Moldova – City Development Strategy



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Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
There has been a respectable mobilization of local actors – directors and managers not only in central government and the Chisinau municipality and adjacent districts but also from the private sector, service providers, civil society, training and research institutions, NGOs and homeowners associations – which is a sign of the high expectations of participation in local development. There is a high demand to participate in city planning.


Moldova has been suffering from lack of technical, administrative and financial capacities at all levels of government. Lack of clarity in the division of responsibilities between national, local and private stakeholders have made the transition to local autonomy a more confused process. Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, is one of the largest and the richest city in the Country. Almost a quarter of the country’s population resides in capital city of Chisinau. This project aims to develop a proposal to support Chisinau municipality in developing a CDS that would address the key issues including basic infrastructure and services, municipal finance, housing and urban development. The project adopts a participatory approach involving both public and private stakeholders in order to enrich and validate the city development strategy proposal.
The objective of this proposal is to develop a comprehensive City Development Strategy for the Municipality of Chisinau with a focus on identifying and eliminating the bottlenecks to achieve its potential as a “European Capital City”. The proposal focuses on key priority areas, including: 1) Basic infrastructure and services 2) Municipal finance and 3) Housing upgrading and development
1) Organize events and meetings and ensure participation of local public and private stakeholders in discussions for designing a proposal for city development strategy 2) Drafting a proposal for City Development Strategy of Chisinau City based on stakeholder consultations
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Participatory workshops during which international experiences and practices were reported by external experts and partners generated exchange of relevant knowledge on developments in local government administration with the Chisinau City and adjacent urban districts and rural settlements. 2) The formulation of the project proposal through participatory approach led to build up a common vision for local development among stakeholders and decision-makers. This exercise also assisted Chisinau Municipality to better understand the needs of the population. The Municipal Committee for Sustainable Development continues assuring the public participation and dissemination of information. 3) The project proposal for an “Operational Development Strategy and Action Plan for Chisinau” did not meet the minimum threshold criteria of the Cities Alliance. The project, as originally proposed, was highly complex involving two broad objectives, three specific objectives, six phases, an Advisory Board, a Project Implementation Unit, and three Project Teams. This would have been a very ambitious undertaking for the Cities Alliance’s first intervention addressing slum formation in multi-family “privatized” public housing in a transition economy. The proponents were invited to reconsider the project as a more focused community housing improvement project. A revised proposal was never submittedcomplements