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Chisinau, 9 June 2021 - United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed an Agreement of Cooperation with Moldova State University (MSU) to disseminate broadly the results of the Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) among representatives of the academia. UNFPA will also provide fellowships and will support the organisation of national and international academic events to present the research papers made by teachers and students on the basis of GGS in order to promote demographic resilience.

The GGS was conducted for the first time in the Republic of Moldova and will offer high quality disaggregated statistical data to be used for development of evidence-based demographic policies on: fertility behaviour, infertility prevention, intention to have children, number of desired children, population ageing, migration, low life expectancy, especially among men, and other aspects. To collect all this information, 10 thousand people were interviewed during 2020, covering more than 500 questions.

After signing the Agreement, during 2021-2022 a fellowship program will be launched for BA and MA students, who will develop academic papers with focus on demographic analysis on the basis of GGS data. The GGS methodology and data will be integrated in the university curriculum for Departments of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Sociology and Social Assistance. Teachers and students of the above-mentioned departments will be trained by international experts on how to access and process the GGS micro-data in order to use them in their researches. UNFPA will support the participation of teachers and students in national and international conferences to present and promote the results of their researches, made on the basis of Generations and Gender Survey data. 

The Survey data is accessible for researches and may be requested on the official website of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), which is the Project implementing partner and data distributor. By accessing the GGS platform, researchers, students and university professors will be able to conduct comparative data analysis for the 24 countries that have already conducted the survey. The final report of the Generations and Gender Survey will be launched officially this fall.

‘UNFPA appreciates the support offered by Moldova State University in embedding the results of Generations and Gender Survey in the relevant curricula for cycle I - Bachelor and cycle II - Master. This will facilitate a better understanding of the demographic situation in the country and will complement the theoretical component of the existing syllabus’, said Nigina Abaszada, UNFPA Resident Representative in Moldova.

‘MSU has a huge potential of human resources and researches in the social and demographic areas, who can share with their broad expertise for policy making purposes. We are hence happy to have the opportunity to enter into this partnership with UNFPA and use the data of Generations and Gender Survey for our researches’, reiterated Igor Șarov, rector of Moldova State University.

Generations and Gender Survey is a global survey, conducted so far in over 24 countries. In the Republic of Moldova, the Generations and Gender Survey is implemented by United Nations Population Fund, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection, National Bureau of Statistics, the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Institute, with the financial support of MHLSP, UNFPA and India-UN Development Partnership Fund.