The woman-owned Al Ouaha cooperative produces date jelly in Morocco's Errachidia province but the arid region faces challenges such as plant diseases, lack of water, and poverty. With USAID assistance, the cooperative has expanded sales and employees, and has added new products such as medicinal plants and olive oil.
USAID Morocco opened its first vocational training Career Center in Casablanca on December 27th, 2016. The center was inaugurated by the Ambassador of the United States in Morocco, Dwight L. Bush Sr and the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, as well as the Director of the Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT), Larbi Bencheikh. In attendance were the heads of training departments, officials from the General Confederation of Moroccan Companies (CGEM) and representatives of the Casablanca - Settat region.
Climate impacts have affected countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in various ways, but most--if not all--have experienced water shortages due to drought. Coastal infrastructure, housing, and livelihoods will all be affected by reduced precipitation, rising sea levels, and drought. These stressors have already contributed to serious humanitarian issues, including mass migrations and emergency food security conditions in the region.
USAID has provided support to Morocco’s water sector for over twenty years. In the late 1990s, USAID improved water resources management in the Souss-Massa River Basin, establishing a model of integrated water management that is still in use today. USAID’s work in Morocco has helped mitigate climate risks by introducing new technologies and building local capacity.
Without career guidance in universities and vocational training centers, Moroccan youth miss the opportunity to make informed choices about their career trajectories, resulting in choosing jobs located in sectors with minimal prospects for future advancement. In response to these challenges, USAID designed the Career Center program, which assists students and graduates to make the transition from education to employment.
USAID’s Civil Society Strengthening Program (CSSP) aims to take advantage of new constitutional prerogatives for including citizens in the public policy process. Acting as a platform to facilitate dialogue and exchange, CSSP encourages greater collaboration between civil society organizations (CSOs) and different governmental and institutional actors. The program supports Moroccan CSOs in their policy advocacy efforts, accompanied by technical assistance in developing their constituent networks, forming effective coalitions, and developing sound policy recommendations.
Last updated: January 23, 2017