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.
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 email@example.com 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
Meet, Engage, Embrace, Integrate: assisting Ukrainian kids and youth rehabilitation and integrating into Moldova society
We continue to support our Ukrainian friends. The initiative is called MEET UA (Meet, Engage, Embrace, Integrate) through which we aim to strengthen the efforts of the iRi team and local partners for prompt and effective integration responses for the displaced population in Ukraine. The activities proposed within the project…
RurAct: rural communities act
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…
Community partnerships in support of friends from Ukraine
“The Community Partnerships in Support of Friends from Ukraine” project aims to empower communities where people from Ukraine have taken refuge. Project actions are designed to work towards improving the quality of emotional rehabilitation and recovery services for vulnerable refugee children and parents. In order to better integrate parents and…
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.