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Evidence-driven public policy choices are central to the successful development of all of the countries across the region. Unfortunately, public policy analysis is too often a hostage to political agendas. Our independent analysis of the public policy environment and governance structures is vital as part of the analysis of most development projects. However, it is also useful because by making public policy discussions accessible we aim to widen the participation in public-policy debates.

Governance Projects

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.
Challenges Facing Children with Disabilities (World Vision, 2014)
This research looks at the situation facing children with disabilities in Georgia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reforms to the Finance and Budgetary System in Georgia (2009)
This paper looks at reforms in budgetary planning and oversight that have occurred in the Ministry of Finance and the Chamber of Control since 2004.
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.
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.
The Prospects for Civil Service Reform (2006)
In spite of considerable international support for reform, institutions that are well placed to make reform happen, a possible new legal framework and sporadic support for reform across all branches of the Government, reform in the Civil Service as a whole continues to be a distant prospect.

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