A new Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Chisinau Municipal Council, UNICEF Moldova and APSCF

On March 5, 2019, the Chisinau City Hall, UNICEF Moldova and the Alliance of NGOs Active in the field of Child and Family Social Protection (APSFC) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding for the years 2019-2022, aiming to strengthen the child protection system, health system, education, early development, as well as the departments working with adolescents and young people in Chisinau.

A similar initiative was implemented in 2018 when a team of experts assessed the organizational performance of the Municipal Child Protection Directorate (DMPDC) and developed a roadmap for improving the municipal child protection system.

The interim mayor of Chisinau, Ruslan Codreanu, said that the quality of social services offered to vulnerable children becomes a priority for the local public administration, children being tomorrow’s future and part of the society we live in. “Having a detailed evaluation report and a roadmap, we know the best ways to promote the capacity of the municipal system to meet the needs of vulnerable children and to ensure their social reintegration,” said the interim mayor.

UNICEF Moldova Country Representative, Desiree Jongsma, mentioned the importance of implementing, at a local level, child protection practices that have worked in several states, especially in terms of providing protection for smaller groups of children that are less visible for the national system. “To address the problems of marginalized children we are proposing GLOCAL approaches in most of our interventions: a combination of global best practices and local mobilization,” added Desiree Jongsma.

APSCF Secretary General Carolina Buzdugan reiterated the CSOs openness and the commitment to contribute through partnership at strengthening the child protection system, the health system, the education. “With this collaboration, we want to determine the quality of services provided by the City Hall to address the needs of the beneficiaries. Only through clear commitments and sustainable partnerships we can make changes and improv families’, children’ and young people’s lives. “

You can watch the signing ceremony of the memorandum below.