Bilateral development co-operation
Georgia has been a priority partner country for Estonia’s bilateral development cooperation since 2006 and according to the Strategy for Estonian Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid 2021-2024 Georgia will remain the priority country of Estonia’s bilateral aid.
In 2021-2024 it is important to continue working in the areas where Estonia has already started cooperation with Georgia.
The basis of cooperation in 2021-2024 is the Estonian development cooperation country strategy for Georgia (245.98 KB, PDF), which reflects the needs and development strategies of Georgia and determines the development directions and areas where Estonia can offer value added. Given the Strategy for Development Cooperation and the needs of Georgia, Estonia focuses on the following key areas when planning and implementing development cooperation in Georgia: Strengthening democratic state structures and systems, supporting economic development, improving the quality of education and increasing the focus on climate and tehe environment in development cooperation projects
Over the period 2014-2020 Estonia’s authorities committed € 6 million supporting Georgia.
More than 50 development cooperation projects were implemented during this period. (Estonian Development Database).
The Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP), founded in 2011, merged in July 2021 with the newly established Estonian Centre of International Development, which, together with other Estonian partners, implements numerous development cooperation projects in Georgia. The centre provides scholarships to Georgian officials to study at the Estonian School of Diplomacy and organizes seminars for Eastern Partnership countries. It is largely funded from the development cooperation budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.