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12 local CSOs have developed their capacities in the field of social inclusion of people with disabilities

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12 local CSOs have developed their capacities in the field of social inclusion of people with disabilities

DSC_0990The Closing Conference of the Project “Voice of Civil Society for Inclusion” took place on October 27; the project was implemented by Keystone Moldova, within the Grants Program “Development of civil society at local level in the Republic of Moldova”, financed by European Union and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

The event was attended by representatives of civil society organizations and local public administration of the first and second level, social and educational service providers from 10 districts, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in the Republic of Moldova representatives, Foreign Policy Association representatives.

 The project focused on strengthening the role of civil society within 6 regions from Moldova (Cimișlia, Ștefan Vodă, Strășeni, Ialoveni, Florești, Sângerei), through creating a unique voice in promotion of social inclusion of persons with disabilities. The total cost of the project is 59,889 Euro.

The project contributed to strengthening the capacities of 12 civil society organizations and LPA representatives in the field of promoting non-discrimination and ensuring the social inclusion of people with disabilities. The project also increased the level of skills in ensuring the financial sustainability of organizations using various means like: writing and project management, fundraising, capacity building in the field of contracting social services provided by NGOs, developing the public-private partnership at local level. A special importance in this regard was the accession of 5 organizations to the Alliance of Organizations for People with Disabilities in the Republic of Moldova”, mentioned Ludmila Malcoci, Executive Director, Keystone Moldova.

During the implementation of the project, organizations received assistance in developing the projects they applied for funding during the second Call for proposals within the Project “Development of civil society at local level in the Republic of Moldova”. As a result, two of the participating organizations  (AO ”Compasiune” from Costești village, Ialoveni district, and AO ”Icar-Dedal”, Palanca village, Ștefan Vodă district) obtained funding to implement projects in the field of social inclusion of children with special educational needs and children in conflict with the law.

The training and mentoring program developed by Keystone Moldova was the most appropriate way to increase the skills of CSOs in the field of social inclusion of vulnerable groups. The support provided was individualized, based on the needs and level of development of each CSO and was of a practical, applicative nature. Such programs are very necessary for young organizations, to increase the strength of civil society in the Republic of Moldova”, said Maria Bivol, project coordinator, AO “Compasiune”.

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The Project “Development of civil society at local level in the Republic of Moldova” funded by European Union and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) offered, in the period 2019 – 2021, grants amounting to about EUR 3 million for Civil Society Organizations. This project was implemented in partnership with Independent Think-Tank “Expert-Grup”, Association for Participatory Democracy “ADEPT”, Foreign Policy Association, Public Association European Center “Pro-Europe” in Comrat. The aim of the Project was to contribute to the development of local civil society in the Republic of Moldova that promotes and monitors the transparency and accountability of public institutions, including in the implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement.