A study of the impact of infrastructure works on livelihoods in urban settings was undertaken by CARE Mozambique in Maputo in July/August 2003. Approximately three years previously, the worst flooding in 100 years in Maputo city created widespread destruction of infrastructure, public and private housing and disrupted water and electricity services. The study was part of a DFID KaR sponsored research project coordinated by Practical Action.
This research study examined the impact of the massive infrastructure works on the livelihoods of the population in Polana Caniço A, and assessed, as far as possible, the interrelations between infrastructure improvement and livelihood security. The research also took into account the project implementation approach when analysing the impact on urban livelihoods. The objectives of the study were to understand the inter-relationships between livelihoods (specifically income earning) and the improvement of infrastructures in the neighbourhood, in order to improve the design of future urban development projects.