Democracy and participation, Migration

Europe starts in Vartekili


Who is behind this?

Sylwia Szparkowska

Development Policy Foundation


Who is joining forces?

Mediathek Tbilisi Media Centre Union, Vartekili Branch


Isani-Samgori District of Tbilisi


Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project consists in promoting and testing European interactive & empowering & result oriented approaches to public space renewal: on-line map-based voting, charrette with architects, city game, ARCH LIFE LAB in Vartekili suburbs of Tbilisi, GE. The goal is to support a free-conflict society in a pauperized, dilapidated zone which faces new challenges related to the refugee influx to Europe: permanent and transfer migration of Kurds, Christians and Yazidis from northern Iraq and Syria

Where will your idea take place?

Tbilisi, Georgia

Why does Europe need your idea?

The Vartekili district faces typical problems of suburbs with post-Soviet massive blocks: animosity & fragmentation, architectonic barriers, limited cultural offer, fragmentation & degradation of public space. The bad state of infrastructure is related to low rental fees, attracting migrants & refugees (the last big wave in 2014/15, from Syria and Iraq), changing Vartekili in a multi-ethnic society with its challenges: integration & empowerment, risk of violence & communication difficulties

What is your impact?

The project improves democratic & interactive communication between the Vertekili divided social groups (GE/IDPs, Yazidis, new refugees), providing the CSOs, LA and formal & informal leaders with visual, innovatory, empowering consultation tools. In a longer perspective the project encourages local communities to take responsibility for the public space, to advocate their interests and to take part in a decision-making process related to their neighborhoods

How do you get there?

The project has both practical & promotional elements (social media, PR, media) and will be implemented & tested & evaluated together with local leaders and the LA.
An on-line /mobile phone accessible consultancy tool will be launched. In a simple procedure (2-5 minutes, a alert/problem photo is uploaded to a map of the area) the user can inform CSO/LA about the most bothersome problems/degradation of the public space.
An on-line voting (via the e-tool) will be held & 1 key problem site/spot selected. Then, 3 main activities connected to the selected problem will be organized: an informal education event, i.e. a edu-city game for children/youth/elders; a charrette with architects (using maps, physical models, etc.) addressing the public space problems, followed by an architectonic work

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Target group: Vartekili community: GE, Yazidi (unified around the Yazidi Temple, the third in the world), refugees from Northern Iraq who came to TBS benefiting from non-visa regime until mid-2014. Direct beneficiaries: 30 people/ community leaders, teachers, street-workers will supervise the project. App. 30 children / youngsters/ elders will take part in the edu-city game. About 40-50 people will take part in the charrette. At least 80 alerts will be uploaded to the e-tool. PR: 100 people/week

What makes your idea stand apart?

The presence of refugees from Iraq&Syria, specially Yazidis, in GE is not widely known. For some Georgia is just a transfer country on their way to DE/EU, others plan to stay / they have families here (minority com. in GE). On the other hand, GE civil community leaders are interested in innovatory approaches to solving social problems: modern tools of participation/empowerment: the project builds on these expectations of both diverse communities

€ 49720,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office expenses: 600; Travel 832; Accommodation + catering: 5520; Event cost / incl. workshops and city games materials and the e-consultation tool adjustment: 10800; Fees and honorarium 18400; Public relations: 3200; personnel costs 5400;

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We will be pleased to contact other organizations which, in their work, focus on the issues of the diversified suburb communities in Europe


Development Policy Foundation

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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