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.



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.



Other initiatives

Education Support Project

Grant contest on Updating and Digitalizing Didactic Materials for Community-Based Paralegals

Justice Program of Soros Foundation-Moldova is launching a contest to support a project that works towards updating and digitalizing the manuals used by community-based paralegals.

Paralegals work within the communities they come from, under the provisions of the Law on state guaranteed legal aid, and the provisions of the Regulations on paralegal activity. Periodically, they take part in trainings that are meant to consolidate their knowledge and practical habits. Currently, 42 community-based paralegals activate in different rural localities throughout the country.

The paralegals’ main instruments of work are compiled in three manuals:

  1. Citizens’ Elementary Legal Guide, which contains information from all fields of Law, edited in a language clear to persons without judicial studies, accompanied by examples that describe the explained phenomena.
  2. Methodologic Guide for Paralegals, which is the fundamental instrument in organizing the activity of paralegals, and describes in detail the attributions they attain.
  3. Paralegal Guide to Human Rights, which offers the minimal set of knowledge on human rights, and offer paralegals the necessary instruments for identifying human rights infringements.

The organization may formulate proposals for both the development, editing and deletion of current manual content, as well as addition of new subjects. The concepts on updating the three guides, as well as the final products, will be coordinated and approved by the Foundation.

The work process will involve members of the network of community-based paralegals, representatives of the National Legal Aid Council (NLAC), and Territorial Offices of the NLAC.

Eligibility criteria: Eligible applicants are non-governmental, apolitical, not-for-profit organizations that are legally registered in the Republic of Moldova, with a minimum of 5 years work experience in the field of state guaranteed legal aid.

Project duration: will not exceed 12 months. Activities should be planned starting December 2016.

Budget: maximum requested financing should not exceed $30,000.00.


Complete applications, written in Romanian, should be submitted to the Soros Foundation-Moldova headquarters: 32 Bulgara str., Chisinau, MD-2001, or by email to

The deadline for submitting applications is 10 November 2016, 16:00.

Application files should be addressed to the attention of the Justice Program. Grant contest on Legal Empowerment of the Population. Please make sure to receive a successful submission confirmation. In lack thereof, the Foundation does not bear any responsibility for applications that were submitted, but have not been received.
Applications that are incomplete, or have been submitted past the deadline, will not be considered. Submitted applications will not be returned to applicants, with exception of photos and copies of artistic works, as well as video and audio materials.

Additional details can be inquired with the Program Coordinator, Natalia Camburian, by email at, or by phone at 022-270031, 022-274480.

Required documents

Terms of Reference

Financial proposal form

Project budget

Grant administration capacity questionnaire