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Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society project (MPSCS)
Implementer: FHI Development 360 LLC.
Project period: 12/2013 – 12/2018

The purpose of Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society Program (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. It seeks to 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 project also supports civil society organizations in raising awareness and educating citizens about European Union (EU) and EU integration.

MEDIA-M: Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova
Implementer: Internews
Project period: 05/2017 – 05/2022

MEDIA-M aims to promote the development of independent, professional media that give citizens access to a variety of perspectives, and to create a media sector that is more resilient to political and financial pressures. By focusing on the supply of and demand for objective information, this activity strengthens the ability of independent media to fulfill their role as  watchdogs over the government and serve as a space for citizens to engage in public policy dialogue. MEDIA-M’s focus on the legal enabling environment reinforces existing protections for freedom of speech, facilitate better implementation of laws, and advocate for media sector regulation in accordance with international norms.

Promoting the Rule of Law in Moldova through Civil Society Oversight
Implementer: Legal Resource Centre Moldova (LRCM)
Project Period: 10/2016 – 09/2020

LRCM improves the rule of law and the accountability of the justice system in Moldova via active civil society oversight and participation in decision-making processes. The project seeks to promote an enabling environment for civil society organizations (CSOs); increase the accountability and transparency of the Moldovan justice system; and promote effective implementation of European human rights standards in Moldova.

Open Justice
Implementer: Millennium DPI Partners
Project Period: 05/2017 – 05/2019

The Open Justice Project aims to foster a more accountable and efficient justice system accessible to all members of society. In collaboration with the Moldovan judicial authorities, courts of law, civil society and mass media, the activity works to improve the administration and transparency of justice sector institutions, support court reorganization and optimization efforts, as well as implement an upgraded Integrated Case Management System. Open Justice will improve court services for citizens, promote development and implementation of judicial performance standards, and facilitate public court monitoring through the use of modern IT solutions.

Open Justice is upgrading the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS), a nation-wide electronic tool to reduce corruption, promote transparency and increase efficiency in the justice system. The use of ICMS in all courts will drive qualitative changes in the judicial system by ensuring transparency, judicial accountability, constraining court staff misconduct, and increasing public access to information. The courts will also use ICMS to streamline case management and evenly distribute cases, monitor performance and identify areas of needed reform and intervention. Data extraction and real-time statistics from ICMS will help court leadership better monitor court's’ activity and ensure a more efficient activity , thus saving time and litigants’ resources.

Moldova Inclusive and Participatory Political Processes (MIPPP)
Implementer: Consortium for Elections and Political Processes Strengthening (CEPPS)/IRI and NDI
Project Period: 10/2016 – 09/2019

MIPPP works with political parties, national party leaders and emerging political actors, local government officials and CSOs and citizen activists with the aim of ensuring fairer and more transparent political competition in Moldova that is more representative of, and accountable to citizens. To support this goal, MIPPP focuses on three key areas: promoting more inclusive and accountable political parties at the national level, supporting emerging parties and underrepresented groups as they seek to increase their participation in the political system and enhancing party and government officials’ representation of citizens at the local level. MIPPP uses consultations, guided practice, leadership trainings, forums and coordinated public opinion research to strengthen political parties’ internal capacity and outreach to citizens, develop emerging political leaders and citizens’ ability to monitor and advocate for reforms and bridge the divide between government officials and citizens at the local level.

Democratic Transparency and Accountability Program (DTAP)
Implementer: Association Promo-LEX
Project Period: 07/2016 – 07/2019

The Democratic Transparency and Accountability (DTAP) Program aims to increase the credibility of electoral processes via election observation and promotion of a conducive enabling environment for political competition. The activity strengthens electoral transparency and accountability mechanisms; enlists actors such as civil society, community groups, rank and file party members, and activists to bring pressure on decision-makers to be more responsive to citizens and engage in fairer and more representative elections and political competition; and consolidates the capacity of Promo-LEX to monitor and advocate for the reforms envisaged by the project.

Novateca – the Global Libraries Program in Moldova
Implementer: IREX
Project Period: 06/2012 – 01/2019

The Novateca program helps citizens to gain free access to the internet and modern, locally-tailored services, drawing on IT tools and trained librarians who can offer guidance and support. Since 2012, Novateca has equipped over 1040 public libraries (across every raion in Moldova) with more than 3600 computers and 360 tablets, trained more than 1200 librarians on ICT skills, modern service delivery, and advocacy and partnership skills, and obtained over $4 million in cost sharing from local authorities and partners. Having facilitated the development of a new Law on Libraries that includes all of the principles of the modern library advocated by the program (passed by the parliament in July 2017), in its final stages, Novateca is now supporting partnerships with local and national government, library leaders, NGOs, community groups and private businesses to enable the network to continue to evolve along with the populations it serves. The program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through support from USAID.

Legal Enabling Environment Program II (LEEP II)
Implementer: International Center for Non-for-Profit Law (ICNL), Promo-LEX in Moldova
Project Period: 2013 – 2018

The program’s main goal is to support and defend civil society’s rights, including the freedoms of association, assembly, expression, information, and other human rights needed for the vibrant functioning of civil society in countries worldwide. ICNL seeks to accomplish this by advancing a legal and regulatory environment that protects and promotes civil society and civic participants.

Moldova – Commercial Mediation and Arbitration
Implementer: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Project Period: 2017- 2019

USAID’s “Moldova – Commercial Mediation and Arbitration” Project promotes and facilitates the use of arbitration and mediation on a national scale in Moldova to cement the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods as a business norm in Moldova. The project envisions a review and improvement of existing legislative and regulatory framework, training of potential mediators and judicial stakeholders as well as raising awareness among the judicial and business communities about alternative dispute resolution.

Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Project Period: 2017- 2018

USAID’s Sănătatea Mea Survey will measure the prevalence of emotional, physical, and sexual violence against 13-24 year old females and males, as well as identify risk and protective factors to inform efforts by stakeholders to reduce violence against children and youth, in households, communities, and schools. The information gathered during the survey will be analyzed and presented to the national stakeholders and decision makers to ensure that the next round of national strategic programming is evidence-based and data driven.

Last updated: February 13, 2018

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