HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Mozambique

History and Economy of the country

Mozambique is an emerging democratic and developing country, independent from Portuguese colonialism since 1975, followed by a national peace agreement since October 1992, which lead to the first elections in 1994. Since then the ruling party is FRELIMO (Mozambican Liberation Front), re-elected in consecutive elections until today. The two other parties in the country are RENAMO (Mozambique National Resistance) and MDM (Mozambique Democratic Movement). Despite its strong GDP growth during the last decade – above 7 % - and gradually deepening democracy, Mozambique remains one of the poorest and most severely capacity constrained countries in the world. In 2012 Mozambique ranked 185 of 187 countries on the HDI and suffers increasingly from inequality.

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Mozambique

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, working in this country since 1979, concentrates on four working areas: i) Rural Infrastructure: Equitable access and use of quality rural water and sanitation; ii) Education and Skills Development; iii) Rural Economy; iv) Governance and Peace.

Geographic focus and level of intervention

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation will maintain its main focus on Northern Mozambique rural and semi-urban areas where more than 80% of the population resides, with a geographic focus in Cabo Delgado (Mecufi, Macomia, Chiúre and Ancuabe Districts) and Nampula (Mecuburi, Muecate, Nacarôa and Eráti Districts) provinces. However, specific activities in urban areas like provincial or district capitals are also included due to the massive migration of rural population to those urban centres.

Learning from past engagement

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation has been operating for more than 30 years in Mozambique. During this time the organization has implemented mostly long-term projects in the area of rural water and sanitation, rural development, food security, land reform, governance, education, and culture in collaboration with governmental, non-governmental and private sector institutions.

Country Strategy Orientation, Development Goal

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation supports Mozambique in its fight against poverty and its transition to a politically, socially and economically inclusive society through advancement of basic water and sanitation services, local economic development based on sustainable management of natural resources, and demand-led governance.

Country Strategy Orientation, Mission Statement

In Mozambique, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation contributes and aligns to national development priorities and the Poverty Reduction Strategy. It acts as partner to local organizations from civil society, government and the private sector who strive for a just and inclusive socio-economic and political development that is beneficiary for all.

Current Projects

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is currently implementing the following projects: Food Security and Agribusiness (SAAN); Post harvest management; Governance, Water and Sanitation (PROGOAS); Water for Food (ApC); Small Water Supply Systems (PSAA); Cultural Activity (CAP); and Protecting and promoting Women’s  Social and Economic Rights (OCUPALI).

Human Resource

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation operates under Human Rights based approaches, and the Mozambican national labour law. The organisation is comprised of a number of qualified National staff members and few expatriates. The organisation strives to pursue the gender equal opportunity approach.