WAZA, as individual members or as a team, contributes to a variety of studies and projects aligned with WAZA’s vision. WAZA is currently working on the following projects:

Human transit – How much public space does everyone need?

During the Mobility Week in Maputo in June 2018, a group of institutions, companies, NGOs and invidividuals conducted an world wide known experience, to assess the public space that we typically we in urban mobility: by foot, by bicycle, by bus or by personal car. The results are shown on the drone-captured image, flying over Avenida Samora Machel. Along with UN Habitat, Architects without borders and other instituions, WAZA participated as a sponsors and as actors!

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Photo Cabo Delgado

Having a sustainable impact in Cabo Delgado

The recent oil and gas findings, along with the development of other natural resources fields, suddenly turned the province of Cabo Delgado in general and the Palma region more specific into a potential source of employment and revenues of a magnitude that had not been anticipated. The realisation of these investments will spur development in the region. It will rapidly transform a rural coastal region that is currently known mainly for its traditional fisheries and its largely under-developed tourism potential. This rapid transformation creates big opportunities and possible risks at the same time, both economically, socially and ecologically.

In the perspective of such a profound change, which will take place in just decades, a systemic approach, driven by coordination with different stakeholders, are fundamental to spur developments in this region in an integral and sustainable way. Building on its experience in Mozambique since the 1970s, supporting various multi-­‐stakeholder processes in various sectors throughout the country in recent years (ZVDA, BAGC, FIPAG, Beira City, Land registry, etc.), the Dutch government is exploring the most relevant options to contribute to the integrated development of Cabo Delgado, through its aid and trade policy.

The WAZA team was contracted in May 2017 to reflect on the dynamics in the province and to provide possible ways to assist governance and planning in Cabo Delgado, to contribute to possible cross sectoral programmes and developing relevant partnerships for an inclusive and sustainable impact.

Mobility in Marracuene – Anticipating an on-going urban expansion

83% of the vehicles of Mozambique are registered in the province and city of Maputo. In this dense area, Marracuene is the fourth area of what is called the Greater Maputo, which includes the areas of Matola and Boane as well.

The discrit of Marracuene is to become one of the important areas of expansion of the capital city. It is also the strategic node that connects Maputo with the rest of the country East and North: 400 meters from the village of Marracuene, two 4-lane roads from Maputo converge into the two lane EN1.

The Hodari group, a real estate company (Further information on their website), is investing in the creation of a multi-functional complex north of the village of Marracuene. In this context, they contracted WAZA to craft a strategic vision for a better mobility in this heavy-trafic area.

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Group picture 5 Set 2017

MUVA Pro Privado – Supporting an inclusive private sector in Mozambique

The MUVA Pro Privado project has been implemented in the broader context of the MUVA Program (See website MUVA, Pensar a frente, faz diferente), financed by DFID and managed by Oxoford Poliycy Manatement (OPM), which is an innovative, adaptive five year programme working with young disadvantaged women living in urban areas in Mozambique.

The MUVA Pro Project focuses on the formal private sector. It explores the possibilities for women to secure greater economic empowerment opportunities in the formal sector, recognising that it is not a given that growth in the formal sector automatically creates more opportunities for women. This is especially the case in Mozambique where forecasted growth and future job opportunities are heavily dependent on the growth of the extractive industry, which typically does not create significant economic opportunities for women in contexts similar to Mozambique (e.g. low educational attainment, high rates of early pregnancy, high unmet need for family planning, dominant social norms about the role of women, etc.).

The project takes place in 2 phases. A first review phase from a selection of ten companies in Mozambique aimes to identify the barriers faced by women in the formal sector from the recruitment, retention and career progression. On the basis of this diagnosis, the second low-cost / cost-effective intends to implement pilot interventions that can help overcome these barriers. The research process began in May, carried out by MUVA PRO and WAZA teams.

Assessment of the Priority Trade Facilitation measures in Mozambique

The trade facilitation measure (TFM) assessment is intended to provide useful guidance to governments, development partners and the business community in their oversight of future trade facilitation (TF) related activities. This report presents results from the Mozambique assessment, one of the seven countries selected by USAID and GIZ for the study (the other countries included Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). The assessment focuses on capturing stakeholders’ informed views on the future costs of and benefits from TFM implementation. It is not intended to assess the costs and benefits of trade measures that have already been implemented, although there are some reflections on policies or procedures that require review in the opinion of the stakeholders interviewed.

The priority TFMs for action in Mozambique are ranked as follows: (1) Improved port-related facilities, (2) Removal of non-tariff barriers, (3) Internal coordination among agencies responsible for trade facilitation, and 4) Improvement of border management and coordination. The rankings are based on key informant interviews (KII), an online survey of sector stakeholders, as well as the expertise of the assessment team lead by Tutwa Consulting Group. Please download the final report here.

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LNG Handbook Workshop 1: Maputo, Mozambique. Sharing Natural Gas Development Experiences in Africa

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Offices of International Affairs and Fossil Energy in partnership with Power Africa, the U.S. Energy Association, and Mozambique’s oil and gas regulatory agency, INP, held a workshop on 26-27 April 2017 in Maputo Mozambique. This workshop was inspired by the LNG Handbook “Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options” released in December 2016 (See WAZA Post).  The handbook and follow-on workshops are intended to inform decision-makers of the various factors related to development of natural gas and LNG projects and associated gas markets. The goal of this workshop was to highlight the handbook to key African government and private sector stakeholders and facilitate a discussion of lessons and common goals for natural gas and LNG development.

The first workshop facilitated capacity building for sub-Saharan Africa governments to realize – and accelerate – natural gas development projects for power generation and industrial development. Representatives from Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria shared their experiences in natural gas and LNG development and were urged to identify potential solutions with the goal of developing international partnerships and regional cooperation. Experts from the group of handbook authors shared their insights on legal issues, local content, local market development and finance, as did representatives from several oil and gas companies, commercial banks, and multilateral development banks. WAZA assisted the US DOE with the preparation, moderation and final report writing of this workshop.

Further information on the US Department of energy’s website.

Power Africa’s Understanding Natural Gas & LNG Options handbook

A Waza co-founder contributed to the preparation of Power Africa’s Understanding Natural Gas & LNG Options handbook, supervised and published by the Center for Strategic and International studies – CSIS. Led by DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Energy Association and drafted by a diverse group of experts, the natural gas handbook aims to foster shared understanding between government officials and private companies on the factors influencing successful natural gas and LNG projects in Africa. The 250-page document covers risk factors of various models and addresses issues around partner alignment, regulatory complicity, finance, and marketing. Please download the book in pdf format here.

The CSIS hosted an event presenting the handbook (More information at the following link).