Transnistrian dialogues: advancing Track 2 cooperation between society leaders to generate new solutions in the context of the protracted Transnistria conflict

Status: Active
Duration: 2018 – 2019
Budget: 300,000 USD
Coverage: Republic of Moldova, including Transnistria region
Beneficiaries: The beneficiary group will consist of approximatively 40 people from both riverbanks (at least 50% women, at least 45% from either side – experts in relevant fields (from conflict-related, to economic, social affairs, environment, etc.), CSO representatives, journalists, etc.
Focus Area: Inclusive Growth
Partners: UNDP will partner with local NGOs from both banks, best positioned to support in reaching out to the most relevant and influential persons, especially on the left bank, the Institute for Strategic Initiatives from the right bank and SIGMA from the left riverbank
Project Document: Transnistrian dialogues: advancing Track 2 cooperation between society leaders to generate new solutions in the context of the protracted Transnistria conflict

Project Summary:

The project will address the consequences of the Transnistrian conflict, including growing alienation and lack of engagement, aiming to create a cooperation/coordination network of 40 local conflict resolution leaders, which would contribute to establishing domestic preconditions for conflict settlement and support the emergence of international agreement on what conflict settlement could look like. The project would propose an alternative path of resolving of contradictions and disputes via engagement and involvement of key societal actors who have so far had no voice in conflict resolution efforts.  Also, the project will help improve the relationships and establish connections between civil society leaders, societal influencers, journalists, opinion leaders, thematic experts and key societal representatives from Chisinau and Tiraspol, thus creating important precondition for compromise solutions on conflict-related issues and rational dialogue. Institutional change will also be an important parameter as mechanisms will be set up to channel disputes into more cooperative non-confrontational scenarios for resolution.

The project is funded by the UNDP Funding Window for Governance for Inclusive and Peaceful Societies, Conflict Prevention Sub-window.


Men and women on both banks of the Nistru River have better livelihoods and living conditions, due to improved cross-river cooperation between key actors across the post-conflict divide.

  • Output 1. A functional, institutionalized Track 2 platform for policy influential groups between experts, influencers, journalists, civil activists, opinion makers, CSOs and representatives of intellectual elites from both banks, championing for constructive approaches that would prepare the ground for a sustainable settlement of the Transnistria conflict;
  • Output 2. Improved capacities of national experts, CSOs members and journalists to generate and implement joint initiatives benefitting people on both banks of the Nistru river.

Expected results:

  • Main forces and societal actors included in the conflict settlement process, increasing the possibility of resolving disputes between the sides;
  • Improved understanding, capacity and the skills of dialogue participants in conducting constructive engagement, resolving disputes with counterparts on the other side, engaging in constructive communication and increasing trust between key actors;
  • An efficient Track 2 platform set up for policy influential groups on both banks for regular meetings and engaging in communication and search for solutions, as well as advocacy. The platform would allow to bring the Transnistria issue back on the forefront of the political agenda, with constructive solutions being backed by prominent influencers in the country;
  • 40 local conflict resolution leaders (at least 50% women, at least 45% from either side) equipped with relevant tools to advance the confidence building agenda on both banks in various sectors;
  • Improved quality of conflict-related coverage in mass-media of the two banks. An increase in the number and quality of objective articles in local press, to counter and reverse domination of biased articles distorting the real state of affairs and hampering wider public’s better understanding of issues, especially in Transnistrian media outlets;
  • Identified solutions for important issues in different areas that both sides are faced with, including trade, economy, taxes.
Years Budget
2018 116,259 USD
2019 183,741 USD

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