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Engaging diasporas in local development: An operational guide based on the experience of Moldova

This guide explains UNDP’s role in, and commitment to, supporting states to leverage diaspora investments in local development, building on the example of Moldova, which between 2015 and 2018 implemented the Migration and Local Development Project (MiDL), funded by the Government of Switzerland. This project was designed to support local governments in Moldova to develop and implement policies, methodologies and procedures related to emigration, and to link them to local development processes.

The guide focuses on providing practical insights and adaptable approaches in the field of diaspora, migration and local development, for use in other countries. It highlights the importance of building broad partnerships with national and local governments, United Nations agencies, the private sector, civil society (non-governmental/ community-based organizations, including those run by diaspora or migrant populations) and other stakeholders, for efficient and sustainable planning and operationalization of Diaspora, Migration and Development approaches, with focus on local level.

Date of Publication
Target Audience
Civil Society
Intergovernmental Organization
Migrant Association
Private Sector
Oxana Maciuca
Geographic Scope
Republic of Moldova
Workstream Output
Regional Review Process
Migration and Development

*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).