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    Ms. Eka Kvakhadze has contributed to the democratization process and the strengthening of regional and local self-government during decentralization reform in Georgia.  She currently serves as director of the Local Government Information Center in Rustavi, Georgia, where she promotes bilateral communications between local government and the community through public hearings and public awareness, collaborating with Regional Administration on regional planning issues, and capacity building activities.  She also manages the organizational activities of the center.  She has extensive work experience in the field of public relations with international NGOs such as Eurasia Foundation, CARE International, and World Vision International. She received her Master’s Degree in history from the Tbilisi State University, Georgia.  During her fellowship year, Ms. Kvakhadze will focus on local and regional development, policy and planning, and decentralization.