Projects

The Mozambique Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Evaluation

2018-2019

Project Overview

Objective

To evaluate MCC’s investment in urban water and sanitation systems in Mozambique, which rehabilitated and expanded access to piped water in Nampula, rehabilitated the Nacala water supply system including the construction of a new dam, invested in emergency works in the city of Mocuba, invested in improving drainage systems in Nampula and Quelimane, and built the capacity of staff in water organizations to manage the water supply systems.

Project Motivation

To improve water and sanitation infrastructure in several cities throughout Mozambique, leading to economic development, reduced poverty, and improved health outcomes. 

Prepared For

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Mathematica evaluated the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) $203.6 million dollar investment in improving urban water and sanitation to understand how improved access to piped water and improved drainage contributed to economic development, poverty reduction, and better health outcomes.

In July 2007, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) partnered with the Millennium Challenge Account-Mozambique (MCA-M) to implement a five-year, $506.9 million compact designed to increase the country’s economic growth and reduce poverty. A major investment under this compact was the $203.6 million Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) project. The urban water supply system component ($173.3 million) of the WSS  included six main activities to improve water and sanitation infrastructure in several cities throughout the country.

  • Rehabilitation and expansion of the Nampula city water supply system ($18.3 million). 
  • Rehabilitation and expansion of the Nacala city water supply system ($44.2 million). 
  • Rehabilitation of the Nacala Dam ($40.0 million). 
  • Emergency works for Mocuba city water supply system ($4.8 million). 
  • Urban drainage and sanitation activity ($61.2 million). 
  • Capacity-building activity ($9.6 million). 

The hope was that the project would increase access to piped water for households and businesses and reduce the instance of flooding during the rainy season, leading to a reduction in water-borne diseases and increased economic development.

Related Staff

Audrey-Marie Moore

Audrey-Marie Moore

Principal Researcher

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Clair Null

Clair Null

Principal Researcher

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