Top marks awarded to Moldova Regional Development project
The withdrawal of Department for International Development (DFID) from Moldova coincides with the successful completion of the Moldova Cooperation in Regional Development (MDRD) Project where, at the final project event, Deputy Prime Minister, Valerie Lazar, declared that “the main achievement of regional development is that we recognise regional development as a level of policy. A few years ago the definition of regional development was just an enigma, now, regional development is a priority."
The MDRD Project, led by Oxford Policy Management in conjunction with the Institute of Public Policy (Moldova) and University of Birmingham (UK), supported the Government of Moldova to implement the regional development law passed in December 2006 and roll out the (draft) National Strategy for Regional Development.
After 3 years of hard work DFID awarded the MDRD Project a top score of 1. DFID noted that the project introduced an entirely new model of regional development to Moldova, which is predicated on ‘partnerships for development'. This brings together a broader range of development stakeholders to jointly identify developmental and growth priorities in a given region.