We have been operating in Mozambique since 1988. It was the first country where we intervened to defend the right of boys and girls to be children. Today, we work in around 144 communities in the provinces of Maputo, Sofala and Inhambane.

Why we work there

We have been working in Mozambique since 1988, using various forms of community participation to provide girls and boys with access to basic rights such as education, hygiene and nutrition.

After gaining independence in 1975, Mozambique experienced profound and widespread poverty, making it almost impossible for most of the population to access fundamental rights. This was the main reason for our involvement, initially in the province of Maputo, the southernmost part of the country, where we currently operate in three of seven districts: Marracuene, Moamba, and Boane.

Although the economy has shown signs of growth in recent years, poverty in Mozambique is still widespread, especially in rural areas. Data from 2016 indicates that 68.7% of the population lives below the poverty line ($1.90 per day). There are also frequent natural disasters such as droughts and floods that destroy the population’s subsistence economy.

In 2016 alone, millions of people suffered the consequences of the severe drought caused by El Niño. Particularly in the south of the country, the lack of rain has devastated crops and hunger has become the norm for thousands of families.

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Country Representative

Paolo Gomiero
Country Representative
Matteo Raineri
Projects Office

Country statistics

28 million



population below 5 years of age

17 years

average age of the population

1.098 $

average annual income per capita


live below the poverty line

78,5 / 1000

under-five mortality rate


under-five malnutrition rate


illiteracy rate among over-15s


population over the age of 25 with a secondary school qualification


school dropout rate


child labour rate (5-14 years old)


happiness index (on a scale of 1-10)

Source: Human Development Index 2016, United Nations Development Programmme (UNDP)