Working areas Mozambique

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Mozambique has more than 30 years of relevant experience in the following areas: Rural Economy, Water and Sanitation, Governance and Peace and Development of Skills and Education in rural and peri-urban areas in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Maputo
Water Sanitation Mozambique

Water & Sanitation

A major constraint for people living in rural areas is the lack of infrastructure inhibiting their access to water for human consumption, sanitation and hygiene to protect people’s health. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Mozambique supports the Government in implementing the National Water policy which make the provision to devolve planning, implementation and maintenance of local infrastructures to local bodies and enhance their capacities in local infrastructure development. In line with these policies, the organization envisages to strengthen the role of provincial, district and local communities as well as the private sector in the development of local infrastructures through its programmes. These are the related projects: PROGOAS III and ORATTA.
Seed Production and Conservation

Rural Economy

Only about 10% of rural households are members of a farmers’ organisation. Most farmer organisations deal with problems of poor management and organisation, limited focus on service provision, lack of knowledge with regard to post-harvest and marketing aspects, and lack of negotiation skills to develop partnerships. Extension services are available to less than 10% of farmers. District-based public extension lacks staff and financial resources and is centred on the production of food crops, leaving out critical elements such as cash crops, marketing, management and farmers’ organisation. Improved inputs and seeds are rarely used because of their cost and a limited outreach of input dealers. The related projects are: SAAN and Post Harvesting.

Governance & Peace

Accountability mechanisms between government and citizens remain weak and there are very few checks and balances in place. Local government’s responsiveness to basic needs remains inadequate which is however a key to enhance effective service delivery and democratic governance. More efforts are needed to promote a vibrant civil society at sub national level, which is largely absent at the moment, linking agendas and issues at community level to district level decision-making and finally, to provincial level. The related projects are: PROGOAS, WIP and Cultura em Acção.
HOJE project

Skill Development and Education

The Mozambican youth is scarcely prepared to access existing economic opportunities and access the formal sector which offers at most 1/4 of the jobs for a working age population of 11 million persons. Few youth are qualified beyond primary level, and the reported low level of soft and hard skills does not match labour market needs. The youth labor force is increasing by almost 40% per year but the rate at which new formal sector jobs are created remains unchanged. Youth unemployment varies by geographic location with roughly 8% unemployment in rural areas and 36% in urban areas. Young women suffer from the highest level of unemployment.

Water and Sanitation

Here you can find our projects related with water sanitation and infrastructure.

Governance and Peace

Here you can find our projects related with Governance and Peace.

Skill Development and Education

Here you can find our project related with skill development and Education.