Georgia at a glance
Too Many Eggs in the Same Basket
In August 2008, conflict between Georgia and Russia over the autonomous region of South Ossetia forced 158,000 people to abandon their homes and rely upon humanitarian aid. The conflict sparked a huge response for Georgia from donor countries: far greater than one might expect for a middle-income country with a functioning government, and beyond the needs that the joint needs assessment contained. While interviewees felt donors generally did well in funding the initial emergency response, especially in terms of food and shelter, the also felt that donors needed to do more to support a more holistic, longer-term approach. Many sectors such as health, water and sanitation were underfunded, and needs remained related to the restoration of the livelihoods of IDPs and the recovery phase. Humanitarian organisations also pointed to the lack of safe access to South Ossetia as a major failure of the response and felt donors could have dedicated greater diplomatic efforts to ensure access.