Opportunities through Technologies and Innovation in Moldova (OPTIM) - Phase 2

The project intends to foster the economic resilience and development in Moldova by adopting a market system development approach, a flexible and agile modality that strengthens the capacity of partners with systemic footprint in key sectors. By facilitating a better access to market, technologies, funding, skills and a more conducive business environment for companies, the project will contribute to create better jobs and additional income for its beneficiaries. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Employment creation
Vocational training
Business support & economic inclusion
01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026
CHF  5’995’200
Background Moldova’s growth model relies on remittances and consumption. It is neither sustainable nor resilient in view of increasing climate risks, a volatile security and political environment, and cumulated economic shocks. The agriculture needs modernization. The growth in the service sector needs consolidation. Moldova’s economy is dominated by Small and Medium Enterprises, whose potential is untapped and trapped in bureaucratic quagmire. Informality is widespread. Acting on these challenges will accelerate Moldova’s economic transition, and its European, digital and green transformation.
Objectives Women and men in Moldova, including excluded groups, benefit from better economic opportunities and improved working conditions.
Target groups

On the one hand, the project will target organisations with the capacity to foster systemic change as well as businesses, and, on the other hand, people who will benefit from better opportunities and income (end-beneficiaries).

The private sector, its actors and representatives are the primary partners of this project. It includes entities such as sector and business organisations, intermediaries and companies.

Among its beneficiaries, the project will also target returning migrants, women and excluded groups such as rural youth and ethnic minorities. 

Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: Private sector actors are more competitive, access higher value markets and improve the quality of their job offer.

Outcome 2: Moldovan women and men increase their employability and make informed career choices.


Expected results:  

  • 20 partners offer new or better services and products to 300 private sector actors for accessing higher value markets.
  • 700 private sector actors adopt new technologies to improve productivity, with 60% related to climate-smart technologies.
  • 20 multistakeholder partnerships for innovation and advocacy introduce more than 40 reform proposals addressing the needs of businesses. 
  • 250 private sector actors mobilize up to CHF 1’750’000 through formal financial products and services for expanding their business and skills.
  • 75% of trainees are satisfied with relevant courses provided by 20 training providers.

Results from previous phases:   3’021 people (37% from excluded groups) benefitted from improved economic opportunities and earned over CHF 7.25 million (33% for excluded groups) of net additional income. 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Central State of South East
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Partial Action 1: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation; Partial Action 2: Consultancy mandate

Coordination with other projects and actors OPTIM will collaborate with other donors in the area of Economic Development: the European Union, Germany, USA, United Nations. It will foster synergies with Swiss-funded projects implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    5’995’200 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’200’000
Project phases Phase 2 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.03.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Completed)