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UNDP's response

Supporting refugees & host communities

UNDP scales up support in Moldova as early projections suggest thousands could be pushed into poverty by a protracted war.

Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, the national and local authorities and the people of Moldova opened their hearts and their homes to those seeking refuge from the destruction and chaos left behind. Guesthouses and homes in small villages and bigger towns along the border, but also throughout the country, became a haven for rest, nourishment, and a place to decide on next steps. Public buildings, quickly repurposed by national and local authorities and NGOs, also provided much needed temporary shelters.

UNDP is working with national and local authorities and communities in more than 75 host communities, from both banks of Nistru river, to ensure more than 25,000 Ukraine’s refugees receive the provisions, accommodation, legal, and psychological support they need. Approximately $2 million were allocated by UNDP and its partners – EU, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, France – to partially cover the immediate needs of refugees and host communities, as well as support socio-economic inclusion of people fleeing the war, by promoting employment opportunities, expanding their access to public services and ensuring social cohesion.

Early economic forecasts by UNDP paint a potentially bleak picture: 30 percent of Moldova’s population could be living below the poverty line, and 54 percent of individuals could face high risks of falling into poverty within the next twelve months as a result of the war, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing energy crisis. UNDP estimates over 63% of families will be energy poor this year. As a result, many families will be forced to make unthinkable decisions around whether to heat their homes or send their children to school, access healthcare or put food on the table.

This is why it is vital that we act now, if we are to stop what is already one of Europe’s poorest countries from succumbing to the social, political, and environmental risks posed by the war in Ukraine.

UNDP Economic, Social and Environmental Resilience Offer for Moldova

UNDP aims to enhance the economic, social and environmental resilience of the country, building its support around four pillars:

  1. Economic and social resilience
  2. Livelihoods and socio-economic inclusion
  3. Energy, food security and environmental resilience
  4. Governance, rule of law and anti-corruption

Interagency inclusion & livelihoods working group

UNDP is working closely with the UN entities and other humanitarian stakeholders to meet the specific needs caused by the impact of the war in Ukraine on Moldova. Our work is alligned with the Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP), which outlines the comprehensive response and activities needed to support countries’ efforts to protect and assist refugees coming from Ukraine. In addition, UNDP and the Government State Chancellery lead the interagency inclusion & livelihoods working group which identifies the most critical needs of refugees’ integration in the host communities and ensures their livelihoods. By focusing efforts on economic, social, and environmental resilience, UNDP and its partners will be able to both support the Government of Moldova’s current humanitarian needs while at the same time help deliver on the country’s medium to long-term sustainable-development priorities.

Learn more about the activity of the working group