HI is sharing its expertise with Moroccan organisations to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, strengthen rehabilitation services and improve the quality of life of migrant populations.
A girl writing on a blackboard, Morocco - Humanity & Inclusion | © A. Vincens de Tapol / HI
Actions in process
HI began working in Morocco in 1993 and is one of the few international NGOs to have signed a headquarters agreement with the Moroccan Ministry of Cooperation and Foreign Affairs (1999). For over 20 years, HI has supported the development of a strong network of organisations of people with disabilities (OPD), building their capacity for self-advocacy and action.
Since 2011, in a context of reforms, HI Morocco has been working closely with the authorities to foster the development and implementation of inclusive public policies. The programme’s collaboration has also been progressively extended to civil society organisations to promote inclusion and help meet the needs of other vulnerable groups. HI is also working to improve the quality of life of vulnerable migrant populations by strengthening representative organisations and improving access to vital resources such as health actors and referral mechanisms.
Situation of the country
In terms of foreign policy, the country continues to position itself as a bridge between Europe and Africa, developing economic, trade, security and diplomatic ties with the European Union.
It is particularly active on the African continent, joining the African Union in 2016 and applying to join ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) in 2017. The Covid 19 pandemic halted national growth and led to significant job losses, causing severe tension in the labour market in a country with one of the lowest labour force participation rates in the world. The Ukrainian crisis, combined with cereal production issues caused by drought and rising fuel prices have led to high inflation, despite the subsidising of basic necessities.
Policies to improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities are still poorly implemented, partly due to a lack of funding. People with disabilities have few dedicated services (carers, accessibility of buildings, etc.) and their inclusion in civil society remains limited. Organisations of people with disabilities are working to change this situation.
Number of HI staff: 17
Programme created in: 1993