Results around the world – Morocco
Morocco is both one of the most stable countries in North Africa and an emerging economy. Although, for the moment, it has been spared from the turmoil present elsewhere in the region, it continues to face major economic, political, social and security challenges. Reducing social and economic inequalities, youth employment, education and the fight against poverty are the main issues facing the country.
In response to these challenges, Morocco has implemented a series of reform programs and of adapted sector-based strategies. It has also developed a vibrant political and commercial strategy directed at sub-Saharan African countries. Morocco is a member of La Francophonie.
Canada’s programming aims to ensure that Morocco’s development better integrates women and the most vulnerable youth. Canada supports Morocco’s priorities for the greater participation of women and youth in the economy and increased gender equality to strengthen women’s position in Moroccan society. Current programming focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, human dignity and growth that works for everyone. Canada’s projects help to:
- combat gender-based sexual violence;
- improve the education and employability of young people, including women;
- support women’s economic empowerment, the opening-up of markets and the green economy, and respond to the needs of the labour market.
In 2017-2018, Canada continued to fund the Support to Education Reform Through Competency-Based Approach project, implemented by the Consortium for International Development in Education. The project aims to help bring structural reforms to Morocco’s vocational training sector and increase access to training programs that use a competency-based approach. During the year, 251 Moroccan stakeholders—84 women and 167 men—participated in a combined total of 834 days of action-training on the competency-based approach. In addition, a total of 36 field missions, representing 1,260 days of Canadian expertise, was provided to support Morocco’s national strategy for vocational training. A repository of values and standards relating to gender equity and equality in the Moroccan vocational training system was designed and implemented, along with a self-diagnosis tool on gender for vocational training institutions.
Thanks to Canada’s support, other initiatives aimed at strengthening the skills of Morocco’s most vulnerable young people were implemented in order to help them better integrate into working life and the labour market. For example, the Including the Most Vulnerable Youth in Economic Development project, implemented by UNICEF, aims to respond to the challenges associated with young people’s transition to working life. In 2017-2018, 9,495 vulnerable adolescents and young people benefited from the project. Of these, 435 adolescents participated in the individualized psychosocial rehabilitation and life-skills program, and 100 girls were supported in the fight against domestic work. The “second-chance school” model for out-of-school children was standardized and adopted by all partners in the sector.
Canada is also supporting the International Labour Organization’s Youth@Work: Employment for Young Women and Men project. Under the project, an entrepreneurial education module was integrated and institutionalized into training programs offered by Morocco’s Office de la Formation Professionnelle et de la Promotion du Travail. In 2017-2018, Canada also completed a study on women’s entrepreneurial development; the study’s recommendations were the subject of a strategic implementation framework meeting the priorities of the government’s equality agenda. Through the project a number of offices of the Agence Nationale de Promotion de l’Emploi et des Compétences, piloted the provision of job-seeking services for unqualified youth.
The project also trained 201,552 young people—131,732 (45%) more than expected—as part of the Understanding Business module offered at universities and vocational training institutions.
Finally, in 2017-2018, the Morocco program continued to support other job-creation initiatives that empower the most vulnerable, including women and youth. Thus, through the Strengthening the Durum Wheat Milling and Pulse Crops Industry project, implemented by the Canadian International Grains Institute, several awareness workshops on the value of durum wheat and pulses, targeted at smallholder farmers and female cooperative leaders, were given in different parts of the country. A total of 218 women and 46 men benefited from these activities. Awareness and training sessions were also held for several producer and exporter groups on integrating gender and environmental dimensions.
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