Optim (Opportunities through Technologies and Innovation in Moldova) is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.
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)
During the years 2023-2026, Optim’s goal in the ICT sector is to address the lack of skilled workforce inclusively. Several success stories of the project’s first phase have shown encouraging results: since 2019, four training providers supported by the project (Iucosoft, DSpirit, WOX and IT Step Academy, PowerIT) started providing IT training for youth and adults in Balti and Comrat. Another key constraint for the project to be tackled is the fragmentation of the offer and improvement of the cooperation within the ICT sector that leads to the development of high-value products and services by local IT companies and will increase the visibility of small ICT companies towards external clients. 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.
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Support Katalyst establish a logistic delivery system during the pandemic and open the first shared ...
MOLDOVA IT PARK
Support Moldova IT Park to improve cooperation among the ICT sector stakeholders and offer access ...
Support DSpirit in developing a freelance platform to increase online earnings in the ICT Sector ...
Support Euroalun to establish the VITROHUB Laboratory for producing high-quality and virus-free ...
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 ...
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 ...
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