OPTIM Project (Opportunities through Technologies and Innovation in Moldova) is a project of the Swiss Government, implemented by Helvetas in Moldova.

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Our mission

Our mission

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.

Our achievements

Our achievements

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.  

Our goals

Our goals

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

Information and communication technologies (ICT)


Agriculture (Agrifood)

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. 

Agriculture (Agrifood)
Our partners

Our partners


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5 agrifood companies to receive 5000 Euros from OPTIM Project for business digitalization

24th January 2024
Five agrifood companies from the Republic of Moldova were selected as winners in the Digital Evaluation Program of SMEs, implemented with the support of Switzerland and Helvetas through the OPTIM ...

Latest trends and best practices in fruticulture: OPTIM Project and Moldova Fruct Association on study visit to Poland

19th January 2024
Between January 15-18, 2024, the Moldova Fruct Association with the support of Switzerland and Helvetas, through the OPTIM Project, organized a study visit to Poland, focused on technologies and ...

Strategies for the growth and digitalization of the nut industry in Moldova discussed at the Annual Nut Growers Forum

2nd January 2024
The development opportunities of the nut industry in Moldova were discussed at the Annual National Forum of Nut Growers. Organizers, together with OPTIM Project, supported by Switzerland and ...