Ghost Villages: new insights for Moldovan policy-making

  • Status completed
  • Year 2016 - 2017
  • Category Government to Government

Problem statement:

Official data on migration, both external and internal, is grossly underestimating the true extent of the phenomenon in Moldova. The most recent available data on population is the latest 2014 census, which does specifically that — capturing the situation as of 2014. Nevertheless, updated, reliable, and disaggregated data is required for policy making and targeted development interventions.

MiLab innovative approach:

Using alternative sources of data to map the actual population density in the rural areas of Moldova using electricity consumption data.

Innovations for change outcomes:

  • Real-time information on circular migration flows in pilot villages
  • Scaling up a grid map for the entire country and integrating this data into the decision-making processes