We empower rural communitiesInstitute for Rural Initiatives (iRi)

Who we are?

The Institute for Rural Initiatives (iRi) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that promotes the socio-economic development of rural communities in the Republic of Moldova in order to increase the level of civic involvement of the population in the villages of the Republic of Moldova and hold public institutions accountable to citizens.


Our Mission

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.


General Directions

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 office@iri.md or you might choose to send us a message online using our contact form.

Institute for Rural Initiatives :: Annual Report 2022 Institute for Rural Initiatives (iRi) - Annual Report 2022, format A4, 16 pp.
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iRi Activity

Having had two decades of activity (20 years), the Institute for Rural Initiatives has grown considerably, from very small projects implemented with no paid staff and without an office (2003-2006) to very complex programs in 2 permanent offices across the country (starting in 2014). During these 20 years of activity, iRi has promoted social initiatives aimed at increasing the level of social inclusion and human rights in its partner communities, improving the educational system, and promoting civic activism in Moldovan villages and small towns. Since 2003, the organization has continuously implemented over 60 projects in 132 communities in 29 districts across the country.

All Activities

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The Institute for Rural Initiatives (iRi) with the financial support of the Black Sea Trust implements the project “RurAct: rural communities act – improving democratic governance in rural communities in the Republic of Moldova” (hereinafter: “RurAct: rural communities act”). The aim of the project is to increase the level of…


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

Elizabeth Balint

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.

Elizabeth Balint Project Manager - Great Lakes Consortium
Joseph Bednarek

The Institute for Rural Initiatives is the place where schoolchildren from all backgrounds are challenged and inspired to become outstanding individuals and citizens.

Joseph Bednarek Regional Program Director - GFC
Ilia Chiosea

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.

Ilia Chiosea Mayor of Gaidar - Gaidar, ATU of Gagauzia