h2n celebrates its 2nd anniversary as an independent Mozambican NGO
MAPUTO, 20 February 2020 – This week, h2n is celebrating its second anniversary as an independent Mozambican non-governmental organization. h2n is one of three organizations established under the USAID-funded Media Strengthening Program (MSP), which ended last year, to provide continuity, local ownership and cost effective program implementation. h2n is currently funded primarily by Norway and has staff in Maputo, Sofala, Nampula and Cabo Delgado. The organization works with a range of closely related program interventions that combine community radio, community video, other community-based outreach, television, digital channels, online engagement and strategic advocacy. “Freeing ourselves from the crushing burden of indirect costs that international NGOs typically charge, which often fall in the 25-35 percent range, has allowed us to optimize the use of limited resources and provide great value for money,” says Sergio Chusane, h2n Executive Director, in reference to the organization’s independence. “More importantly, we are now able to draw on the knowledge we have of the local context, analyze present realities and approach our activities as Mozambicans addressing our own challenges,” continues Chusane, who also stresses the need to think differently about development. “We often hear people reflect on why investments in development are not yielding the desired results, yet few challenge the underlying model: the international development industrial complex designing projects without listening to local implementers and often creating parallel structures that either cannot be integrated with Government structures or collapse once any particular project ends,” says Chusane. h2n aims to change this underlying structure and shift power from international to local organizations. “We see localization not only as a possibility, but as a necessity if we want to generate the responsibility, buy-in and ownership that lead to significant change,” says Chusane. h2n works extensively with community radios in all provinces, is scaling up two community video programs, broadcasts the weekly prime-time television program “Saude e Vida” on health and wellness, develops youth engagement hubs in Cabo Delgado and pursues a rapidly expanding gender equality agenda.