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Mans and Sachs Discuss Development Partnership in Mozambique

 

Africare’s President, Dr. Darius Mans, and the Earth Institute’s Dr. Jeffrey Sachs traveled to Mozambique Jan 8-15, 2011 to discuss a possible partnership to support the Mozambican Government 's efforts to assist communities along the Nacala transportation corridor in the northern part of the country. During their trip, Mans and Sachs met with key government officials and other important stakeholders, including former Mozambican President Chissano.

In the past few years, a number of large mining investments have been developed in northern Mozambique which is expected to lead to significant economic development along the Nacala corridor in Nampula Province. Thus, a focus of both the Government of Mozambique and the mining companies has been to ensure that mining investments and its associated infrastructure are accompanied by community-level development to ensure that the citizens of these areas benefit from the economic growth in their region.

Africare, a long-time development partner in Mozambique, is well-placed to support these activities. Currently, Africare is implementing a food security project in partnership with Save the Children in Nampula province, the goal of which is to improve agricultural productivity, diversify crops, reduce child malnutrition, and improve sanitation and hygiene practices. The emphasis on women in this program is particularly noteworthy as mothers’ groups are formed and trained to implement many of these interventions. Africare’s efforts to date on this project have benefited nearly 70,000 people in Nampula.

The focus of the possible Africare-Earth Institute partnership will be to identify opportunities to improve the livelihoods of communities living around economic development areas such as the Nacala corridor, taking advantage of Africare’s experience in implementing rural development projects in Mozambique, and the Government of Mozambique and the Earth Institute’s experience with integrated development through their Millennium Village projects. Support for these communities would be provided by assisting farmers to form cooperatives, helping those cooperatives improve agriculture production, and connecting cooperatives to markets and financial services. Investments in water, sanitation, public health, and education will also be considered for inclusion in the partnership. The proposed partnership would also place specific emphasis on women and children, including improving child nutrition.

In addition to its current work in Nampula province, Africare is currently implementing a USAID-funded project in Manica province to strengthen the capacity of local governments and community organizations to respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the region. Through training and the provision of grants, Africare is helping these organizations to provide home-based care to support people living with HIV/AIDS, assist orphans and vulnerable children of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and train communities in methods to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.


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(Updated February 2011)