Mozambique was selected by Let’s Work partners as one of seven Pillar 1 country pilots and is the largest program to date. In April 2015, the Mozambique government approved the Plano Quinquenal do Governo (PQG 2015-2019), a five year plan that defines Mozambique’s strategic priorities, including job creation.
Let’s Work aims to support the objectives of the PQG by focusing on developing the implementation of a comprehensive jobs strategy that centers on the bottom 40 percent of the population. It will achieve this through analytical work and pilot operations that support the following three focus areas:
1) Promoting the creation of private sector jobs through a value chain-based approach. This will help us to understand the potential for job creation and constraints that need to be addressed.
2) Increasing the productivity of jobs that already exist.
3) Helping connect people to jobs. The program aims to work with the Government of Mozambique, the private sector and other development partners that are active in the country to further catalyze private sector investment in value chains that could help create more, better, inclusive jobs.
A key element of the program will be coordination and knowledge sharing among all partners on the jobs agenda. This coordination will need to be at two levels. First is with the government and its various Ministries. Since an effective jobs strategy needs to be multi-sectoral, in which public and private partners come together, an effective partnership with the government is critical. The second level of coordination is with different partners and stakeholders in the country. There are several partners and development organizations that are active in Mozambique and Let’s Work will attempt to work with ongoing initiatives to ensure that the program builds on existing and ongoing work. The program has selected agriculture, forestry and construction as its sectors.