Fixing Land Rights for Small and Medium Enterprises

Fixing Land Rights for Small and Medium Enterprises

Client – Zambezi Valley Development Agency
Location – Mozambique, Caia, Sofala Province
Year – 2015 – 2018
Time – 3 years in development

The purpose of this consultancy is to guarantee land rights for small and medium-sized companies operating in the district of Caia. Expected results are:

  • 3420 DUATs provided 2015-2018;
  • Assistance for the development of Business Plans for 1283 customers.

Community Management of High Value Conservation Areas in the Mountains of Northern Mozambique

Community Management of High Value Conservation Areas in the Mountains of Northern Mozambique

Client – Bird Life International, IUCN and CEPF
Location – Chiperone Mountain, Milange District, Zambézia Province
Year – 2015
Time – 4 months in development

Ecological and socially based study of a vulnerable and strategically important ecosystem around Monte Chiperone in the province of Zambézia, Mozambique.

Monte Chiperone is a remote and largely unknown mountainous area, but with a wealth of species yet to be discovered. It presents isolated features of the forest that were separated by many thousands of years. In 2014, researchers found that Mount Chiperone is home to many species not found anywhere else, an example of which is the pygmy chameleon of a different species, as well as new species of snakes and butterflies that have recently been found in this area. The expedition stated that many more discoveries are expected in the future.

The focus of this project is to manage and protect this important conservation area.

Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of Milk Cooperatives in Manica

Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of Milk Cooperatives in Manica

Client – DGRV
Location – Manica – Mozambique
Year – 2013 – 2015
Time – 2 years

Assistance, Training and Institutional Capacity Building of 4 cooperatives for a total of 250 members to assist cooperatives in the development of a more profitable and socially and environmentally sustainable cooperative.

The cooperatives have received technical assistance from the Cooperative Union of American Cooperatives (UCLA) and Land O’Lakes since 2008. This assistance was provided to DANMOZ, a yogurt and cheese producer in Manica, who have been instrumental in promoting the establishment of these cooperatives. . Assistance from UCLA and Land O’Lakes will continue until the end of the year. Verde Azul’s assistance aims to form cooperatives in a sustainable manner. The project was extended at the end of 2014, to include the establishment of a cooperative union that will provide services to the others, such as: milk collection, milk conservation centers, sales negotiations, etc. The work involved assistance in defining strategic plans and developing operational business plans for each cooperative.

MCENAS: Evaluation of Education in Mozambique

MCENAS: Evaluation of Education in Mozambique

Client – E2A
Location – Inhambane and Matola – Mozambique
Year – 2014
Time – 8 months

The Pathfinder project, called mCenas!, is an interactive SMS system that was implemented by Verde Azul in 2014. The aim of the project was to reach young people (15-24 years old – with and without children) via SMS with educational messages based on a life story and an informational messaging system that will increase knowledge about contraceptive methods, dispel common myths and address common obstacles that young people face regarding the use of contraceptives.

Verde Azul has generated evidence on the acceptability of information about contraception by sms if it is acceptable, and what is its impact on the knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy of male and female youth aged 18-24 years in Mozambique. This project followed a narrow protocol that required a dynamic flow of participants in the field.

The SMS system that was evaluated had three main components:

  1. a story passed through SMS messages, based on the theory of behavior change to create a convincing and realistic narrative with which young people can relate and take advantage to deepen the dialogue and reflection with their peers (2 months);
  2. informational messages about each contraceptive method (one month);
  3. an interactive frequently asked question where young people could contact the system for information on a range of SRH topics.

The evaluation, which was conducted by E2A, focused on the sample of young people aged 18-24 years, distinguishing male and female subgroups with and without children in the cities of Inhambane and Matola.

The final documents included Baseline and Final Studies, as well as a summary of effectiveness, adjustments and improvements, as well as an action plan for the follow-up and monitoring of the SMS system.

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