In Mozambique, Diakonia works through organizations, forums, platforms and networks of national outreach present in the eleven provinces of the country.
Mozambique is a country still affected by the bloody liberation war from Portugal, and the civil war that ended in 1992. The country, with around 23 million inhabitants, has had a rather stable political situation since the war ended, and also a stabile economic development. However, the rapid economic growth has only reached a small part of the population and the global financial crisis has slowed down the progress and led to a rising number of unemployment.
The economy of Mozambique is more diverse than that of its neighbouring countries, with industry, trade and agriculture to depend on. Agriculture accounts for about two thirds of the country's GDP (2010) and four out of five Mozambicans make their living as a small-scale farmer.
Thematic areas and objectives
Diakonia's programme in Mozambique focuses on four substantive thematic areas with specific objectives:
Participation and social accountability: To improve government performance and accountability, in particular service delivery to people in poverty, women, children and people with special needs (in particular people with disabilities and those affected with HIV/AIDS) through improved civil society participation, monitoring and influence. Together with partner organizations, review the electoral laws and participate in constitutional revisions to ensure civil society participation in these processes.
Legal accountability, the rule of law and respect for human rights: To advance the enforcement of human rights in general, and in particular those of women, children and people with disabilities and those affected by HIV/AIDS. To advance the rule of law through improved accessibility and monitoring of the performance and accountability of the judicial system.
Political accountability in a multi-party democracy: To contribute to the enforcement of a multi-party democratic system that is inclusive, vibrant, transparent and peaceful.
Capacity building of civil society and harmonisation with fellow donors: To strengthen civil society organizations, at different levels, in order for them to be able to organize themselves and act towards the development of democratic structures and practices. To contribute to wider acceptance of good donorship principles and practices through increased co-ordination and alignment amongst intermediary organizations.
Through our support, our partner organizations have raised their capacities within our focus areas, and also incorporated Diakonia's main themes (democratisation, human rights, social and economic justice, gender equality, conflict and justice) within their work. Diakonia's work in Mozambique has also resulted in:
Stronger civil society organizations that are more capable of participating and defending the rights of rights holders.
The creation of the National Commission of Human Rights, where civil society organizations play an important part.
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