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Economic Response and Recovery

UN Entities
9
Partners
11
Projects
14
Requirements (US$)
36.3M
Funded (US$)
0.50M (1% funded) of 36.30M
0.50M
 
Protecting and improving the productive sectors, protecting jobs and promoting decent work will be the focus of the United Nations response.
Key priorities: 
Rapid and gender-responsive socio-economic assessments and advice on nature-based solutions for development, including for small and medium enterprises
Integrated, country-specific policy advice and programme support
Support to young people and social partners for entrepreneurship and social innovation in response to COVID-19 (including social entrepreneurship)
Support for strategies for green fiscal stimulus packages
Business match-making and advisory services support, expanding small business start-up support services, so as to provide affected groups – including returning migrants and persons affected by the decrease of remittances – with gainful livelihood opportun
Addressing the specific needs and vulnerabilities of returning migrants and households affected by the decline of remittances-sourced income and valorizing their skills and assets
Investments to improve the productivity and working conditions in micro and small firms
Technical support to women micro and small entrepreneurs
Support for the digitalization of industrial and production processes, stimulating innovation in local enterprises to improve productivity and trade readiness
Support for mechanisms to rebuild skills, requalify returning migrants and develop skills in sectors affected by deskilling, brain drain and brain waste
Digital payments support, e-commerce and digital solutions to enable secure access to services needed at a time of crisis, particularly by vulnerable groups
 
75%-100% MSMEs have experienced decline in sales
 
1/3 MSMEs have capital/ liquidity that covers no more than 3 months of operations
 
224.000 persons would fall below the poverty line without remittances

Response to COVID-19 emergency

Re-programming of existing resources
Unfunded projects
All agencies
UNDP
ILO
Conduct a socio-economic impact assessment of the COVID-19 crisis

with focus on the vulnerable groups and SMEs from specific economic sectors

Period: 
May 2020 to October 2020
Source of funding: 
UNDP
Cost: 
$ 294 000.00
Approximately 100 unemployed persons (young seasonal workers and returned women migrants due to the COVID-19 crisis, in particular from the care economy in Western Europe) benefit from enhanced self- employment and income opportunities
Period: 
September 2020 to August 2021
Source of funding: 
Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Cost: 
$ 169 843.88
Total funds: $ 463 843.88
All agencies
UNIDO
FAO
UN Women
ILO
IOM
UNDP
UNICEF

If you interested in supporting any of below listed projects, please contact the Resident Coordinator Office at rco.moldova@un.md or the UN agency implementing the project.

Stimulating a green and circular economy through policy support

Implementing UN entity: UNIDO, FAO

Government Counterpart: MoF, MEI, MARDE

Timeframe for impact: Medium (3-6 months)

Project outputs:

A policy paper on stimulus measures to support a green and circular economy is completed
 

Cost: To be defined

Cost: 
$ 0.00
Enhancing the capacities of women entrepreneurs

Implementing UN entity: UNWOMEN

Government Counterpart: MEI, MHLSP, ODIMM

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • Women entrepreneurs, women from domestic violence shelters and organizations working on addressing sexual violence are supported to produce prevention supplies and PPE, and items produced by women are marketed
  • Women have increased knowledge on how to start, finance and grow their own businesses and increased financial education
  • A support network of women mentors is created
  • Strategies for women’s economic empowerment and recovery, including those related to decent work as well as safe and healthy work environments, are supported, with a focus on women from the most vulnerable communities
  • Companies are supported to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in their activity.
Cost: 
$ 1 500 000.00
Rural women’s economic Empowerment

Implementing UN entity: UNWOMEN, FAO

Government Counterpart: MEI, MHLSP, MARDE, ODIMM

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • Public authorities and civil society are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to develop and implement policies that help the women most affected by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Rural women and girls apply their skills to tackle economic opportunities, either by becoming self-employed or by joining the formal labour sector in Moldova
  • Women-owned and women-led businesses from rural areas benefit from crisis-related and WEPs training and receive financial support to start/grow and digitalize their businesses.
  • Rural women support each other throughout the COVID-19 recovery period and are empowered to participate in local planning and budgeting process
Cost: 
$ 3 000 000.00
Enhancing regional and sectoral innovation ecosystems through an innovation cluster approach

