19 & 26 April 2021
A conference on the dynamics of youth political participation in Mozambique, motivated by the publication of the toolkit was organised. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and regulation, the conference was held via zoom online and transmitted live on Facebook.
The event was divided into two panels. The first panel was led by three researchers, Ernesto Nhanale, Dércio Tsandzana and Albano Brito, having analysed Youth Leadership, Public Communication and Political Participation in Mozambique. The second panel was led by a researcher, Emídio Guambe and an activist, Cídia Chissungo who discussed Youth Leadership, Citizenship and Human Rights in Mozambique.
Facebook data indicates that the fist panel had reached 726 devices and had been viewed 898 times; and the second panel had reached 583 devices and viewed 729 times.
Feb - Mar 2021
In February and March 2021 EISA conducted a survey on the participation and engagement of young people in political processes in Mozambique.
The study resulted in two reference documents entitled (1) Baseline Study on Youth Participation in Political Processes in Mozambique and (2) Youth Toolkit on Political Participation, Public Communication and Leadership in Mozambique.
The toolkit aimed at providing action strategies for young people to raise their levels of public participation, communication and action in Mozambique. Both documents were originally written in Portuguese and had been used as the main sources of information for a national conference organised in April 2021.
In January and February 2019 planning meetings were held with the three parliamentary parties, namely FRELIMO, RENAMO and MDM. EISA facilitated a brainstorming session on the core areas in which parties need to strengthen capacity in an electoral year, such as including of youth and women in party lists, capacity to lodge legal complaints, strategic political communication, capacity to monitor elections, etc.
Based on this discussion each of the parliamentary political parties will prepare a programme of action for 2019 under the MoU with EISA.
Discussions began in regard to a second initiative aimed at educating and mobilising youth to participate in the electoral process. Under this initiative, EISA Mozambique is particularly interested in the initiative's component related to the development of audio-visual training tools, which may be used by EISA Mozambique for the training of party poll-watchers, election observers, journalists, and other groups.
EISA Mozambique supported a two-day training in the city of Beira in May for 1480 members of the MDSM party Youth League. The training focused on internal organisational issues, including strategies to increase the participation of female members in the League's decision-making process; leadership and communication skills; outreach strategies to grassroots structures and non-partisan youth groups; and the role and engagement of party youth in the monitoring of public policy and public interest.
EISA also supported the capacitation of MPs for the fulfilment of their legislative and oversight function, specifically in the analysis and discussion of state budget and public accounts actively promoted increased women and youth participation within their political party's through training of women and youth league members.
EISA supported the training of the new 120 Central Committee members of FRELIMO's Youth League, Mozambican Youth Organization (OJM), who had been elected in their November 2015 Congress. The training took place from 30 November to 2 December, and 40% of participants were women.
EISA funded the training of around 600 party officials and activists of FRELIMO on matters such as internal party rules and regulations, party programme and policies, electoral processes and information and communications technologies. In addition, EISA also supported the conclusion of the upgrade and update of the party membership database.
In its support to RENAMO, EISA funded the revitalisation of the party's district and province-level structures through leadership and policy workshops. Topics addressed in those workshops ranged from the party programme and policies, recruitment and registration strategies, the roles of the Women's and Youth leagues and information on the upcoming electoral processes. More than 440 RENAMO officials and activists were involved in these workshops that took place in every province of the country.