About UNDP in Moldova

woman in businessPhoto: UNDP Moldova

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 and Human Rights Based Approach as Cross-cutting Themes

UNDP is taking 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 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 and on raising awareness of local public authorities. Local officials are now more confident to monitor trends and target areas of gender inequality as a result of UNDP assistance. Much of this work is carried out through joint programming, which strengthens the voice of the UN, offering essential opportunities to present a unified front on critical gender issues.

Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) is yet another UN programmatic principle, in Moldova and worldwide. It may also be called “human-centered 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 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 EU, and a key supporter of the country’s heightened discussion of human rights and gender equality.

Inclusive Growth

UNDP has introduced a legal and policy framework for private sector participation in social initiatives. This makes it easier for private sector actors to initiate programmes in education and health, contribute to social causes, and adopt socially responsible behaviours. Spurring innovations in business development for the generation of sustainable jobs at local level and strengthening of the LPAs capacities to manage autonomously such processes are high on the agenda.

The National Decentralization Strategy adopted in 2012 established a path towards sustainable local development. Local public authorities have now more autonomy when it comes to providing public services such as water, waste collection, sewage systems, and infrastructure. The decentralisation of the fiscal system heralded a shift in the management of local public finances – it increased autonomy and accountability of local public authorities in managing public budgets.

In close cooperation with partners, UNDP has helped build the capacity of local public authorities to efficiently plan and implement local development priorities and improve local public services, in cooperation with civil society and community members.

On the two banks of the Nistru River and in ethnically diverse areas of the country (namely the Territorial Administrative Unit of Gagauzia and the Taraclia district), UNDP contributes to to building confidence and strengthening cooperation by engaging local public authorities, civil society organisations, business community etc.  

Effective Governance

With UNDP support, the Parliament’s capacity has grown, including through the Parliament’s Secretariat Strategic Development Plan and a series of standard operations procedures now applied in the execution of the Parliament’s legislative, oversight and representation functions. As the whole governance structure came under public pressure for lack of accountability, UNDP worked to promote Parliament’s openness to people’s needs, to ensure inclusive and transparent electoral processes, and to bring forward a higher and fairer representation of women in decision-making.

Parliament public hearings were piloted by UNDP and then institutionalized. The Parliament’s Standing Committees regularly organize public hearings and fact-finding visits to consult with civil society on important policies. Citizens have now more opportunities to express their views and needs, and to hold politicians accountable. Four Parliament’s Constituency Offices were established with UNDP support; since 2015, MPs are now holding dozens of meetings with citizens and receiving thousands of policy requests and comments a year. Vulnerable women made their voice heard in the Regional Policy Dialogues with Members of Parliament around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A cross-party Women’s Platform (Women’s Caucus) was established to strengthen women’s role in decision-making and enhance gender considerations in policy development.

UNDP supported the elaboration of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy (2012 – 2016) and its Action Plan, and was instrumental in helping the Government to establish a strong monitoring, coordination and reporting mechanism that allows assessing the progress in the implementation. We contributed to achieving its key targets by strengthening the National Legal Aid System and supporting corruption prevention measures and anti-corruption institutions. We are also advising public institutions on further planning and reform processes in justice sphere, following the end of the 2012-2016 Strategy.

Climate Change, Environment and Energy

UNDP is helping Moldova get stronger in the mainstreaming of gender sensitive adaptation into sectorial strategies and in cross-sectoral policy coordination. Factoring emergency management into disaster risk reduction, the Law on Unique Emergency Call Service 112 was adopted. At local level, pilot IT solutions for crisis prevention and early warning are increasing the institutional capacity of the Civil Protection and Emergency Situation Service to serve local communities. UNDP-supported European MeteoAlarm membership of Moldova’s HydroMeteo Institute is enabling real time information and impact-oriented warnings for civil protection.

To support Moldova’s future energy security, UNDP is implementing the second phase of a EU-funded intervention promoting the use of biomass from agricultural waste. Thanks to successful outreach actions, the national share of renewables increased to 13.1% (2015) a good progress towards the 17% commitment assumed under the Energy Community.  

An important achievement in the field of biodiveristy conservation is the establishment of Moldova’s first National Park in the region of Orhei. The Park increased the coverage of the National Protected Area System by 33,792 ha (or 1% of the country), and serves as an example of the multiple benefits that a complex protected area with natural, cultural, historic, recreational and touristic value can bring.

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