About UNDP in Moldova

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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 do we want to accomplish?

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:

Gender equality as cross-cutting theme

UNDP is pursuing gender equality not just as a goal in its own right, but also as an essential prerequisite for meeting broader global development goals. Support is given to laws and policies on gender equality, which are developed through consultation with multiple stakeholders and wider society, and to achieving a better degree of gender equality in decision-making, in the private sector, and in public service delivery. There is also a strong focus on gender disaggregation of statistics, promotion of women in politics, and on raising awareness of central and local public authorities. As a result of UNDP assistance officials are now more confident about promoting gender equality, and monitoring trends and target areas. Much of this work is carried out through joint programming, which strengthens the voice of the United Nations, offering essential opportunities to present a unified front on critical gender issues.

Human rights-based approach as cross-cutting theme

A human rights-based approach is yet another United Nations programmatic principle, in Moldova and worldwide. It may also be called a ‘human-centred approach’. According to this approach, in the analysis, planning, elaboration and implementation of development programmes, projects and other initiatives the need to protect and promote human rights is taken as a starting point. UNDP is cooperating with both public institutions and civil society, focusing on specialized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people belonging to vulnerable, excluded and minority groups to build our and our partners’ capacities to understand and protect human rights. By putting NGOs and people from vulnerable groups in contact with public institutions, we make sure that their voices are heard, and their needs and concerns are taken into account when decisions are taken.

What are our results?

UNDP has made a vital contribution to reducing poverty and improving service quality, particularly for deprived regions and vulnerable people in Moldova. It has also been a partner of choice in Moldova’s rapid advancements towards integration into the European Union (EU), as well as being a key supporter of the country’s increased discussion of human rights and gender equality.

Since 1992 UNDP has assisted the Government of Moldova in developing solutions for the transition from a planned to a market economy, and for establishing democratic systems. UNDP’s engagement and partnership with national and subnational institutions has been a catalyst for developing new laws and policies, and has strengthened institutions in preparing the country for deeper global integration.  

UNDP has strengthened the capacities of the state and civil society institutions to engage effectively in policy reform, legislative and enhanced regulatory processes. Special efforts were made to strengthen civil society to engage actively in the development process. Gender equality and women’s empowerment is an area where the work of UNDP has been recognized by national partners and civil society organizations.

In addition to the work at the policy level, UNDP has partnered with national and local authorities, community-based organizations, the private sector and United Nations agencies to deliver measurable improvements in people’s lives. Working at the community level, UNDP has demonstrated the effectiveness of participatory governance for the identification and implementation of local development solutions. 

Who are the decision makers?

The UN Resident Coordinator and designated representative of the UN Secretary-General  is also the leader of the United Nations Country Team playing a central role in coordinating the UN operational activities for development. The UNDP Resident Representative is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level, and head of the country office being ultimately responsible for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions, including UNDP policies and procedures.

UNDP Moldova's Team

As of 1 May 2017


Contract type Subtotal
Service Contract 91
UNDP Staff 34

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