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Project ID:00111642Description:Mozambique Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 24 Aug 2018
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Mozambique Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description 

Mozambique has an estimated population of 28.9 million of which 52 percent are women. A significant proportion of the population is under the age of 15 (45%). As a country with a young and fast-growing population, Mozambique has an opportunity to benefit from the demographic dividend, however sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices remain pervasive. One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and Mozambique has the 10th highest early marriage rate in the world with almost half of women marrying before the age of 18.


Number of beneficiaries: 641, 156 (direct) | 5, 356, 631 (indirect)

Recipient UN Organizations: UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNICEF.


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Laura Lambo; Email: Carlos Dinis,


The total investment from EU for Phase I (2019 – 2020) and Phase II (2021-2022) amounts to USD 28,571,429 and is distributed according to the following;

  • Policies and legislation (outcome 1): Key legislations and policies, such as the penal code, law on domestic violence and family law will be reviewed and harmonized. This will result in raising the minimum age of marriage to 18 for both boys and girls, registration and oversight of customary marriages, increase in the age of sexual consent and improved assistance to victims. This harmonization will be accompanied by strong capacity building and advocacy of key stakeholders, including the legislature, judiciary, law enforcement and health. Investment will be made to address extremely low levels of legal knowledge, through awareness-raising interventions and support from community leaders and other influencers.
  •  Institutions (outcome 2): Spotlight will play a key role in strengthening the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action in its coordination role, including support to sectoral planning and budgeting on early marriage and sexual and gender-based violence. National and district level multisectoral coordination mechanisms will be established.
  •  Prevention (outcome 3): Spotlight will develop and implement a comprehensive prevention strategy. Interventions will create conditions to prevent sexual and gender-based violence and early marriage at the individual, relationship and societal level. For instance, girls and young women’s knowledge, capacities and agency will be improved through the Safe Space Model approach.
  •  Services (outcome 4): Spotlight will improve perpetrators accountability and strengthen court’s ruling in Mozambique. Complementary interventions will facilitate changing shifts of gender and socio-economic norms to ensure survivors’ increased demand for essential services, while youth associations and women’s rights organizations will be supported to complement and backstop any gaps in services.
  •  Data (outcome 5): Spotlight will develop a nationwide data management system to collect, process and analyse data on sexual and gender-based violence. Timely, accessible and quality reports, with data disaggregation by administrative division, social status, race, sex, age, education and/or professional status, will be possible, which in turn will inform laws, policies and programmes in.
  •  Women’s Movement and Civil Society (outcome 6): Spotlight will strengthen the capacities of the women’s movement to monitor laws and policies, hold the government accountable and develop and implement sustainable programs, through enhanced institutional capacity. Focus will be made to strengthening women’s leaders’ and traditional leaders’ ability to champion sexual and reproductive health and rights, and to be in regular dialogue with the Government and parliament to review progress related to women’s rights in the country.



  1. Improving data accuracy: A database on sexual and gender-based violence will offer comprehensive, decentralized and secure online records of such cases in the country. The database will allow for a better identification of sexual and gender-based violence vulnerabilities and support more tailored and contextually relevant support.
  2.  Use of information and communication technology: Spotlight will adopt new ways to maximize communications’ reach and interactivity and stimulate social action for behavioral change. This includes building on the SMS BIZ/U-Report, through which adolescent and young women can access comprehensive and personalized information on reproductive health and sexual and gender-based violence.
  3.  Grassroot mobilization of women’s organizations (360-degree Participation): Spotlight will mobilise a robust grassroots women movement with a view of transforming the status of women and challenging patriarchy and will catalyze this movement as entry points to address sexual and gender-based violence.
  4.  Increasing access through essential and quality mobile services:  The mobile health facility is a critical innovation for ensuring that the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in Mozambique are fully enjoyed and their needs are met.  These services will be expanded to reach girls living with HIV/AIDS and sex workers, particularly in urban areas.
  5.  Streamlined Operations: The operational set-up for delivery will include a joint Spotlight Team working across the Resident Coordinator’s Office and the country team with centralized programme coordination, management, monitoring and evaluation, communications and knowledge management. The Programme Coordinator will be dually accountable to the Resident Coordinator and to the chair of the Spotlight Country Team. To deliver jointly across pillars in the target provinces, maximize economies of scale and to reduce administrative costs, Recipient UN Organizations will leverage the existing local presence in Nampula as well as establish a local presence in Gaza and Manica. A Provincial Coordinator working under the joint supervision and management of all Recipient UN Organizations will be based in each of the three provinces.

Spotlight Calls for Proposals for Implementing Partners:

No ongoing calls.


Spotlight Job Postings and Consultancies:

No ongoing postings.  




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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Mozambique or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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