Development Cooperation in Mozambique
During the period from 1996 to 2002 Mozambique saw a decline of 15 percent in the number of families living below the poverty line.
But poverty has since remained high and stable at the national level, with 52 percent of households living below the poverty line. In the same period, the rich got richer, sitting closer to the political power, with a position to take advantage of foreign capital, and access to resources without too many bureaucratic rounds. This is in contrast to 70 percent of the population, who live in rural areas and lack access to cash, credit, agricultural input and markets, as well as adequate social services.