A stronger partnership Mozambique has made an inspiring recovery from a difficult past. Yet its development continues to be mired by HIV and AIDS, poverty and natural disasters. The need to overcome these challenges and continue improving the quality of life for all Mozambicans is prompting development partners to work together in new and productive ways.
Development assistance in Mozambique is becoming more effective as partners harmonise and align their goals and activities around national development priorities.
Funding mechanisms such as common fund pools and direct budget support have been put into place to make the allocation of resources flexible and more relevant to the needs of the country.
Within this framework, the sector wide approaches (known as SWAps) functioning in various sectors allow development partners, including UNICEF, to work together in a comprehensive and coordinated manner in support of government-led programmes for a particular sector.
Together with other partners, UNICEF advocates for greater attention to be paid to the rights of children in poverty reduction plans. The country’s second national Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper 2006–2009 (PARPA II) sets clear and time-bound targets for the realisation of child rights, in line with the Millennium Development Goals and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Partners with all
Meeting the demands of development in Mozambique requires strong partnerships with a multiplicity of actors. UNICEF works with partners at all levels of society to ensure that Mozambican children and women are given the best chance for survival, development and protection.
With the corporate sector, UNICEF is developing new and innovating partnerships which benefit women and children in Mozambique. The Private Sector Partnerships Initiative recognises the positive impact that the corporate sector can have on the development challenges in the country.
With national and international development partners, UNICEF forges alliances to improve the mechanisms of development assistance and leverages resources for the benefit of children and women.
At the national level, UNICEF supports the Government in developing national policies, programmes and plans of action that are child-focused and gender-responsive.
UNICEF works with provincial and district authorities by strengthening their capacity to provide quality services for children and women.
At the grassroots, UNICEF partners with young people, associations of people living with HIV and AIDS, families and community leaders, facilitating their empowerment and ability to take charge of their own development.