Expectations of local communities to be discussed in a major media campaign
5 August 2015
People from 20 localities across the Republic of Moldova are invited to debate on current issues in a major journalistic project conducted by Radio Free Europe, in partnership with the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP). The campaign slogan is „Watch. Listen. Understand”.
"We go with Radio Free Europe throughout the country, especially in nine localities where the Programme worked over three years, when it set up practices of local democracy. Among them, there are public consultations, election debates, establishment of community groups," Olesea Cazacu, JILDP project coordinator says. “We want these and other tools for creation of sample localities to be coved by media across the country so that mayors around the country to take them over, and citizens to have more courage to discuss them with mayor’s office. This is the only way democracy can be developed locally," Olesea Cazacu says.
In August, a bus with the campaign signs will make a circuit around the country, stopping by in large and small localities, to promote local initiatives. Thus local leaders, non-governmental organizations, as well as the entire population are expected to take part in the debates. Reports covering community issues will be made by radio and TV channels after these meetings.
"This is a project for raising awareness and supporting democracy, strengthening local communities and building confidence in the possibility of changes in society, from the level of each individual, through a radio-TV-multimedia caravan", Oana Serafim, the director of Radio Free Europe Moldova said.
On August 1st the campaign started in Sarata Galbena commune from
Hincesti district, and on Sunday the bus of Radio Free Europe arrived in Sculeni, Ungheni district. Visits will be made in villages and towns all across the country and the campaign will end in Chisinau on the last day of August.
The Joint Integrated Local Development Programme is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), with financial support of the Government of Denmark and Sweden.
Tatiana Solonari, JILDP communication consultant: email@example.com, 069377215.
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