• Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2008-2015): US$ 7,104,743
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2008-2015): 14 projects
  • Main donors: Spain, UNDP/ Spain MDGF, One UN Fund, Booyoung, IBRD/World Bank, BASF AG,  FAO, European Commission and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
  • Implementing partners: FAO,COOPI, CARE,UNEP, UNIDO,  INE, MTRAB, MMCAS, MINAG, CTA, OTM, INEFP, CONSILMO, UEM, Provincial Governments of Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Gaza, Tete, Manica, Sofala and Zambezia, The Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA), especially through its National Directorate of Territorial Planning and its Sustainable Development Centre for Urban Areas (CDS-ZU) located in Nampula, The Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD), The Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MOPH), The Ministry for State Administration (MAE), The Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC), The Government of the Nampula Province, Municipal and district authorities in Nampula Province National Association of Municipalities of Mozambique (ANAMM), JICA, World Bank, UNDP


General information


Capital: Maputo

Major cities: Matola, Beira, Nampula, Chimoio, Nacala , Quelimane, Tete, Xai-Xai, Maxixe

  • Population: 26.4 million
  • GDP: US$16,3 Billion
  • GDP growth: 7.4%
  • Urban population (annual %): 31,6%
  • Population growth rate (average annual %): 2%
  • Urban population growth rate (average annual %): 3%
  • Rural population growth rate (average annual %): 2 %

Source: World Bank 2012



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Since 2002 we are dedicated to working for a sustainable and resilient urban future for Mozambique.

Population (2018)
30,53 million
Total value of projects
US$ 10,518,828
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 23

Mozambique has been one of Africa’s fastest growing economies throughout the past years, driven by investments related to the exploration of natural resources.In the coming 25 years urban areas in Mozambique will continue growing rapidly and will have to accommodate 80 thousand new households annually. It is estimated that around 60% of Mozambicans live along the Indian Ocean coastline or in river flood-prone areas,  vulnerable to flooding, seasonal cyclones and chronic drought.

Furthermore, there are serious solid waste management problems in Mozambican cities and towns. The combination of lack of solid waste management (blocking drainage systems, often causing urban flooding) and the high likelihood of flooding to cause waterborne diseases that spread easily in densely occupied urban areas.

1,500 classrooms, administrative rooms and toilet facilities being constructed and reconstructed between 2017-2020; benefiting approx. 45,000 children and teachers in 3 provinces in Mozambique
Design and build of 18 public community shelters in 9 selected communities.
Delivered on-the-job trainings and technical workshops to more than 3,000 people over the last 17 years in Mozambique
Urban numbers
The urban population annual growth rate is 4.37%
The percentage of the total population that is urban is 35.46%

Leaving no one and no place behind

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The prioritisation of human rights addresses the structural causes of inequalities and discrimination in an integrated manner. Urbanisation can only be sustainable if it is human rights based, and living conditions can only be improved for all if everyone’s human rights are comprehensively promoted and protected. UN-Habitat applies the Human-Rights Based Approach to address inequalities and discrimination, reaching the furthest behind first by placing power relationships in human settlements at the heart of its analysis and action.

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Men and women, boys and girls experience cities in very different ways, and face various challenges and needs that cities have to address. UN-Habitat promotes the stronger commitment of national and local governments as well as other relevant stakeholders to work towards the realization of a world in which men and women are recognized as equal partners in development and enjoy equal human rights so that economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and other human settlements can be achieved more rapidly, completely and sustainably.

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The school post emergency resilient reconstruction projects at UN-Habitat builds on the work based on resilience and disaster risk reduction developed by the office in Mozambique since 2002, always engaging the community, local constructors and NGOs in the implementation phase. Currently, there are two main projects related to these topics running in the office: one financed by the World Bank and the other by UNICEF. Both projects started, school classrooms were built together with improved sanitation facilities for boys and girls. More than 45,000 children are beneficiaries of the most recent school reconstruction project by UN-Habitat in the provinces of Nampula, Niassa and Zambezia.

The Public Spaces for Children project aims to understand the use of public spaces by children to improve them, making public spaces more safe and adapted to the uses and needs of youth. In Maputo and Quelimane cities, data about the use of public spaces were collected from approximately 300 children and adolescents.  Other 150 school children were trained on public spaces concepts, the use an mobile app to map the spaces, participatory mapping and block by block methodology. Two public spaces are under rehabilitation in Maputo and Quelimane cities based on children's inputs. The project is inserted on a broader global UNICEF initiative called Child Friendly Cities.

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

UN-Habitat has a long experience in Mozambique and has gained trust and credibility from the government and different partners for its work in the field of disaster risk reduction, urban planning, resilience and housing. The work carried out translates into technical advisory and normative services, a broad array of publications, pilot construction projects (school, health posts, radio station and housing,etc.), slum upgrading projects, plan and policy development and training of local, provincial and national staff. UN-Habitat adopts a strong community based and participatory approach with local communities and authorities in all its activities.


United States of America
United Nations Office for Project Services
Programa de Desenvolvimento Municipal Mozambique
Kings College
International Organization for Migration
European Commission
Adaptation Fund Board
UN-Habitat Mobility Branch


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