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. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Emploi & développement économique
Formation professionelle
Création d'emplois
Formation professionnelle
Soutien commerciale & inclusion économique
01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026
CHF  5’995’200
Contexte 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.
Objectifs Women and men in Moldova, including excluded groups, benefit from better economic opportunities and improved working conditions.
Groupes cibles

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. 

Effets à moyen terme

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.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • 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.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   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. 

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution étatique étrangère
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Central State of South East
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Partial Action 1: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation; Partial Action 2: Consultancy mandate

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs 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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    5’995’200 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    2’200’000
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 01.03.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Completed)