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“Participation is the key to success for greater inclusion”


Inclusion | Laws | Protection | Moldova | PUBLISHED ON January 8th 2024
Portrait of Corneliu Tarus


Corneliu Tarus is a Project Officer for Child Protection & Disability Inclusion at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Country Office in the Republic of Moldova. IOM has been established in 1951 and is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration being committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

IOM is part of the United Nations system, as a related organization, with 175 member states and a presence in 171 countries. IOM supports migrants across the world, developing effective responses to the shifting dynamics of migration and, as such, is a key source of advice on migration policy and practice. The organization works in emergency situations, developing the resilience of all people on the move, and particularly those in situations of vulnerability, as well as building capacity within governments to manage all forms and impacts of mobility. The Organization is guided by the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, including upholding human rights for all.

In his work, among diverse functional tasks, Corneliu is responsible for managing several humanitarian projects cycle for displaced persons with disabilities from Ukraine and mainstreaming disability inclusion and child protection in all IOM Moldova programming. Corneliu also interacts with various stakeholders such as Moldova Government (central & local public administration authorities, United Nations (UN) agencies, Donor community, Civil Society Organizations System (CSOs), including Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), Public and Private Service Providers, displaced persons with disabilities from Ukraine, IOM Moldova staff).

Corneliu participated in several trainings/workshops organised by Humanity & Inclusion (HI), including, “Inclusive Project Cycle Management (IPCM) in humanitarian action” and “Multi-stakeholder awareness raising on inclusive education and employment” in November 2023. The training was delivered under the SYNERGIES consortium project*, “Strengthening social cohesion and resilience of Moldovan society to the challenges of hosting Ukrainian refugees,” and targeted humanitarian actors including international NGOs, UN agencies, Red Cross and more importantly, representatives of local CSO including OPDs.

Corneliu participated in HI's training to improve his knowledge and acquire new skills to improve work to advocate for IPCM within IOM Moldova's programming. For him, structural knowledge and skills are indispensable for integration and inclusion of persons with disabilities. In this sense, Corneliu suggests that the “Twin Track Approach, Must do Actions and inclusive data collection are crucial for inclusive humanitarian action. Currently, these tools are the most effective approaches for successful disability inclusion.” After participating in activities organised by HI, Corneliu says that "These tools cannot work separately, IOM Moldova aims to expand its Twin Track Approach and Must Do Actions into the project management cycle. To implement this approach, we gather extensive data on the number, profile, and needs of persons with disabilities to ensure the planning process is as inclusive and effective as possible.”

Corneliu explained that the trainings “will help IOM Moldova to expand its ongoing projects that support persons with disabilities who have been displaced by the crisis in Ukraine. The trainings will also help IOM Moldova transition to the NEXUS approach and achieve systemic outcomes for people with disabilities in host communities. Effective mainstreaming of disability inclusion into its programming will enable IOM Moldova to gain more recognition nationally and regionally.”

* SYNERGIES consortium composed of Solidarités International (consortium lead), Humanity & Inclusion and Médecins du Monde. The SYNERGIES consortium is currently implementing the project entitled, “Strengthening social cohesion and resilience of Moldovan society to the challenges of hosting Ukrainian refugees” with the shorter project name, “Moldova Stability & Resilience Project (SRP).” The SRP Project is co-financed by the Agence Française de Développement and Fondation de France.

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This project is co-financed by the Agence Française de Développement and Fondation de France.

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