Soros Foundation Moldova (FSM)

Good Governance

The goal of the Good Governance department is to enhance transparency, accountability, and efficiency of public authorities.

Our priorities:

Justice and Human Rights

The Justice and Human Rights Department’s vision of rule of law is built on the solid grounds of a fair, accessible and predictable justice delivery system, which effectively safeguards fundamental human rights.

The Department develops and implements activities in several areas, crucial for the fulfilment of its vision, including Human Rights, Judiciary, Access to Justice, and Criminal Justice.

 


OUR PRIORITIES

Public Health

The department's mission is to promote good governance in the health sector, to contribute to increasing the equitable access of the population to responsive health and social services, and to promote responsible actions for the protection of environment.

Media Program

Media Department's mission is to contribute to the development of an open, participatory, pluralistic and value-based society in the Republic of Moldova by organizing, supporting and financing activities aimed at encouraging the development of an independent media sector and improving access to information.

 

DEPARTMENT'S PRIORITIES

Other initiatives

Education Support Project

Strengthening Capacity of Local Moldovan Media to Deliver Objective Information on Democratic Development and EU Association Agreement (2014-2016)

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Purpose: To build the capacity of independent regional media for delivering to the rural population objective, unbiased and reliable information on the complex democratic development issues of the country and the EU Association Agreement, with a particular focus on Russian speaking regions.

The need for such an initiative emerged due to strong influence of the media outlets from Russia on the Moldovan media market that led to a disproportionate coverage of important domestic and global issues of public interest, particularly concerning the Moldova’s accession to European Union. The project will target 10 regional broadcasters from Moldova, including Transnistria and Gagauzia.

Strategic objectives:

  • To increase the capacity of regional media in using online broadcast technologies and social media for delivering objective, unbiased and easily understandable information about democratic development and EU Association Agreement signed by Moldova.
  • To increase the support of the rural audience from targeted regions for the democratic development processes in Moldova and EU Association Agreement.

Brief description of project activities 2015-2016:

  1. Three rounds of trainings for journalists from 10 regional TV stations on the major themes related to the EU Association Agreement for assisting them in tackling these issues in media reports and drafting the scripts for talk-shows. In order to harness the power of online tools and social media in terms of dissemination, regional journalists and young community representatives supporting the local media will go through capacity building.
  2. After each training round, local journalists will further benefit from in house training and online assistance in designing, planning and producing TV reports and talk-shows addressing issues from the above mentioned themes. The talk-shows will create platforms for dialogue between people from rural regions, experts, CSOs representatives and decision makers from Chisinau, the capital city, in addressing key aspects related to the EU Association. The talk-shows will address the most frequent concerns of the community members on different aspects of the EU Association which will be collected beforehand by regional journalists and will aim to dissipate the fears of the citizens on this process. The talk-shows will be live-streamed over the Internet and published on regional broadcasters’ web platforms, as well as distributed on-air and via broadband cable TV infrastructure.
  3. Based on the TV talk-shows with multi-stakeholder participation, a series of short F.A.Q. videos will be produced for dissemination on broadcasters’ websites, social media and other web based platforms (e.g. YouTube). These short F.A.Q. videos will present the questions/concerns of ordinary people and the answers to them received from experts, local or central authorities and other stakeholders.
  4. The project will include a citizen journalism initiative (capacity building and practical journalism exercise) for giving a chance to young people to assert themselves as active community members and take on the role of a journalist. This approach is intended to bring truthful information about complex issues on EU Association in a way that is relevant to the local context.

The project is supported by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), U.S. Department of State.

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Project contacts:

Ion Bunduchi, Communication manager, ibunduchi@soros.md, tel. (022) 27-00-31
Victoria Miron, Program director, vmiron@soros.md, tel. (022) 27-00-31
Cerevatîi Ion, Project coordinator, icerevatii@soros.md, tel. (022) 27-00-31

 

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