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
Website of the Cooperation Office (SDC) Mozambique: www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/mozambique/
In 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.
|Swiss International Cooperation||2011
|Bilateral development cooperation||19.73||23.85||23.02|
|State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)|
|Economic Cooperation and Development||5.26||7.56||8.56|
|Other Federal Offices|
|Total other Federal Offices||–||–||–|
|Cantons and municipalities||0.10||0.48||..|
.. = 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.
- National: At the national level, Switzerland’s focus is on strengthening Mozambique’s health system. It participates in the governmental-led «Sector Wide Approach», providing technical and financial support for the implementation of a single comprehensive policy for the health sector. Switzerland also provides budget support to the government for the ongoing reform of the health sector.
- Cabo Delgado Province: SDC is active in the promotion ofhealth and in the strengthening of the role of civil society. For example, SDC works with a local NGO that supports the local population in implementing health promotion activities and inpreventing diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS or diarrhoea which are all major causes of child mortality. Since 2006, at least partly thanks to this intervention, considerably more births take place in health facilities, which has decreased the risk of maternal and infant mortality. SDC also supports the Cabo Delgado Province in implementing a provincial health promotion plan.
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.
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
|Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013|
Local SDC contact address:
Swiss Cooperation Office Mozambique
|Phone||+258 213 21337
+258 213 21338
|Fax||+258 21 315276|
Here, you will find more publications, links, documents and articles about Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid in this country.