Local Governance Monitoring Initiative


Exploitation of coal and the recent discovery of huge gas reserves in Mozambique created a general anticipation of wealth within reach for everyone.  Independent research and active engagement in policy dialogue with government will improve the quantity and quality of interactions between state and non-state actors and improve development policies and the use of public resources.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mozambique
Governance
Decentralisation
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019
CHF 10'360'000
Background

The new 5 year-plan of the Government of Mozambique 2015-2019 (Plano Quinquenal do Governo) sets as priorities: inclusive growth, employment creation and improvements in wellbeing.

With the end of the Action Plan for Poverty Reduction in 2015, the plan of the Government and its implementation strategies will be the main reference documents of the Government of Mozambique for accountability towards its citizens.

Development policies tend to be pro-poor if there is an active citizenship. Monitoring the results of public policies at the local level transforms citizens from passive recipients to active agents of change and results in an advanced state of accountability and responsibility. Given the fact that past policies on poverty reduction didn’t show as significant improvements in development as could be expected and even though the actual plan of the Government mentions explicitly inclusiveness of growth and improvement of wellbeing as priorities, an active involvement of citizens and civil society in formulation, planning, implementation and monitoring of Government plans and policies is highly relevant in order to actually achieve inclusiveness of growth and improvements in wellbeing.

Independent research and active engagement in policy dialogue with government will therefore improve the quantity and quality of interactions between state and no-state actors and improve development policies and the use of public resources.

Objectives

Improve the quantity and quality of interactions between state and non-state actors in order to improve development policies, accountability and the use of public resources.

Target groups

 

 

 

 

  • Directorates and Departments Mozambican Government at central and local level
  • Members of Parliament
  • Local Civil Society Organizations
  • Academics
  • International Community
  • Mozambican citizens and General Public
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    Activities
    • Production of analytical papers on the development impact of the extractive industry, transparency, improvement of social protection mechanisms, poverty and inequality, participation and service delivery at local level.
    • lnputs to public debate (seminars, conferences, media interventions).
    • Exposure of specific cases of conflict of interest.
    • Budget monitoring and reporting.
    • Papers and briefing notes on the compliance of oversight and control institutions with their legal mandates, on publicprivate
    • partnerships and on public revenues and expenditures.
    • Training and mentoring of Civil Society Organizations at local level.
    • Awareness raising on women priorities and active participation by women in policy dialogue.
    Results

    Achieved results:  

    • Expanded evidence-based civil society engagement in public policies and political processes through analysis and research.
    • Improved transparency and integrity in the management of public affairs through public expenditure monitoring and advocacy campaigns.
    • Civil society at local level enabled and encouraged to create alliances to act in a coordinated and coherent manner to solve concrete problems and to promote women‘s rights.


    Expected results:  

    • Analytical papers and inputs to public debate on the development impact of the extractive industry; the improvement of social protection mechanisms; poverty and inequality; participation and service delivery at local level.
    • Budget monitoring reports and exposure of specific cases of conflict of interest.
    • Briefing notes on the compliance of oversight and control institutions with their legal mandates, on public-private partnerships and on public revenues and expenditures.
    • Training and mentoring of CSOs at local level.
    • Awareness rising on women priorities and active participation by women in policy dialogue.


    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner


    Other partners

    Denmark, DANIDA, Finland, Oxfam/AGIR, Norway, DFID

    Coordination with other projects and actors

    With Governance programs of the COOF,

    With the COOFs social accountability in health programme.

    With the Swedish Programme “AGIR Phase II” to strengthen CSOs in Governance related issues.

    Alliances and Synergies with the other donors co-financing the same partners.

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   10'360'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   10'092'454
    Project phases Phase 3 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.12.2010 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 1 01.08.2007 - 31.08.2010   (Completed)