Change a life
Since the 1992 peace agreements which ended 25 years of civil war, Mozambique has experienced a phase of political, economic and administrative reform. The country is rapidly turning around.
The country's economic growth is strongly supported by the international community and private investment, in a favourable political climate. At the end of 2004, the departure of president Chissano who had been in power since 1986, led to political reorganisation. However, this change was illusory with the victory of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), which has held power in the country since its independence in 1975.
The government is doing all it can to reduce its dependence on international aid. Nevertheless, the most significant obstacles to establishing stable growth remain the extremely rapid spread of HIV/AIDS, the worrying sanitary situation and the very poor level of education.
Mozambique was, until very recently, one of the most heavily mine-polluted countries in the world. Mines and explosive remnants of war are a direct threat to populations. They also hinder agriculture and the construction of infrastructure (roads, power lines, railways etc.), and limit the circulation of goods and people. Tourist development and foreign investment are also impacted. By signing up to the Ottawa Treaty in 1998, the government committed to ridding the country of mines before 2014. They won that battle in 2015, partly thanks to Handicap International’s work in aid of mine victims and the organisation’s past demining actions.