USAID supports Moldova’s political transition by promoting good governance and strong democratic practices. Grassroots programs are building the capacity of local governments to plan, finance and manage infrastructure, municipal services, and energy-efficiency projects. USAID provides targeted support to the Government of Moldova with a focus on increasing the integrity, transparency, and accountability of the judicial system. Other programs are strengthening democracy in Moldova through support for more accountable political parties, active citizen engagement, sustainable civil society, and transparent electoral processes. USAID is also active in providing assistance to empower vulnerable women and people with disabilities to improve their social and economic welfare.
Moldova Civil Society Strengthening Program
December 2013 – October 2018
FHI Development 360 LLC.
The purpose of Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society project (MPSCS) is to improve the capacity of civil society in Moldova to represent citizens’ interests, influence policymaking and sustain the sector’s democratic role for the future. PSCS will strengthen Moldovan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), CSO networks, and engagement between CSOs and host government to contribute to a more vibrant and effective civil society sector in Moldova.
The Strengthening Political Accountability and Civic Engagement Program (SPACE-Moldova)
June 2012 – May 2016
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
The Strengthening Political Accountability and Civic Engagement Program (SPACE-Moldova) aims to improve the quality of political representation in Moldova by developing the accountability of political parties at the national and local levels to better represent citizens’ interests; strengthening pressure points to encourage parties to reform; expanding linkages between political parties and civic groups to increase demand for improved representation of the public interest by political parties and elected officials; and supporting the transparency of the electoral process. SPACE-Moldova works with both political parties and registered and unofficial civic groups, to provide incentives to political parties to serve as vehicles for sounding out citizen’s concerns in the political process and empower them to hold the political parties accountable for their activities.
Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening Program
March 2012 – March 2016
Checchi and Company Consulting Inc.
The Rule of Law Institutional Strengthening Program works to improve the organizational capacity, transparency and accountability of key justice sector institutions to guarantee the independence and increase the effectiveness and professionalism of the judiciary. The program (1) enhances the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the Moldovan judiciary; (2) supports development of a professional judicial cadre; and (3) increases the capacity of civil society organizations to monitor and advocate for justice sector reform and improve public legal awareness.
Local Government Support Project
February 2012 – February 2016
Chemonics International, Inc.
The Local Government Support Project (LGSP) is working to improve local services in the country by helping local governments increase their ability to plan, finance and manage infrastructure, municipal services, and energy efficiency projects. The goal is to encourage decentralization and strengthen the linkages between local governments and citizens. The LGSP has three interrelated components: (1) improve municipal service delivery, including planning and service management quality and quantity; (2) increase the revenues available to local governments and improve financial management; (3) improve municipal energy efficiency at the rayon level.
Consolidation of Local Governments' Capacity in Water Management in Moldova
September 2012 - September 2014
Congress of Local Authorities in Moldova (CALM)
The purpose of the Consolidation of Local Governments' Capacity in Water Management in Moldova Project is to help create sustainable water management systems and structures among local governments. The project will take a comprehensive and integrated approach to water resources management at all stages of the management cycle. The project will: (1) analyze and propose optimal organizational structures for managing water resources at the community and rayon levels; (2) examine water management with regard to decentralization and regionalization; (3) examine water resources ownership issues; (4) analyze opportunities for municipal cooperation in managing water resources; and (5) investigate new, innovative opportunities in water supply at local level.
Protecting Children in Moldova from Family Separation, Violence, Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation
August 2010 - June 2014
EveryChild Moldova/World Learning
The project goal is to protect children in Moldova by strengthening the child protection system and addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their families in order to prevent family separation, violence, neglect, and exploitation. The project supports childcare reform in the three pilot rayons of Ungheni, Calarasi, and Falesti, where approximately 500 children from residential institutions are being helped to return to their families or obtain access to alternative family substitute services (including foster care services, emergency, immediate, short-term, and long-term placements). At the national level, the project works with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, and the Ministry of Education to develop and improve social policies by incorporating the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care for Children into existing policies, legislation, and practices.
EMERGING DONORS CHALLENGE FUND GRANTS
The United States Government, through USAID, is partnering with the 10 “Emerging Donor” countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) to co-fund projects in Eurasia and the Balkans. This will enable the recipient countries to benefit from the successful experiences of the Emerging Donors in their democratic and economic transitions.
The Capacity Building for Digital Information Security for Moldovan Government Institutions project
April 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Estonian e-Governance Academy (EGA)
The Capacity Building for Digital Information Security for Moldovan Government Institutions project supports the development of Moldova’s e-governance systems through training and research designed to improve the systems and processes in place to secure data while maximizing transparency. In cooperation with a the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Estonian e-Governance Academy is implementing these grant funds to 1) develop an organizational chart and roadmap for implementation of digital information security activities and responsibilities in the Moldovan Government; 2) develop a set of organizational, legal, and technical measures for a government-wide baseline security system for information systems; and 3) raise public awareness about digital information security and digital privacy issues.
Last updated: May 28, 2014