See also:
» 26.03.2010 - Mozambique strengthen ties with Viet Nam
» 24.03.2010 - Mozambique gets €12m budget aid
» 01.03.2010 - Mozambique to carry out agric census to gauge poverty
» 11.01.2010 - Benga coal mining approved
» 04.06.2009 - Southern Africa gets EPA deal with Europe
» 18.05.2009 - Australia to donate 4250 Lapdesks to a Maputo school
» 04.05.2009 - Beira corridor to be completed this year
» 24.09.2008 - African forestry firm secures HSBC investment

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Economy - Development | Politics

Still donor confidence in Mozambique, despite corruption

afrol News / IRIN, 2 October - Donors have again pledged massive support to Mozambique's state budget, but lack of progress in implementing the anti-corruption strategy remains a concern. Almost half of Mozambique's state budget is financed by foreign donors, more than in almost any other country.

At a recent press conference, Mozambique's Deputy Finance Minister Pedro Couto said progress had been made in implementing "some elements" of the strategy, and the government was strengthening the Criminal Investigative Police (PIC) and the Anti-Corruption Unit of the attorney-general's office, the Mozambican state news agency, AIM, reported.

Developing and respecting new administrative financial procedures was also a major step in the right direction to fight corruption, the Deputy Minister said.

According to Jolke Oppewal, who represents a group of 18 donors providing direct budget support, these financial procedures were commendable but, she warned, both the government and donors acknowledged that the anti-corruption strategy needed to be put into action. "At present, corruption cases are not visible - there is no publication referring to the number of corruption cases."

Mozambique has one of the largest coordinated aid programmes on the continent: the latest round of meetings between the Mozambican government and its main donors succeeded in securing around US$ 583 million for 2007. The 18 donors who provide state budget support, known as "Programme Aid Partners", include the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Union, and most individual EU member states.

Total aid to the country, including the US and Japan, which don't channel their aid as direct budget support, is about US$ 1.2 billion dollars - almost half of the state budget.

Donors have been generous to Mozambique because, according to Mr Oppewal, they are seeing results from their investments. "There has been positive development for a sustained period in Mozambique, so it is better for the donors to invest more aid here than in some other African countries. Dialogue with the government is constructive, and we see that the country is on track to a more efficient use of aid," Mr Oppewal told the UN media 'IRIN'.

Donor confidence has also been strengthened by lasting peace since the October 1992 peace accord, which brought an end to a 16-year civil war that left half the population dependent on food aid, destroyed much of the infrastructure and cost thousands of lives.

Mozambique has seen impressive economic progress. According to the African Economic Outlook 2005-06 report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, growth reached 7.7 percent in 2005.

But observers say more is needed for a real transition out of poverty. Expansion has been driven mainly by foreign-financed "mega-projects" and large aid inflows, but "unemployment and poverty remain critical problems", the report acknowledged.

Mega-projects like the US$ 2 billion Mozal aluminium smelter, principally owned by Australia's BHP Billiton, triggered further interest in the country as a destination for foreign direct investment. It was followed by a US$ 1.2 billion pipeline by South African oil company, Sasol, to deliver natural gas from Mozambique to the neighbouring country, and a new US$ 450 million titanium smelter in Moma, in Mozambique's northern province of Tete. But with 70 percent of the population living in rural areas, mega-projects alone are not enough to hit poverty where it hurts.

Nonetheless, Rachel Turner, head of the Mozambique office for Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), said DFID was encouraged by the "mutual accountability framework" set up between the 18 donors and the government. "This is a critical step towards creating the space for citizens to hold government accountable to them," she told 'IRIN'.

Donors also acknowledged the progress in decentralisation and efforts to reduce regional differences. Last year the central government gave US$ 300,000 to each of the country's 128 districts, to be used for investment in small economic activities. After criticism that some of the funds were used to improve housing for local officials, the consensus amongst donors was that more needed to be done. According to Mr Oppewal, "lack of human capacity in the districts is one of the main challenges" in the decentralisation process.

Justice and governance issues remained the biggest concern. Public-sector reform has been slow, and Mr Oppewal commented that the current system was bureaucratic, complicated and slow. Donors and the government also acknowledged that access to justice for ordinary citizens was poor.

- Create an e-mail alert for Mozambique news
- Create an e-mail alert for Economy - Development news
- Create an e-mail alert for Politics news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at