In Mozambique, the SDC has established three priorities of intervention: economic development, health, and local governance. The SDC supports local projects, while at the same time actively engaging in political dialogue with the aim of fighting poverty and fostering the political and economic transition.

Map of Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries. More than half of its population lives below the poverty line and the national budget continues to depend to a large degree on foreign aid. More than 80% of Mozambique’s population still depends on small-scale agriculture and is vulnerable to natural hazards, increasingly so due to climate change. The AIDS epidemic continues to threaten progress in development.

Switzerland’s overall goal is to support Mozambique in its fight against poverty and its transition to a politically and economically inclusive society. Through its projects, Switzerland works directly with the local population. It also supports the government of Mozambique with different forms of budget support.


Strengthening the health system and preventing diseases

Thanks to SDC projects implemented between 2005 and 2011, 303‘000 people now have access to and use safe sources of drinking water, 213‘800 people use improved sanitation facilities in the three northern provinces of Mozambique.

  • National: At the national level, Switzerland’s focus is on strengthening Mozambique’s health system. It participates in the governmental-led «Sector Wide Approach», providing technical and financial support for the implementation of a single comprehensive policy for the health sector. Switzerland also provides budget support to the government for the ongoing reform of the health sector.
  • Cabo Delgado Province: SDC is active in the promotion ofhealth and in the strengthening of the role of civil society. For example, SDC works with a local NGO that supports the local population in implementing health promotion activities and inpreventing diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS or diarrhoea which are all major causes of child mortality. Since 2006, at least partly thanks to this intervention, considerably more births take place in health facilities, which has decreased the risk of maternal and infant mortality. SDC also supports the Cabo Delgado Province in implementing a provincial health promotion plan.


Economic development

Inclusive growth and poverty reduction

In the Nacala corridor, SDC works directly with small and micro entrepreneurs, mainly farmers. Through an M4P Project («Making markets work for the poor»), 850 small-scale farmers substantially increased their yields and are now producing soya for one of the largest poultry companies in Mozambique.

In another project, a newly founded micro bank provides poor rural and urban people to access to credit, savings and insurance products. Both projects enable the poor to increase their income and build their resilience in times of crises.

Other activities strengthen the domestic revenue base at local and national level, improve the ability of both government and civil society partners to analyse and deliberate important economic development challenges. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) rounds out the SDC's commitment by providing technical advice in the area of overall economic support.

Private Sector Development and financial services

Local governance

Decentralization and capacity building

Local governance is a central pillar of SDC’s program in Mozambique. By investing in infrastructure and capacity building, and by involving all affected parties to participate in planning and budgeting processes, SDC assists in improving the quality of basic services, primarily in the water and sanitation sectors.

SDC also supports the decentralization process, for example by improving tax collection at municipal level. Through its partners, SDC is actively building civil society’s ability to demand social accountability.

Advocacy and Good Governance

History of cooperation

Swiss support in times of peace and war

Switzerland’s engagement in Mozambique started in 1880 when Swiss missionaries pioneered access to primary education for Mozambicans. Formal development cooperation started in 1979, shortly after Mozambique’s independence and at the beginning of a devastating 16-year civil war.

The first SDC projects focused on water, health and rural development. During the peace process, Switzerland made a significant contribution to the demobilization and rehabilitation of the battle-worn country. Since the peace agreement in 1992, Switzerland has increased its support to Mozambique mainly focusing on economic development; health; water and sanitation; governance and strengthening of civil society.

Current projects

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Action against HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018

Faced with an alarming prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons, the SDC has undertaken to reform the prison healthcare system in Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Help is being provided to the relevant authorities in the implementation of set standards of care. The prison staff are being trained. Funding is also being provided for new infrastructure projects targeted specifically at women and young prisoners.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Sexually transmitted diseases incl. HIV/AIDS
Sexual and reproductive health (including mother and child health, family planning)
Communicable diseases
STD control including HIV/AIDS
Reproductive health care
Infectious disease control

