Creating Job OpportuniUes through lmproved Market Systems (IMS)


By increasing competitiveness of local private enterprises and enhancing labour market intermediation and skills development, this project contributes to improved employment and income-generation for women and men, benefiting in particular people from excluded groups. The project will contribute to retaining workforce in the country, which is crucial to Moldova's further development given the long-term trend of labour-related emigration.

 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Moldova
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Employment creation
Vocational training
Business support & economic inclusion
01.03.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF  5’195’580
Background

Moldova's economic development has been deeply influenced by massive population outmigration and brain-drain. This led to slow jobless growth, driven by consumption and remittances, and low productivity.

 

 

 

With GDP per capita at purchasing power parity of USO 5'710, Moldova remains the paarest country in Europe. The Moldova Employment Strategy plans to achieve a rate of 44% by 2021. Currently the employment rate stands at 42% in 2018 (28% for youth aged 15-29). Gainful employment opportunities are needed especially out of the capital where 80% of the poorer population live. Therefore performance of private companies must improve, especially of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and in rural areas. High scarcity of adequately skilled workforce is a key bottleneck. The education system does not correspond to the market needs, leading to significant mismatch between skills supply and demand.

 

 
Objectives

Warnen and men, in particular excluded groups, benefit from improved economic opportunities.

 

 
Target groups

Stakeholders of the private, public, and civil society sectors at different levels, through which key systemic constraints identified by the project can be addressed in an adequate and sustainable way, once their capacity is enhanced. These include: businesses, chambers of commerce, business associations, service providers (financial, intermediation, training), regional development agency and ministries.

 

 
Medium-term outcomes

 

Outcome 1: Private enterprises in selected sectors improve their performance and create new economic opportunities.

Outcome 2: Warnen and men, in particular from excluded groups, are able to take up new economic opportunities.

 

 
Results

Expected results:  

Private sector businesses adopt new or improved business models.

 

 

 

Public and private actors on national and regional level collaborate to improve the policy and business enabling environment for businesses in selected sectors.

Warnen and rnen, including those from excluded groups, have access to and make use of new and improved information sources and services to enhance their ability to engage in available economic opportunities.

Relevant skills development services are available to women and men, including those from excluded groups.

 

 


Results from previous phases:  

The main results of the preparatory phase were: development of sector strategies and designing and piloting of interventions in two selected sectors - Information and Comunication Technologies (ICT) and Agriculture and Food Processing.

The pilot interventions provide clear indication of commitrrient and owmership from private sector actors and demonstrate potential for scaling up. E.g., the testing of a new business model aiming to ensure a consistent supply of raw materials (through improved coordination between farmers and processors) resulted in 20 farmers (with a total of 75 hectares of land) being contracted by two companies which produce and export canned vegetables and frozen berries. This can be scaled up to 500 farmers.

 

 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation


Other partners

Helvetas Swiss lntercooperation (HSI) is the implementing partner. The Chamber of Commerce and lndustry (CCI) of the Republic of Moldova is a strategic partner of HSI, sub-contracted for policy and reform, and regional integration process. Mesopartner, an international organisation, is sub-contracted for capacity building on Market Systems Development (MSD) approach and other strategic advice.

 

 
Coordination with other projects and actors

The project established good coordination with the GIZ project co-funded by SDC (on business environment, investment attraction, enhanced employability).

IMS coordinates also with other SDC-funded projects that focus on enhancing socio-economic development at local and rural levels (irnplemented by SKAT, UNDP, UNFPA and Council of Europe). The project will coordinate with other like-minded development partners that promote private sector development (USA, Sweden, EU, World Bank, IFC, EBRD).

 

 
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    5’195’580 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’475’599
Project phases Phase 99 01.09.2019 - 31.12.2030   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.03.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase)