We strive to share the values of an open and democratic society, to develop civic activism and encourage civil participation, to have an input to the system of education and encourage active citizenship.
Bridge Funding for Institutional Strengthening of internet-based media
Period of implementation: July 2020 - December 2021

Project description: The project aims to restructure and implement a new editorial model at Agora by reorganising the structure of the entire newsroom to respond to the requirements of a modern and dynamic agency that produces qualitative, timely and impactful media content. The plan comes as a recommendation advanced by Internews MD, that indicated the urgency to redesign the newsroom structure to meet the new workflow challenges, increase and specialize the number of journalists and expand its audience reach. The urgency to reconvert the Agora internal structure is dictated by the constant financial limitation that makes the company operate on the marginal limits. This state is aggravated by the economic depression conditioned by the Covid-19. Hence, the optimisation of the internal procedures are strictly necessary.
This project activities include: 1. Creation of a new News Desk dep. and enhancement of its capability. 2. Creation of the Feature Writers dep. responsible for the production of in-depth analytical articles, long reads and development of video materials using solution, investigative and data journalism tools. 3 Creation of the Multimedia and Social Media dep. responsible for the production of interactive materials using a ray of multimedia formats and distribution on the content through social media. 4. Set up the Contributors dep. responsible to enrich the news media agenda with public opinions, sectoral analyses and civic expressions collected from reliable contributors.

Donor: US Embassy, Media Professionals Development Program, 75,000 USD

Good governance for young people
Period of implementation: November 2019 - August 2020

Project description: The project aims to educate young people from Ialoveni region about the principles of good governance and their application in practice, as well as the promotion of the principles of participatory democracy among youth.
The project is structured in three training rounds for a total of 90 pupils. Each round includes interactive presentations and 8 study visits to public institutions and civil society organizations. Organization of a "good governance hackathon" for 20 most active pupils at the end of the course.
See the project page here.

Donor: European Union program "Development of the Civil Society at Local Level in Moldova", implemented by KAS, 29,886 Euro

Solution Journalism and innovative content approaches in online media
Period of implementation: July 2019 - July 2020
The project aims to engage AGORA and ASIST to the resolution of a set of the most significant social problems in Moldova by implementing media advocacy campaigns using solution journalism touls. For this purpose we developed two types of video content. First, production and distribution of 30 video materials using the analytical tools of solution journalism that aim to address the identified social problems. Second, production and distribution of 48 videos infotainment products for lightnews consumers aiming to gather audience oround the proble identified and to atack the social clieshes.

The project is implemented in partnership with AGORA.

Donor: US Embassy, Media Professionals Development Program, 65,994 USD

Academy of Citizen Journalism
Period of implementation: Expected period July 2019-July 2020

Project description: The project aims to improve the media environment in Moldova by training and empowering a new generation of journalists and independent media creators that will challenge the politically biased mainstream media, oppose foreign and domestic propaganda and disinformation, and reduce the impact of junk journalism. The project is set as a training and mentorship program for entry-level/mid-career journalists as well as independent media creators who want to produce meaningful and entertaining content. The program include two-month media-training courses for 60 beginning and 60 advance journalists. The training program is implemented by ASIST in partnership with AGORA and USAGM.

Donor: US Embassy, Media Professionals Development Program, 87,814 USD; Friederich Nauman Foundation, 3,200 USD

Job Inspiration
Period of implementation: May - August 2019; January - March 2020

Project description: Studies with JOB or studies without JOB is a professional and career guidance program. The purpose of the program is to help young people determine what is their field of studies and what is the most appropriate field of their professional activity that will ensure their income and satisfaction in the future. The program is composed of a series of meetings with young specialists from multiple fields of activity. The guest invitees introduce the young audience in: -What are the studies needed for their specialization, -The time invested for obtaining the specialization / qualification, -The current and future perspectives of this profession, -The costs related to the risks of the profession, -The myths about the specialty / profession given, -The possibility of transferring the profession into-another economic space, as well as many others.

Donor: Self-funded by (ASIST)

Solution Journalism for new journalism
Period of implementation: 15 September – 15 November 2019

Project description: Modular instruction program for the first cohort of fifteen practicing journalists working in the independent media outlets who are interested to put in practice the new tools of solution journalism that is a new type of journalist product not yet practiced in Moldova. Popularization of the new journalist technic will be realised by organising three instruction modular trainings held by Romanian and Ukrainian experts.
See the project page.

