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 to sustain development results.
What we do
In a rapidly changing global environment, the work of UNDP and the broader UN family aligns with the new national development vision, Moldova 2030, and sector strategies. UNDP Moldova’s country programme for 2018–2022 has three major focus areas:
and three cross-cutting 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 emphasized. 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.
UNDP is supporting Government’s efforts in spearheading the nationalization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and integrating the 2030 Agenda into country’s national development framework. Following the assessment of the “Moldova 2020” National Development Strategy, using the results from the SDGs complexity mapping, a development foresight exercise, and the joint UN-World Bank Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) mission, a new vision for “Moldova 2030” Strategy was developed. The long-term vision of how to align national priorities with regional and global commitments and achieve the SDGs, is anchored in a people-centred approach and gives a sense of direction and a pathway to achieve improvements in quality of life and leave no one behind.
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. With UNDP support, first shelter for domestic violence survivors was opened in the Transnistrian region, providing specialized services for women from the region.
To enhance safe and efficient cross-border cooperation, including increased trade volumes and improved control over illegal traffic of people and goods, EU Integrated Border Management principles were successfully pilotedin Moldova with EU-UNDP support. The first Moldova-Ukraine Jointly Operated Border Crossing Point in Palanca ensures optimal conditions for crossing the border, including for persons with disabilities, asylum seekers, and entrepreneurs, and cargo transport. It will decrease the border control time to max 10 minutes and is expected to double the current 600,000 persons per year capacity.
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 15 percent and strengthened the energy security of the country, connecting 200,000 people to affordable heating and creating 600 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%.
Usual residence population, excluding Transnistrian region (2019)
33,800 sq. km
Human Development Index (2018)
Absolute poverty rate (2015)
Proportion of population living below 4.3 USD per day, at PPP (2015)
Total employment rate (2018)
GDP per capita (in current prices, USD by official exchange rate, 2018 – according to System of National Accounts 2008)
Parliamentary seats held by women (2020)
% of renewables in final energy consumption (2017)