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Javakheti Citizens' Forum
Javakheti Citizens' Forum (JCF)

Javakheti Citizens' Forum (JCF) is an umbrella association currently uniting 31 civil society organizations, nearly 400 individual members, functioning in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. JCF was established with ECMI Caucasus' support in 2005 with the main goal to enhance regional integration and ensure the protection of minority rights in Georgia. Since then JCF has continuously benefited from ECMI Caucasus' assistance and expertise, which have included trainings for capacity building as well as institutional development of the forum. In addition, consultations and dialogue has been facilitated between civil society and regional as well as central authorities, which together have provided a platform for articulating concerns of the minority communities of the region. JCF member organizations have also had an opportunity to implement grassroots initiatives by participating in ECMI Caucasus' mini-grant mechanisms.

Following its creation, JCF was mostly dependent on financial support provided through ECMI Caucasus' programmes. However, since 2009 the forum has become independent from direct ECMI Caucasus' funding and currently manages an office received funding from other donors, such as the Open Society Georgian Foundation. With increased and strengthened organizational structure, JCF has decided to expand its activities and cover also Samtskhe (the second part of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region). JCF took initial steps in this direction in 2009 by establishing two minority civil society organizations in Aspindza and Akhaltsikhe: the Union for Georgian-Armenian Friendship and the United Union of Samtskhe-Javakheti Greeks "Patrida" respectively. Today, JCF is a diverse organization not only in terms of heterogeneity of the communities represented – Armenians, Georgians, Greeks, Russians – but also in terms of the comprising member organizations, with the oldest established in 1996 and the youngest ones in late 2009.

JCF Member Organizations

1) Organization Name: Civic Education for Constitutional State
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: September 2003

2) Organization Name: Economists and Lawyers for Reform
Place of Registration: Ninotsminda
Date of Registration: July 2007

3) Organization Name: Movement for Justice
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: July 2002

4) Organization Name: Union of Javakheti Greeks "Alexandros"
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: August 2003

5) Organization Name: Union –- Movement for the Development of Sport and Tourism in Samtskhe-Javakheti "Maysek"
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: February 2005

6) Organization Name: Olaverdi
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: July 2002

7) Organization Name: Civil Initiatives for the Development of Democracy in Samtskhe-Javakheti
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: July 2001

8) Organization Name: Anticorruption Union of Lawyers
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: February 2003

9) Organization Name: Union "Abul"
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: February 2003

10) Organization Name: Women for Javakheti's Future
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: June 2003

11) Organization Name: Union Akhalkalaki
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: September 2003

12) Organization Name: Union of Armenian Writers
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: November 1996

13) Organization Name: "Elita"
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: September 1998

14) Organization Name: NGO TV "AVET"
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: August 2002

15) Organization Name: "KHODO"
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: September 2001

16) Organization Name: Civic Development Centre
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: September 2006

17) Organization Name: Union for the Protection of Armenian-Georgian Friendship
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: July 2006

18) Organization Name: "VERNATUN"
Place of Registration: Ninotsminda
Date of Registration: September 2001

19) Organization Name: Socio-Economic Development of Akhalkalaki District
Place of Registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of Registration: June 2001

20) Organization Name: Society for Health and Environment Protection in Javakheti
Place of Registration: Ninotsminda
Date of Registration: November 2001

21) Organization Name: Javakheti Lawyers' Union "Femida"
Place of registration: Ninotsminda
Date of registration: November 2009

22) Organization Name: Doctors of Samtskhe-Javakheti "Hippocrates"
Place of registration: Ninotsminda
Date of registration: November 2009

23) Organization Name: Union "Georgian-Armenian Friendship"
Place of registration: Aspindza
Date of registration: November 2009

24) Organization Name: Dukhobors' Union "Easter"
Place of registration: Ninotsminda
Date of registration: November 2009

25) Organization Name: Union "Lomav"
Place of registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of registration: November 2009

26) Organization Name: United Union of Samtskhe-Javakheti Greeks "Patrida"
Place of registration: Akhaltsikhe
Date of registration: November 2009

27) Organization Name: Union "Samtskhe-Javakheti: Friendship among Nations"
Place of registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of registration: December 2009

28) Organization Name: Union for Environment Protection "ECO - live"
Place of registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of registration: December 2009

29) Organization Name: Union "Educators for our State"
Place of registration: Ninotsminda
Date of registration: December 2009

30) Organization Name: Doctors' Union "Askulup"
Place of registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of registration: December 2009

31) Organization Name: Akhalkalaki Centre for Farmers' Support
Place of registration: Akhalkalaki
Date of registration: December 2009