Donors: Black See Trust, 16984 USD
ON-the-record / OFF-the-record OFFLINES
Period of implementation: 1 May – 30 November 2019

Project description: The project has two key objectives. First, to increase the level of qualitative and impartial information delivered for everyday citizens by setting the ground for direct open discussions on statewide issues established among three groups of stakeholders: civil society actors, policy makers and journalist community. This objective will be realized through a series of online debates and podcasts.

The second project objective is to promote the "solution journalism" that is a combination of investigative journalism and advocacy practice that highlights and existing societal problem and proposes solution to tackle it. This objective will be realized through a series of modular trainings for practicing journalists.
See the project page.

Donors: Black See Trust, 16984 USD
Simulation on Electoral Systems
Period of implementation: November 15, 2018 – May 15, 2019

Project description: Project description: This project aims to contribute to the modernization, development and democratization of the electoral system. In the project will take part ninety carefully selected participants. The instructed participants are aimed to become future grassroots agents of democratic change. All participants will take part in an intense instruction module on electoral systems made out of a theoretical and practical simulation. Our expectation is to strengthen the civil society capacity to contribute to the modernization and democratization of electoral system in Moldova.
Read more on the project webpage.

Donors: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 19,920 CHF
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung 7500 EUR
Late Night Talks
Period of implementation: November 2017 – ongoing

Project description: The project aims to increase the standards of academic education in Moldova and to expose interested youth to higher a higher level of academic information. For this purpose once a week ASIST organizes a public lecture on a pre decided topic taken from social or natural sciences offered by invited professors mainly educated in the best European or American universities. All lectures are held in English and are free to everyone interested. The link to the project can be accessed here: facebook page, web page.

Donors: ASIST own contribution + crowdfunding
Clear Mind – Clear Voice
Period of implementation: March 2018 – March 2019

Project description: The project plans to address the negative effects of intensified anti-democratic, anti-humanistic and anti-western propaganda in the context of low level of journalist literacy among citizen journalists (bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and social media commentators). The project also works to increase the grassroots activism by mobilizing youth to engage in monitoring the public processes by doing citizen journalist activity. The project link can be accessed here:,

Donors: Black See Trust 24,996.15 $; + confounding Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 124,793.00 MDL; in kind contribution from: Panilino, Coca Cola, Vitanta, and a number of media partners.
Public Access to Water Resources: Artist's Interpretation
Period of implementation: May – December 2017.

Project description: Access to sufficient and qualitative water is a major problem in Moldova. The project aim was to raise awareness about the right of people to have access to free clean drinking water through artistic tools that will lead to the engagement of local community in solving the problem. The advocacy campaign implies the organization of an artistic residency and workshop, a social media campaign, shooting of a short film and its promotion through social media, organization of a round table with mail local stakeholders. The project was implemented in partnership with Global Playground Stockholm and Minsk Urban Platform and Ecological Club Green Wave. The link to the project can be accessed here:

Donors: Seed Funding 2017, Creative Force, Region: Eastern Europe and Turkey; 99 920 Swedish Krona
Practical experience – One step forward
Period of implementation: December 2007 – August 2009

Project description: The project aim was to enhance the students' of economic specializations professional skills by fortifying their career-related practical experience. During the project we created an online interactive database with information about institutions offering internships in various economic fields. The economic units offering practical internships through our database were national and international companies, enterprises, organizations, banks, and law firms. The information about the offered internships were collected from internship-offering enterprises and posted in the website. An interactive engine was connecting the internship searchers with internship providers. We have collected over 500 internships offered by 137 companies in Moldova willing to receive interns in their enterprises. Over 60% of the offers are paid and nearly 50% of the entrepreneurs are willing to hire the student afterwards if proving high intellectual skills and abilities.

Donors: Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest, 7000 €
EU Citizenship: Understanding and Acting Creatively
Period of implementation: May 2013 – September 2013.

Project description: The aimed of this project was to explore the concept of European Citizenship and to identify ways how to promote it among a larger number of young people. In the training organized in the period of July 19 and 28, 2013, participants from Western and Eastern European countries (Italy, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Moldova, Poland, Georgia, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation) had the possibility to vividly exchange opinions and share individual attitudes about the understanding of the same concept. The training course implied both theoretical and practical dimensions: discovering the various aspects and perspectives (social, political, cultural and economic) of European citizenship, as well as learn how to put it in practice. Participants played simulation games for modeling active inclusion, attitude development and fostering tolerance. They also debated current European issues, visited local NGOs that actively promote European citizenship values, hosted guest speakers and learned how to write project proposals and design joint project ideas on European citizenship for future development of the East West East network we are part in. The teaching method used during the training was exclusively non-formal.

