PROJECT: Foster to Create new possibilities for better E-participation in Georgia

Experienced in research, strategic planning and project/product management, Tea has a demonstrated professional experience in public administration, banking and telecommunications. 

In her capacity as Head of the Digital Product Department at the leading communication and internet provider company Silknet, she develops and manages innovative digital products. 

Tea is a Deputy CEO and former Head of the Research and Development Department of the non-governmental organization – Electronic Governance for Georgia. As a mentor with more than 5 years of experience, she has been delivering training on Needs Assessment, Training Design and Administration for the Training Center of Justice of Georgia and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA).

Tea holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from the Tbilisi State University, (Georgia). Since March 2021, she is a Guest Lecturer at the Business and Technology University of Georgia teaching the module on Project Management.  

“The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship was a unique experience to develop my favorite field (digital services) and launch the national-wide campaign in Georgia. Apart from improving my professional competences, the program gave me extraordinary memories and international friends who will be shaping the future of the Eastern Partnership region soon. To reflect on the fellowship action itself, the research disclosed that young people have a keen interest in digital tools. Accordingly, to increase digital literacy in our community, we should continue the awareness-raising activities extensively not only in Tbilisi and other big cities but in smaller towns of Georgia as well.” – Tea TURASHVILI

Foster to Create new possibilities for better E-participation in Georgia

Enjoying the variety of e-participation tools in Georgia, the project aimed to research the popularity of those instruments among the general public. To achieve the above objective, Tea studied citizen’s experience during their e-participation interactions. The research covered almost all electronic websites, including ichange.gov.ge (Governmental portal on e-petitions), myparliament.ge (“Give an Idea to the Parliament” project allowing the citizens to suggest proposals), declaration.gov.ge (Online system of the Civil Service Bureau of Georgia), manifest.ge (National e-petition portal funded by the Open Society Georgia Foundation), idea.tbilisi.gov.ge (Website of the Tbilisi City Hall enabling the residents to submit their ideas to the local authorities), mkhileba.gov.ge (national platform to disclose the violation of the Georgian Legislation or the Code of Ethics) and budgetmonitoring.ge (Budget monitoring website developed by Georgia’s State Audit Office. The research was followed by interactive discussions, in-debt interviews and awareness-raising campaigns in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi. 

The action delivered a research document analyzing the barriers and challenges faced by the citizens during the e-participation process. Also, the project developed and disseminated a list of recommendations/digital solutions to the governmental and non-governmental stakeholders; the guidelines serve as a framework to develop the technical and contextual sides of the web-portals, improve the multimedia interface and make them more user-friendly. Besides, the interactive workshops, in-depth interviews and campaigns in the biggest Georgian cities of Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi raised awareness of the young people in digital tools that can be applied to enhance the e-democracy level in Georgia. 

Fellowship Programs 2019
Country Georgia
Areas of Interest Awareness raising
Topics Democratic participation
Project duration May 2019 - November 2019