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The mission in Angola
The mission in Angola was funded in 1958 by the Portuguese sisters invited by the bishop Don Alves Manuel de Pinho. Six communities were founded in the following order: Luanda (1963), Camabatela (1967) Samba Caju (1973) Kikolo (1984) Uige (1986) Lubango (2004).
Since 2013 a local Mission Development Office is helping the mission to grow and become more effective. In partnership with GSIF the sisters have started to develop professionally managed programs and reviewed and improved existing ministries. They have improved their initiatives in Education, Health, and women/girls protection as well as (from 2015) started vocational training, microcredit, and community development programs. since 2020 they are piloting an agriculture social enterprise to bridge the gap between local farmers and markets. The new strategic plan /theory of change (2019) aims to improve the lives and restore the dignity of 200,000 people from the target communities of which 20,000 are children and women in extreme vulnerability by 2023.
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
COUNTRY BACKGROUND / OVERVIEW
Despite 18 years of effective peace after a long civil war, democracy is still under construction. There are many violations of fundamental rights, freedom of speech and in the press. Angola’s HDI value for 2018 is 0.574 positioning it at 149 out of 189 countries and territories. inequalities are huge, with adult literacy rate, population 15+ years is 66%, in access to health with life expectancy at birth (W 62 M 58), infant mortality rate at 44/1000 live births. However, when the HDI of Angola is discounted the value of inequality, the HDI falls from 0.574 to 0.392: a loss of 31.8% due to the inequality in the distribution of the indices of the HDI dimension. The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) also includes the Gender Development Index, which shows that the female HDI value for Angola is 0.546 in contrast to 0.605 for men.
For what concerns Violence Against Women, 35% of women experienced lifetime physical and/or sexual Intimate Partner Violence and 26% experienced physical and/or sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months. Child marriage (below 18) rate is at 30% (unwomen.org)
Angola, like most developing countries, has a very young population. Demographic indicators are a challenge for the country sustainable development. The estimated population is around 24.3 million inhabitants (55% in urban 45% rural), with a high annual population growth rate of around 3.0%. There is an internal migratory movement from around 20% of rural areas to peri-urban areas. (2014 national census report).
The economically active population is less than 50%, with a large number of dependents of the State and families. (2014 national census report)
Facts and figures
149/189 ranking of Human Development Index
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