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Growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation. An innovative approach

Growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation. An innovative approach

On February 20, 2015 the Institute for Rural Initiatives has organized a national roundtable “Growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation. An innovative approach”.

The roundtable event took place in Chisinau and has brought together leaders of different ethnic initiative groups (Czechs, Bulgarians, Roma, Gagauzians and Germans), as well as facilitators and participants of Democracy Schools coming from several communities from the south of Moldova. The event was also attended by guests from the U.S. Embassy in Moldova, Delegation of the European Union to Moldova, FHI 360, Caritas Czech Republic etc.

During the event participants discussed the ongoing necessity for dialogue and inter-ethnic cooperation at the local level and the stringent need to combat negative perceptions about ethnic minorities, and also regarding majority of the population in Moldova.

The innovative approach has been presented in the light of the successes achieved through the “Minority Act: growing capacity for interethnic dialogue and cooperation” project implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives.

Project that aims to consolidate interethnic respect, friendly dialogue and community activism by involving a simple citizen in solving common problems of the local community he belongs to.

“For those of us working in Moldova it is important to see that there is peace in the country. I wish you good luck. We as representatives of the European Union in the RM will be paying attention to your work as we hope to see greater social integration throughout the country,” has mentioned Ekaterina Dorodnova, Political Officer of the EU Delegation to Moldova.

“Working constantly on developing the capacities of the local initiative groups from Moldova, the Institute for Rural Initiatives tends to empower its partners and strengthening Moldovan civil society,” said Ms. Costev, Executive Director IRI in her closing remarks.

During the event were also discussed successes and challenges of the collaboration between civil society and the Local Public Administration, as well as ways to increase the effectiveness of this partnership through civic participation.

The event was organized by the Institute for Rural Initiatives and its local partners with the support of U.S. Embassy in Moldova.