Migration and Local Development (phase 2)

Status: Active
Duration: 2019 – 2022
Budget: US$6,607,520
Coverage: Nationwide
Beneficiaries: National and local public authorities, migrants, community members including women, children, older persons, people with disabilities and minorities from 35 villages and towns from North, Centre, South and Gagauzia; as well migrants, including returnees accessing services provided by 35 territorial employment offices, throughout the country
Focus Area: Inclusive Growth
Partners: State Chancellery of the Republic of Moldova, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, National Employment Agency, central and local public authorities, civil society, private sector and local community including the migrants from partner localities, International Organization for Migration; Congress of Local Authorities
Project Document:
See more information about the project on the transparency portal.


Project Summary:

Globally, UNDP is working to maximize the developmental benefits of human mobility and to mitigate any negative consequences. UNDP addresses migration through development lenses and works with partner countries to balance short-term responses to addressing the impacts of emigration with long-term sustainable development solutions.

The Republic of Moldova registers high levels of emigration, with significant impact observed at local and national levels. Although larger-scale emigration from Moldova started taking place only in the early 2000s, the intentions of the Moldovan diaspora to support and invest in their home country has been consistently high. UNDP Moldova’s “Migration and Local Development” project is part of a multi-year intervention “Moldova – Making the Most of Migration” of the Swiss Development Cooperation.


  • Potential, current and returned migrants in the Republic of Moldova benefit from complex employment support services. To that end, national and local authorities will be fully equipped to respond to the needs of all categories of migrants at every phase of migration (pre-, post-migration);
  • Community members including the migrants are significantly involved in local development processes. Hereby, activities are focused on close cooperation with public authorities, other local actors and migrants on the efficient implementation of local development initiatives that refer to the enhancement of local services and provision of income generating opportunities at local level.

Expected results:

  • National policy, coordination, regulation and institutional framework in the area of labor migration is updated for more efficient management of labor migration;
  • Employment service providers have the necessary skills, knowledge, attitude and training to provide quality services to migrant workers; 
  • All local actors involved (local public administrations, hometown associations) have necessary skills, knowledge and instruments to implement local development initiatives looking to contribute to local development and to provide income generating opportunities at local level;
  • The experience of migrants’ engagement in the development of 35 communities is well documented and harnessed for an easy replication.


  • A more coherent and evidence-based legislative, policy framework in labour migration endorsed, enabling a safer migration and return;
  • Profile of the Moldovan migrants in six destination countries established and facilitating the policy and decision-making process;
  • Guidance and technical support provided to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection for the negotiation of a new bilateral labour migration agreements;
  • Enhanced partnerships between the Moldovan Trade Union Confederation and foreign counterparts facilitated, as to enhance the protection of labour migrants’ rights;
  • Informal and non-formal skills recognition mechanism successfully piloted in 8 specialized centres and prepared for extension to other areas;
  • Occupational profile and qualification standards developed for at-home childcare practitioners (nannies) and at-home and chronic patients care;
  • Chisinau and Soroca territorial offices of the National Employment Agency modernized using user-centred techniques and offering upgraded employment services;
  • Economic development agenda advanced in 32 beneficiary municipalities, including the project's investment interventions in 25 communities, creating income generating opportunities for local communities with a total population of over 174 thousand citizens;
  • Financial and technical support provided to 179 private sector beneficiaries, resulting in 678 jobs created at the local level (incl. 70% women and 33% youth);
  • Local entrepreneurial culture promoted in partner localities through advancement of the pro-community attitude of local entrepreneurs, internal study visits, capacity building and peer-to-peer trainings;
  • Hometown Associations from 97 localities implement community projects in partnership with LPAs and the active participation of the diaspora;
  • Thematic platform for Hometown Associations networking, capacity building and experience sharing established, with the participation of the Diaspora Relations Bureau and Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova;
  • Governmental programme "Diaspora Succeeds at Home" (DAR 1+3) launched following the successful partnership established with the Diaspora Relations Bureau.
Years Budget Delivery
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
2019 $1,451,985 $1,307,040
2020 $2,561,155 $2,481,558
2021 $1,555,829 $1,487,646
2022 $1,300,508