Preparation of Support for the Millennium Challenge to Environmental and Social Projects in Northern Mozambique
Client – Ministry of the Environment and UNIDO / MICOA
Location – Northern Mozambique
Year – 2010
Time – 1 year
Verde Azul was contracted by UNIDO / MICOA to support the Government of Mozambique in the preparation of the US-funded grant to Mozambique, under the Millennium Challenge Corporation initiative.
This was a process that started in 2004, when Mozambique was chosen as a candidate for an MCC preparation. The projects were approved in 2009-2010 for a total of USD 500 million.
The work was coordinated by the local unit of the Millennium Challenge Account – MCA, with the main objective of reviewing the project portfolio in terms of national and international legal scope (MCC, GoM and World Bank good environmental, social and resettlement practices), as well as categorize projects into classes of Environmental Assessments (related to the impact and need for environmental and social mitigation measures).
Propose actions to achieve the goals, as well as the elaboration of memoranda of understanding with the various government implementation units (ANE, FIPAG, MICOA, DNAIA, DINACOT).
One of the central points was to ensure that the project portfolio could be implemented and completed within 5 years.
Verde Azul worked with several institutions and due diligence teams.
Verde Azul carried out the review of preliminary studies and assistance in the preparation and initial design phase of the Compact’s environmental and social components.
Verde Azul worked with MICOA to prepare a training plan and helped identify human resource training programs that would be suitable for MCA-supported provinces (Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia and Cabo Delgado).