FHI 360 Moldova


This report covers the period of December 13, 2013 – September 30, 2014 of the Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society (MPSCS). MPSCS is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by FHI 360. 
Some of the highlights of the work accomplished during this period include:

Objective 1: CSOs More Effectively Represent their Constituencies 

Under the Engage Program Partners grant program, MPSCS selected 19 national and local organizations that are leaders in representing citizen interests.
16 CSOs representing interest of their constituents – the elderly, youth, media, women, Roma people, employers, and people with disabilities – launched their project activities.
12 Engage Program Partners incorporated additional activities into their projects to promote Moldova’s European integration and benefits for their target groups/constituencies. 
More than 50 journalists, media experts and civil society representatives discussed and signed the MPSCS grantee Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent (Independent Journalism Center) appeal to the Parliament of Moldova to increase the media ownership transparency. 
Clinica Juridică Universitară (University Legal Clinic) provided free legal assistance to 81 socially disadvantaged people from northern Moldova. 
39 volunteers were engaged in the activities organized by MPSCS partners. 

Objective 2: The Institutional Capacities of Strategic Partners Developed 

MPSCS selected three Strategic Partners – Contact-Cahul, CICO and Centrul de Resurse Juridice (Legal Resources Centre).
CSO capacity-building tools – the CSO Financial Sustainability Plan, Organizational Development Assessment Tool (ODAT), Training and Development Plans (TDP) and Gender Questionnaire, were developed, refined, and finalized.
Six individual CSO Training and Development Plans were developed as result of TA provided by MPSCS. 
10 Financial Sustainability Plans were developed by MPSCS partner CSOs aiming to foster their financial sustainability. 

Objective 3: Enabling Environment More Conducive to Long-Term Sustainability of Civil Society 

New local funding opportunities were made available to CSOs as a result of important legal reforms. 
Social contracting mechanism, which enables authorities to contract CSOs to provide social services, was launched, thereby providing additional sources of funding for Moldovan CSOs and improving the prospects of their long-term financial sustainability. 
Government of Moldova adopted the Ministry of Culture Regulation on Grants to CSOs and the first call for state funded grants to CSOs was launched.
As a result of MPSCS support, the Parliament adopted the amendments to the Fiscal Code that allow individuals to donate 2% of their tax on income to CSOs. 
MPSCS provided recommendations to the State Chancellery for improving monitoring and coordination of the CSO Strategy.  
Focal points to coordinate civil society polices were established in each line ministry. 
MPSCS provided TA to the Ministry of Justice in developing amendments to the Law on Public Associations and the Law on Foundations to prevent restrictive amendments (restricting CSO and foundations political activities). 
The process of CSO registration and the voluntary dissolution was simplified and streamlined.

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