POTENCIAR: Building partnerships for Inclusion, Participation and Action

POTENCIAR is a programme focused on addressing accountability and governance issues undermining the delivery of basic services in Mozambique. The programme takes an innovative research-led and knowledge-centred adaptive approach to achieving inclusive development outcomes via a series of collaborative Pro-Accountability Initiatives (PAIs) at District and Provincial levels with associated national-level evidence synthesis, communication and advocacy strategies.

Funded by UK aid through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and overseen by the British High Commission in Maputo, the programme aims to contribute to national efforts for increased government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizen demands, and to improved human development outcomes.

The programme’s initial phase of work has centred on PAIs in Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique that aim to promote the humanisation of maternal health services and reduce levels of disrespect and abuse, together with support for a national campaign to end obstetric violence. The programme has carried out an extensive range of analytical work on issues ranging from women’s experiences of maternity care to the political economy of social protection, and launched an innovative Knowledge Base making key evidence sources on governance, accountability and inclusion in Mozambique available through a publicly searchable database.

POTENCIAR is implemented by a consortium consisting of Chemonics (consortium lead), IDS, Konung International, CESC and COWI, and IDS leads the Research, Evidence and Learning component. The programme is delivered by a team that is based in Maputo and Nampula and composed of staff seconded to the Programme Management Unit (PMU) by different consortium partners, backstopped by an international Extended Team of specialist consultants.


Project details

start date
9 November 2020
end date
31 March 2025


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