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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

UNDP in Moldova is guided by its Country Programme Document, and the UN-Moldova Development Assistance for 2018-2022, 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 2030, and sector strategies. UNDP Moldova’s country programme for 2018–2022 has three major focus areas:

and three cross-cutting areas:

Our successes

UNDP in partnership with other development partners accomplished transformative results, such as: strengthening the capacity of public institutions across the three branches of power; supporting the transparency and inclusiveness of the elections process; spearheading innovation and applying it to policy development and service design and delivery; partnering with the private sector to reduce energy and plastic consumption; engaging with migrants in the development of local communities across the country; promoting social cohesion and building confidence across conflict divide. 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 the country’s national development framework. With UN support, the Government of Moldova assessed the progress on achieving the SDGs and presented its first Voluntary National Report at the High-Level Political Forum in July 2020.

Transparency and inclusiveness of elections is a key area of assistance ranging from real-time disaggregated data of voter turnout and elections results, accessed by more than 2.7 million users to inclusive electoral education, reaching more than 1.7 million beneficiaries. The implementation of the National Integrity and Anticorruption Strategy supported by UNDP has a positive impact on the indicator on facing corruption by various categories of population.

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 piloted in 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.

UNDP continuously promotes inclusive growth. UNDP is supporting a nationally owned process of making the most of migration, with focus on reinventing rural areas and creating local economic opportunities for communities. UNDP’s innovative experience of engaging 10,000 migrants in the development of local communities across Moldova was scaled up at the national level through the Governmental Programme DAR 1+3. The established cross-river cooperation platforms between both banks of Nistru river generate joint innovative solutions to protracted issues across the conflict divide.

UNDP is a catalyst to accelerate climate action. The enhanced National Determined Contribution, updated with UNDP support, has set more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets - 70% vs. 64% for unconditional scenario, 88% vs. 78% for conditional scenario, by 2030 as compared to 1990 - and encourages a more holistic approach to address sustainable development. Supporting the expansion of electric vehicles charging stations to 70 units, has led to an increased number of electric cars from 250 to 600 in 2020. The electric vehicles registered in Moldova reduce CO2 emissions by 1,200,000 kg annually.

Country Statistics

2.64 million

Usual residence population, excluding Transnistrian region (2020). Source: National Bureau of Statistics

33,800 sq. km

Area. Source: National Bureau of Statistics


Human Development Index (2019). Source: UNDP


Absolute poverty rate (2018). Source: National Bureau of Statistics


Proportion of population living below 5.5 USD per day, at PPP 2011 (2018). Source: World Bank


Total employment rate (2019). Source: National Bureau of Statistics


GDP per capita (in current prices, USD by official exchange rate, 2018 – according to System of National Accounts 2008). Source: National Bureau of Statistics


Parliamentary seats held by women (2020. Source: Parliament of the Republic of Moldova


% of renewables in final energy consumption (2019). Source: IRENA

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