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The first grant in the amount of $218,277 offered by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) was received in 2004 by Eurasia Foundation Representative Office in Moldova (EFM), the predecessor organization of East Europe Foundation Moldova (EEF-M). The funds went for the support of “Democratic Election Process and Elections-Related Civic Engagement during 2005 Parliamentary Elections in Moldova” initiative. The project facilitated the creation of Civic Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, one of the major and most effective NGO coalitions in Moldova, which carried out activities aimed at voter and civic education, media and election observation, legal aid to media and voters.

 In the period of 2006-2009, EFM received funding from the Swedish Government in the amount of $1 million for the “Citizen Oversight Initiative”. The goal of the program was to promote and enhance public engagement on issues such as poverty reduction, free and fair elections, European integration and fighting corruption by building trust among the government, civil society organizations, the media and citizens.  In addition, EFM received $854,696 in 2008 from Swedish Government to promote civic engagement and election monitoring during Parliamentary Elections of 2009 for the “Free and Fair Parliamentary Elections” project.

 After 12 years of operating as a representative office, the Eurasia Foundation Moldova has followed suit and joined the Eurasia Foundation Network as the East Europe Foundation in Moldova. EEF-M started its operations on June 1, 2010. The Swedish Government was instrumental in supporting this transformation to a fully-fledged local Foundation with and effective Board of Directors and comprehensive policies and procedures, enabling the new organization to carry out further its mandate.

After being registered as a local Foundation in Moldova, EEF-M continued its cooperation with the Swedish Government being awarded with a grant in the amount of $2 million for the “Building Democratic Systems by Establishing East Europe Foundation in Moldova” project during 2010-2012. This initiative had three interconnected programs: Economic Development; Good Governance and Social Action.

Starting June 2012 until May 2016 the Swedish Government is providing core support for EEF-M activities in Moldova in the amount of $3.3 million based on Foundation’s Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 approved by its Board of Directors. The main activities envisaged by EEF-M strategy for the upcoming period aim to cover such areas as civil society participation and oversight, promote independence and quality of media reporting, free and fair elections, sustainable communities and local democracy, facilitating community organizing for local development initiatives, social entrepreneurship development, Youth Banks and protection of rights of marginalized and underrepresented groups.

For 2017-2022, Sweden has continued its support on financing EEF Strategy for years 2017-2020, in the amount of 29.000.000,00 SEK. Starting 2021, Sweden finances the project ”Engaging Citizens, Empowering Communities 2021 - 2025” in the amount of 51.995.757,00 SEK. 

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