The Impact of donor-driven intrusions on Fertility Transition in Mozambique: A Qualitative analysis




Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rothfuß


Bevölkerungs- und Sozialgeographie



Hansine, M.A. Rogers Justo Mateus


10 / 2015 - 09 / 2018


Available data show that, in Mozambique, over the last 30 years or so, there have been small decline in the total fertility rate at national level. These declines at national level are a combination of strong declines among urban areas and weak elsewhere. Therefore, Mozambique might be at early stages of fertility transition, likewise the majority of sub-Saharan African countries. Mostly, the studies that have been done on fertility dynamics in Mozambique sought to explain the proximate determinants of fertility changes at country level, often regardless the distinction between rural and urban areas. Therefore, the understanding about what is driving fertility decline in urban areas in Mozambique remains at large elusive. However, the literature suggests that donor-driven interventions might be impacting the conventional, public and dominant understanding as well as policymaking on population and development issues in the sub-Saharan countries such as Mozambique. But, seldom investigations about donor-driven intrusion impacting the wider urban population with regard fertility have been conducted. The main objective of hereafter proposed research is to analyze to what extent donor-driven interventions have, actually impacting the wider urban population in Mozambique regarding fertility and among whom, specifically, the impact is high. To reach this goal, qualitative methodologies will be employed, rather than quantitative ones which conventionally dominate fertility studies.