Mozambican government prepares Urban and Local Development Project

9 August 2019

With support from the World Bank the Mozambican government is preparing an Urban and Local Development Project, estimated to cost US$110 million, the Ministry of State Administration and the Civil Service said in a statement.

The project will be implemented in four provinces (Gaza, Niassa, Zambézia and Sofala), benefiting a total of 21 municipalities, except those of Beira in Sofala province, and will last for five years from 2020 to 2024, according to the statement.

The statement issued in Maputo said that the aim of the project is to strengthen institutional performance and provide better infrastructure and basic services to local entities. The implementation period will be preceded by a preparatory phase, which runs from April 2018 to December 2019.

The project will have three components – Urban Infrastructure and Municipal Services (US$85 million), Decentralization and Institutional Strengthening Policy Reforms (US$20 million) and Management (US$5 million).

The statement noted that municipalities will propose the activities to be funded, with eligibility and sub-project design assessed for technical and economic viability, impact on poverty reduction as well as climate adaptation and mitigation considerations.

“Particular attention will be given to sub-projects that incorporate climate risk analysis and climate design considerations, and that are more efficient in energy use and/or use of renewable energy sources,” said the statement. (Macauhub)