CIPDD was founded in August 1992 in Tbilisi. It is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization involved in research, publishing, and related activities. Its main objective is "to promote democratic and free-market values, publicize the major achievements of Western democratic thought, and encourage non-partisan theoretical analysis of problems related to the post-Communist transition process in Georgia and the Caucasus region."
The Institute has sponsored a survey of public attitudes toward law and legality in Georgia; coordinated a project for the UN Development Program which resulted in publication of a Human Development Report for Georgia; and organized seminars and conferences on topics such as regional problems of the Caucasus and the socio-psychological problems of a post-communist transition.
It is also part of a research project on Ethnic Conflicts in the NIS, financed by the European Community and led by the London School of Economics.
CIPDD has translated and published the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws; early 20th century essays by Russian philosophers on themes of democracy and revolution; M. Mamardashvili's Classic and Non-Classic Ideals of Rationality; Vaclav Havel's The Power of the Powerless; and Reason from Woe, a collection of original essays on the problems of democratic transition in Georgia.
CIPDD issues a monthly bulletin in English, The Georgian Chronicle, available by e-mail or international mail upon request. An informational brochure on political parties in Georgia was published in October 1992 and another is forthcoming soon.
Besides CIPDD's permanent staff, 25-30 persons are associated with the Institute on a contractual basis and loosely organized into four units: Publishing House; Video Studio; Information Unit; and Conference Unit.
Last updated: April 2001
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).