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Moldova

Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Helvetas started its first project in Moldova in 2018, aiming to stimulate its market systems and generate more economic opportunities for its citizens.
© Elene Tkhlashidze / Helvetas
  • Capital
    Chisinau
  • Area
    33,846 km²
  • UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*
    Rank: 112 out of 188
  • Population
    3,550,000
  • Thematic focus
    Vocational Skills Development
    Market Systems Development
    Gender and Social Equity
    Agriculture and Nutrition
    Youth
* Source: UN Data

Since independence in 1991, the country has pursued political, economic and social transition towards establishing democratic institutions, introducing a market economy and building a nation. It has made significant progress in reducing poverty and promoting inclusive growth.

At the same time Moldova's economic growth is still mostly fueled by consumption and money that numerous Moldovans living abroad send to their families back home. Only about 40% of the population is employed.

Strengthening markets and job seekers for a more prosperous economy

With our first project in the country, we aim to stimulate Moldova’s market systems, so they generate better economic opportunities for Moldovans. Our focus is on agriculture, which is a big industry with a lot of jobs, but very low wages, and on ICT, which has high salaries but struggles to find competent employees.

In agriculture, we work with agribusiness to make it more competitive, so that it can offer higher-quality, better-paid jobs for the youth. We also aim to strengthen the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and improve ICT training throughout the country so that graduates offer better skills to employers.  

«Girls and boys graduate from Moldova’s schools and universities at the same level. However, because of the traditional childcare function women are less likely to be employed at higher skilled positions and are paid less than men. Addressing gender equity is one of our priorities in Moldova.»

Elene Tkhlashidze, MSD Advisor / MRM Lead, Moldova

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HELVETAS MOLDOVA
Helvetas Eastern Europe Unit
Maulbeerstr. 10
3010 Bern
Switzerland

Phone:+41 31 385 10 10
E-Mail: easterneurope@helvetas.org

Our Projects in Eastern Europe

 If you would like to know more about our work in Eastern Europe, click on each project for details.

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

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Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building Confidence in Local Government

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Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

© Helvetas / Armand Habazaj
Albania, Serbia, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Social Sciences for a Better Society

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North Macedonia, Eastern Europe Environment and Climate Change

Getting Biodiversity on the Agenda

Albania, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets Work for the Youth

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Matching Skills with Demand in the Labor Market

North Macedonia, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Market-Oriented Education for a Prosperous Society

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building a Democratic Kosovo

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Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Strengthening Local Governance for Empowered Citizens

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Empowering Youth to Build a Better Future in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Serbia Governance, Peace & Migration

ACT for a Stronger Civil Society

Our Topics

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.
Young people are a tremendous asset, but also a possible threat when denied access to labor markets, services and decision-making. Almost every second unemployed person is aged between 15 and 24.