My review and conclusion
My personal conclusion about the country and the projects I visited during my trip is very positive. The country is changing, the young population is very engaged and innovative. Especially in the capital, economic growth is visible everywhere. During the road trip, I noticed that the development in the country is not simultaneous. I became more aware of the gap between rich and poor with every kilometer we traveled from Maputo towards Vilankulo.
In the small districts, outside the capital, people live in modest conditions. The modern infrastructure is not yet sufficiently developed, there is a lack of transportation and children often have to walk several kilometers to school.
As a Mozambican, I would of course like to see economic development speed up and benefit the entire civilian population in the country. I would like to see better access to elementary school, secondary schools and vocational training centers for all. With the help of development cooperation and the many international organizations I have seen on the ground, much has already improved in this regard.
In 2017, 85% of children nationwide were already able to get a place in elementary school. By comparison, in 2000, the year I moved with my family from Mozambique to Germany, only 55% of children received a place in elementary school (Improving primary and vocational education in Mozambique | BMZ) .
Economically, Mozambique has a high growth potential. Not only tourism plays a major role in the development of the country, but also agriculture (Source: Agriculture in Mozambique (Agriculture in Mozambique) in Mozambique) – giz.wiki).
With our project to support farmers in Vilankulo, I have been able to witness how positively the project has already impacted the lives of the farmers and the region within a short period of time. The cooperation with the farmers and the municipality has been so successful that other similar projects have been created to promote agriculture. We are very proud of this.
I am looking forward to the next project trip, maybe next time it will be to Tanzania 😊!