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, UNCDF is implementing the 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.
Through Local Development Finance, UNCDF is implementing the Finance for Food (F4F) initiative, 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.
Moreover, the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER) has launched the “Building Local Climate Resilience” programme in Mozambique (MERCIM) in a strategic partnership with the European Union, and technical assistance by UNCDF in March 2019.
MERCIM is aimed at supporting local development initiatives in the ‘last mile’ of Mozambique. Taking into consideration the fact that Mozambique is highly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, the project is designed to strengthen Government capacity to reduce climate vulnerability through improving the delivery of climate resilient basic services to rural communities and enhancing knowledge-based decision-making processes. The programme is expected to run until 2022.