Mozambique - Unilúrio - Support to Skills Development for Agriculture and Industry Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Jan 2018
Signature Date 21 Feb 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Aug 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11231
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 10,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The project aims to provide investment resources to strengthen the University of Lúrio’s (UniLúrio) capacity to better contribute to solving the country’s human capital needs in the fields of agriculture and industry. UniLúrio represents Government’s efforts to decentralize its public university system to address increasing demand and improve the development impact of higher education in science and technology. It is the most recent public university (established in 2006) and the only in the northern, the poorest region of the country and with high natural resources potential. UniLúrio’s agriculture and industry related programmes focus on forestry, rural development and zootechny as well as computer, civil, mechanical and geological engineering. The project will support UniLúrio by (i) improving the quality and relevance of training; (ii) strengthening employability and entrepreneurship, (iii) improving equitable access at the university, thus contributing to improving the situation in the national higher education system; and (iv) strengthening strategic planning and management. By strengthening UniLúrio’s training and applied research capacity in agriculture and industry the project will contribute to the development of the skilled labour force needed to enhance the country’s productivity. The project will also contribute to hastening targeted solutions for poverty and inequality reduction, which are needed for social inclusion and shared prosperity in Mozambique. The total cost of the 5-year project is estimated at UA 11.10 million, which is financed by the ADF Grant (10.00 million) and government’s counterpart contribution (1.10 million).

Project Objectives

The project aims to contribute to employment enhancement and poverty reduction in Mozambique by increasing productivity and competitiveness through skilled and entrepreneurial labour force in Agriculture, Engineering and Applied Sciences. This objective will be achieved by building a sustainable skills development capacity of UniLúrio through (i) the enhancement of the quality and relevance teaching; (ii) the strengthening of employability and entrepreneurship oriented teaching (iii) the improvement of equitable access to higher education at UniLúrio; and (iv) the strengthening of the university’s strategic planning and management capacity.


The project will directly benefit 4,500 students (those currently enrolled and those who will be admitted during the project period), 105 tutors/instructors, 900 including people living with disabilities from across the country. Of the target persons, at least 50% will be female. The 105 young tutors (at least 30% female) will benefit from skills upgrading. Rural communities will also benefit from research and technology transfer. In addition, industry and private sector actors in the Northern region, as well as State-owned entities, will benefit indirectly from improved facilities, but also from access to a better trained and more relevant labor force.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Science, Technology, Higher and Professional Education


IATI identifier 46002-P-MZ-I00-002
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name ELAHEEBOCUS Bibi Nawsheen

Geographic Location

Country Mozambique
Coordinates Location Name
-13 36.7 Niassa Province
-12.5 39 Provincia de Cabo Delgado
-15 39 Provincia de Nampula