There was high government expenditure on the war leading to economic decadence. This explains why the government of Mozambique even up to now still struggles economically.
The war resulted into the refuge crisis in Africa as a number of Mozambicans fled to the neighboring Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola for their dear life.
The war led to severe loss of lives including women and children, Samora Machel also lost his life in this crisis.
There was a lift on political party activities by Joachim Chissano in 1993 which saw the 1994 multi party democratic elections.
It led to agricultural decline as a result of instability leading to famine and hence leading to poor standings of living.
The war resulted into the NKOMAT accord of 1984 by which it was agreed that South Africa should stop supporting RENAMO and Mozambique would sell H.E.P from Cabora Bossa Dam to South Africa.
Trade was disrupted and Beiva Port closed, this limited the prospects from exports especially minerals hence leading to balance of payment problems.
Infrastructures were destroyed like roads, buildings and this limited progress of Mozambique. Actually the economy of Mozambique declined.
There was environmental degradation especially the poison gas from the sophiscated war weapons. This affected people’s health.
The doctrine of non alignment was sidelined as Mozambique got attached to the Eastern block so as to get aid for relief and economic recovery, this was neo-colonialism at play.
The war led to uncalled for corruption and embezzlement of government resources especially by bosses in the ministry of defense.