Support to Confidence Building Measures



The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to confidence building between both banks of the Nistru River by involving local authorities, civil society organisations, business community and other stakeholders, as well as through ensuring economic and social development of local communities. The programme aims to ensure that ongoing efforts at settlement at the political level (5+2 informal and formal talks) and technical levels (confidence building working groups) are supported by development and confidence building initiatives at the community level that seek to create a general atmosphere conducive to dialogue and cooperation at all levels. The programme aims to reduce misperceptions and mistrust and increase confidence between programme participants and the population at large on both banks.


Chisinau, Transnistrian region


  • To enhance economic development and contribute to economic rapprochement between the two banks of the Nistru River by promoting cross-river exchanges and expanding the range of catalytic business support services;
  • To empower local communities and actors from both sides to participate in collaborative projects addressing pressing development needs and ensure the delivery of essential public services;
  • To address common environmental development concerns by creating opportunities and platforms for joint collaboration from both banks;
  • To foster civil society development by enhancing the capacity of NGOs to generate activities which promote cross-river collaboration and addressing key development needs.

Benefits expected:

  • Catalytic development of the SME sector in the Transnistrian region and security zone; at least 200 SMEs benefiting from better business support services and improved management skills; at least 50 cross-river exchanges promoted;

  • Communities empowered to participate in addressing local development needs with at least 40 social infrastructure projects implemented;

  • Capacity of civil society organisations strengthened to address pressing social and community needs; at least 30 cross-river NGO partnerships supported;

  • Increased contacts between actors on both banks in the social, cultural, economic and environmental sectors;

  • Increased trust and confidence between citizens on both sides of the Nistru River


  • Disseminate information and create public awareness about NGOs from Transnistria;
  • Promote civil society activities through press releases and conferences, interviews, participation in talk shows and public debates etc.;
  • Organize a public campaign to promote the initiatives of civil society from Transnistria.
  • Improve the flow of information and increase the information space between two sides of the Nistru River.



Relevant line ministries, regional and municipal authorities, community-based organizations, international, national and local NGOs active in the Transnistrian region.



The programme will improve the capacities of economic entities from the Transnistrian region for economic integration and access to EU market as well as boost cross-river cooperation among business actors on both banks. The capacities of the third sector in the Transnistrian region of Moldova will be developed and citizen action will increase.


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