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Development Dialogue Series in Mozambique

August 26, 2014

World Bank Group

The World Bank Office in Mozambique has established a knowledge-sharing platform through a series of development dialogue events, most of which held in partnership with the largest and most prestigious public university, Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), as well as other stakeholders and partners. The series aim to make use of evidence based knowledge to inform policy debate in the country on a variety of topics from natural resources management, safeguards, education, financial and private sector development, to governance, among other areas and covering the entire spectrum of World Bank activities in Mozambique.

The dialogue series offer a platform for interested parties and the society in general (media, CSOs, academia, parliamentarians, think tanks) to engage upstream and downstream with World Bank experts in the entire knowledge generation process, i.e. from the preparation to the dissemination of knowledge products with the aim of refining and tailoring World Bank analytical products to local needs and ensure that once completed those analytical materials reach their primary audience.

As part of the ongoing dialogue series a number of planned discussions are scheduled for the coming months. These include but not limited to:

  • A discussion on the 2014 Public Expenditure Review for Mozambique;  
  •  A discussion on the policy note about Sharing Natural Resource Revenue with Affected Communities: Policy Options for Mozambique;
  • A presentation of an impact evaluation for the education sector in Mozambique with the aim of discussing a methodology of public policy evaluation as well as the stakes of pre-school education;
  • A presentation of a recently concluded Financial Inclusion and Capability Survey in Mozambique;
  • A discussion based on the Implementation Completion Report  of the IDA funded Transfrontier Conservation Areas Project – this could foster discussion on conservation in Mozambique (status, trends, challenges, approaches, etc.)
  • A presentation  and debate on the economic analysis of the contribution of conservation areas to the economy of Mozambique – this discussion would be based on a paper that explores how much the network of conservation areas contribute to the national economy, including in terms of nature-based tourism (photographic and sports hunting) and environmental income to rural populations (bushmeat, agriculture, fisheries).
  • A discussion based on the findings of the Economic and Sector Work (ESW) on “Business Environment for Planted Forests” – This ESW aims to provide information to the Government on promoting investments in planted forests (both large and small scale) and their role in poverty reduction, income generation and economic development; and to improve knowledge on necessary conditions for good quality investments in planted forests; and  
  • A series of discussions for the preparation of the Systematic Country Diagnostic.