Who we are?
The Institute for Rural Initiatives (formerly Ograda Noastra NGO) is a non-governmental, non-profit and public interest organization that promotes socio-economic initiatives in rural communities from Moldova. IRI will continue the mission of Ograda Noastra to facilitate processes of development in disadvantaged communities.
Alarmed by the general level of underdevelopment and isolation of rural communities from the Republic of Moldova and the concerning gap in development dynamics between urban and rural areas, the IRI mission is to facilitate initiatives that generate or facilitate development processes in disadvantaged/marginalized communities from Moldova.
Main activity directions of the Institute for Rural Initiatives are activities and policies that facilitate social and economic initiatives in rural areas of Moldova, promote a spirit of social cohesion, improve the quality of education and responsible governance in villages and small towns of Moldova, and stimulate a spirit of civic activism benefitting the community.
The Institute for Rural Initiatives is open for cooperation with any social actor or institution interested in growing social and economic initiatives in rural communities from the Republic of Moldova. If you are interested in cooperation, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or you might choose to send us a message online using our contact form.
Having more than a decade of activity (13 years) the Institute for Rural Initiatives has grown considerably, from very small projects implemented with no payed staff and without an office (2003-2006) to very complex programs in 2 permanent offices across the country (starting with 2014). During these 13 years of activity IRI promoted social initiatives meant to increase the level of social inclusion and human rights in its partner communities, to improve the educational system while promoting civic activism in Moldovan villages and small towns. Since 2003 the organization has continuously implemented over 40 projects across the country.All Activities
The scope of the project “Citizens serving citizens” is to empower civic engagement and develop civil society organizations at local level in the Republic of Moldova. The project is a continuation of the project Governing together and its main objective is to build the capacities of 6 local NGOs (3…
The Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) within the Grant Program for Youth Organizations of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova launches the initiative “IntegrACT ALUMNI: active young people from rural areas mobilize graduates’ communities in implementing youth policies in their community” (abbreviated IntegrACT Alumni).…
The goal of the program is to facilitate youth civic participation, interaction and capacity building of diverse stakeholders leading to an increased number of empowered rural youth in Moldova. Specifically, the program will facilitate Moldovan youth individuals, initiative groups and NGOs to act as agents of positive social change within…
What our partners say about us
We worked with 18 countries in 18 years, with a lot of excellent partners, but so far we are most impressed with IRI in every aspects.
The Institute for Rural Initiatives is the place where schoolchildren from all backgrounds are challenged and inspired to become outstanding individuals and citizens.
Thank you very much, IRI! You are THE organization that succeeded to activate the spirit of community participation and civic activism in our village. Because of your work, dedication and guidance our community is more inclusive and more united.