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Tsalka Citizens' Forum
Tsalka Citizens' Forum (TCF)

Tsalka Citizens’ Forum (TCF) is an association that unites six regional NGOs and an additional 65 individual members representing all ethnic communities – Georgians, Greeks, Armenians and Azeris – in the Tsalka district in the Kvemo Kartli region. TCF was established with ECMI Caucasus’ support in 2006 and formally registered as a legal entity in 2007. The goal of TCF is to work towards integration of the Tsalka district into the Georgian state structures and to protect minority rights in the area. Since the establishment of the forum, ECMI Caucasus has significantly contributed to the development of the association through trainings, consultations, capacity building and support of local community initiatives. Furthermore, TCF has facilitated information exchange and constructive dialogue between the authorities, the minority communities and regional civil society organizations through roundtable meetings and conferences on specific minority-related issues.

Since its creation, TCF has achieved a certain degree of self-sustainability and managed to diversify sources of funding, such as from Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), while also acting as an implementing partner for other projects. In this latter regard, TCF has become the main implementing partner of the Greek-Georgian association – Georgia Ellada – under its project titled Enhancing the Capacity of Local Self-Governance Bodies of the Tsalka District. This project lasted for six months, from November 2009 to April 2010, and was funded by the Open Society Georgia Foundation. During the project implementation period a series of trainings were held for local self-governance bodies on topics ranging from the role of civil society in self-governance to rights and responsibilities of local self-governance bodies to developing annual budgets. Furthermore, a working group, consisting of civil society organizations and local self-governance representatives, was created that has directly assisted and monitored the drafting and expenditure of the annual district budget.

TCF members have also had the opportunity of being involved in developing recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The recommendations were presented to governmental agencies in late 2007 and constructive dialogue with various state bodies have been created through close working relations. In this way, TCF also participates in the work of the Council of National Minorities, which operates under the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia.

TCF Member Organizations

1) Oraganization Name: Kamurj-Khidi
Place of Registration: Tsalka
Date of Registration: August 2006

2) Oraganization Name: Civil Initiatives in Tsalka District
Place of Registration: Tsalka
Date of Registration: September 2006

3) Oraganization Name: Centre for Civic Education and Integration
Place of Registration: Tsalka
Date of Registration: July 2008

4) Oraganization Name: Cultural-Educational Centre of Tsalka District
Place of Registration: Tsalka
Date of Registration: September 2006

5) Oraganization Name: Tsalka Civic Development Centre
Place of Registration: Tsalka
Date of Registration: December 2006

6) Oraganization Name: Tsalka District Youth Union for Democratic Development
Place of Registration: Tsalka
Date of Registration: September 2006