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018

CHF 3'734'300

Local farmers meet the private sector

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017

In northern Mozambique, the SDC connects farmers and various private sector enterprises to stimulate agricultural production and combat poverty. Supplying farmers with good-quality seeds is essential.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Economy and Employment
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Agriculture value-chain development
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development
Agricultural development
Rural development
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017

CHF 7'930'000

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV in prisons

01.10.2018 - 31.07.2024

Prisoners are a high-risk group when it comes to HIV and other communicable diseases. Nonetheless, little attention has been paid so far to address the need for HIV and AIDS and other health services in prisons. The project will improve HIV and health services for prisoners, including young women and men in seven countries of Southern Africa. At regional level, it will address policy issues that are adversely affecting the prison conditions and the rights of prisoners in the context of health and nutrition.

Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA)

01.08.2017 - 31.07.2021

The project supports the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its Member States in reducing vulnerability of households to disaster risks by increasing their preparedness for response and recovery and in strengthening their resilience. This will be achieved through institutionalising and sustaining vulnerability assessments and analyses systems that enhance emergency and developmental responses at national and regional levels.

Rural Resilience in Southern Africa / R4 Initiative

01.07.2017 - 30.06.2021

The project builds resilience of smallholder farmer households in three countries in Southern Africa (Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) by enabling their adaptation to climate risk through a community oriented and market based risk management comprehensive approach. The initiative combines improved resource management (risk reduction), insurance (risk transfer), livelihoods diversification and microcredit (prudent risk taking) and savings (risk reserves). The combined interventions are carefully adapted to each country context.

Health Promotion Cabo Delgado

01.04.2017 - 31.12.2020

Switzerland contributed to health promotion in Cabo Delgado Province in Northern Mozambique by supporting the retention of health promotion workers, strengthening community involvement and the public finance management. Phase 2 of the project builds up on this and newly address Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in order to improve access and quality in the provision of health and WASH services targeting the 23 rural health posts in  three districts of the Province that are serving a total population of 570’000 people.

Safeguard Young People (SYP) – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

01.02.2017 - 31.12.2019

The UNFPA Safeguard Young People programme (SYP) will contribute to the reduction of HIV infections and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights status of young women and men aged 10 to 24 in eight Southern African countries: Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho. UNFPA will scale up SRHR/HIV prevention models and youth friendly health services (YFHS) in order to equip young people with knowledge, skills and values to protect themselves and capacitate member states to improve the legislative environment to address young people’s health issues.

HortiSempre 2

02.01.2017 - 31.12.2020

Switzerland’s introduction of market focused and innovative solutions in horticulture, contributed to the growth of the sector in Northern Mozambique by improving productivity and de-seasonalization of production. Phase 2 of the project will consolidate and scale-up on these achievements in order to increase the annual income for 25’000 poor women and men producers. The introduction of beans and cassava will enhance the resilience against weather shocks and disasters.

Health System Strengthening Support Program 2017-2019

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

With its contribution to the health common fund (PROSAUDE) Switzerland supports the Government of Mozambique, in particular local governments, to accelerate equitable access to primary health services for women, children and people living in rural areas. As chair of the health common fund, Switzerland will advocate increased domestic funding and decentralization in order to foster sustainable and equitable health financing.

Strengthening Agro-biodiversity in Southern Africa

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2019

The project promotes seed diversity and agro-ecological practices through an inclusive, evidence-based dialogue with governments at regional and country levels by empowered farmer’s and farmer support organizations ensuring that their experiences are taken into account in the development of policies and programmes in agriculture. This will thus strengthen food security in Southern Africa.

Strengthening Agro-biodiversity in Southern Africa

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2022

The project’s goal is to strengthen food security in Southern Africa by promoting seed diversity and agro-ecological practices through an inclusive, evidence-based dialogue with governments at regional and country levels by empowered farmer’s and farmer support organizations.  

Planned project

Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture

01.05.2016 - 31.12.2025

The projected intervention aims at improving public resources management and services delivery in health and agriculture sectors through strengthening the oversight and social accountability roles as well as the capacities of selected parliamentary committees and civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region. It facilitates knowledge sharing and learning at regional level and supports collaborations between parliamentary committees and CSOs in five SADC countries.

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