The Country Strategy Paper for Mozambique (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for the co-operation of the European Commission (EC) with Mozambique under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). The response strategy chosen by the EC is to contribute to decreasing poverty from 54% in 2003 to 45% in 2009 and to promoting fast, sustainable and broad-based growth. Two priority sectors have been selected: First, transport infrastructure and regional economic integration, including rehabilitation to facilitate social and economic activity, such as support for road maintenance and rehabilitation, institutional support and capacity-building, along with capital investment supporting regional integration. Second, agriculture, rural development and regional economic integration to promote sustainable economic growth in rural areas, enhance food security and promote trade flows. Roughly half of the programmable resources will be provided by general budget support, allowing the pattern of public expenditure needed for Mozambique to ensure progress towards the MDGs. Additional activities will continue to support governance measures in favour of human rights, justice, anti-corruption, the inclusion of non-state actors, trade as well as Mozambique's health sector budget.
The EC's total allocation foreseen for Mozambique under 10th EDF funding (2008-2013) amounts to €634.1 million to address these priorities.
EC interventions in Mozambique also take account of cross-cutting issues, in particular environment, gender, HIV/AIDS, children’s rights and social protection.
The Country Strategy Paper for Mozambique (2001-2007) focussed on support to transport infrastructure and food security as priorities under 9th EDF funding.
Over the years, the EC contributed significantly to the post-war reconstruction and development of Mozambique's national road network through a series of programmes. The ongoing 9th EDF road projects linking Namacurra and Rio Ligonha as well as Milange and Mocuba, to link Malawi to the ports of Quelimane and Nacala, as well as the Zambezi Bridge, being built in co-operation with Italy and Sweden, will contribute to mitigating transport infrastructure problems and are expected to yield effective results by 2009.
The Beira sanitation project (€53 million) has contributed to improving health by rehabilitating the existing sanitation network and constructing new systems in the city of Beira, including the sewage network, the wastewater treatment plant and the drainage system. These activities are supplemented by the projects financed under the Water Facility.
For further details on projects and programmes in Mozambique funded from the European Development Fund and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Mozambique.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with Mozambique is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Mozambique, which is also responsible for co-operation activities in the country.