Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
Since 2005, the overall official development assistance provided to Moldova increased threefold, while the assistance provided for the public sector increased by 3.4 times. In 2017, external resources had a 9 per cent share in the National State Budget, thus making the budgetary and financial sustainability of Moldova dependent on the volume of external assistance.
Despite the appropriate but still inefficient legal framework in place, public, private–public and civil society partnerships are insufficiently developed to mobilize internal resources for the implementation of public policies and priorities that are effective and responsive to people’s needs. For instance, only one third of the last national strategy on civil society development (for 2012–2015) was partially implemented, thus hampering the minimum conditions for civil society development. At the same time, the sporadic, formal and ineffective participation of business and civil society in the decision-making process leaves the needs of the under-represented and vulnerable groups unaddressed, the public interest not defended and the Government’s functions unobserved. Also, policymaking suffers from a lack of reliable evidences and abilities to use evidence for the measurement of the social impact on the neediest part of the population.
All of the abovementioned challenges are at the same time important means for, and pre-conditions of, implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, Goal 17 aims to strengthen resource mobilization to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection, and to encourage and promote effective public, public–private and civil society partnerships. By building on existing initiatives and supporting statistical capacity-building, measurements of progress on sustainable development will be developed and the availability of high quality, timely and reliable disaggregated data will be significantly increased.