Migration and Local Development (phase 2)

Status: Active
Duration: 2019 – 2022
Budget: US$6,400,000
Coverage: Nationwide
Beneficiaries: National and local public authorities, migrants, community members including women, children, elderly, persons with disabilities and minorities from 35 villages and towns from North, Centre, South and Gagauzia; as well migrants, including returnees accessing services provided by 35 territorial employment offices, throughout the country
Focus Area: Inclusive Growth
Partners: State Chancellery of the Republic of Moldova, Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, National Employment Agency, central and local public authorities, civil society, private sector and local community including the migrants from partner localities, International Organization for Migration; Congress of Local Authorities
Project Document:
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Project Summary:

The “Migration and Local Development” Project responds to the need to effectively address migration issues, along with creating conditions for a business enabling environment, job creation and infrastructure development. These are also listed as main Government priorities for the next four years. In line with these priorities, the proposed initiative aims to further support the country’s development processes also capitalizing on best practices and lessons learnt in this field.  The “Migration and Local Development” Project has the overall objective to maximize the impact of migration on socio-economic development through an enhanced institutional framework and involved Diaspora.

Objectives:

  • Potential, current and returned migrants in the Republic of Moldova benefit from complex employment support services. To that end, national and local authorities will be fully equipped to respond to the needs of all categories of migrants at every phase of migration (pre-, post-migration). To that end, national and local authorities will be fully equipped to respond to the needs of all categories of migrants at every phase of migration (pre-, post-migration);
  • Community members including the migrants are significantly involved in local development processes. Hereby, activities are focused on close cooperation with public authorities, other local actors and migrants for efficient implementation of local development initiatives that refer to the enhancement of local services and provision of income generating opportunities at local level. Hereby, activities are focused on close cooperation with public authorities, other local actors and migrants on the efficient implementation of local development initiatives that refer to the enhancement of local services and provision of income generating opportunities at local level.

Expected results:

  • National policy, coordination, regulation and institutional framework in the area of labor migration is updated for more efficient management of labor migration;
  • Employment service providers have the necessary skills, knowledge, attitude and training to provide quality services to migrant workers; 
  • All local actors involved (local public administrations, hometown associations) have necessary skills, knowledge and instruments to implement local development initiatives looking to contribute to local development and to provide income generating opportunities at local level;
  • The experience of migrants’ engagement in the development of 35 communities is well documented and harnessed for an easy replication.

Accomplishments:

  • A new, more coherent and evidence-based legislative, policy framework in the area of labour migration was endorsed by the Government and the Parliament of Moldova enabling better protection and safer migration of Moldovan labour migrants and dignified return;
  • Empirical evidence on the profile of the Moldovan men and women migrants in six destination countries was generated to inform the policy and decision-making process in the area of labor migration;
  • Informal and non-formal skills recognition mechanism was successfully piloted in the area of construction and culinary arts, and prepared methodologically for extension to other areas;
  • The first employment office of Chisinau municipality was modernized using user-centered techniques and offers upgraded employment services to jobseekers and migrants at all stages of migration;
  • The model of engaging migrants in local development continuously extended and consolidated. As such, 46 projects were implemented by Hometown Associations in partnership with local governments and active participation of the diaspora, improving the living conditions for over 200,000 people from rural Moldova;
  • Successful partnership established with the Bureau for Diaspora Relations, knowledge sharing and transfer of and know-how ensured for the efficient implementation of the first edition of the National Program "Diaspora Succeeds at Home DAR 1+3";
  • A new and innovative model of organic economic development was successfully initiated, whereby local economic agents were mobilized into active partnerships with local governments and Hometown Associations to jointly implement 25 local economic development projects in local communities of Moldova.
Years
Budget Delivery
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
2019 $1,451,985 $1,307,040
2020 $2,561,155
$2,481,558
2021 $1,555,829  
2022 $831,031  
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