10 Inter-Municipal Cooperation initiatives help improve the life of 120,000 people in Moldova
Mayors of 40 municipalities in Moldova signed in Chisinau grant agreements for the implementation of 10 inter-municipal cooperation initiatives. They provide for public services - waste collection and disposal, street lighting, road maintenance and snow removal, urban developmeny, and repairs - that will improve the lives of over 120,000 people. The total value of the grants is US$ 1 million.
”Public services provided jointly in several villages are a true salvation for small municipalities, which are not able to provide ther own quality services. I am happy that Feşteliţa wll participate in such a project,” said Nicolae Tudorean, mayor of Feşteliţa, Stefan Voda, at the signing ceremony. Villages Feşteliţa, Ermoclia, and Popeasca will work together to extend public lighting to 15 km of roads, which will improve people’s safety at night, especially for children and women living in the three villages.
Projects provide for purchasing multi-functional equipment that will serve several localities, and a more cost-efficient operation of the service companies to ensure they are rentable. Grants were provided by the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP), which contributes to the implementation of the decentralization reform by empowering local authorities and ensuring access of all people, especially those vulnerable, to public services. The Programme is coordinated by the State Chancellery and implemented by UNDP and UN Women, with funding from the Government of Denmark.
“Empowering people to lead their own development is at the core of our work in Moldova”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova. “The partnerships created through the inter-municipal agreements will contribute to more efficient public services, including for the most vulnerable, and improving the lives of 120,000 people from local communities in Moldova”.
The mechanism of inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) is an innovative tool of local public administration which involves coordination among several municipalities to establish and operate joint utility ventures. IMCs represent a viable alternative, especially for smaller municipalities, with less than 5,000 population, which do not have sufficient resources to provide public services on their own. This is an important component of the National Decentralization Strategy, approved by the Parliament in April 2012. In Moldova, 86% oftowns have less than 5,000 inhabitants.
“Inter-municipal cooperation enables local authorities – often for the first time - to provide people in rural areas with levels of comfort similar to what city residents get. It's a great tool that we plan to use extensively in the future,” said Sergiu Palihovici, Deputy Secretary General of the Government, at the event.
Lucia Aprodu, JILDP communication consultant, mob: 060026702, firstname.lastname@example.org