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This report is part of the efforts to monitor and evaluate the implications of Mozambique’s Poverty Reduction Strategy PARPA II (GoM 2005). Three qualitative and participatory studies have already been carried out in three different areas of the country: One in the District of Murrupula in Nampula Province (Tvedten, Paulo & Rosário 2006); one in four bairros in the capital Maputo (Paulo, Rosário & Tvedten 2007); and one in the district of Buzi in the Sofala Province (Rosário, Tvedten & Paulo 2008). Each of these studies are to be followed up to ascertain changes in social relations and cultural perceptions of poverty and well-being, by visiting the same local administrations, the same communities and the same households after a period of three years. This report is the first in the series of the three follow-up studies, with the Maputo and the Buzi studies planned for 2010 and 2011 respectively.