2014 ON Leadership Forum: Tbilisi, Georgia

On September 1-3, 2014, CDDRL's Omidyar Network Leadership Forum, a Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program alumni network and the Economic Policy Research Center hosted a three-day conference in Tbilisi entitled, “Building a Modern State in 21st Century Georgia.” 29 alumni from the Draper Hills Summer Fellows program and members of the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum attended the conference, representing 13 countries in the region along with China, Egypt and Zimbabwe. The conference brought heads of state, policy-makers and civil society together to discuss Georgia’s successful civil society reforms. 

Following the 2013 regional network conference in Kyiv, Ukraine that drew together alumni from the Former Soviet Union, this conference enabled participating fellows to discuss some of the specific issues and challenges related to advancing democracy, development, and the rule of law in the FSU using Georgia as an example for building a modern state. 

The workshop was made possible by the support from the Omidyar Network, Economic Policy Research Center, Bank of Georgia, the US Embassy in Georgia and the Open Society Georgia Foundation.



Conference Agenda 



World Bank's publication titled: Chronicling Georgia’s Reforms

Freedom House's Nations in Transit report 2014- Section on Georgia on accessing and understanding current state of affairs in Georgia. 



Watch lecture at Ilia State University

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Conference Videos

Welcome Speeches

Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia

David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia


Presentations and Panel Discussions:

Presentation by Francis Fukuyama

Panel Discussion I: State Building in Georgia

Panel Discussion II - Risks to Democratic Development: On the way towards Euro-Atlantic and European Integration

Panel Discussion III - Democracy and Economic Development

Panel Discussion VI - Rule of Law, Human Rights and Judicial Reform

Panel Discussion V - Role of Education, Science and Civil Society in the Development of the Country

Panel Discussion VI – Regional Conflict and Instability: The Situation in Ukraine /Ukraine Crisis and Spillovers on the Region

Full listing of videos available on YouTube here









Media Coverage

Prime Minister’s speech on the Leadership Forum

Newspaper Resonance article – Interview with Francis Fukuyama (in Georgian)

Francis Fukuyama’s Interview – (in English)

Francis Fukuyama’s Interview  Radio Free Liberty – (In English)  

Francis Fukuyama’s Interview  Tabula TV (will soon be available in English)

Prime Minister’s Reception – a Video

Pictures from the President’s Reception

Chairman of the Parliament – Speech and Video

Agenda.ge article about the Forum

News (All in Georgian)

TV Imedi
News _ 11.05 – 11.09

News- 14.03.30 – 14.08.40

News - 17.09 – 17.12

News - 20.18 – 20.19.19

News - 20.18 – 20.19.19

Georgian Public Broadcaster
09.03 starts live from the Forum

News: 12.01 _ 12.05

News 16.08 – 16.12

News 16.08 – 16.12

News 20.16 – 20.21 (Interview)

Rustavi 2
News 09.04 – 09.35

News 12.06.30 – 12.12...

News 15.13 – 15.19

News 21.31 – 21.33

News 09.15 -09.20

News 10.01-10.03

News 12.05 -12.10

News 19.05 -08

TV Kavkasia
News 20.58 – 21.03


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