Moldova Democracy Programme

Project Summary

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The Programme focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity of the Parliament and Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova, improving their main functions and entrenching gender and human rights aspects in formal political process.

In particular, the Programme helps improve the legislative, oversight and representation functions of the Parliament, provide a solid basis for the improvement of the electoral process and supporting, when necessary, an inclusive process of constitutional reform. It assists the Parliament to increase the participation of civil society and citizens in policy making and oversight processes. It also builds the capacities of Members of Parliament in budget understanding, development and monitoring of its implementation.

At the Central Electoral Commission, the Programme supports the creation of an enabling environment for modern and inclusive electoral processes.

The Programme works in partnership with UNICEF, which has the aim to strengthen the capacity of MPs to develop, adopt and monitor laws, policies and budgets that support women’s and child rights.

Programme goals:

  • The quality of Moldova’s formal political processes improved;
  • Quality of both the representative and oversight role of the Parliament fostered;
  • Institutional environment for electoral management bodies that can deliver inclusive and modern electoral processes improved;
  • Public registration process for Moldovans improved through supporting the modernisation of Moldovan electoral processes;
  • The constitutional reform implemented through an inclusive and participatory process.


  • Rules of Procedure revised to clearly define duties and competences of Parliament’s structures and actors, aimed at creating an effective and efficient functioning of the Parliament;
  • Public consultations by parliamentary committees, policy forums and fact finding visits organized throughout Moldova to identify problems at the local level, gather additional information about the implementation of policies and laws, and talk about Moldova’s European integration agenda;
  • Communication skills improved following a professional media training programme for Members of Parliament. 28 MPs, including fraction leaders and key committee chairs, have taken the opportunity to enhance their skills in developing and delivering clear public statements;
  • Parliamentary staffers have better understanding of the process of Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) which contributes to a more effective enforcement of legislation, protecting entrepreneurs’ interests and rights and reducing the impact of regulation on business;
  • Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Members and staff have better knowledge and capacities as a result of the trainings in the areas of electoral administration, human rights, gender mainstreaming, and data protection;
  • Specialized trainings for the CEC IT department allow for more effective administration of the CEC IT infrastructure (hardware and databases) and elections-related data such as voter lists;
  • Capacities of the CEC Human Resources unit strengthened through trainings on performance evaluation and Staff Development Plan;
  • All CEC internal regulations updated in line with the civil service legislation of the Republic of Moldova. This increases job security for civil servants and, therefore, sustainability of investments into human resources of the CEC;
  • A roadmap on improving the voter registration process developed and discussed among key stakeholders –central public institutions, local administration, NGOs and international community;
  • The first Gender Audit of a Moldovan institution, the CEC, conducted allowing further mainstreaming of gender issues into the CEC work.


Government of Sweden $3,613,316.23
Government of Norway $1,822,441.00
Government of Denmark $16,511.00
Government of Netherlands $40,003.00
CEC $154,929.00


2012 $ 188,023,00
2013 $ 1,493,183
2014 $ 2,103,832
Total Budget:
US$ 5,647,200.23
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Portfolio Manager:
Alla Skvortova,
Parliament, Central Electoral Commission, civil society, think tanks