georgian coalition and Maya Mgeliashvili, Child and Youth Welfare and Advocacy Manager from World Vision, has been elected Secretary of the Coalition.

The Georgian Coalition for Child and Youth Welfare has also reviewed its long-term advocacy strategy for 2014-2015 with the support of an international consultant.

Furthermore, the coalition is paying special attention to the strengthening of its youth committee since their representatives can be powerful voices for change. Thus the coalition’s youth committee has been delivered two -trainings for the development of personal skill and for photo-advocacy to support advocacy stories and messages.