Capital Maputo
Population 21 million
Life Expectancy 42.4
Access to clean water 42%
Adult literacy 43.8%
Under five mortality 145 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $1,242

Our Joint Programmes

Children, Food Security and Nutrition in Mozambique
Rising food prices in Mozambique have pushed vulnerable households towards coping strategies that can irreversibly impoverish families and children. More than 40% of children under the age of five are stunted due to chronic illness and poor diet, and nearly one in five is underweight. This Joint Programme used short-term and medium/long-term interventions to reduce the impact of rising food prices and to improve the health, nutritional and food security of children.  
Environment Mainstreaming and Adaptation to Climate Change
Southern Africa is one of the regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and Mozambique is already experiencing the devastating effects of increased droughts, floods and cyclones on agricultural livelihoods in rural and coastal areas. The Joint Programme was created to ensure that environmental issues are mainstreamed in central and local plans and programmes, and to help communities adapt to climate change by boosting their coping mechanisms and broadening their options for earning a living.
Strengthening cultural and creative industries and inclusive policies in Mozambique
Mozambique has made impressive development gains in the last 15 years, reducing poverty and child and maternal mortality rates, and doubling the number of children enrolled in school. Nonetheless, poverty remains high, particularly for women and female-headed households in rural areas. The Joint Programme's aim was to show that, with strategic inputs in both the cultural and creative industries and purposeful inclusion of culture in development planning, culture in all its forms can make a strong contribution to Mozambique's human and economic development. 


Joint Programme supports National Craft Fair and Training of Exhibitors

Artisans from across the country recently had the opportunity to display their products to thousands of visitors at the 11th edition of the National Craft Fair in Maputo, Mozambique.


Presentation of Contract Guides for the Music and Craft Sector in Mozambique

This initiative is part of an overall review of the legal framework supporting the growth of the creative industries in Mozambique.



MDG-F helps to preserve Mozambique musical tradition

A joint UN programme is assisting musicians and instrument-makers to replant endangered trees used in the production of the "Timbila", a UNESCO masterpiece of human heritage.


The Power of Traditional Knowledge: how it is helping to preserve cultural heritage, the environment and provide income for local communities in Mozambique

An exploration of MDG-F activities which aim to strengthen links to traditional knowledge in the context of agricultural production and forestry management in Mozambique.


Strengthening the Capacity of the Mozambican Government in Developing Successful Strategies for Craft Sector Development

UNESCO, one of six partner agencies on the Joint Programme, facilitated a workshop on ‘Market Access for Artisans’ and a professional exchange mission to South Africa to strengthen awareness of opportunities and strategies for growth of the craft sector in Mozambique.


Understanding the Role of Culture in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Mozambique

The MDG-F Joint Programme is piloting a new approach which takes into account social and cultural aspects in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Mozambique.


Mozambique’s Pioneering Cultural Management Information System takes another step forward

Currently in Mozambique there is no consolidated information system that brings together all the data about the cultural sector in one place. The development of the Cultural Management Information System will ensure Mozambique’s ability to facilitate the collection and analysis of relevant data, monitor culture sector developments, and provide a public window to Mozambique’s rich cultural diversity.


UNHCR and UNESCO help create "living museum" in Mozambique camp

A UNHCR story on one of the cultural programmes jointly being implemented with UNESCO.


Helping rural communities adapt to climate change in Chicualacuala district of Gaza province, Mozambique

Life has become increasingly difficult for Lurdes and the other 45,000 people living in Chicualacuala, one of the driest and most isolated districts in the Mozambique.