On April 30th, 2015 the Institute for Rural Initiatives organized a National Round Table – Minority Empowerment in Moldova engaging citizens in decision-making process, successful practices of social integration and civic participation.
About 45 people attended the events including Mr. Ion Gumene, Head of Division, Division for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, State Chancellery, Interethnic Relations Bureau of the Republic of Moldova, Mrs. Tatiana Caraman and Mrs. Olga Petuhova, senior specialists at the Interethnic Relations Bureau of the Republic of Moldova, as well as LPA representatives from several communities the project is being implemented in, NGOs representatives and mass media.
Mr. Ion Gumene, Head of Division, Division for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, State Chancellery has mentioned during his speech: “Community participation is an ongoing issue for Moldova. The project implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives, which aims to empower ethnic communities from Moldova, represents a great example of increasing the level of participation by developing ethnic communities through capacity building”.
The National Round Table event was preceded by a formal meeting: “Inspiring Civil Society: Tools and Skills for Funding Community Engagement in Republic of Moldova”. Representatives of such organizations as East Europe Foundation, Austrian Development Agency, Caritas Czech Republic, Liechtenstein Development Service (LED), Angello Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Moldova interested in the subject of inclusion through participation attended the event.
The meeting with funders was focused on sharing efficient strategies meant to encourage the participation of citizens in their native communities. During the event three leaders of the initiative groups, who beneficiated of intense capacity building trainings, logistical and financial support from the Institute for Rural Initiatives, have shared their success stories achieved within the frame of the “Minority Empowerment in Moldova” project.
Special guest during both events was Christine Doby, trainer from the United States. Being for the 2nd time in Moldova, Christine Doby has continued to develop leadership abilities of the minority representatives involved in the project to share international experience acquired during years of working as a mentor and in community development field, as well as to encourage community leaders to share their success stories accomplished within the project in order to contribute to sustainable change in ethnic communities from Moldova.
Activity was implemented within the “Minority Empowerment in Moldova” project funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, administered by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. and is locally implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives.