Strong civil society and decentralization of power would allow the implementation of participatory democracy and building a stable functioning democratic state. From 2010 till the end of 2016 Pontis Foundation realized three projects in Moldova:
- Slovakia and European Future of Moldova (2010 – 2012) dedicated to building capacities of Moldovan NGO sector for dialogue with state administration on European future of Moldova.
- Strengthening the sectoral dialogue of Moldovan civil society organizations with the government (2011 – 2012).
- Independent government: presumption of democratization at the local level in Moldova (2014 - 2016).
The projects were supported by the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation (SAMRS), funded by SlovakAid and implemented in close collaboration with the Association of Towns and Villages of Slovakia (ZMOS) and Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM).
The overall goal was to support undergoing decentralization process of Moldova. The focus was put on strengthening the capacities of CALM in communication and advocacy activities to increase its actual and potential role in decision-making processes and cooperation with central authorities.
Despite the foreign aid, development cooperation and investment, Moldova is the poorest country in Europe.