UNCDF has been present in Mozambique since 1994, working to broaden national policy framework for decentralization and local governance, and embrace the complexities of the multi-dimensional food security needs.
Today, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Through Financial Inclusion Practice, UNCDF is implementing Making Access Possible (MAP) programme, producing diagnostics of financial inclusion disaggregated data by gender, geography, income and other demographics, and encouraging private investment into expanding rates and outreach of financial inclusion. UNCDF’s establishment of YouthStart programme improves access to financial services for low-income youth, with an emphasis on savings and financial education.
Through Local Development Finance Practice, UNCDF is implementing Finance for Food (F4F), investing in infrastructure for improving food security and supporting the government to make food security a central part of local planning and budgets. Additionally, UNCDF’s Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) programme reinforces government systems to channel global climate adaptation financing to the local level, to cope with the increased cost of building resilience against climate change and natural disasters.