UNDP in Moldova
Who we are
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in nearly 170 countries and territories, including the Republic of Moldova, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
What we do
UNDP programme in Moldova is guided by the Country Programme Document, and the UN-Moldova Partnership Framework "Towards Unity in Action" for 2013-2017 and its action plan, which is in line with the priorities of the Government of Moldova.
In a rapidly changing global environment, the work of UNDP and the broader UN family aligns with the new national development vision, Moldova 2020, and sector strategies. UNDP Moldova’s country programme for 2013–2017 has three major focus areas:
and three cross-cuting areas:
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework evaluation confirmed that impactful results were delivered during the 2013-2017 programming cycle. UNDP’s comparative advantages were highlighted, including its role as an honest broker, convener and facilitator, and credible, impartial and trusted partner. UNDP’s ability to bring top-notch technical expertise, provide context specific and relevant policy advice, and generate innovative solutions to complex challenges was emphasised. Outcome evaluations confirmed that transformative results were accomplished by UNDP in partnership with other development actors, such as: strengthening the capacity of public institutions across the three branches of power; spearheading innovation and applying it to policy development and service design and delivery; promoting social cohesion and building confidence across conflict divide; generating employment and providing access to decent jobs and quality social services to more than 500,000 people in all regions of Moldova, including Gagauzia, Taraclia and Transnistrian region. UNDP’s ‘modus-operandi’ in Transnistrian region has been appraised and commended by external partners.
The Government is committed to implement 2030 Agenda and fully align the new National Development Strategy 2030 with the Sustainable Development Goals. The need for consolidating policy planning and budgeting framework, as well as strengthening horizontal and vertical integration and coordination is well-recognised. UNDP’s support towards this end has been requested by the Government.
Jointly with UN Women and OHCHR, UNDP engaged civil society and legislators in a comprehensive advocacy campaign, leading to the adoption of the ground-breaking law on Gender Equality in April 2016, including 40 percent gender quota in the Cabinet and on the political parties’ candidate lists. Proving its efficiency, engagement of civil society in wide advocacy campaign will continue in the future. With UNDP support, first shelter for domestic violence survivors was opened in the Transnistrian region, providing specialized services for women from the region.
Significant progress has been made in environmental management, climate resilience and low-carbon development. Key strategic planning frameworks were established with UNDP support, including the Low Emissions Development Strategy – Moldova being the first country in the world to adopt it. Moldova has signed and ratified the Paris Agreement. Climate change adaptation was mainstreamed into policy documents in agriculture, energy and transport sectors, while risk-informed decision making was introduced at district level. UNDP’s interventions in renewable energy increased its share in the total energy mix from 5 to 14 percent and strengthened the energy security of the country, connecting 157,000 people to affordable heating and creating 150 new jobs for operators and biofuel producers. The first National Park in the country was established in Orhei, increasing the share of protected areas with 1%.
Population (excluding Transnistrian region)
33,700 sq. km
Human Development Index (2016)
Absolute poverty rate (2015)
Proportion of population living below 4.3 USD per day, at PPP (2015)
Total employment rate (2015)
GDP per capita (in current prices, USD, 2015)
Parliamentary seats held by women (2015)
% of renewables in final energy consumption (2015)