Moldova: Good Governance
Through good governance projects, People in Need works to empower and inspire civil society to learn about and participate in local governance structures. The aim of such projects is that more members of the community can have their voices heard and their needs met. PIN encourages the creation of Local Action Groups in Moldova as a new format for cooperation and problem solving at the local level.
Among other things, a Local Action Group comprising of active citizens, youth, public authorities, the private sector and civil society organisations, might for example work together to set the priorities for local development.
EU4Accountability – Empowered Civil Society for Increased Social Accountability in Moldova
The project empowers active participation and teaches key authorities to understand people’s needs better. More than 50 grassroots initiatives from 10 districts across the whole country will participate, monitor, and advocate for significant changes in public accountability. Selected NGOs will be trained in local budgeting, policy-making, and advocacy sessions and will have the opportunity to join networking workshops. A training series should help to reflect better and provide for the needs of communities and their members.
CSOs from Cahul, Cimislia, Comrat, Falesti, Floresti, Glodeni, Rascani, Straseni, Stefan Voda, and Telenesti districts will learn how to implement their own public policy monitoring projects, strengthen mechanisms for social accountability, and promote best practices; additionally, they will facilitate peer learning, exchange of experience and networking among local CSOs.
The project is implemented by three organisations: the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) and People in Need (PIN).
Resilient Civil Society and Media Response to the Ukraine War
PIN sees local actors of change, such as CSOs, grassroots groups, and independent media, as crucial for maintaining an effective response to the impacts of the war in Ukraine. PIN aims to increase the capacities of CSOs to be able to deliver extended and more inclusive service provision and plans to disburse grants to CSOs, independent media outlets, and exiled organisations.
NHC specialises in activities supporting human rights organisations and affected people in obtaining justice. CSOs in Ukraine, who continue to work to protect human rights, must continue their work, which is possible mainly via operational grants. PCSC works primarily with independent media to receive core support that can be used to cover the cost of producing news and journalistic work, and capacity building. PIN will provide grant support to NGOs to develop strengthened monitoring, reporting, and agenda-setting.
Building good governance by promoting transparency, digitisation and social inclusion in the south of Moldova
The project aims to provide more effective services to citizens, technical support and training for municipalities to be ready to use more transparent IT tools, financial support for local initiatives, and the implementation of the Participatory Planning for Social Inclusion Services (PPSI). The project will directly help more than 400 vulnerable citizens (including women, children, and disadvantaged people). The PPSI program is a multi-stakeholder participatory approach to effectively planning, implementing and evaluating social policies and services, ensuring that the most vulnerable are not forgotten.
PIN has over 20 years of experience with the PPSI program. It is conceived in accordance with local legal and policy frameworks and working structures. It aspires to develop committees as effective platforms for social services policy planning and implementation. These committees are then strengthened through capacity-building activities of representatives of selected civil society organisations who act as facilitators of the working structures. As a result of these processes, the project will facilitate the development and approval of a community social services plan and provide financial support for the development/improvement of services identified in the plan.
EU COVID-19 solidarity programme for the Eastern Partnership
The aim of this project is to mitigate the adverse effects of COVID-19 and to contribute to longer-term socio-economic resilience of vulnerable groups in Eastern Europe. Under the implementation of People in Need (PIN), and in partnership with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) and AFEW International (AFEW), the project aims to propose a set of interventions in several countries, including Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
PIN recognises the critical role local civil society organisations (CSOs) and independent media play in service delivery, community mobilisation, awareness raising, policy engagement, and advocacy for the protection of human rights and civic freedoms during and after the pandemic. We support the CSOs and other civic actors to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations by empowering them with services and access to accurate information.
PIN capitalises on its in-depth field-level knowledge to support CSOs that focus on community-level initiatives, watchdog programmes, and local independent journalism. Our partners NHC and AFEW are specialised in activities to improve human rights protection for responsible persons in closed institutions and key populations at risk for public health concerns like HIV, TB, and viral hepatitis. PIN provides grant support to NGOs working with these beneficiaries and assists them in developing strengthened monitoring, reporting, advisory, agenda-setting, and advocacy work.
Civil society actors as drivers of change in South Caucasus and Moldova
This is a regional project, involving several countries from South Caucasus and Moldova, united by the common aim of supporting newly established civil society organisations, grassroots organisations and civic initiatives, or social and cultural movements in order to strengthen their role as trusted actors advancing the democratisation process.
The project team has been working closely with selected civic initiatives to develop a strategy for each of them regarding their path and position in the society. The civic initiatives are taking part in trainings, coaching, mentoring, consultations, study visits, and fellowships. They establish and improve connections with their supporters and volunteers; and network with peers and partners in Armenia, Georgia or the Republic of Moldova and abroad.
The selected civic initiatives have the opportunity to get support for research and building thematic expertise, as well as get involved in policy dialogue at local, national or international level. During their participation in the project, the newly established civil society organisations will find out if, why and how to engage with the private sector for potential cooperation, and will find effective, transparent and accountable ways to self-organize and manage resources. The project aims to ensure access to funding opportunities for the internal development of selected civic initiatives or for carrying out campaigns designed by them.
Development of civil society and local self-governments
Over 30 non-governmental organizations from 20 districts in Moldova have been supported. Examples of local non-governmental organization projects supported include the opening of a canteen for abandoned elderly people, repair and opening of a playground for children, repair and equipping of a school canteen, support of a campaign against violence towards women and the support of a leisure time club integrating children with disabilities.