H2O Maghreb

Student tests out the new Aquatronics virtual reality training equipment
Student tests out the new Aquatronics virtual reality training equipment


  • Implementing Partner: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Host-Country Partners:
    • National Office of Electricity and Water (ONEE)
    • Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water
    • Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Private Sector Partners:
    • FESTO Didactic SE
    • EON Reality
  • Location: Rabat
  • Total Budget: $2.67 Million
    • USAID Contribution: $1.4 Million
  • Duration: 2017-2019


Morocco suffers from scarce water resources and increasing water demand. Like its neighboring countries in the region, Morocco is faced with the challenge of sustainably developing and managing its water resources. With its growing population, rapid urbanization, and developing economy – including industrial growth in the mining and agricultural sectors, both heavy water users – mitigating Morocco’s water scarcity is a national priority. The growing uncertainty of such a critical resource is becoming an additional source of tension and potential instability both in Morocco and across the region.


Recognizing water as a national security issue for Morocco and its neighbors in the region, USAID is using innovation and technology to establish state of the art and sustainable water management practices in Morocco. The H2O Maghreb activity implements cutting edge solutions to urgent water needs in Morocco and the region, while improving the skills and employability of young Moroccans by providing them with a market-driven training program in a newly established water training hub hosted within National Office of Electricity and Water (ONEE).

By developing a new water management curriculum, the H2O partnership brings together the public and private sector to provide innovative training and equipment. The H2O training program combines elements from different professions (e.g. mechanics, electronics, hydraulics, chemistry, biology); thereby meeting the challenges of improving water and waste water management, and water quality in a systematic manner.  These curricula take a holistic approach with theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience using the most recent technological innovations, such as adaptive virtual reality and automation technology.  Ultimately, this training hub will prepare the next generation of water professionals to respond to various and complex needs across municipalities, industries, and agricultural sectors.


  • Assessed future skills and job needs in the Moroccan water sector in partnership with the Moroccan government.
  • Established a fully functional training hub in Rabat with state-of-the-art equipment and virtual reality tools for the next generation of Moroccan water professionals.
  • Developed a fully-fledged, two-year degree that has been accredited by the Government of Morocco and developed a six-month training course with 19 modules and 28 booklet/workbooks on the topics of drinking water, waste water, operation, and maintenance.
  • Trained 10 trainers from Morocco’s main water stakeholder (ONEE).
  • Trained 42 young Moroccans in six-month water management course. Seventy-six percent of the trainees were female.
  • 75 percent of the graduates found employment within four months of completing their training.



Salma Kadiri

Economic Growth Development Specialist


Last updated: August 28, 2019

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