Local Development for the consolidation of Peace in Mozambique – DELPAZ: Sofala Sub-programme - EC Funds
The overall objective of the DELPAZ Programme is to contribute towards consolidation of peace at subnational levels in Mozambique. The specific objective of DELPAZ Sofala is to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in conflict affected districts in Sofala province, with a special focus on women, youth and disadvantaged groups.
- Enhanced public investment and service provision in selected districts and rural municipalities.
- Increased adoption of climate smart and productivity enhancing agriculture technologies and practices by conflict affected communities.
- Enhanced market integration and off-farm economic activities of conflict affected communities.
The approach for this project is based on a combination of territorial and social targeting, working through local structures to enhance livelihood opportunities with a special focus on women, youth and disadvantaged groups as well as on vulnerable, conflict affected communities. A major part of the project will be implemented via a grant agreement between ADA and the Government of Sofala. Through the grant agreement financial resources will be provided for provincial or district budgets to finance public investments and other aligned activities identified through the district planning process. Through participation of local communities in planning and decision-making processes it is ensured that local needs, interests and priorities are taken into due account.
The target districts for DELPAZ Sofala are: Machanga, Chibabava, Gorongosa, Maringue, Chemba and Cheringoma. The direct beneficiaries of the programme are the inhabitants (approx. 445.000) of the six target districts, including: communities benefiting from public infrastructure measures; small producers; public and private institutions; farmers' cooperatives and small and medium-sized enterprises benefiting from assistance and facilitation for integration into key value chains and markets; young people receiving grants for training. Women, young people and marginalised groups are particularly targeted. The entire population of Sofala province (approx. 2,3 million) will indirectly benefit from enhanced security and stability through improvements to local governance and livelihoods.
- Facilitate community-level participation and accountability, social inclusion, gender equity and peace-building dialogue in district planning and decision-making processes to enhance inclusiveness and accountability of local development plans and investments.
- Finance small-scale local public infrastructure linked with economic development through social inclusive, gender sensitive, environmentally sustainable and climate-proof district development planning as well as decentralised investment management/infrastructure maintenance.
- Strengthen the capacity of SDAEs to provide climate-smart agricultural extension and veterinary services, especially for women, youth, and disadvantaged groups.
- Promote capacity development, through on the job training, demo plots and farmer field schools, for climate smart and sustainable agricultural practices, sustainable livestock management as well as sustainable irrigation and water management.
- Facilitate local seed multiplication of more adapted and climate-resilient varieties.
- Facilitate reduction of post-harvest losses through the adoption of improved management practices, improved (climate-proof) storage facilities and low-cost conservation and processing techniques.
- Strengthen market and food systems (i.e. input and supply markets) through technical assistance to improve district planning and implementation of activities.
- Strengthen SDAE’s capacity to deliver off-farm and non-farm business support services to micro- and small-scale entrepreneurs, with a focus on women, youth, and disadvantaged groups.
- Strengthen financial literacy, facilitate links to financial service providers, including support for savings and credit groups for smallholder farmers, women, young producers, and cooperatives.
- Facilitate smallholder farmers’ linkages to relevant markets and initiatives.
- Promote the diversification of households’ income generating opportunities through the provision of scholarships for professional training.
The EU’s commitment to Mozambique’s October 2019 Peace Agreement is expressed through funding by the 11th European Development Fund for a comprehensive framework comprised of several interventions, including: (1) Disarmament and Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), (2) National Reconciliation, (3) Decentralization, and (4) Socio-Economic Rehabilitation through support to livelihoods in conflict-affected areas.
The DELPAZ Sofala project is part of an EU programme (referred to as “DELPAZ”) to implement the fourth pillar. The DELPAZ Programme consists of two main components: one focusing on enhancing inclusive local governance (“SO1”), the other on improving the livelihoods of rural communities in conflict affected districts (“SO2”). The implementation modalities established by the EU Delegation in Mozambique foresee Indirect Management with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) for SO1, and with ADA for SO2 in Sofala (“DELPAZ Sofala”), and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) for SO2 in Manica and Tete.
The budget provision for DELPAZ Sofala is Euro 10.5 million: EU (6547-00/2020) contributing with Euro 9.5 million and ADC (6547-01/2020) with Euro 1 million.