Mozambique is one of the 20 partner countries of VLIR-UOS. From 2003 to 2016 VLIR-UOS budgeted € 6.436.748 for cooperation programmes with Mozambique, including one institutional university cooperation programme with Universidade Eduardo Mondlane.


Mozambique is also one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.


Facts and figures


Total budget Mozambique 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars






A country strategy for Mozambique

You can download the Country Strategy for Mozambique here.


Strategic Niche Framework for Mozambique

Geographical focus Main focus should go to institutions in central and northern provinces. Cooperation with institutions based in Maputo should be reduced to a supportive role only.
Partner institutions

As there is a need to perform further mapping and exploration, no specific limitations will be imposed but cooperation with institutions based in Maputo should always include a focus on outreach and extension activities outside the capital.


Outside Maputo a number of possible partners (non-exhaustive) were mentioned:


  • Catholic University of Beira
  • University of Lurio in Nampula
  • Polytechnic University of Tete
  • University Zambeze in Beira
  • Polytechnic institutions (could be particularly interesting for the university colleges in Flanders)
  • Regional research institutions, linked to the ministries (e.g. environment)
  • Satellite institutions of UEM university
Main (multidisciplinary) themes for cooperation
  • Agriculture (food chain management, food security)
  • Health (reproductive health, family medicine, community health, medical education)
  • Environment (natural resources management, climate change, renewable energy)
Crosscutting & supporting themes
  • Governance (social and human rights, gender, culture)
  • Education (language development, research based education)
  • Community engagement
  • Information and Technology Services (ITS) and statistics
Instruments / partnership modalities

Individual scholarships remain crucial and should be continued while linking up with other donors.


In the short term preference should be given to small seeding projects, type South Initiatives and TEAMs as well as North-South-South projects and RIPs with UEM.


Networking as a modality could certainly become relevant. Hereby we mainly think of twinning, triangular cooperation between an institute in the capital (cfr. UEM) with other institutes. Whether or not in the long run a post-IUC-NETWORK is an option is too early to assess, but certainly those twinning projects at departmental level (TEAM, SI) of a new institute with UEM in support could be interesting and also provide possibilities to connect with actors such as university colleges, private institutes of higher education and ministries.

The country strategy process

The country strategy identification (CSI) process for Mozambique started in the second half of 2015. A desk study, whereby all activities of Flemish academics in Mozambique were mapped out, resulted in a Mozambique Fact Sheet. This fact sheet tends to provide an overall overview on the socio-political situation of the country with particular attention for the higher education institutes and the main development aid actors.


On 18 September 2015, VLIR-UOS brought together some key-stakeholders in the Mozambican university development cooperation sector during a South seminar. During this seminar Mozambican academic actors were invited to articulate their needs and identify future challenges with regard to university cooperation with Belgium.


The results of the South seminar were the starting point of the North seminar that was organised on 6 October 2015 in Brussels. Experiences of Flemish academic and Belgian stakeholders were shared and the conclusions of the Mozambican partners further elaborated. The presentations are available here.


The Country Strategy Paper for Mozambique seeks to match the recommendations, needs and priorities for cooperation from the Mozambican partners (demand-side) with the expertise and interests of the Flemish stakeholders and the numerous Belgian and international development actors active in Mozambique (supply-side).

Background documents

  • Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of Mozambique. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Mozambique and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and syngergy.
  • Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of Mozambique. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Mozambique. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.


Christophe Goossens

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 550 19 65




Ongoing projects

Overview of ongoing projects



    Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique (April 2012)

    Mid-term evaluation of the ongoing cooperation with the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique (April 2012)

    Jaarverslag VLIR-UOS 2013

    Annual report VLIR-UOS 2013

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