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The programme for municipal development in North and Central Mozambique, PRODEM, will play a crucial role in the reduction of urban poverty and the sustainable development of the municipalities. Chief Project Manager at COWI Mikael Keller elaborates on the point.
"By improving the way waste is managed in the slums as well as reducing the risk of floods and other climate change impacts along the coastline, we will improve the quality of life for people in these areas," Keller says.
The programme involves 26 municipalities in the region and the goal is to strengthen the municipalities' collaboration with the citizens, boost the economy in the municipalities and to enhance decentralisation. According to Project Coordinator Lars Peter Lopez Christensen, decentralisation is key to achieving the goals.
"It is difficult to make a one-size-fits-all model for all 26 municipalities, as they vary in size. By strengthening decentralisation, each municipality will be able to prioritize its services based on local context," Christensen says.
The competition between bidders was fierce. All major consulting companies with Danida experience participated in the tender, and COWI won thanks to four key elements:
Economics, management and planning