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Cooperation Strategy

  • Cooperation Strategy Mozambique 2012–2016
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Switzerland - Mozambique
Visit of President Guebuza on the occasion of 30 years of cooperation
Official development assistance between Switzerlandand Mozambiquebegan 30 years ago. Mozambique’s President Armando Emilio Guebuza paid a visit to Switzerlandon 16 June 2009in celebration of this jubilee. The history of this cooperation is now briefly portrayed in a published brochure.
Short Retrospective on 30 Years of Cooperation
 Press release

  • Switzerland - Mozambique / 30 Years of Bilateral Cooperation
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Website of the Cooperation Office (SDC) Mozambique: www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/mozambique/

MOZAMBIQUEAI.GIFIn Mozambique, the SDC has established three priorities of intervention: economic development, health, and local governance. The SDC supports local projects, while at the same time actively engaging in political dialogue with the aim of fighting poverty and fostering the political and economic transition.

Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries. More than half of its population lives below the poverty line and the national budget continues to depend to a large degree on foreign aid. More than 80% of Mozambique’s population still depends on small-scale agriculture and is vulnerable to natural hazards, increasingly so due to climate change. The AIDS epidemic continues to threaten progress in development.

Switzerland’s overall goal is to support Mozambique in its fight against poverty and its transition to a politically and economically inclusive society. Through its projects, Switzerland works directly with the local population. It also supports the government of Mozambique with different forms of budget support.

Madagascar is also part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). For more information about the SDC’s commitment in this Development Community, see the regional programme for Southern Africa.

Swiss International Cooperation 2011
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
Bilateral development cooperation 19.73 23.85 23.02
Humanitarian aid 0.34 0.42 0.88
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Economic Cooperation and Development 5.26 7.56 8.56
Total SDC/SECO 25.33 31.83 32.46
Other Federal Offices
Total other Federal Offices
Cantons and municipalities 0.10 0.48 ..
Total 25.43 32.31 32.46
SDC figures excluding program contributions to Swiss NGOs
.. = figures not available | – = nil or amount < 5'000 CHF

Strengthening the health system and preventing diseases
Thanks to SDC projects implemented between 2005 and 2011, 303‘000 people now have access to and use safe sources of drinking water, 213‘800 people use improved sanitation facilities in the three northern provinces of Mozambique.

Economic development
Inclusive growth and poverty reduction
In the Nacala corridor, SDC works directly with small and micro entrepreneurs, mainly farmers. Through an M4P Project («Making markets work for the poor»), 850 small-scale farmers substantially increased their yields and are now producing soya for one of the largest poultry companies in Mozambique.

In another project, a newly founded micro bank provides poor rural and urban people to access to credit, savings and insurance products. Both projects enable the poor to increase their income and build their resilience in times of crises.

Other activities strengthen the domestic revenue base at local and national level, improve the ability of both government and civil society partners to analyse and deliberate important economic development challenges. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) rounds out the SDC's commitment by providing technical advice in the area of overall economic support.

Local governance
Decentralization and capacity building
Local governance is a central pillar of SDC’s program in Mozambique. By investing in infrastructure and capacity building, and by involving all affected parties to participate in planning and budgeting processes, SDC assists in improving the quality of basic services, primarily in the water and sanitation sectors.

SDC also supports the decentralization process, for example by improving tax collection at municipal level. Through its partners, SDC is actively building civil society’s ability to demand social accountability.

History of cooperation
Swiss support in times of peace and war
Switzerland’s engagement in Mozambique started in 1880 when Swiss missionaries pioneered access to primary education for Mozambicans. Formal development cooperation started in 1979, shortly after Mozambique’s independence and at the beginning of a devastating 16-year civil war.

The first SDC projects focused on water, health and rural development. During the peace process, Switzerland made a significant contribution to the demobilization and rehabilitation of the battle-worn country. Since the peace agreement in 1992, Switzerland has increased its support to Mozambique mainly focusing on economic development; health; water and sanitation; governance and strengthening of civil society.

Background information Mozambique

Facts and figures
Surface area
Annual population growth rate (since 1990)
Life expectancy at birth women / men
Adult illiteracy rate: women / men
Gross Domestic Product GDP per capita
Percentage of population with less than 2 USD per day
51.1 / 49.2
57.2 / 29.2
Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013

Background information provided by the BBC

Local SDC contact address:

Mozambique (Maputo)

Swiss Cooperation Office Mozambique
Av. Ahmed Sekou Touré n° 637
Maputo - Mozambique

Phone +258 213 21337
+258 213 21338
Fax +258 21 315276
Email maputo@sdc.net
Website www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/mozambique/

Additional Information and Documents

Here, you will find more publications, links, documents and articles about Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid in this country.