Internally Displaced Persons in Georgia: Issues of Concern - საერთაშორისო გამჭვირვალობა - საქართველო

Internally Displaced Persons in Georgia: Issues of Concern

16 February, 2010
This paper lays out some issues of concern about Georgians displaced in the wake of the August 2008 conflict. Of nearly 130,000 people who fled their homes to other parts of Georgia during the summer, around 25,000 are not expected to be able to return for the foreseeable future. The document is based on interviews with internally displaced persons (IDPs), and on first-hand observations made by members of the Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) aid monitoring team. TI Georgia has been involved in monitoring aid to Georgia since September 2008. Since January 2009, a team of two anthropologists and one research assistant have visited 14 out of the total of 15 new cottage settlements (“mushroom villages”) built for people long-term displaced by the August 2008 war. In addition, the team visited several apartment complexes – vacant public buildings that were refurbished as durable housing for the 2008 IDPs – and some collective centers, which act as temporary housing for recent IDPs who still await durable resettlement. The team complemented this broad approach with more in-depth work in three of the new cottage settlements: Berbuki, Skra and Tzmindatzqali. In total, over 100 individuals have been interviewed to date. Rather than attempting an exhaustive assessment of all problems encountered by IDPs, this document simply flags some issues of concern that emerged during fieldwork. TI Georgia’s will continue this work throughout 2009, expanding to address issues faced by those “old” IDPs during the 1990s as well. The aim of TI Georgia’s aid monitoring efforts is to improve the targeting, delivery and impact of aid to Georgia through research, analysis and constructive criticism to donors, implementers and the government. TI Georgia actively welcomes enquiries by government agencies, donors, UN bodies and aid agencies on its work and is always willing to share information.