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Mozambique project towards sustainable natural resources management

23 August 2013

Pemba port in North Mozambique, where huge deposits of natural gas were found in the province. Photo credit Ton Rulkens

Pemba port in North Mozambique, where huge deposits of natural gas were found in the province. Photo credit Ton Rulkens

Mozambique – AWEPA Mozambique was granted a three years contract by the Norwegian Embassy in Mozambique for a parliamentary capacity building project towards sustainable natural resources management for inclusive growth. As a new subject for the elected organs in Mozambique, it is important to measure the existing level of  involvement of the institutions and people concerned for activity preparations. The information, analysis and reporting will be done through a baseline study to be conducted in the provinces where the project will be implemented, namely Cabo Delgado, Inhambane and Tete.
This baseline study provides a snapshot of the capacity of local assemblies, their members, and the political parties of Mozambique before the commencement of programme activities for the project. It will serve as an early element in the monitoring and evaluation plan and use logical framework to systematically assess the circumstances in which the project activities will be situated. Most importantly, the baseline study will provide the basis for subsequent assessment of how effective the activities have proven in achieving the desired results.
The project is aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in the management of the extractive industries in Mozambique so that ultimately, the widest swath of citizenry will reap the benefits in their daily lives. The subjects investigated throughout the study will address directly the problems that the project aims to remedy: the need to increase subject knowledge possessed by Mozambican elected officials and gaps in legislation relating to the subject, the need to increase MPs’ engagement on this issue, and need to strengthen their ability to monitor the management of extractive resources effectively. While these four deficiencies (legal frameworks and codes of conduct, experience, information and knowledge, foundations for engagement and co-ordinated monitoring) are widely apparent to those familiar with the political environment in Mozambique, the extent of the challenges at hand and details as to the current state of affairs in each of these areas are yet to be captured. Consequentially, this study aims at gathering detailed information along the following lines of inquiry:

Objectives of study

    • What legislation is currently needed in order to address the salient issues in the management of the extraction industries?
    • What experience, information, and knowledge do elected officials in Mozambique have at their disposal on the subject?
    • To what extent are elected officials currently engaged in the process of extractive industry management?
    • To what extent are assemblies at the municipal, provincial and national levels coordinating with one another on the subject?

The data gathering process for Inhambane took place from 12 to 16 August 2013. Tete will follow on 26 to 30 August 2013 and Cabo Delgado from 2 to 6 September 2013.

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