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MĂ IMPLIC Project highlighted in the Skat Consulting Ltd. annual report 2021

MĂ IMPLIC Project highlighted
in the Skat Consulting Ltd. annual report 2021

INITIATING CHANGE IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN MOLDOVA

The “Mă Implic” project supports the engagement of citizens in local decision-making in public services, jointly with local public authorities. The SDC-funded implementation project aims to increase the quality of those services and improve local governance practices.

The project title “Mă Implic” means “I engage”. The motto of the team leader Matthias Morgner (right) is: practice what you preach. Here he is planting trees on top of a closed landfill site, together with a local Moldovan mayor.

Matthias Morgner, you are Skat’s team leader in Moldova since August 2020. What is the project about?
To me, it is about change. Our job is to help people in the villages understand that “more money”, e.g for a new waste collection truck, will not solve their problems. What makes a difference is a change in the way service provision is managed, or how the mayor communicates – so that public services such as drinking water are not something “the State” should solely be responsible for.

When do you feel proud to be part of this project?

Every time I hear people saying with their own, genuine words that behaviours and attitudes are indeed changing thanks to the project. It is also gratifying to see how much we have grown as a team. We have learnt to manage disagreements, we try to use everyone’s ideas and energy, we trust each other. After all – we need to embody the change we aim to demonstrate to others ourselves. You have more experience with EU-funded projects.

How does it feel to work for a relatively small company like Skat Consulting and funded by Switzerland (SDC)?
Joining Skat to implement an SDC-funded project was one of the best decisions in my professional career. Skat and Swiss-funded projects are more flexible, and communication and decision-making is easier. This flexibility and efficient communication is the result of everyone’s commitment to deliver a project that “makes sense”, has an impact, and changes things for the better.

How is your project affected by the war in neighbouring Ukraine?
As of May 2022, our project is not directly impacted by the war. In addition to what we do, we provide additional support to our 30 partner localities to deal with the refugee crisis. We also have contributed to the design of a new project to support sanitary units for households hosting refugees from Ukraine in rural Moldova.

The full report can be downloaded here: https://skat.ch/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SC-Annual-Report_2021.pdf

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Capaclia signed the Grant Agreement within the partnership with the MĂ IMPLIC Project

Capaclia signed the Grant Agreement within the partnership with the MĂ IMPLIC Project

The signing of the Agreement is a result of the joint work of the Community Initiative Team and the Municipality of Capaclia, which together with the citizens, make joint efforts to improve the communal water supply service, with the support of MĂ IMPLIC Project.  Under the agreement, the partner-municipality receives a grant of a maximum of 65,000 Swiss francs, for carrying out the works and/or procuring the necessary equipment, for the realization of the project.

Within the project, Capaclia Municipality, in addition to purchasing equipment and performing works, will conduct fundraising campaigns, and continue communication campaigns with citizens, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of citizens about the problem of water in the village.

In addition to financial support, beneficiaries receive consultancy and capacity-building services. The “MĂ IMPLIC” project helps the municipality and the service provider not only to improve the infrastructure but also to develop long-term approaches to keep this infrastructure in good shape and to have sustainable models for financing the provision of services. In our work, we ensure that local citizens, LPA employees, NGOs, and businesses are actively involved in modernizing community services in the community and especially that the less advantaged have equal access to these services.

The project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by SKAT Consulting.

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