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Research is the cornerstone of economic development work. GeoWel can offer an understanding of economic development work that integrates an analysis research into particular sectors and products with analysis of the business and governance environment.

In particular we can provide:

Economic Development Projects

Local Action Group Kazbegi (2015-2017)
GeoWel is a research partner for the People in Need (PiN)’s Local Action Group (LAG) Kazbegi project. The aim is to help local communities to mobilize, identify priorities for development and address them with the initial support of the project.
PiN- Improving Formal, Non-formal and Informal Vocational Education for Agribusiness in Georgia (2015-2017)
GeoWel is a research partner for People in Need (PiN)’s pilot project. The project provides assistance to the three largest agricultural VET providers in Imereti, as well as to the Veterinary Association and the Builders’ Association.
EU Project to Analyse Regional Resource Inter-dependencies in the Caucasus and their Connection to Regional Insecurity (2014-2016)
GeoWel Research has analysed trade, remittances, foreign investment and official development assistance. By looking at patterns of economic inter-dependencies in the broader Caucasus region we have tried to assess the way in which these dependencies feed into security and insecurity.
Food Security in the South Caucasus (Oxfam, 2014)
This research provides an overview of food security in the South Caucasus and as well as analysis of the capacity of government, NGOs and the media to engage in public discussions on food security issues.
Georgia/Armenia Cross Border Value Chain Analysis (CARE Austria, 2013)
This project investigated six agricultural communities in Georgia and six in Armenia, focusing on agricultural production and trade.
Comparative Analysis of Agriculture in the South Caucasus (UNDP, 2013)
Dr George Welton, as lead researcher and writer, working with research teams in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, completed a 200 page report on the agricultural sector in the South Caucasus.
Assessment of the Heavy Industry Sector for Rustavi Steel (2013)
In order to help Rustavi steel draw attention to the importance of the heavy industry sector in Georgia, GeoWel Research undertook a macroeconomic review of the sector.
Asian Development Bank Private Sector Assessment (2013)
Dr Welton provided ADB with an overview of the Georgian economy and private sector environment.
Assessment of Gender in Rural Value Chains Georgia and Armenia (2013)
GeoWel researched the ways in which gender plays a part in the value chains of rural communities in Armenia and Georgia.
Research Training of Georgian Ministry of Economy (2011-2012)
The underlying purpose of the research and analysis capacity building exercise, supported by GIZ, was to support the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MoESD).
Research Training of Shida Kartli Municipal Government (2011-2012)
In 2011 and 2012 GeoWel Research undertook a research training project to try and enhance the in-house capacities of four municipalities of Shida Kartli and the Governor’s office to collect and analyze data for economic development planning on local and regional level.
Food Security in the Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine and Tajikistan (2011)
The purpose of this project was to provide Oxfam a comparative briefing note on the five FSU countries where Oxfam continues to operate; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Tajikistan.
Milk and Dairy in Racha Lechkhumi (2011)
The objective of the research was to provide an overview of the meat and dairy sector in Racha with an aim to assessing the viability of both sectors and the various ways that the project could work with the sectors to improve them.
Mercy Corps Research into Milk Collection Centers (2011)
The research and analysis was done to support the Mercy Corps Project entitled Market Alliances Against Poverty in the Samtskhe-Javakheti Region of Georgia. The principle focus of the research was to look at milk collection centers (MCC) in Samtskhe and evaluate why some work and others do not, in order to aid Mercy Corps in their selection of MCCs and MCC managers in the future.
Trade and Investment Between Georgia and Azerbaijan (2011)
This research was conducted as part of Private Sector Development in the South Caucasus Program, conducted by GIZ which is, in turn, part of its wider Caucasus Initiative. The principle objective of the study is to inform decision makers about the various barriers to trade and investment between Georgia and Azerbaijan so as to help them reduce these barriers.
Evaluation of Russian Grain Export Ban (2011)
This report, written for Oxfam Moscow, looks at the short- and long-term impact of the grain export ban issued by the Russian government during 2010-11. It shows that the ban did not bring food prices down in Russia, that it increased the price of grain internationally, and helped create an enviroment where price spikes and general instability are far more likely in the future. The report concludes with recommendations for alternative policies to increase food security in the future.
Access to Justice in Central Asia (2011)
On 6th April 2011, Dr George Welton presented the results of the research he managed on Access to Justice in Central Asia. The research was the result of a large literature review and legal/institutional analysis, 1,908 survey questionnaires, 74 expert interviews and six focus groups conducted in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, over 80 expert interviews from September 2010.
KfW Protected Areas Financial Analysis and Project Development (2010)
Financial planning, financial feasibility analysis and budget development for Euro 9 million Georgia protected area system project.
CARE International Underlying Causes of Poverty and Program Development (2010)
Research on underlying causes of agricultural poverty in Georgia looking at governance, civil society, insecurity and markets and linkages. This research was conducted to help CARE International in the Caucasus develop its overall program trajectory.
GTZ Caucasus Local Government Assessment (2010)
This research analysed the structure and operation of local government in order to support the development of a GTZ Local Government Project
Vocational Education in Georgia (2010)
This project for GTZ was conducted to help the government of Georgia match vocational education and training provision with labour market needs.
IDP Situation Analysis (2010)
Our IDP study is the most comprehensive review of the situation facing new settlement IDPs to date. It shows that the situation is extremely varied, depending on the settlement, and that while some settlements are ready for development work, most are still in need of considerable humanitarian assistance.
The Loan Component of the Post War Pledge: An Analysis (2009)
This policy paper evaluates the 3 billion loan component of the postwar pledge; looking at the sector choices, transparency and sustainability of the loans.
The Feasibility of Using Mobile Phones to Pay Remittances (2009)
This research looked at whether mobile banking system is feasible in Georgia and if it is, if it could be used to facilitate the transfer of international remittances.
UNDP Georgia National Human Development Report (2008)
An overview and human development analysis into post-revolutionary reforms in the rule of law, economic development, poverty reduction, healthcare, education and the environment.
Platinum Real Estate Business Planning (2007-2008)
In 2007 abd 2008 Dr Welton worked with Platinum Real Estate, a property company based in St Petersburg to a detailed business plan and feasibility analysis of the possibility of developing student accomodation in the suburbs of Petersburg.
Georgia Country Overview (2007)
This report presented an overview of the Georgian economy, state of governance and sociopolitical climate in January 2008 in advance of a Strategic Planning Mid-Term Review for CARE International in Caucasus.
the Developmental Prospects of Georgia-Armenian Trade (2007)
This paper examined whether trade between Georgia's region of Samtskhe-Javakheti and the neighbouring Armenian region of Shirak could significantly facilitate economic development. At the current time it does not.
Venture Capital Due Dilligence (2007)
In 2007 Dr Welton worked for Sun Capital Partners in Georgia, a large UK-based venture capital firm, undertaking investment analysis.

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