Having made steady economic growth in recent years, and significant reforms, Morocco is a beacon of stability in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Yet it still ranks ranks 130 out of 187 countries on the United Nations 2012 human development index, mainly because of the challenges it faces in eliminating social inequality between rural and urban dwellers.

Morocco's economic growth is largely dependent on agriculture, which employs 44 percent of workers. A population boom is contributing to increasing unemployment and poverty, especially among young people. Education is key to unlocking the economic potential for children and youth in Morocco.

Find out what Canada is doing to support development in Morocco.

Thematic focus

Canada's international development programming in Morocco is closely aligned with the country's National Human Development Initiative, which identifies education sector reform as a priority.

The goal of Canada's program is to help the country create opportunities for children and youth through education reform and the implementation of a competency-based approach (adapting the education system to the needs of the modern economy).

Children and youth

Canada continues to support the Ministry of Education's efforts to decentralize and reform basic education. This effort includes support to:

  • expand decentralization to the school level in order to better meet local needs
  • strengthen capacity in public management and results-based management to make the education system more accountable and efficient
  • help to build a competency-based approach to education, which will increase the employability of graduates—and, in the longer term, the competitiveness of Morocco's labour force

Key anticipated results

  • Some 9,000 school principals will be trained in strategic planning, management and participatory and accountable governance
  • About 12,000 education managers will be trained in results-based management
  • Some 700 teachers will be trained in the competency-based approach to technical and vocational training

Progress on aid effectiveness

Morocco adheres to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PDF, 317 KB, 23 pages), and it is increasing donor alignment with national priorities by setting up steering committees in several key sectors.

By working with Canadian and international partners, Canada is working to improve the health and rights of women and children globally, which includes the country of Morocco.

2014-2015 international assistance disbursements to Morocco (in millions of dollars)

Global Affairs Canada8.46
Other departments and sources0.14