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World Bank and Government Promote Urban Development Project in the North of the Country

World Bank and Government Promote Urban Development Project in the North of the Country

The population of the northern region of the country will benefit from a significant improvement in their living conditions, following the implementation of the Northern Mozambique Urban Development Project (PDUNM), to be developed by the Government in partnership with the World Bank.

This initiative aims to improve land-use planning, empower local communities through their engagement in the process of building their homes, promote the construction of basic infrastructure and social equipment, and improve housing for the vulnerable population through the distribution of construction material kits.

In a first phase, the project, which was officially launched on Friday July 22nd in Nacala, Nampula province, on the margins of the VIII Coordination Council of the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources (MOPHRH), will cover the municipalities of Pemba and Montepuez in Cabo Delgado province, Nampula and Nacala Porto in Nampula province.

On the occasion, the minister in charge, Carlos Mesquita, stated that this is an integrated project that, besides improving housing, also contemplates the improvement in the access to basic infrastructures, such as water, electricity and drainage ditches, as well as the improvement in the access to social equipment, such as nurseries, elementary school, health centers, markets and community centers.

“In general, the project will benefit about 40,000 people with improved houses, and about 324,000 people will benefit from basic infrastructures and social equipment,” said the minister, adding that the implementation of the project will generate other indirect benefits, such as the generation of fixed and seasonal jobs, institutional capacity building in the beneficiary municipalities, among others.

In his turn, the governor of Nampula province, Manuel Rodrigues, revealed that in the cities of Nampula and Nacala there are some challenges, linked to territorial planning, such as the accentuated soil erosion and water related diseases, namely malaria and diarrhea, which continue to be the main reason for the demand for health services, thus contributing to the weak urban development.

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“Despite the Government’s efforts, characterized by the awareness campaign and distribution of mosquito nets, the number of cases of these two diseases tends to increase annually: for example, from 2020 to 2021, malaria cases increased by 9%. A similar situation was registered in diarrhea that increased by 10%”, he highlighted.

The governor of Cabo Delgado province, Valige Tauabo, said that Pemba and Montepuez require urgent intervention, given the rapid urban growth they present, with negative impacts visibly exposed, in terms of land-use planning and provision of public services to the population.

“Due to the terrorist attacks, these two cities have expressively increased their population numbers, with the presence of displaced families coming from the Northern and Central districts. The overcrowding of the population in these cities requires, from the local authorities, redoubled efforts, in order to identify new housing areas and the requalification of existing areas, in addition to expanding the supply of services to ensure a better quality of life for residents,” concluded Valige Tauabo.

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