Donors Pledge Continued Budget Support for Mozambique

A Math teacher in a tent school in Mozambique. The country, which has improved its primary education, will continue to get direct budget support from Program Aid Partners. Photo by: Mansir Petrie / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Mansir PetrieCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Some 19 donors, known as Program Aid Partners or PAPs, assured they will continue to provide direct budget support to Mozambique following the African nation’s “satisfactory” performance in utilizing budget aid.

The joint annual review between the Mozambican government and the donors found that Mozambique made strides in 15 performance indicators but missed 21 targets.

“In half the 40 indicators assessed the target was not reached, although in 15 progress was recorded,” Finnish Ambassador Kari Alanko said during the review, which ended May 18. “Nonetheless, the PAPs regard the performance as satisfactory, taking into account the negative effects of the world economic crisis.” 

The donors committed USD472 million in budget support for Mozambique this year. They will make their budget aid pledges for 2011 in mid-June, AIM reports.

Mozambique has improved access to potable water and primary education, Alanko explained. Inequality in income and access to basic services particularly in urban communities, however, may have increased. In governance, the African country showed “no signs of improvement in recent years,” the outgoing chairperson of PAPs noted.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.