UNDP and European Union sign Partnership Agreement worth USD 1,098,500 to Enhance Democracy and Electoral Processes in Mozambique

March 12, 2024

Maputo, 11 March, 2024 - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) have signed a partnership agreement in Maputo for the project "Enhancing Democracy and Electoral Processes in Mozambique for the Electoral Cycle 2022-2025."

A woman with a baby listening to instructions on how to vote, in the context of the 2023 municipal elections

Rochan Kadariya/ UNDP Mozambique

Voters in the queue

Rochan Kadariya/ UNDP Mozambique

With this contribution from the European Union, along with support from other partners including the governments of Norway, Canada, Spain, and Germany, as well as the UNDP, the project will persist in implementing activities across four strategic areas outlined below:

1.    Strengthen the technical capacities of electoral stakeholders to promote credible and inclusive electoral processes;
2.    Enhance transparency in the electoral process through greater public outreach and information sharing by EMBs to the voters’ population;
3.    Improve electoral operations planning and electoral processes during the electoral cycle, including during natural disasters, security threats and political violence;
4.    Enhance the effectiveness and transparency of the Electoral Dispute Resolution mechanism through technical assistance to the Constitutional Council, CNE, and Supreme Court.

Young people showing their indelevel-painted fingers after voting in the 2023 municipal elections

Rochan Kadariya/ UNDP Mozambique

According to the European Union Ambassador to Mozambique, Mr. Antonino Maggiore, this partnership, which is also supported bilaterally by some European Union Member States, will ensure technical support for the national bodies in charge of electoral organization and management to carry out their mandate more effectively.

Mr. Edo Stork, the Resident Representative of UNDP Mozambique, expressed gratitude to the European Union for its contribution and emphasized UNDP's commitment to enhancing democratic processes. He highlighted the joint dedication of UNDP and the EU to promote the involvement of vulnerable and marginalized groups, as well as gender equality, in democratic processes. Mr. Stork stressed the importance of upholding principles such as inclusion, integrity, transparency, and credibility and the fundamental role of citizen participation in democratic processes, aiming for the full realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Voters casting their ballots in the ballot box

Rochan Kadariya/ UNDP Mozambique

Note to editors:

•    "Enhancing Democracy and Electoral Processes in Mozambique for the Electoral Cycle 2022-2025” is a four-year multi-donor UNDP project designed to strengthen the democratic and electoral system in Mozambique and builds on previous electoral support and lessons learned and covers 2023 Municipality Elections, 2024 General Elections and post-election phase.

•    The project was developed based on the formal request of the Government of Mozambique, the recommendation of the Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) conducted by the United Nations in April 2021, the reports of international electoral observers on the 2019 elections and is aligned with the UNDP Country Program Document (CPD) and the Five-Year Plan of the Government of Mozambique 2020-2024 (Programa Quinquenal do Governo, PQG).

About UNDP

•    As the main United Nations agency for international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnership capacities, institutional capacities and build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience.

•    UNDP's mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, the rule of law and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change and connect countries to the knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

About the European Union in Mozambique

•    The close relationship between the European Union and Mozambique is based on partnerships at bilateral, regional and global levels. At a thematic level, the main pillars of the EU's political support for Mozambique are the strengthening of democracy, regular political dialogue and peace and security, and the green transition with a focus on youth.

•    The European Union is a crucial trade and economic partner as well as a technical and financial assistance partner, with portfolios that include civil society capacity building and human rights prevention. The Global Gateway Strategy being implemented in Mozambique covers the renewable energy, digitalization, transport and education sectors.  

For more information:

Mateus Fotine. Tel. +258 879880203, mateus.fotine@undp.org - Communications and Visibility Officer
Delegation of the European Union:  
Cláudia Rodrigues. Tel +258 21 481000, claudia.rodrigues@eeas.europa.eu - Communications Coordinator