In Mozambique, Diakonia works through organizations, forums, platforms and networks present in the eleven provinces of the country, as well as with provincial and district partner organizations.
Mozambique is a country still affected by the bloody war of independence and the civil war that ended in 1992. The economy of Mozambique is more diversified than that of its neighbouring countries, with industry, trade and agriculture as sources of income. Agriculture accounts for about two-thirds of the country’s GDP and four out of five Mozambicans make their living as small-scale farmers.
The country, with over 20 million inhabitants, achieved a relatively stable political situation by the end of the civil war and has enjoyed stable economic development. However, the rapid economic growth has only reached a small part of the population and the global financial crisis has slowed progress, leading to a growing number of unemployed. The political situation has also deteriorated, with a low-intensity war going on between the government and the former rebels (Renamo) in the central provinces. The conflict is halting economic development and destroying lives and infrastructure. Diakonia is monitoring this difficult situation closely, supporting the involvement of some partners, such as the Youth Parliament, in a peace dialogue that aims to end the conflict.
Increasing citizens’ participation
Diakonia’s work is focused on accountability in various forms, such as social accountability, political accountability and legal accountability, including respect for human rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
All areas of accountability are developed to help achieve changes in society, such as new policy practices and change in governance. The aim is to strengthen the rule of law and increase regular citizens’ participation in state affairs.
This encompasses the right to inclusion and equality; the right to accessible and affordable public services of good quality including SRHR; and the right to political representation and participation.
Read more about our work in Mozambique
Flora in Mozambique provides legal assistance to womenFlora Saturnino in Mozambique is an activist at the Diakonia partner AMMCJ. She provides legal assistance to vulnerable women. Read more about Flora and AMMCJ
Gertrudz in Mozambique provides abused women with supportGertrudz Mutola lives in Manhiça, some 70 kilometres from Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. She is a local activist in the women’s rights organization MULEIDE (an abbreviation of “Mulher, Lei e... Gertrudz in Mozambique works against domestic violence
Laura in Mozambique gained independenceAt the age of 14 Laura Manvença Saene was harassed by her older teacher. She had to live with the aggressor, who was violent and beat her. She felt she had no future. But today Laura is a strong young woman,...