Soros Foundation Moldova (FSM)

Good Governance

The mission of the department is to enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of government in accordance with the European agenda.

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: Human Rights, Access to Justice, and Criminal Justice.

Public Health

Stigmatized and discriminated people cannot always receive necessary health services or benefit from them in adequate volume. The Public Health Department supports and contributes to the development and promotion of health policies and practices based on evidence, which promotes human rights, social inclusion and justice.

The Department also provides support for promoting good governance in the health system by independent and neutral monitoring / evaluation of public health policy and health services.

Media Program

Media Department's mission: to contribute to the development of an open, participatory, pluralistic and value-based society in 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

Initiatives implemented during 2017

Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport

For more than two decades, the Soros Foundation-Moldova has been working on building a stable and tolerant democracy in the country, where governments are accountable for their actions and decisions in front of the citizens. Nowadays, as we witness increased threats to open society values, it is important to be aware of the core value of democracy – the value of equality and liberty. Democracy guarantees human dignity to each individual and it recognizes citizens’ right to have an equal say in holding governments accountable.

Civil society plays an important role in this relationship. By civil society, I mean the entire range of institutions that are independent of the state, including non-governmental organizations, independent press, think tanks, universities, and informal groups that organize themselves through social media. These groups act as liaison between citizens and public authorities and work together for the common good. Civil society should act as guardians of integrity and advocates of marginalized and underrepresented groups. The word civil means, among other things, tolerance, pluralism and diversity.

The most important role of civil society is to watch how state officials use their power. They should raise public concern about any abuse of power. Transparency and accountability of public institutions were at the core of the initiatives supported by the Good Governance Program – whether to monitor the drafting of the national budget or to disclose the hidden interests of dignitaries through journalistic investigations.

Another important role of civil society is to empower marginalized groups. We contributed to that aim through the projects implemented by the Equality and Civic Engagement and Public Health Programs, which supported individuals stigmatized and discriminated by the society, including people with disabilities or people facing threatening diseases.

Civil society can also strengthen democracy by sharing knowledge and experience to shape viable reform policies and strategies. Working towards that aim, the Justice Program advanced significantly in implementing safeguard mechanisms for the rights of individuals apprehended by the police. In addition, the Public Health Program offered assistance for the development of the legal framework for ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.

A democratic state cannot develop with manipulated and misinformed citizens. To address this issue, the Media Program carried out activities that contributed to strengthening an independent and pluralistic media.

The true essence of our work at the Soros Foundation-Moldova is promoting the fundamental and universal human values -- equal rights for everyone, civic engagement, dignity, and respect for the rule of law. Democracy is not a spectator sport; in order to live in a vibrant and tolerant society, these values should motivate all of us, be it a public authority, a simple citizen or mayor, a civic activist, student or professor, a doctor or journalist.

The achievements described in our Activity Report for 2016 were made possible due to the strategic vision and confidence the Soros Foundation-Moldova staff, members of the decision-making boards, and our partners have in democracy.

Victor URSU,

executive director of the Soros Foundation-Moldova