Implementing UN entity: UNIDO

Government Counterpart: MEI, ODIMM

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • The regulatory framework and policies are improved to strengthen the regional and sectoral innovation ecosystems
  • Adoption of the regional innovation cluster model is promoted– The development of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (IET) platforms is supported
  • The internationalization of MSMEs is supported by increasing competitiveness, digital transformation and market access
  • Support is provided for the development of guidelines and mechanisms for the transparent and sustainable operation of the Fund for the Support of Digital Innovations and Technological Start-ups, created in accordance with the provisions of Law 77/2016, Article 15 paragraph (1) letter c)
Cost: 
$ 6 557 403.00
Facilitating the modernization and growth process of Moldovan MSMEs to ensure their competitiveness on both domestic and international markets

Implementing UN entity: UNIDO

Government Counterpart: MEI, ODIMM

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • Subcontracting and Partnership Exchange is established to increase institutional support for SME development
  • Profiling and matchmaking are conducted between Moldovan MSMEs and major buyers
  • MSME benchmarking and upgrading is conducted
  • Investment and export promotion for MSMEs are undertaken
Cost: 
$ 1 695 000.00
Improving the digitalization of the agriculture sector through the development of an online marketing platform

Implementing UN entity: FAO, UNWOMEN

Government Counterpart: MARDE

Timeframe for impact: Short (1-3 months)

Project outputs:

  • Online platforms for the marketing and distribution of the agriculture and food products to link buyers in the national and international markets with producers in Moldova are developed and functional
  • Women farmers are supported in digital marketing
Cost: 
$ 500 000.00
Supporting smallholder farms in Moldova to successfully overcome the negative effects of COVID-19 and the drought

Implementing UN entity: FAO (lead), ILO, UNWOMEN

Government Counterpart: MARDE

Timeframe for impact: Short (1-3 months) to medium (3-6 months)

Project outputs:

  • Producer groups are created to consolidate production and marketing capacities
  • State institutions have the required tools to monitor and assess the drought situation
  • Matching grants and technical support are provided to smallholders, especially women/young women from the agro-sector
  • The Agriculture Stress Index is integrated into the current mechanism of weather and crop monitoring
Cost: 
$ 1 500 000.00
Climate Investment and Innovation Fund Programme in Moldova

Implementing UN entity: FAO (lead), ILO, IOM

Government Counterpart: MARDE

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • MARDE has strengthened capacity to promote climate-smart value-chain specialization and job creation
  • The Climate Investment and Innovation Fund (CIIF) is established and operational to facilitate value-chain development in rural areas
  • MSMEs, young people and women – notably migrants and their families and small farmers –have improved skills and technical capacities to establish and develop innovative green businesses

Co-funding: Public funding (MADRE): $ 2.3 M ($ 580,805); IFAD: $4 M

Cost: 
$ 8 200 000.00
Supporting the early economic and social recovery from COVID-19 in the Republic of Moldova through the inclusion of returning migrants and vulnerable households dependent on remittances

Implementing UN entity: IOM, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, FAO

Government Counterpart: MHLSP, ODIMM, MECR, DRB, MARDE

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • The national social protection system is assessed, supported and capacitated at national and local levels in order to respond to the increase in the return of former Moldovan migrants
  • Relevant public employment services reach out to 10,000 individuals and provide innovative tools for the delivery of employment services, including the skills and re-qualification of returning migrants; digital, financial and entrepreneurial literacy are enhanced; the self-employment of skilled unemployed is promoted, including in the agriculture sector; and a digital marketplace platform is developed to facilitate the successful reintegration into the labour market of persons from the targeted groups
  • Small business support mechanisms are established or upgraded and 500 returning migrants are integrated into entrepreneurial activities as a result
  • Diaspora resources are mobilized for community recovery and development; local stakeholders, including local public authorities, local business communities and returnees, are empowered to jointly put in place post-crisis recovery measures; and 20,000 persons benefit from the implemented measures as a result
  • Safe and organized conditions are negotiated with three countries of destination of Moldovan migrants, facilitating the “re-migration” of up to 600 returnees facing hardship and unemployment upon return to Moldova
Cost: 
$ 3 570 000.00
Supporting green resilient recovery in the Republic of Moldova

