Resilient and inclusive markets in Moldova

Duration:2023 – 2024
Donor:Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Beneficiaries:Local businesses, national and local public authorities, migrants, community members including women and young people from 3 micro-clusters from Moldova, including migrants (returnees) and refugees
Focus Area:Inclusive Growth
Partners:State Chancellery of the Republic of Moldova, Ministry of Economic Development and Digitalization, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Diaspora Relations Bureau of the State Chancellery, Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova, civil society organizations, and mass-media
Project Document:Resilient and inclusive markets in Moldova
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Project Summary:

The Swiss-UNDP Project “Resilient and inclusive markets in Moldova” is set to contribute to the promotion of integrated approaches to inclusive and sustainable local economic development and employment creation, targeting both local populations, as well as returning migrants and refugees.

UNDP Moldova will further advance the successful local economic development (LED) interventions by scaling up the focus from local to (micro)-regional, while at the same time leveraging revenue generation, strengthening business support services and value chains to increase the competitiveness of local economy, retention of human capital and facilitate local socio-economic development.

The strategic goal of the project is to enhance the SMEs-based sustainable economic development and promote equal access to decent work at the local and (micro)-regional levels, targeting both local populations, as well as returning migrants and refugees. It leverages the enhanced multi-stakeholder cooperation, improved business support services and complementary regulatory frameworks at the level of individual communities and micro-regions.


  • Policy and institutional frameworks create an empowering environment for inclusive and sustainable economic development in the targeted economic sectors;
  • Local/regional communities including private sector representatives, meaningfully cooperate in cluster formats to enhance value chains and improve their economic opportunities;
  • People of Moldova, especially women, youth, returning migrants and refugees, benefit from improved economic opportunities in the pilot micro-regions.

Expected results:

  • 4 system changes contribute to improved economic opportunities at the local level;
  • 15 communities from the Republic of Moldova will improve their local business support services and will offer more complex and adapted revenue opportunities via regional development initiatives engaging the private sector and community members, including the diaspora and refugees;
  • Three regional micro-clusters will develop with the Project direct support, full-fledged investment attraction packages and implement innovative business development initiatives (such as SMART specialization, structural transformation, and value chain upgrade);
  • At least 105 LPA representatives and private sector stakeholders will benefit from improved skills, knowledge, attitude, training and experience (SKATE) on integrated local development, regional specialization, access to finance, and local investment attraction;
  • At least 360 Moldovan citizens and residents (of which at least 50% women, 30% youth and 25% returning migrants) will have new of better employment at the local level;
  • At least 18,750 Moldovan citizens and residents (of which at least 50% women) will benefit from increased living conditions, as a result of the project’s LED and policy-level interventions.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation