Since 2010, Mozambique’s growth in real GDP has averaged over 7.4%. However, this economic growth has had a marginal effect on poverty reduction. The Human Development Index (HDI) 2016 ranked Mozambique 181 out of 188 countries and territories, with an HDI index of 0.418.
To effectively respond to these challenges the Government of Mozambique has, since 2005, considerably intensified its efforts to consolidate its social protection systems. In February 2016, Mozambique’s Council of Ministers approved its new National Strategy for Basic Social Security. The new national strategy moved the focus of social support from households to individuals and readjusted its target groups accordingly. The newly targeted vulnerable groups at the individual level are Older People, People living with disabilities and Children. These groups are to be reached through an Old Age benefit, a Disability Benefit and a Child Benefit.
Development Pathway’s team, led by Alexandra Barrantes, has been tasked by UNICEF Mozambique with providing technical assistance to the Government of Mozambique in the implementation of the new schemes, in the form of operations manuals and practical guidelines.
Our team is drafting the Operations Manual and Practical Guidelines for the Old Age Benefit, the Disability Benefit and the Child Benefit after attending a series of consultations with actors who participate all levels, from Senior Government officials to extension workers implementing activities on the ground.