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

First assessment of the progress and problems of the OGAP implementation in Moldova for the year 2012

Joining the OGP in April 2012, Moldova developed its first Open Government Action Plan (OGAP) for 2012 – 2013. The implementation of this action plan was made the responsibility of the central government, including the State Chancellery and the e-Government Center. The control of the Open Government Action Plan implementation was put in charge of the State Chancellery as well the central administration, with the support of e-Transformation coordinators or designated civil servants responsible for open government data.

After a year of the OGAP implementation, the Association for Participatory Democracy ADEPT and Independent Journalism Centre, on the initiative and with the financial support of the Soros Foundation-Moldova, developed two comprehensive reports evaluating the OGAP implementation and the Public Data opening in 2012, within the project “Open Government for an Informed and Active Society”. These reports represent a first attempt to conduct an independent, comprehensive and systematic assessment of the OGAP implementation and show the current situation, trend and progress in the implementation of the Open Governance in Moldova.

The main conclusion of the evaluation is that the implementation of open government follows a positive trend but at a slow pace. By the time of conducting the evaluation (June 2013), the implementation level of the Action Plan was average, of about 55.05%. The results obtained by Moldova in OGAP implementation shows a greater success in complying with the commitments regarding the efficient and transparent management of public resources under the second OGAP objective (fulfilled to an extent of around 73%). The fulfillment of the first objective, on “strengthening public integrity by ensuring a participative decision-making process, citizen participation and increasing transparency in governance”, is average (53.86%); and the fulfillment of the third commitment related to improving the quality of public service delivery, is quite poor (12.5%).

As regards the process of data sets opening, the reports conclude that only 13 out of the 41 ministries and central public authorities present at least ten datasets on the single access open data portal, after more than two years of the launch of the portal. The OGAP provided for opening 29 new data sets in 2012, listed in an Annex to the Action Plan. Ministries failed to open 31% of the sets of data, while 21% are partly open. 45% of the data opened or partly opened by ministries are incomplete. In most cases, data are not updated and detailed, with ministries only publishing general statistics. According to a questionnaire, 50% of the opened sets of data are relevant and useful for mass media and civil society in covering issues of public interest.