A joint project to promote peace, social cohesion and conflict prevention in Cabo Delgado was launched recently in Mozambique, with the aim of reaching 16, 000 people, mainly those affected by the terrorist attacks.
The project is supported by the government of Mozambique, Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The gas-rich province of northern Mozambique has been battered by terrorist attacks since 2017, which killed more than 1,300 people and displaced 250,000 people.
The project’s implementation will be coordinated by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Interior, the Police of the Republic of Mozambique and the Ministry of State Administration and Public Function with important funding contribution from the Government of Japan.
The project will promote peace and social cohesion and conflict prevention mechanisms by strengthening institutional capacity, sensitization, community engagement and livelihoods in Cabo Delgado.
It will also contribute to national efforts for recovery and resilience in communities affected by the Cyclone Kenneth in 2019, who had to abandon their homes.
The Ambassador of Japan, Kimura Hajime, said, “the Government of Japan has decided to support mainly displaced population groups and communities with existing tensions due to violent conflicts by improving awareness of violence prevention and livelihood capacity in Cabo Delgado.
“This is because poverty and marginalization are some of the risk factors that can increase instability in the province.
“Based on this intention, Japan will support Mozambique through a grant (in total 643, 000 dollars) to UNDP.
“We will support about 3,200 households (around 16,000 people) through this project,” he added.
The UNDP Resident Representative, Francisco Roquette, also highlighted the importance of addressing the root causes of vulnerability and promoting social cohesion to achieve durable solutions for sustainable development in Cabo Delgado.
Roquette said, “the joint efforts of the government and UNDP to support vulnerable people, especially youth and women, in Cabo Delgado will be key to protect them from risk factors of violence.
“Through this project, we envisage not only containing the ongoing conflicts but also creating enabling environments where communities can enjoy social and economic development in a sustainable fashion.”
Japan has historically been one of the key contributors toward the development of Mozambique.