Beyond Peacebuilding

The Challenges of Empowerment Promotion in Mozambique

  • Roberta Holanda Maschietto

Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Roberta Holanda Maschietto
    Pages 1-18
  3. Making Sense of Empowerment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Roberta Holanda Maschietto
      Pages 21-43
    3. Roberta Holanda Maschietto
      Pages 45-79
  4. Dynamics of Empowerment and Disempowerment in Mozambique: Contextual and Structural Issues

  5. Promoting Empowerment: Policy Design and Implementation. The Case of the 7 Million

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Roberta Holanda Maschietto
      Pages 163-199
    3. Roberta Holanda Maschietto
      Pages 201-245
    4. Roberta Holanda Maschietto
      Pages 247-270
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-297

About this book


This book uses the concept of empowerment as a means to understand peacebuilding in Mozambique. In order to do this, it first traces the different discourses on ‘empowerment’ and proposes an analytical framework based on multiple levels of analysis and a dialectical view of power. Second, it examines how the process of state formation and, later, peacebuilding have shaped the spaces for local empowerment to occur in Mozambique. Finally, it offers a detailed analysis of a national policy called the District Development Fund (the ‘7 million’), designed in the context of decentralization and aimed at reducing poverty in this country. This case study helps reflecting on the long-term and derivative effects of peace both in institutional terms as well as at the level of the everyday. The holistic approach to empowerment offered in this book and its application in the case of Mozambique will be of interest to both academics as well as practitioners of peacebuilding and development.


peace peacebuilding empowerment Mozambique District Development Fund 7 Milhões local councils

Authors and affiliations

  • Roberta Holanda Maschietto
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Social StudiesUniversity of CoimbraPortugal

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