FHI 360 Moldova

Annual Report October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016

This report covers the period of October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016, of the Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society (MPSCS). MPSCS is a five-year program 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 

Forty-seven MPSCS grantees and their partners implemented advocacy and watchdog activities throughout Moldova with USAID financial support to produce qualitative changes in life conditions of their target groups: youth, elderly, women, disadvantaged persons, PWD, and minorities.
Twenty-seven decisions aimed at improving collaborative governance, child protection, social inclusion of at-risk populations, and socio-economic development of villages and towns were issued by local and district authorities as a result of MPSCS grantees’ advocacy campaigns.
MPSCS partners mobilized more than 800 volunteers to support their ongoing projects and 87 CSOs registered as host institutions for volunteers.
Over 100 PWD improved their knowledge and self-advocacy skills through trainings and workshops organized by five PWD Rights grantees.
• Association of Independent Press, together with its partners Independent Journalism Center and Association of Independent TV Journalists, launched the STOP FALS! campaign against false and biased information, and the www.mediacritica.md website. These media partners reached around 500,000 Moldovans through print, audio, and TV materials in Romanian and Russian languages.
• MPSCS partner CSOs informed more than 2,000,000 Moldovans about the positive impact of Moldova’s European Union integration through public events and informational materials.
 

Objective 2: The Institutional Capacities of Strategic Partners Developed 

• More than 150 CSO representatives trained in project writing, human resources and results-based management by MPSCS partners.
Fifteen Russian-speaking CSO representatives from Transnistria and the Gagauz Autonomous Region improved their knowledge and skills in strategic planning, human resources management, and fundraising, as a result of MPSCS assistance.
 

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

The Moldovan Parliament passed the 2% Law, which allows individuals to donate 2% of their income tax to CSOs and/or religious organizations starting in January 2017.
A new Law on Non-Commercial Organizations aiming to improve the current legal framework for CSOs in Moldova was developed by the Ministry of Justice’s working group.
The draft Law on Social Entrepreneurship was developed and submitted to the Government of Moldova for approval. The Law on Social Entrepreneurship aims to improve the legal framework for CSO income generation and strengthen their financial sustainability.
MPSCS co-funded the Annual Parliament-Civil Society Cooperation Conference organized by Parliament in cooperation with the National Council of CSOs, on July 4–5, 2016. This platform allowed stakeholders to put forward recommendations for improving the implementation of the Civil Society Development Strategy and improve the cooperation between CSOs and the Government.
The Government adopted on August 9, 2016, a new regulation on consulting civil society in the public decision-making process. This regulation establishes clear and simple rules for CSOs and citizens to participate in public decision making.
 
 
 

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