OPTIM Project (Opportunities through Technologies and Innovation in Moldova) is a project of the Swiss Government, implemented by Helvetas in Moldova.
OPTIM is a market systems development (MSD) project that aims to stimulate selected market systems in Moldova, in order to have an inclusive and innovative society that is forceful enough to create opportunities for development for Moldova.
Since 2019, over 2,600 people (almost 40% of whom are from excluded groups) have taken up economic opportunities enabled by project interventions. A more significant indicator of lasting change is the way that market actors behave – what OPTIM ultimately aims to achieve by following the Market Systems Development approach.
OPTIM Project's goal is for women and men, including those from excluded groups, to benefit from better economic opportunities and improved working conditions. During Phase II of the implementation (2023-2026), OPTIM expects to reach 6,000 beneficiaries and CHF 12 million net additional income.
What we do
OPTIM aims to offer Moldovan women and men, including excluded groups, better economic opportunities, and improved working conditions. During the first four years of the project over 2,600 people (almost 40% of whom are from excluded groups) have taken up economic opportunities enabled by project interventions.
The sectors in which we operate
Information and communication technologies (ICT)
OPTIM's goal in the ICT sector is to address the lack of skilled workforce. Several success stories of the project’s first phase show encouraging results: since 2019, 4 training providers supported by the project (Iucosoft, DSpirit, WOX, and IT Step Academy, PowerIT) started providing IT trainings in Balti and Comrat. Project will focus on improving cooperations within actors in the ICT sector that lead to the development of high-value products and services by local IT companies. Moving forward and in response to market dynamics, OPTIM will strengthen the component of its work in digitalization.
Agrifood - the most significant sector in the Moldovan economy. It is the sector where the largest share of the population is employed but offers the lowest income across all sectors. In agriculture, OPTIM will seek to leverage the developing cooperation and association models to strengthen access to high-value markets for smallholder farmers or agricultural laborers, while also promoting stronger public-private dialogue spaces. It will strive to offer access to information, knowledge, finance, and digital literacy. Also, since 2019, OPTIM has been addressing the issue of fragmentation of the agricultural sector in Moldova with positive results. OPTIM has contributed to the adoption of efficient agricultural practices and new production technologies through the development of diverse services for small farmers all over the country, The introduction of innovative monitoring and field intervention solutions contributed to the decrease of farmers’ expenditures by 40% and increased their income.
National Farmers' Federation of Moldova
Support the National Farmers' Federation to improve and expand their services and consultancy to ...
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI)
Support the Chamber of Commerce to digitize activities and services, including the development of ...
Alliance of Small and Medium Entreprises (AIM)
Support AIM to strengthen the voice of small and medium enterprises through policy development and ...
Moldova Innovation Technology Park (MITP)
Support Moldova IT Park to improve cooperation among the ICT sector stakeholders and offer access ...
Support Katalyst establish a logistic delivery system during the pandemic and open the first shared ...
Support Euroalun to establish the VITROHUB Laboratory for producing high-quality and virus-free ...
Support Paynet to develop a QR code payment to offer a better financial solution for underbanked ...
Support DSpirit in developing a freelance platform to increase online earnings in the ICT Sector ...
IT STEP ACADEMY
Support IT Step Academy to open a new branch in Comrat and develop quality educational lT programs ...
Support AgroOguz to increase the usage of greenhouses in Moldova & intermediate services for ...
Support Cabosal to introduce innovative fertigation services using advanced technologies (UAVs & ...
Support Talmazan School to digitize 2 introductory courses: Facebook Star and Facebook Ads.
Support ElitAgrotehnologie to increase the use of drone fertigation services in rural areas of ...
Support EcoLocal to develop an online delivery platform and introduce Group Organic Certification ...
Support Simpals to develop an API platform that will aggregate delivery service providers and will ...
Support IUCOSOFT to expand its training offers to Bălți and provide access to beneficiaries from ...
Support the modernization of the software infrastructure of the A1 marketplace platform.
Support PowerIT to develop the learning platform learnit.md, digitize courses, and open an IT ...
Association of IT Companies in Moldova (ATIC)
Support ATIC to improve skills and jobs intermediation through platform career.ict.md and ...
Support MOTIVAȚIE to improve the access of disabled people to highly paid employment opportunities.
Support BR Media Group to create "BR Academy" that offers training, know-how & access to modern ...
Together with UNDP, support the implementation of the project "Accelerating Digital Transformation ...
Creation of media product “AGRI Smart” on agriculture and news for farmers and entrepreneurs in the ...
OPTIM supports improving Micro, Small & Medium enterprises' skills to expand on higher-value ...
German Sparkassenstiftung Moldova (GSM)
OPTIM supports the development of a Farm management toolbox.
Read more about OPTIM's most prominent interventions in Agri and IT sectors in Moldova. Get inspired by these success stories.
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START for the "Digital Evaluation Program of SMEs". Participants and organisers have met for the first session of the program.
Recently, ATIC and OPTIM Project have organized the first networking session for the beneficiaries of the "Digital Evaluation Program of SMEs". There are 10 companies in Moldova, in particular, in ...
A company from Moldova launched a freelance website dedicated exclusively to Moldovan freelancers working in the creative industry
Recently, a local company launched the first freelance platform for freelancers from the Republic of Moldova, dedicated primarily to those in the creative industry. ...
10 Moldovan companies will evaluate and improve their digital readiness, guided by ICT mentors, through a program implemented by ATIC and OPTIM
OPTIM Project and ATIC have signed a new collaboration agreement and launched a program for the development of SMEs in Moldova. Local companies can apply for free to ...
A new goal achieved: two young Moldovan farmers export fruits to new high-value markets, with OPTIM's support
Two young fruit growers from the Republic of Moldova have established one of the most modernized cherry orchards in the country. Producing an average of 160 tons of ...