FHI 360 Moldova

Quarterly Progress Report October 1 – December 31, 2014

This report covers the fourth quarterly reporting period (October 1 – December 31, 2014) of the Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society (MPSCS) project. MPSCS is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by FHI 360 and its partner the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL). 
Some of the highlights of the work accomplished during this period include:
Objective 1: CSOs More Effectively Represent their Constituencies 
More than 1.5 million citizens were informed about European integration process under the MPSCS nation-wide awareness campaign “Europe For You” through roundtables, public debates, media reports, TV and radio spots, contests,  study visits, door-to-door activities, cultural events, and flash-mobs organized by MPSCS partner CSOs and communication partner Parc Comunicații.
One-year contract was signed with Fundația Est-Europeană – FEE (East Europe Foundation) to support MPSCS EU awareness campaign and to consolidate the public support for the EU integration by providing nine subgrants to Moldovan organizations.
Six CSOs and two media outlets were selected under the EU Action Grants Program to raise awareness of the Moldova European integration benefits and to mobilize community support for the European path.
MPSCS grantee Caroma-Nord and the Environmental Coalition organized a forum in Bălți on EU Solidarity for the Environment for up to 120 representatives of stakeholders (including authorities).
MPSCS launched a Request for Applications (RFA) to select up to five project proposals aimed at empowering active and mission-driven CSOs run by or for PWD to strengthen their abilities to advocate for the rights of PWD and increase the participation of PWD in advocacy efforts.  
Three MPSCS partners - Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent – CJI (Independent Journalism Center), Casmed and Tinerii pentru Dreptul la Viata – TDV (Youth for the Right to Life) – carried out advocacy campaigns on promoting media access to parliamentary meetings; social service provision; and volunteering in Moldova, respectively.
Asociația Psihologilor Tighina –APT (Association of Psychologists from Tighina), Centrul de Asistență Juridică pentru Persoane cu Dizabilități – CAJPD (Center of Legal Assistance for People with Disabilities), Certitudine and Pro Comunitate built capacities of their constituencies in providing social assistance, advocating for PWD rights,  civic engagement, monitoring, project management and leadership.
More than 130 socially disadvantaged people from northern Moldova received free legal assistance from Clinica Juridică Universitară – CJU (University Legal Clinic).
A methodology to evaluate youth policy was developed and presented to the public by Consiliul Național al Tineretului din Moldova – CNTM (National Youth Council of Moldova).
A Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) including specific analytical tools developed and presented to the Ministry of Education (MoE) by Fundația pentru Dezvoltare din Moldova – FDRM (Foundation for Advancement from Moldova) to be used by MoE to assess the  educational policies.
Objective 2: The Institutional Capacities of Strategic Partners Developed 
MPSCS Support Program Partner CICO trained 18 MPSCS partner CSOs and USAID direct grantees in Financial Management and Procurement.  
MPSCS selected a provider to design and implement a set of activities aimed at supporting local market of capacity-building services. 
Twenty-two MPSCS grantees underwent Organizational Development Assessment (ODA) and submitted their Training and Development Plans (TDPs). 
Six MPSCS partner CSOs - CICO, Contact-Cahul, Casmed, CJU, FCSP and Caroma Nord – implemented first organizational development activities in line with their TDPs. 
Eight MPSCS partner CSOs and MPSCS team increased their skills in advocacy by attending a Training of Trainers (ToT) delivered by the international advocacy expert Andreea Firastraeru. 
Eighteen MPSCS partner CSOs completed the Gender Audit Questionnaire within their organizations in order to identify CSO staff perceptions of gender and to develop organization-wide action plans. 
Objective 3: Enabling Environment More Conducive to Long-Term Sustainability of Civil Society 
MPSCS shared its comments on the adopted 2% mechanism with Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Ministry of Finance (MoF), State Chancellery and National NGO Council. 
MPSCS shared comparative information on the public databases of public benefit CSOs with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). 
Draft Methodological Instructions for CSO accounting developed by the MoF analyzed and shared with CSOs for their input. 
Ministry of Health developed a Regulation for Funding CSOs, which includes recommendations provided by MPSCS.

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