New Economic Opportunities (NEO) Project

USAID/Georgia funded the 4 year Georgia NEO Initiative which aimed to develop economic opportunities at the community level; improve livelihoods of vulnerable households and persons; promote sustainability of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) housing; and respond to natural disasters or other large shocks to livelihoods. NORC’s provided technical assistance to the IDP housing component in Georgia that works with persons displaced from their homes in Abkhazia and Ossetia, Georgia during the wars with Russia promoting activities aimed at improving their living situations and sustaining their houses that are being rehabilitated with support from the U.S. government. This includes creating homeowners associations, providing business and technical training to maintenance teams to encourage employment opportunities, and supporting low- or no-interest loans.