Altogether 32 trainings for local authorities and civil society were organised during July – September in each district of the Republic of Moldova. The comprehensive educational programme raised the capacities of local public authorities (LPAs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) in the field of citizens’ engagement and sustainable community development.
The trainings were organised both online and with the physical presence of the participants, the decision being taken by the District Councils, depending on the situation in the respective region. The capacity building program is part of “AGREED – Activating Governance Reform for Enhancing Development” project implemented by European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) and its local partners – Local Democracy Agency Moldova (LDA Moldova) and University Legal Clinic in Bălţi. The project is cofinanced by the European Union and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).The training component of the project was facilitated by the State Chancellery and its territorial offices.
AGREED aims to support cooperation between local authorities and civil society by activating participatory processes. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of Moldovan local authorities to achieve transparent and participatory governance in their communities, with specific reference to the policy-making process and public administration reform, including decentralisation.
During the trainings, a series of important topics for LPAs and CSOs were addressed, including:
- Transparency in the decision-making process within the local public administration authorities;
- Principles of Participatory Democracy;
- Participatory democracy as a dimension of local democracy;
- The role of civil society and citizens in the management of local communities;
- Services provided by local LPAs and cooperation with CSOs.
Discussions focused on analysing cooperation between civil society and local authorities, with a view to improving and strengthening them and discussing the importance of such cooperation in the process of European integration. The group discussions addressed various aspects of cooperation between civil society organisations and local authorities, such as the open government partnership in the service of local democracy, as well as the preconditions for effective cooperation between civil society and local authorities. Another key issue was the importance of creating partnerships that share the same visions in the field of improving economic and social development and recognising European values in local communities. The training sessions brought together around 35-45 participants, including mayors, town hall secretaries, local councillors, and representatives of non-governmental organisations.“We will be grateful if you organise such courses again in the future”, “the information and consultations provided are extremely useful”, mentioned the participants in the evaluation questionnaires.