Our History

“Change is within reach – if we have courage, determination, imagination and effective organisation” -Eglantyne Jebb-

Save the Children was first established in 1919 to help children affected by the First World War. Today, we reach 50 million children in 120 countries around the world—including Mozambique. By 2030, we aim to inspire the following breakthroughs in the way the world treats children:

 Survive: No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday.

 Learn: All children learn from a quality basic education.

 Be Protected: Violence against children is no longer tolerated. 

We opened programmes in Mozambique in 1986 at the height of the Mozambican civil war. Our early work targeted children and their families in some of the most marginalized communities affected by the conflict. Today, Save the Children Mozambique (SCIMOZ) has a mixed development and humanitarian portfolio, and offices in six Provinces: Gaza, Manica, Maputo, Nampula, Tete, and Zambezia. 561 full-time staff work in close partnership with government ministries and civil society organisations at the national, provincial, district and community levels. In 2017, 1.6 million children (1,021,373 girls and 589,864 boys) and 2.9 million adults directly benefited from our activities. Indirectly, our activities reached more than seven million people.


Our current (2016-2018) strategy focuses on education, health and nutrition, child protection, child poverty, and child rights governance (CRG). In addition, SCIMOZ has long-standing experience in emergency programming, ranging from humanitarian assistance to preparedness activities. An overview of the activities we implement in each sector will be provided in later sections. Although we have sector-specific interventions, we ensure crossthematic integration to the extent possible. To make schools a safe place for all children, for example, we combine education activities with child protection and disaster risk reduction (see section on the Safe Schools Approach). Likewise, CRG-elements feature in many of our projects to assure child participation and accountablity to children.

As of June 2018, we are stewarding 26 active grants with a total life of award value of $65,219,245. These awards are supported by: bilateral donors (e.g. USAID, DFID, NORAD, SIDA, ECHO, Global Affairs Canada, Italian Cooperation), multilateral donors such as the World Bank, foundations such as the Gates Foundation, and UN Agencies including UNICEF. Finally, we engage private donors for our sponsorship projects, mainly in the education sector. We work closely with authorities, local civil society organisations, as well as fellow international organizations with a presence in Mozambique. The table below shows examples of current and past partners (unless specified otherwise, collaborations are multi-sectoral).

In addition, SCIMOZ is a leading member of several multi-stakeholder groups and platforms, for example:

 National, provincial, and district Child Protection Refrence groups,

 NAIMA+ Network of International NGOs working on Health and HIV/AIDS,

 African Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA),

 Alliance for Climate Smart Agricutlure in Africa (ACSAA),

 COSACA, a consortium for emergency assistance and preparedness activities in Mozambique. COSACA started in 2007, and is currently comprised of CARE International, Oxfam, and SCIMOZ. We also participate in the Health Programme Group, in the Humanitarian Country Team, in relevant humanitarian Clusters (education, shelter, food security and livelihoods), and in the Cash Working Group. 


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