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Mozambique: Strengthening Mozambique’s Preparedness for Natural Disasters through investments and capacity building at community and national level – MOZ925

Mozambique is increasingly exposed to multiple weather-related hazards, disproportionately affecting the poorest populations and costing the country about 1.1 % of GDP annually. Climate change and increasing population density intensify the impact, and conflict has compounded displacement in Cabo Delgado. The frequency of events prevents full recovery and impedes disaster risk reduction (DRR). The population remains extremely vulnerable as recovery efforts from Idai and Kenneth are still ongoing.

Mozambique reported its 1st COVID-19 case on 22.03.2020 and as of 31.03.2020, 10 official cases and 0 deaths have been recorded. However, there is a broad consensus that a high probability exists of underreporting due to a lack of testing capacity in the country. As the virus follows its trajectory, the health system and the economy will be under significant strain at national and household level. This is likely to impact food security and income, stretch supply and access, and drive unrest in Cabo Delgado.

Overall Objective

The vulnerability of communities most at risk to anticipated shocks is reduced through the use of timely and appropriate adaptation and preparedness strategies.

Specific Objective

Increasing vulnerable communities capacity to prepare, resist, recover from and adapt to shocks through the promotion of early action and the further strengthening of institutions such as the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) at the national, provincial and district level, as well as enhancing humanitarian actors capacity to respond to emergencies through the crises modifier.

Expected results

ER 1: Increased awareness, knowledge and capacities of 134.000 of the most vulnerable community members (outside of CLGRCs) to prepare for and respond to shocks and disasters, in 15 communities across 3 districts of Cabo Delgado province

ER 2: Improved access to safe learning environments for 800 school-aged children in two districts in Nampula Province

ER 3: INGC has an improved capacity to rapidly address basic household needs during future shocks and Disasters

ER 4: Enhanced capacity to respond to rapid onset emergency through access to a crisis modifier

Main Activities
  • Selection of target communities and schools and re-activation or establishment of community disaster management committees (CLGRCs).
  • Together with CLGRCs, conduct tailored protection risk-sensitive Gendered Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analyzes (GVCAs) to identify most vulnerable community members.
  • Develop/update community contingency plans and complement existing equipment for emergencies.
  • Conduct awareness campaigns in target communities on key mitigation and response strategies.
  • Community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) training on mitigation and response measures.
  • First aid, psychosocial first aid and referesher trainings for target communities.
  • Early warning systems (DATAWINNERS) training at provincial, district and community level.
  • Conduct full construction and engineering assessments in collaboration with local authorities.
  • Construct two permanent schools, including at least two latrines each, using resilient construction technique.
  • Monitoring and supervision of construction sites.
  • Strategic prepositioning of COVID-19 kits in INGC’s regional and national warehousing.
  • Capacity Building of INGC warehousing and other relevant staff.
  • Establishment of MoU and protocols for management of prepositioned emergency stocks.
  • Establishment of stand by agreements with haulage companies.
  • Assessment of NFI pre-positioning needs in collaboration with INGC and clusters.
  • Deployment of a Rapid Response Team.
  • Rapid delivery of items to affected communities.



Mozambique: Cabo Delgado and Nampula Provinces


152,300 individuals and 15 organisations


01.05.2020 – 30.09.2022

Total Budget

€ 1,529,412


This project is funded by the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) (with funds of the Austrian Development Cooperation).

This project contributes to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):