‘Civil Society Organisation Capacity Development’ is a project implemented by ERIM (former IREX Europe) with the financial support of the European Union. The project aims to strengthen civil society organisations from the Republic of Moldova and improve their operational and organisational capacity. In 2020, six small-to-medium sized organisations were selected for the organisational development programme. The programme involves two main stages: initial in-depth organisational assessment followed by the implementation of the organisational action plans elaborated by each organisation. Both these stages are run in a participatory manner with the support of ERIM capacity development consultant.

The Association of Librarians from the Republic of Moldova (ABRM) is one of the six organisations that are part of the programme. After an initial in-depth organisational evaluation, the Association set its priorities, starting to implement the action plan elaborated with the support of ERIM and experienced national consultants. As a first step after the evaluation process, in December 2020, ABRM began to adjust and update its internal documents. In this context, for the first time in 26 years since it was first established, the Association amended its Statutes which now fully reflect its aims, objectives, mission and vision. Currently, the Association is developing and adjusting the internal regulation in order to ensure that it is in line with existing best practices, as well as national legal standards.
Within the same capacity development programme, at the beginning of February 2021, a participatory strategic planning process was initiated with other 3 selected organisations, namely A.O. “Viaţa fără Leucemie” (“Life without Leukemia”) and A.O. “Centrul de Drept al Avocaţilor” (“Law Center of Lawyers”) from Chişinău and A.O. “Primăvara care ne uneşte” (“Spring that unites us”) from Bălţi. The aim of the participatory strategic planning process is to ensure that the three organisations establish their internal priorities in line with their mission and vision based on the results of the initial needs assessment and taking into account external trends as well as risks. As a result, a strategic document supported by a realistic and tangible action plan will help the organisations to fulfil realistic indicators in the coming years. By the end of March, the three organisations are expected to adopt their three-year strategic plans and start implementing the associated action plans with the support provided by ERIM.