Country Development Cooperation Strategy

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Mozambique has one of the most variable development trajectories of any country in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, one of the world’s poorest countries, Mozambique also stands at the threshold of a natural gas- fueled economic boom. Mozambique hopes to become a major gas exporter within the next ten years, following the discovery of more than 150 trillion cubic feet of offshore gas. If the $60 billion total investment proceeds, it will be a game-changer for the country’s development trajectory - “for better or worse”. The Mission is acutely aware of the cautionary examples of “the resource curse”, scattered across the African continent, and those examples have informed this strategy.

The choices that collectively comprise this strategy are premised on the Mission’s view of the upcoming five-year strategy period as the opening of a limited window in which to prepare for the arrival of the extractive income, so that it brings positive change for the country, its government, and its people. This strategy period serves as an opportunity to mitigate the headwinds that currently exist, and increase the likelihood of an eventual favorable extractive outcome.

This 2020-2025 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) outlines how USAID will support Mozambique on its Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) and progress toward the ultimate objective of ending Mozambique’s need for humanitarian and development assistance. The goal of this strategy is to support and help shape a resilient Mozambique, prepared for the future. USAID will promote a peaceful, prosperous, and healthy Mozambique, where citizens benefit from expanded investments. USAID/Mozambique will achieve this goal through three Development Objectives (DOs) that prioritize fortifying the foundational elements required to advance Mozambique’s self-reliance: 1) healthier and better educated Mozambicans, especially the young and vulnerable; 2) diversified and inclusive economic growth; and 3) increased resilience of vulnerable populations to key shocks. This CDCS will prioritize implementation of USG gender equality-related initiatives, strategies, and policies to strengthen gender equality and female empowerment across sectors.

This CDCS was developed and finalized in 2020 as COVID-19 became a global pandemic. USAID/Mozambique will continue to monitor its potential impact and if needed, the Mission will re-evaluate the strategic approach.

Last updated: February 24, 2021

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