Academy for Budget Transparency – an initiative for local NGOs empowerment

Academy for Budget Transparency – an initiative for local NGOs empowerment

The Academy for Budget Transparency started in October 2020 under the auspices of the Institute for Rural Initiatives (iRi) as a logical continuation of a series of previous trainings on good governance. 6 local NGOs from Drochia and Riscani districts learned together with iRi experts about participatory democracy, decision-making process and principles of good governance.

Under the motto “Highlights for an effective involvement of citizens in the decision-making transparency process in the rural communities of the Republic of Moldova” the NGOs representatives with a more advanced level of understanding also learned about the role of territorial administrative unit, budget process and the best methods of budget transparency.

“We find that partner NGOs are evolving well, despite the pandemic. We started modestly, but we saw a real interest from these organizations and we hope that soon we will see the results.” – Tatiana Cosuleanu, program director, iRi.

“It is important to mention that the 3 graduate organizations from Drochia, in addition to the new activities in the new project, will also have the role of mentors for the 3 new NGOs from Rascani district. Receiving mentoring from neighboring partners, who have already gained some experience, seems quite interesting to me and I see that it arouses interest, including from mayors.” – Elena Turcan, project coordinator, iRi.

Following this training course, the 6 partner NGOs will mobilize 6 initiative groups who will involve the citizens at local level.

At the end of the project – following the example of the NGOs from Drochia district, a second regional platform for good governance will be launched – the Platform “Good Governance Riscani”. The Platform “Good Governance Drochia” launched in October 2020 within the “Governing Together” project will assist the initiative group from Riscani to start the formation process.

iRi team will coordinate the process to make a permanent exchange of good practices and ideas between the beneficiary organizations of the project. In April 2021, an experience exchange visit will be held between the 6 partner organizations.

The activity is part of the project “Citizens serving citizens”, implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives (iRi) and local partners within the Grant Program “Grassroots Civil Society Development Facility in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the European Union and Konrad Adenauer Foundation.