Finn Tarp shares insights from Mozambique Institutional Diagnostic at Norad

On 18 August 2022, Finn Tarp, Professor of Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Senior Programme Coordinator and Lead Researcher of the Inclusive growth in Mozambique (IGM) programme, presented key insights from the Mozambique Institutional Diagnostic (MID) at a Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) event.

Carried out under the international research initiative Economic Development & Institutions (EDI) in partnership with the IGM programme, the Mozambique Institutional Diagnostic explores the relationship between the characteristics and performance of institutions and economic development in Mozambique through a series of in-depth thematic studies. The key goal of the study was to produce an 'institutional diagnostic' that allows policymakers to identify institutional weaknesses that constrain economic development and indicates possible directions for reforms and change.

In his presentation, Finn Tarp noted that Mozambique stands at a fork in the road, grappling with the many opportunities and risks associated with the discovery of some of the largest natural gas fields in the world, and highlighted the key role of institutional capacity in harnessing these unique development opportunities for more inclusive and sustainable development in the country.

The Norad event was organized in Oslo with Finn Tarp joining in virtually. Other speakers included H.E. Haakon Gram-Johannessen, Ambassador of Norway in Mozambique, and Patrik Ekløf, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Refugee Council. Various topics related to the current development challenges of Mozambique were discussed during this Mozambique country meeting.