Georgia is a developing post-Soviet country home to as little as 3.7 million people. It has made significant socioeconomic advances in the past 15 years, but remains a poor and socioeconomically unequal country where the digital divide fuels the existing inequalities.

Our Georgian beneficiaries satisfy two criteria:

  • They are in their final years of schooling (school grades 10-12);
  • They reside in socially vulnerable families - or the poorest households.

According to a 2017 Welfare Survey by UNICEF, as of September 2017, 324,177 households comprised of 977,055 people (less than a fourth of the entire population) were registered in the unified database for socially vulnerable families. Such households receive Targeted Social Assistance (TSA), which is the second largest cash-assistance programme of Georgia’s social security system. 

Georgia ranks as #150 in the world based on GDP per capita. The consequences of such poverty are especially dire for our target group. Every fifth child lives in a household in which the basic needs of household members are not met. The unemployment rate for the age group of 15-19 is 31.9%. When it comes to education, with the Government spending only 2% of the GDP on education (ranking it as #67 out of 173), Georgia is among the bottom 10 countries in the PISA ranking. Even though school attendance is mandatory, every fifth poor child aged 15-18 is no longer involved in education.

Population: 3,7 million

Internet penetration rate: 68.10%

People offline: 31.90%


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