SDG Innovation Fund Moldova

Fostering sustainable development
in the Republic of Moldova:
SDG Innovation Fund

Submit your transformative idea online and play an active role in promoting sustainable development in the Republic of Moldova.
Applications can be submitted until 17:00 (EET) on 15.03.2021.

What is the SDG Innovation Fund about?

The SDG Innovation Fund was created with the goal to support the implementation of at least six cross-sectoral small-scale projects to foster the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Republic of Moldova. These small-scale projects will be joint actions of at least two different stakeholder groups (e.g. public authorities, civil society, private sector, academia) with the aim to foster multi-stakeholder partnerships in line with the Principles of the 2030 Agenda.

The SDG Innovation Fund is part of the project “Support to the Moldovan Government in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” (further referred as “Project”) that the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The overall objective of the Project is to improve capacities and processes for implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Republic of Moldova. The Project works closely with its main political partner the State Chancellery of the Republic of Moldova and other stakeholders, relevant for implementing the 2030 Agenda.

What is funded and who can apply?

The project proposals shall address challenges in one of the following sectors (i) Public Finances, (ii) Social Affairs, (iii) Environment and contribute to the achievement of the nationalized SDG indicators. Through this, the proposals will be embedded in the broader country context. The eligibility and assessment criteria can be found on the Application Process page.

Why focus on the 2030 Agenda?

In September 2015, the Republic of Moldova together with 192 other Member States of the United Nations, committed to the 2030 Agenda. The Agenda is a commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030 worldwide, ensuring that no one is left behind. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda was a landmark achievement, providing for a shared global vision towards sustainable development for all. However, delivering on it poses a great challenge to most countries.

The 2030 Agenda implementation principles

Overarching principles guide implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They form the basis for the individual contributions towards implementation:


the 2030 Agenda applies universally to all countries alike – to developing, emerging and industrialised countries. Each country defines its own contributions within the limits of its national capacities, policies and level of development.


Integrated approach
the 2030 Agenda emphasises that the 17 SDGs are integrated and indivisible. The social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainability are mutually dependent factors and should be considered in a balanced way.


Leave no one behind (LNOB)
the 2030 Agenda focuses especially on marginalised groups as well as the poorest of the poor. In order to achieve sustainable development, attention must focus primarily on those lacking economic, political or social rights and participation opportunities.


Shared responsibility
implementation of the 2030 Agenda can only be successful if all relevant stakeholders make their contribution. Businesses, civil society and academia (among others) need to be involved as well as governments. New forms of collaboration, such as multi-stakeholder partnerships, are gaining significance.


regular and inclusive reviews take place on a national, regional and global level. To measure progress, high quality, accessible, current and disaggregated data is required at the national level.

How is the Fund managed?

The SDG Innovation Fund management is structured in the following way:
  • The Steering Committee is responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the overall Project; it represents the highest decision-making body.
  • The Advisory Board is a collective body created on a voluntary basis from representatives of public institutions, NGOs, private sector and academia to provide overall guidance and direction, to coordinate the selection, evaluation and technical quality assurance of the SDG Innovation Fund projects. The ex officio members of the Advisory Board are representatives of the State Chancellery and the Project.
  • The Fund Operational Management serves as a secretariat to the Advisory Board, being also responsible for the Technical Support Program that was created with the aim to ensure smooth process of application, implementation and concluding phase of the selected small-scale projects.
  • The Implementing Beneficiaries are responsible for the management at the level of the recipients.