AKDN’s activities in Mozambique are concentrated in Cabo Delgado, the
northernmost, and poorest, province of Mozambique. The Aga
Khan Foundation (AKF) works together with the communities and the government in 13 districts of Cabo Delgado to address issues such as food insecurity, early childhood development (ECD), health, the improvement of human habitats, the stimulation of entrepreneurial activity, the creation of civil society and the development of leaders. It seeks to improve agricultural production and market linkages for smallholder producers in these rural communities, sustain access to basic financial services, facilitate non-farm enterprise, and enhance nutrition-related awareness and practices.
Health: In 2013, the number of community health workers trained by AKF doubled from nearly 360 to 720. These workers are expected to reach 79,600 women of reproductive age and their children under five in 200 villages. Through the AKF community-based savings groups, more than 4,800 people (53 percent women) can access a safe place to save and access credit on flexible terms to meet investment, consumption and emergency needs.
Education: Through interventions in ECD, primary education, and youth and adult literacy, the Foundation’s education activities reach nearly 54,000 learners. In 2013, 1,090 young children made the transition into primary school at the right age, a significant achievement as only one-quarter of pre-schools functioned daily prior to AKF’s efforts to revitalise pre-school services in the province. The Government of Mozambique has selected AKF to introduce the first national ECD plan in Cabo Delgado, a pilot to scale up ECD services in the country under the “Education for All” initiative.
The Aga Khan Academy, in Maputo, is the third in a network of K–12 schools to be established across Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East, with the purpose of providing a world-class education to exceptional students of all socio-economic backgrounds. The Aga Khan Academy, Maputo expects to have 750 students in 2020. One of the main goals of the Academy is that 50 percent of its Mozambican alumni will study under scholarships or financial aid scheme. The recruitment of students is merit based, means blind. A segment of students with financial resources will pay the school fees, vital for the sustainability of the project.
The Academy will be an International Baccalaureate World School, working towards authorisation for the Primary Years Programme in the Junior School, and for the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes for the Senior School. The lower primary school, which caters to children aged between 5 and 8 years of age, was opened in August 2013. The full Junior School will be operational by August 2015 and the Senior School in 2017. For more information, please see the Aga Khan Academies website.
Economic Development: AKDN has also made investments in the tourism infrastructure, first through purchase of the Polana hotel in Maputo. The Aga Khan fund for Economic Development has made significant investments in the refurbishment of the historic hotel. For more information, please see the press release.
Another AKFED economic development project is the Moztex textile garment factory, which produces t-shirts, polo shirts, shirts, trousers, etc.. It employs 410 employees. Its production is exported to South Africa.
AKFED also holds 26.56% in the SEACOM telecommunications consortium, which connects Southern and Northeast Africa with Southern Asia and Europe through the placement of 17,000 kilometres of undersea fibre optic cables which pass throughout various terrestrial points, namely Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti and Egypt. In Mozambique, SEACOM is present in the national telecommunications market.
Humanitarian Aid: In February 2013, the AKDN and its affiliates donated goods to support the victims affected by the floods that damaged the country in January 2013, comprising around 275,000 food products and 40,000 cooking utensils distributed at Gaza Province. In addition, 27,264 school materials, 18,500 pharmaceutical products, 30 tons of rice, 12,000 clothing garments, 1,200 agricultural tools and 2,000 construction material were delivered in the Province of Maputo, to be distributed to the Provinces of Gaza, Inhambane, Nampula, Zambezia and Cabo Delgado. In April 2014, the AKDN and its affiliates formalised, together with the Cabo Delgado Provincial Government, support to the flood victims in the districts of Pemba and Mocimboa da Praia, through the donation of two motorcycle ambulances and the donation and distribution transport of several tons of seeds (five tons of cowpeas and five kilograms of horticultural seeds). In January 2015, the AKDN and its affiliates delivered 30 tons of rice to the victims of the floods that affected Central and Northern Mozambique in January.
The vast majority of AKF beneficiaries are small producers whose livelihoods depend on income from selling their crops or the products they make. Their incomes are strongly affected by factors such as the level of technical knowledge, physical distance to markets, uneven competition due to national and international trade policies, devastation of war and limits on productivity caused by environmental degradation. More
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