In 2009, the Government of Mozambique created the Administração de Infraestruturas de Abastecimento de Água e Saneamento (AIAS) to provide leadership to these water and sanitation developments in the 130 peri-urban centres. In addition, AIAS’ mandate also includes the ownership of the sanitation assets in Mozambique’s 21 cities. In all, these developments shall contribute to increased access to water and sanitation. In 2013, about 25% of the 3.6 million people living in the 130 peri-urban towns had access to water. Sanitation coverage in the 130 peri-urban towns is about 13%. In the 21 large cities sanitation coverage reaches 54%.

Joep Vonk