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

Working Group to Develop Police Standard Operation Procedures Undertakes Study Visit to United Kingdom

The Working Group to develop a set of Standard Operation Procedures for the Moldovan Police, a group comprised of both representatives of the General Police Inspectorate (GPI) and the civil society, have undertakena study visit to the United Kingdom, hosted by the Northamptonshire Police, during June 11-16, 2017.

The Moldovan delegation has been acquainted with the British Standard Operation Procedures that guarantee respect towards human rights during stop, search, apprehension/arrest and transfer of suspects into custody. The Working Group has met with the Northampton Police Chief and with civil society representatives who monitor local detention centers.

The group has visited various police departments, such as the Force Control Room and detention units, and has learned about the Police Criminal Evidence Act segments on apprehension/arrest and preventive detention; use of force in police activity and ways to record an officer’s actions; deciding on the apprehension/arrest of a person by using the National Decision Model; management of crisis situations, and Police force management. During the visit, members of the Moldovan delegation have had the opportunity to participate in routine patrol activities led by Northampton officers. 

During the dialogue with the Chief of Police, the visitors presented the current state of the Police reform in Moldova, along with development perspectives, the decentralizing of the decision-making process, as well as points of mutual interest for potential cooperation with the Northampton Police. Furthermore, the parties have convened to host a group of UK officers in the nearest future, who will train GPI officers on procedures such as stop, apprehension, and search, through the lens of British practice and experience, alongside international human rights standards.

The working group assembled by the General Police Inspectorate, with the support of the Soros Foundation-Moldova, will continue to develop the Police Standard Operation Procedures manual on police arrest, building on the good practices and lessons learned in the United Kingdom. At the end of the visit, Gheorghe Cavcaliuc, Deputy Chief of the General Police Inspectorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, has officially invited Northampton Police Deputy Chief Rachel Swann to visit Moldova and share her broad experience in the field of promoting women in the Police Force.

This visit has been organized and supported, financially and intellectually, by the Soros Foundation-Moldova, under the trilateral cooperation agreement that has been signed this March, between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the General Police Inspectorate. The project goal is to support Police reform in Moldova, according to the 2016-2020 Police Development Strategy. Local Police meetings have been arranged by our UK partners, free of charge.