The project represents a logical continuation of the Minority Empowerment in Moldova project that aims at developing capacities of national minorities in the field of community organizing and democratic public participation, implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives and WSOS with the support of the U.S. Department of State.
The project intends to achieve these objectives through a series of activities that will allow both the majority population, as well as, the minority (especially in rural areas) to get closer, to talk to each other, to work together and to mitigate the negative social tensions based on racial or ethnic considerations.
The project will provide space and expertise for study, interaction and education, as well as, will provide practical solutions for common problems in different communities.
The project will run 20 months and will be implemented in 22 communities (15 old and 7 new one) from different regions of the country.
Within this new initiative the Institute for Rural Initiatives will implement the expertise gathered in the first phase of the pilot project and will highlight the dimension of peer-to-peer learning, experienced beneficiaries will train the new ones. Mentoring is also a core component of the project, it aims to support and assist recently formed initiative groups at the local level.
This project is sponsored by U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Managed by Great Lakes Consortium at WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. Locally implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives in Moldova.