Implementing UN entity: UNDP (lead), UN Women

Government Counterpart: MARDE, MoF, MEI, LPAs, ODIMM

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • The development of a greener, more resilient, healthier and prosperous low-carbon society is facilitated and enabled by the promotion of green and blue investment in the fair energy transition, green innovation technology, the circular economy and in financial mechanisms that will tackle climate related risks and hazards
  • Environmental standards and green fiscal stimulus packages are improved
  • Platforms, policies and regulatory frameworks for resilient societies are developed and implemented
  • Resilient and sustainable investments – activities with high greenhouse gas reduction potential – are promoted through innovative and smart-financing programmes, including equity, venture capital, business angel, crowdfunding, EPC, etc.
  • Capacity building measures and tools to achieve socio-ecological and resilient digital transformation are developed and implemented to connect innovation, education and research and ensure the delivery of environmental and energy services to the population at large, youth and vulnerable groups
  • Gender-based indicators are introduced in the green economy programmes . Green economy programmes of ODIMM assessed through a gender lens
  • Businesses are helped to identify greening opportunities, including with a gender perspective
Cost: 
$ 5 150 000.00
Valorizing the capital and entrepreneurial propensity of returning migrants and recipients of remittances through fostering access to finance, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, self-employment, knowledge on social innovation and community developme

Implementing UN entity: IOM, UNDP, FAO, ILO

Government Counterpart: MHLSP; MEI, MARDE, ODIMM, ANOFM

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • Self-employment of skilled unemployed persons is promoted through mentorship and guidance; start-up seed funding and support in testing alternative financing, including crowdfunding and crowd-investment; and support with creating, promoting and maintaining the platform/s of products and services to be provided online or offline by the self-employed
  • The economic empowerment of returning migrants and vulnerable persons who lost the income from remittances, recipients of remittances, as well as other groups impacted negatively by socio-economic factors related to COVID-19, is advanced through enhancing entrepreneurial and financial literacy, access to support infrastructure and small business set-up support
  • The knowledge and expertise of returning migrants is enhanced in agriculture, climate-resilient livelihoods and sustainable rural development through technical assistance, facilitating their access to information on opportunities of state and private funding programmes and capacity building on community development planning; with the Farmer Field School learning approach used to integrate migrants in rural communities and perform agriculture activities
  • Entrepreneurship and social innovation by young people is supported by the building of innovation support infrastructure, and promotion of the development and adoption of innovation-based practices and businesses
  • The safe and orderly migration of Moldovan nationals is enhanced through developed programmes for facilitating temporary labour (circular) migration, the adoption of ethical recruitment framework and practices, and implementation of identity management, health assessments and pre-departure orientation programmes
Cost: 
$ 3 750 000.00
Provision of inclusive entrepreneurial and education support for COVID-19 vulnerable groups (youth, women, unemployed, etc) by developing an innovative approach to social distancing infrastructure and programmes

Implementing UN entity: UNDP

Government Counterpart: MECR, Tekwill, Technical University

Timeframe for impact: Long (6 months or more)

Project outputs:

  • An ecosystem is created for ICT industry development to help enhance Moldova’s competitiveness
  • Vulnerable groups are supported to recover from the effects of COVID-19, and their skills are upgraded and aligned to the market’s needs
  • IT specialists from the Republic of Moldova have access to opportu-nity-driven educational and entrepreneurial online programmes
  • Substantial co-financing will be provided by the Technical University of Moldova, USAID and SIDA, in partnership with Tekwill (ICT Centre of Excellence)
Cost: 
$ 367 000.00
Total funds: $ 35 789 403.00

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