4th Call for Proposals: Moldova

Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence

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Increasing participation in domestic violence and gender-based violence (DV & GBV) prevention programming through targeted livelihood interventions for families affected by DV & GBV as well as for those at risk, and development and utilization of innovative multi-sectoral response services for survivors of DV & GBV and those at risk in select rural and urban communities in the North, South and Central of Moldova. This will be achieved through a) development and testing of pilot interventions, including strengthening of public sector-civil society collaboration, to strengthen engagement with marginalized groups, in particular families affected by DV & GBV and those at risk; and, b) mitigation of negative consequences of DV & GBV by providing holistic response services for survivors of DV & GBV and their families as well as including the uptake in such services. The pilot interventions aim to address factors of vulnerability of affected families and those at risk in select rural and urban communities across Moldova through a combination of activities addressing violence prevention, social norms and pursuing change in acceptance of DV & GBV as well as developing and testing new ways for survivors to exit economic empowerment. The pilot interventions also aim to address key gaps in local-level service provisions through raising awareness among local-level and front-line service providers for the impact and consequences of DV & GBV for families as well as communities and capacity building activities to increase institutional responsiveness. To measure the outputs and eventually outcomes of the envisioned pilot interventions, the World Bank envisions a range of indicators to be finalized during project preparation.


General Grant objectives

Grants are intended to provide strategic and sustained support to CSO projects with the following objectives:

  • Addressing critical governance and development challenges through social accountability processes that involve citizen feedback and participatory methodologies geared to helping governments and public-sector institutions address these challenges. Special emphasis is on problems that affect extreme poor and marginalized populations.
  • Strengthening civil society's capacities for social accountability by investing in CSOs' institutional strengthening and through mentoring of small, nascent CSOs by well-established, larger CSOs with a track record on social accountability. The GPSA will prioritize proposals that a) are implemented by CSOs' networks, alliances or partnerships, b) include on-granting from lead implementing CSO and CSO partners.


General Grant selection

The call prioritizes collaborative social accountability approaches, with the objective of generating systematic citizen feedback and its use by public sector institutions at the local, state and federal levels. Collaborative social accountability consists of inclusive citizen participation processes, whereby civil society organizations (CSOs) facilitate collaborative problem-solving spaces between citizens, particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups, and public sector institutions responsible for decision-making. The information produced should be used to introduce corrective measures and improvements in policy-making and implementation, including responses co-produced and co-implemented between citizens and the public sector. 

Proposals will have to demonstrate that they will use inclusive participation approaches to engage citizens, particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups, in generating systematic feedback and engaging them in collaborative problem-solving. They will also have to link participatory mechanisms to ongoing initiatives led by public sector institutions at the local, state and federal levels aimed at reforming governance in public security. Proposed interventions may combine a target geographic area but must be clearly linked to (a) public sector initiatives at higher levels (state or federal), and (b) the possibility of scaling up such mechanisms to cover larger geographic areas. The high-level objective will be to contribute to increasing transparency, accountability and inclusive citizen participation in the relevant sectors, as well as improving state and civil society capacities, knowledge and learning on the use of collaborative social accountability mechanisms in the sectors outlined in the national thematic descriptions.