We Advocate

We are vocal about the benefits of open government and open data in a transparent and participatory society.

An open government is one that is proactively transparent about its activities and the information it collects. In addition, an open government proactively seeks to include its citizens in its processes and activities.

We support the Sunlight Foundation's guidelines on open data and advocate for the Georgian government to adhere to those principles.

We have a vision for an open and participatory Georgian government! We work in consort with civil society organizations and government representatives to communicate our vision.

We are actively engaged in:

  • improving Georgia's freedom of information laws and their implementation
  • improving Georgian citizens' integration of open data principles in all its activities to bridge the gap between Georgians and their data in government
  • improving the communication between Georgian citizens and their government using modern standards and technologies that are open
  • raising awareness among Georgians about the benefits of a transparent and proactively open government
  • working with civil society organizations and the media to use freedom of information laws and open data to investigate and inform the public
20 January 2014

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy: A Useful Checklist

Whether your organization is a big International Non-Governmental Organization that enjoys widespread visibility, or a small locally based Civil Society Organization, you could probably use some help to ensure that your campaigns are effective in delivering your message to the intended audience. While campaigners, governments, and donors have become increasingly aware of the power of data, it can still be hard to figure out what opportunities exist for your own organization. What data is persuasive? What does it take to manage it? How can it best be presented and to what audience? Essentially, how can data best be used in your advocacy campaign?

13 September 2013

Mr. Ivanishvili, please don't sell open government short

On Thursday prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili stated that the government of Georgia should work more uniformly to publish data electronically on their websites. In short, according to Mr. Ivanishvili, his government is making a list of all the things that should proactively be made public.

05 August 2013

Does it matter if your data is better if nobody can use it?

On 1 July, JumpStart Georgia requested crime data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. We requested this information because we knew that according to the Administrative Code of Georgia, we are entitled to this information. It is public by law.

15 November 2012

Seeking Project Manager

JumpStart Georgia is pleased to announce an opening for an energetic and motivated project manager for our new project, Visualizing the News in Georgia.

To read about this project in detail, please check out:


14 November 2011

President Mikheil Saakashvili Pledges to Open Up Government

On 20 September 2011 Mikheil Saakashvili joined 46 other countries in supporting the principles and values put forth in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). This followed on the heels of an open letter by Minister of Foreign Affairs Gregory Vashadze on 30 August 2011 describing Georgia’s intent to join the OGP.