In the current Mozambique’s environment of fast passing growing economy, the private sector has been having an increasingly critical role in supporting and shaping the national social development agenda. Both the Government and the private sector are actively promoting Public-Private Partnerships and improved workplace policies in areas such as education, malaria prevention and HIV/AIDS, and reported CSR interventions have been benefiting children through, for example, refurbishment of schools, purchase of health equipment and provision of school materials and clothing for young students, among others.
However, sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the country is still in a nascent phase, mostly based on had hoc, philanthropic and not sustainable interventions as strategic CSR integration in business development and regulation is still limited and not placing the respect and promotion of the best interest of children and their rights in all corporate policies, operations, products, services, initiatives and activities.
Children are Everyone’s Business
Children are not only rights holders, but they are also stakeholders in business as companies interact with them on a daily basis as workers, consumers and community members. Building on its mandate and expertise, UNICEF plays an important role in addressing negative business impacts on children and promoting positive action to support children’s rights in the context of business activities and relationships. UNICEF Mozambique has been developing and fostering Public-Private partnerships in order to leverage resources for women and children in the country, and has been looking into ways to assist corporate partners to further address potential harmful practises - through the promotion of Child Rights and Business Principles - and to develop child-friendly CSR initiatives that goes beyond philanthropy to effectively contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of children.
Results to date
- Over the past 4 years, as part of a Private Sector Engagement child rights related issues are being increasingly included and advocated in CSR and business forums and conferences in the country,
- Public Private Partnerships are being promoted for child rights programming. In particular, the ICT sector are increasingly committed to offer their telecom resources to support a range of interventions. Since 2013, Mcel for example is providing its SMS platform free of charge, sending bulk Facts for Life messages on best practices that prevent disease, injuries and violence against children, and around the importance of using health facilities. Mobile telecom companies Mcel, Vodacom and Movitel are committed to support the establishment of the electronic Civil Registration in the country.
- A major birth registration programme was launched in 2014 with the support from the company Lúrio Green Resources, aimed to provide birth certificates and national identification documents to 520,000 children and adults in the districts of Rapale, Ribaue and Mecuburi in Nampula Province until 2016.