FHI 360 Moldova

QUARTERLY REPORT April 1 – June 30, 2015

This report covers the sixth quarterly reporting period (April 1 – June 30, 2015) 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. 
 
Some of the highlights of the work accomplished during this period include:
 

Objective 1: CSOs More Effectively Represent their Constituencies

Seventeen MPSCS partner CSOs carried out advocacy campaigns to ensure constituency rights protection and improve legislation in the areas of education, Roma inclusion, women’s empowerment, improvement of quality and accessibility of social service provision, access to information and media transparency, and development of volunteerism in Moldova.
One hundred thirty four socially disadvantaged people from north Moldova received free legal assistance from Clinica Juridică Universitară.
Thirty-five independent media organizations got support in solving legal, financial and IT issues.
One hundred fifty three social workers learned to identify disadvantaged children, and assess their issues and find solutions to help them.
A methodological guide for drafting legislative notes for educational normative acts developed by Fundatia de Dezvoltare din Republica Moldova and adopted by the Ministry of Education.
Nine advocacy project proposals focused on promoting the rights of people with disabilities developed by beneficiary CSOs from different regions as result of Motivatie and Centrul de Asistență Juridică pentru Persoane cu Dizabilități trainings.
Five CSOs shortlisted by MPSCS to implement projects aiming at better representing people with disabilities rights, which MPSCS will couple with technical assistance.
A partnership agreement was signed between Keystone Moldova and Anenii Noi District Council, thus establishing an open and active cooperation for the development and implementation of the local Strategy for Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities.
More than 1,000,000 citizens were reached and informed about positive impact of Moldova’s European integration through MPSCS partners CSO project events and informational materials. 
Fundația Est-Europeană subgrantees Expert-Grup and ADEPT developed a progress report analyzing the performance of the Government of Moldova in implementing the policies prior to signing of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The Progress Report titled, “Moldova in the Eastern Neighborhood Policy: 2005-2014”, which included important findings and recommendations, was shared with the authorities and the public.
 

Objective 2: Institutional Capacity of Strategic Partners Developed

Sixty-five representatives from MPSCS partner organizations improved their knowledge and skills in human resource management, good governance, and partnerships development by attending trainings and workshops delivered by Centrul de Informare și Consultanță Organizatională.
Nineteen Engage Program partners continued to improve internal policies and procedures in line with their Training and Development Plans through trainings, team-building activities, coaching, and consultations.
Twenty CSO representatives enhanced their skills in financial management, cost share requirements and regulations, procurement policies and media outreach during the MPSCS Procurement, Finance, and Communications Managers’ field visits.   
Four MPSCS People with Disabilities Rights partners underwent Organizational Development Assessment and developed their Training and Development Plans. 
Twenty CSO representatives, including individual trainers improved their training and facilitation skills by attending the ToT delivered by Contact Centre in partnership with CTO Caraseni.
Twenty-two CSO representatives improved their knowledge and skills in time management and practical and legal aspects in human resource management by attending trainings delivered by Centrul de Informare și Consultanță Organizatională.

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

Centrul de Resurse Juridice developed a policy on the 2% mechanism through consultations with the National Council of CSOs and ECNL, and submitted them to the Parliament for review.
Centrul de Resurse Juridice conducted a preliminary analysis of the shortcomings of the Law on Public Associations and a comparative research of the European standards for non-commercial organizations, which Centrul de Resurse Juridice will present to the civil society stakeholders to solicit input in the next quarter.
Amendments to the Fiscal Code, Law on Public Associations, and Law on Religious Organizations was submitted to the Parliament Committee of Economy, Budget and Finance by Centrul de Resurse Juridice.
 
 

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