You want to connect every resident of your neighbourhood to the Internet, but you don’t know where to start? You’ve got a great idea for a social campaign, but you haven’t got a clue how to get it done with public funding? The Georgians already know how to deal with these things! The brand new www.participatoryhub.ge platform is now available. It’s a fresh tool for practitioners, tailored to local needs and the specifics of Georgian civic participation processes.
Participatoryhub.ge* is a free platform that is aimed to become a digital centre for resources and social dialogue. It provides data on existing participation mechanisms across all 64 Georgian municipalities (i.e. local self-governments), as well as information on how to gain additional knowledge in the matter.
This information is addressed not only to those who wish to initiate civic participation processes, but also those who want to improve the quality of their social activities. The design of the platform enables quick and easy access to all necessary data for non-governmental organisations, self-governments, and local activists alike.
In addition, platform users will find samples of documents issued by Georgian municipalities, as well as document templates along with instructions on how to fill them. We have also prepared a guidebook and video instructions database that will facilitate both handling the paperwork and implementing the processes.
Other important features of the platform include tools that allow for, among other things, planning the processes (the so-called planner, embedded in the page) and carrying out specific actions, such as meetings, surveys, and text messaging (via external services integrated with the platform, i.e. Zoom, Lopi Sks, Google Forms, etc.).
Moreover, the platform contains contact details of 98 participation practitioners who volunteered to share their expertise. Users can either contact practitioners from a particular field of interest or easily look up information on the platform itself.
The platform was developed in collaboration with experts and students from the Academy of Participation, and offers an opportunity for promoting Academy’s alumni and persons who were successfully individually certified and received recommendations of our Fund.
The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
* The platform was created by a Polish company selected in a tender procedure.