Thursday, 19 December 2013

Opportunities and Challenges – NGO Cooperation Between Romania and Moldova

FOND – the Romanian NGDO Platform organized on the 16th of December 2013 a roundtable on the cooperation between civil society organizations from Romania and Republic of Moldova. This event gathered both governmental and nongovernmental representatives from the two countries and marked the end of the first round of the Mobility Fund for Experts, launched by FOND and the Romanian MFA in March.

Mr. Radu Podgorean - State Secretary - MFA and H.E. Iurie Renita – Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Romania highlighted the importance of the cooperation among NGOs, their role in the European integration of the Republic of Moldova and the opportunities and challenges encountered. They also reaffirmed their support for NGOs which have a very important role in monitoring and implementing ODA activities.

On this occasion, a research paper covering the cooperation between NGOs from Romania and Moldova was launched. This paper provided an overview on the cooperation between NGOs from these countries in the years 2007 – 2012, including important issues, such as: Romanian ODA and the main challenges, funding opportunities/instruments for NGOs, recommendations for improving cooperation. The research was conducted by FOND with the support of Alin Teclu (FOND Research Associate/ PhD Candidate – Univ. of Liege) and financed by the Romanian MFA.

The Mobility Fund for Experts from Romania and Republic of Moldova was supported by the Romanian MFA from the Official Development Assistance (ODA), in partnership with UNDP Romania. This initiative is a follow-up of the Civil Society Forum Romania – Republic of Moldova and it was one of the recommendations from the participants, emphasizing the need of a mobility fund to support the expertise and knowledge sharing between the representatives of civil society from both countries. The Republic of Moldova is the main recipient country of Romanian ODA.

Information provided by Adriana Zaharia, FOND Romania.

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