Cottage Settlements for Georgia's New IDPs: Accountability in Aid and Construction
This report seeks to explain the process by which new cottage settlements were constructed for people displaced during the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. The report investigates the quality of construction based on the assessment of several independent engineers, describes who was responsible for building the settlements and analyzes the costs, and reviews the government’s accountability mechanisms for overseeing the construction process. In conclusion we look ahead, making recommendations for the government and donors in their upcoming round of investments into shelter solutions for IDPs displaced in the early 1990s. The second document below is the presentation made by TI Georgia on April 27, 2010 at the Courtyard Marriott in Tbilisi at the launch of this report. The presentation was attended by a wide group of stakeholders invested in IDP shelter issues, including government representatives, donors, civil society and international aid agencies. The minutes of the discussion that followed will be posted shortly.