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Non-welcome organisations

The government is always hostile to NGOs, but claims about terrorism financing are unlikely to reflect official policy

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Life is never too easy for Mozambique’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs). They are treated with hostility and suspicion by the state and ruling party Frelimo, which has never really accepted that Mozambique should be a pluralist democracy and cannot stand criticism of government policy or practices. Foreign funding of NGOs also arouses envy when local NGO representatives in rural areas enjoy a better standard of living than local government officials.

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