The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS in its Italian acronym) contributes to international efforts to alleviate poverty worldwide and support developing countries. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are key guidelines for the economic and social development policies promoted by the Italian Cooperation, both at the global level and in Mozambique.
The cooperation relationship between Italy and Mozambique originates in the support provided by the government and civil society of our country in its various components in the struggle for independence and the peace process that ended the civil war 1977-1992, culminating in the signing of the Rome Agreements on 4th October 1992.
The main areas of AICS action in Mozambique are education, health, rural development and urban development, with particular attention to cross-cutting issues, such as good governance and gender equality.
In 2015 the Italy-Mozambique Country Programme (2015-2018) was approved.
Since 2016, following the severe drought that has hit Australia in Africa, caused by the Niño, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation is launching a regional initiative to mitigate the effects of drought and strengthen resilience in Mozambique, Swaziland, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The Italian Cooperation acknowledges the specificities of its “country system” and the various articulations in which it expresses and promotes active participation and systemic action in support of Mozambique’s development, through local authorities, universities, NGOs and the private sector. Italy is committed to fostering broader debate and dialogue between the various Italian actors, promoting partnerships and respecting the principles of harmonization and alignment emerged over the last decade in the international arena.
Cooperation between the various Italian development actors will be enhanced through synergies with NGOs and with Italian local authorities (“decentralized cooperation”), always respecting the priorities identified by the Government of Mozambique.