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Urban Development – Urban Revitalization approach

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The Urban Revitalization approach tends to bring innovations to happen across the cities of the Republic of Moldova. Urban Development is building united and success-driven communities that participate in the decision-making process as the main actors. The process is carried on including through Urban Revitalization, which is a city-oriented development instrument.

It enhances the positive transformation of those city areas that are in critical condition and need social, architectural, and economic changes. Urban Revitalization is about people, communities, public spaces, infrastructure, and innovation. Communities connected to their cities – a vision that is bound to become universal.

When the local authority decides that Urban Revitalization is a priority for the city development, the approach contributes at building clever algorithms to find urban solutions, enhance the sense of community and assure the economic vitality. The actual power of decision  is given to the involved community. Thus, a platform of trust should be secured, saluting the traditions, the diversity and assuring that every stakeholder is a part of the process of social cohesion in the urban environment.

The space of dialogue is facilitated by a community coach, so that every idea is discussed, and every group is actively involved. 

The Urban Revitalization Program sets a small-step reinvention of the city (with a focus on the revitalization zone), where the social and community interaction is encouraged as, for example, through multifunctional playgrounds in Ocnita and Cimislia, or segregation-free green live communication spots in Soroca, or the modernized “Vasile Alecsandri” park in Edinet and an inclusion-fortified arts school in Ialoveni. 

After almost three years of activities, the Urban Revitalization Process, initiated in the Republic of Moldova, has now involved eight experienced cities since 2018 — Balti, Causeni, Cimislia, Edinet, Ialoveni, Ocnita, Soroca, Ungheni, and another six cities since 2019 — Ceadir-Lunga, Drochia, Rezina, Singerei, Straseni, Vulcanesti. The full report of the Urban Revitalization process can be downloaded here.

The Urban Revitalization process was initiated in the Republic of Moldova in 2017 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MARDE), with the support of Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy of Poland in cooperation with Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. 

The process is structured into three stages: 

1) ensuring dialogue among the local authorities for local teams creation and establishing the revitalization zone of a city through a complex data-based diagnosis;

2) exploring the local community’s needs and values for developing, in a participatory way, an Urban Revitalization Program that includes a common vision and a set of complex integrated activities – revitalization projects;

3) implementing the Program and establish local and national partnerships.

The process of Urban Revitalization at the local level is initiated and coordinated by the local public authority — by designating the person responsible for the Urban Revitalization at the city level and by creating the Coordination Committee consisted of relevant local specialists. The local team ensures that the process of developing and later implementing the Urban Revitalization Program is done in a participatory manner, through creating the Consultative Commission and involving different stakeholders.

At the national level, MARDE has developed a regulation act – “The Guidelines on urban revitalization in the Republic of Moldova“, in order to both guide and prepare the cities for the revitalization process. At the regional level, the Regional Development Agencies support cities in the urban revitalization process.

Based on the three-year activity and experience, the involved cities launched the initiative to create the National Urban Revitalization Network in the Republic of Moldova, with the aim to promote the Urban Revitalization process.



Maria Axenti

Unit Manager | Urban Development Unit maria.axenti@solidarityfund.md (+373) 60166224

Coordonator proiect


Department of Assistance Programs Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of Poland grzegorz.pragert@miir.gov.pl (+48) 22 273 75 62

  • 2021-2022: Synergy Fund
    • Co-financing of the economic and social-civic components of the integrated Urban Revitalization projects, in addition to the infrastructure component, financed by the National Fund for Regional Development.
    • Budget: EUR 100 000(Polish Aid)
  • 2021-2022: Fund for Urban Revitalization Zones
    • Co-financing of projects in the Revitalization Zones for the consolidation of local urban communities.
    • Budget: EUR 100 000 (Polish Aid)
  • 2021: Support for the National Urban Revitalization Network
    • Support for the institutional strengthening of the National Urban Revitalization Network
    • Budget: EUR 15 000
  • 2020-2021: Small Grants Fund
    • Support for the implementation of Urban Revitalization Programmes by co-financing 8 Urban Revitalization projects
    • Budget: EUR 342 000
  • 2019: Small Grants Fund
    • Support for the implementation of Urban Revitalization Programmes by co-financing 8 Urban Revitalization projects
    • Budget: EUR 255 000(Polish Aid)
  • 2019: Support for the development of Urban Revitalization Programmes in 8 cities
    • Budget: EUR 30 000 (Polish Aid)
  • 2018: Small Grants Fund
    • Introduction of the Urban Revitalization approach in the Republic of Moldova by co-financing 6 pilot projects of Urban Revitalization
    • Budget: EUR 200 573 (Polish Aid)
  • 2018: Support for the development of Urban Revitalization Programmes in 11 cities
    • Budget: EUR 47 145(Polish Aid)






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