Donors: European Commission, Youth in Action

European Citizenship: Between East and West
Period of implementation: February 2010 – June 2010

Project description: The project aim was to develop the understanding of European citizenship among youth. The project objectives were to explore concepts of European citizenship and ways to put it into practice between participants coming from Western and Eastern European countries, to develop competencies in project management on European citizenship, to develop concrete joint project ideas for Youth in Action programme and to give space for networking and initiating project ideas on European citizenship. The training activities lasted for a period of 6 working days between from May 14 to 24, 2010. In the project took part 2 participants from ten countries: Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Portugal, Spain, and Ukraine. The training course foresees both theoretical and practical dimensions: discovering the various aspects and dimensions (social, political, cultural and economic) of European citizenship, playing simulation games, drawing, debating current European issues, learning how to write project proposals and design joint project ideas on European citizenship.

Donors: European Commission, Youth in Action

Fight Poverty: Arguments for Civil Societies in Europe
Period of implementation: October 5 - 12, 2010

Project description: The project aimed to raise awareness among young people about the different forms of poverty existing in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The project also aimed to cultivate the consciousness about social exclusion as consequence of poverty. Special attention was paid to the fact, that social exclusion prevents people from seizing their democratic rights and with it how it influences the development of a civil society. The project worked to eliminate stereotypes and stigmatization due to poverty and social exclusion in order to contribute to solidarity in Europe. The project gathered 30 participants from East-West-East partner organizations from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Germany and Moldova in a training course implemented in the period of October 5 - 12, 2010 in Chisinau.

Donors: European Commission, Youth in Action
Empowering Rural Ethnic Minority Youth
Period of implementation: August 2008 – June 2009

Project description: The project aimed at empowering youth leaders belonging to ethnic minorities in Moldova to take active part in the social life of their communities. The project struggled to increase the electoral participation of youth at the local level. Project activates consisted in training and coaching 20 young ethnic Ukrainians in how to politically mobilize people from their local communities and how to implement a follow up politically mobilizing campaign home. As a result of the training, participants implemented 5 local campaigns in their villages. The campaigns organized aimed to encourage the local population participation in the political elections in 2009.

Donors: Democracy Commission Small Grants Program of U.S. Embassy Moldova
Academic integrity and Us
Period of implementation: September 2006 – May 2007

Project description: The purpose of this project was the promotion of the concept of Academic Integrity in Moldovan Universities by implementing Codes of Honors in two higher-education institutions. During the project an informational campaign was organized among the students and lecturers. During the information campaign ASIST organized a number of roundtables, seminars, public presentations and 3 radio shows for students and professors. Honor Code of Conduct and a Guide of Academic Integrity was elaborated and distributed together with students and professors from these universities. The project has been implemented in partnership with the Moldovan-American Center for Private Initiative.

Donor: Democracy Commission Small Grants Program of U.S. Embassy Moldova
Building Bridges between Universities and Civil Society
Period of implementation: February – May 2006

Project description: Project aimed to broaden student's theoretical knowledge with practical experiences by finding internship and volunteer positions in local public administration offices, international organizations and NGOs. A series of meetings with guest speakers have been organized hosting representatives of various national and international organizations as guests. These meetings opened the door to find out for students from the department of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences at Moldova State University about the possibility to do an internship in these organizations. An NGO fair have been also organized. This event helped more than 50 students to find volunteering positions in the Moldovan NGOs.

Donor: Open Society Institute
Projecting documentaries to students
Period of implementation: February – June 2006

Project description: Project aimed to diversify and broaden the academic curriculum by exposing students to alternative information. During this project students from Moldova State University were invited to watch and discuss the documentary movies in order to understanding better the global events taking place on the international arena. Poorly equipped university libraries and departments did not give the possibility for professors to include in their curriculums audio or video materials.

Donor: Own contributions

European Dialogues
Period of implementation: 2006

Project description: The project aimed to popularize the idea of European integration among youth studying international relations. A series of roundtables and debates were organized during the project. The main topics for discussions were the process of European integration and the evolution of Moldovan foreign policy in the post soviet era. The round tables met political experts, university professors and students together. These types of discussions gave participants the possibility to understand better the political processes of Moldova passed through. The project ended with publication a Guide of European Integration, distributed further among students. The project has been implemented in partnership with the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives "Viitorul".

Donor: Friedrich Ebert Foundation
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