Matola is a fast-growing city in the immediate vicinity of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, and the second largest city in the country. Between 4 and 6 March, it will be hosting a review workshop of a South-South cooperation project between 6 Brazilian and 9 Mozambican cities, namely: Belo Horizonte, Canoas, Guarulhos, Maringá, Porto Alegre, Vitoria, Dondo, Inhambane, Manhiça, Matola, Maputo, Lichinga, Nampula, Xai Xai and Maxixe.
UCLG, the Association Frente Nacional de Prefeitos (FNP) from Brazil, the Association of Mozambican Municipalities (ANAMM), Architects without borders (ASF) and the University of Lleida are project partners that support the establishment of city partnerships, focus on priorities and define an agenda for exchange, document the outcomes, and apply learning methodologies for politicians, technicians and communities. The project is primarily financially supported by the Norwegian government, the European Commission and Barcelona City Council, although cities and associations have also invested financial and human resources during the implementation process.
Throughout the course of implementing the project, the associations have been able to develop new roles as platforms and promoters of decentralized cooperation. The project has been greatly supported by mayors in Brazil and Mozambique, who are ready to encourage cooperation and transfer knowledge through their experienced senior staff involved in the project. Additionally, in Mozambique, the donor community and partners such as GIZ, Cities Alliance and the World Bank have shown an interest in the project’s methodologies and results, and will support ANAMM to play a catalytic role in strengthening municipal management.
The event, which will also serve to strengthen the international network of intermediary cities in the Southern African region, is based on peer learning methodologies and city‑to‑city knowledge exchange. It will also gather together active learner cities from Malawi and South Africa, the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and UCLGA that have gone through similar processes, and who support the evolution of the UCLG learning agenda towards becoming an asset for cities that enter into exchanges with peers.
The full programme of the event is available here.
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