The Government of Sweden remains convinced that Civil Society as a whole is an important player in deepening democracy and respect for human rights.
It is in this context that the Swedish Embassy and We Effect signed, on the 21 of December, a financing agreement amounting to approximately 700 million meticais, equivalent to 95.8 million Swedish kronor, for the extension of support to civil society in the areas of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment – NACE. This support is within the framework of the implementation of the second phase of the Action Program for Inclusive and Responsible Governance (AGIR) for the period 2018-2020.
"With the signing of this agreement, we aim to strengthen the capacity of Mozambican civil society organizations and their respective local communities to better participate and influence decision-making processes on the management of Mozambique's natural resources" - Mikael Elofsson, Head of Cooperation at the Embassy from Sweden in Mozambique.
Sweden supports more than 70 Mozambican civil society organizations to ensure the implementation of a more inclusive and participatory democratic governance in Mozambique, and an important component of the Swedish support is to strengthen the capacity of these organizations to implement development programs.
"This support plays a key role in promoting democracy and the responsible and inclusive management of natural resources in order to improve the living conditions of women and men living in rural areas of Mozambique" - Maria Schultz, Regional Director of We Effect.
The overall amount to be disbursed under the We Effect agreement over the six years of its implementation from 2015 to 2020 is approximately 1.2 billion meticais (equivalent to 172 million Swedish kronor).