Middle East and Northern Africa

Morocco 2019

Online Campus TV

Campus Morocco

 $33,000

To expand freedom of expression and encourage youth activism on university campuses. The organization will continue to produce content for its online TV channel in Arabic targeting university students. It will also train young journalists, technical staff, and volunteers on TV program content production, editorial guidelines, and presentation skills.

Youth Political Participation

Prometheus Institute for Democracy and Human Rights

 $26,000

To advance national debate on youth political participation in Morocco. The organization will conduct a national study on youth political participation, organize a public event to share the study results and findings, and convene a series of meetings with civic and political actors and political parties to advocate its study recommendations.

Advocating Effective Youth Public Services

Association Citizen of Street Morocco

 $25,000

To strengthen a culture of accountability and transparency at the municipal level in Fes. The organization will raise awareness among municipal officials regarding national legal mechanisms for youth participation and empower youth to coordinate actions across target municipalities. The grantee will hold capacity building trainings and dialogue and will provide continued support as youth councils monitor local spending on youth priorities.

Civil Society’s Role in Local Governance

Espace Libre de Citoyennete, de Formation, et de Developpement a Mohammedia

 $45,000

To promote participatory governance practices at the local level. The organization will host forums on mechanisms to engage youth in local public affairs, organize roundtables for local actors and thematic meetings with local civic groups, and conduct workshops on public petitions and their role in promoting accountability and public service oversight.

Empowering Rural Communities

Akhiam Association for Economic and Social Development

 $25,000

To promote youth participation in public life and local governance in rural communities in Imilchil. The organization will organize a regional forum, conduct capacity-building workshops for young women leaders of cooperatives, and lead discussions within youth civic clubs on issues related to human rights, citizenship and concepts of democracy.

Engaging Civil Society in Governance

Association Isaaf Jerada Solidarite et Developpement

 $22,000

To advocate good governance practices in Jerrada province. The organization will continue to build the capacity of its civic network, conduct a diagnostic study analyzing economic and governance challenges facing the province, organize seminars on the study findings, and convene discussions on participatory policy development at the local and regional level.

Enhancing Youth Local Governance in Marginalized Communities II

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $225,000

To enhance the ability of young Moroccans from marginalized communities to effectively participate in their communities’ political processes. The Institute will work to establish and operationalize youth councils in five rural or marginalized target localities in Morocco. The Institute will equip young participants from its prior NED-funded youth councils program to conduct skills-building workshops for the newly formed youth councils, with the goal of providing youth with the tools, skills, and knowledge to create sustainable mechanisms for transferring and sharing their knowledge and experiences with one another.

Fostering Gender Inclusion in Governance

Federation des Ligues des Droits des Femmes

 $25,000

To promote women’s participation in decision-making and policy dialogue. The organization will conduct workshops for a group of elected officials and women’s organizations from Ouarzazate, Tinghir and Zagora on gender-sensitive governance, rights-based advocacy, and policy monitoring. It will also convene a seminar on the critical role women play in demanding social justice and equal access to political and economic opportunities and organize a forum on relevant initiatives led by local government in the target areas.

Good Governance in Youth-Centered Institutions

Association Jeunes pour Jeunes

 $46,000

To advocate good governance practices in youth-centered public institutions. The project will train directors and administrators of youth centers on governance and processes of accountability; initiate an open public dialogue on the effectiveness of youth centers in serving youth beneficiaries; and lead a strategy that engages parliamentarians, local and regional representatives, and civil society actors to advocate governance reform for youth centers.

Participatory Decision Making Process

Instance Marocaine des Droits Humains

 $25,000

To promote accountability and mobilize civil society to advocate for a participatory approach to decision making at the local level. The organization will lead training on human rights-based approaches to development and local governance, organize community thematic meetings, engage local CSOs in advocacy initiatives, solidify a local forum, and conduct a program evaluation.

Participatory Governance Mechanisms

Association Intilaqua pour Jeunes et Enfants

 $27,000

To raise awareness of local government’s role and encourage citizen participation at the local level. The organization will produce an assessment study on environmental degradation impact on local communities; organize seminars on environmental regulations and workshops on the access to information law and public petitions; and advocate better living conditions for local communities in El-Youssoufia.

Policy Advocacy on Collective Lands

Third Millennium Association for the Development of Civic Action in the Southeast

 $55,000

To promote good governance practices and advocate for effective regulatory instruments on collective lands. The grantee will organize citizen forums on the newly passed laws related to women’s rights to land, convene a national symposium on the law governing collective lands and its impact on governance and local development, and lead an advocacy initiative at the national level.

Promoting Accountability in Resource Management

Observatoire Pour la Protection de l’Environnement et des Monuments Historiques de Tanger (OPEMH)

 $25,500

To enhance the capacity of local civil society to advocate good governance and accountability on government adherence to water resource management regulations. The organization will lead workshops on mismanagement of water resources and its implications on human rights, accountability, and transparency for local associations; advocate the recommendations of the diagnostic study; establish a call center and a platform for citizen inquires; and issue analytical reports on issues reported by citizens and government responses related to water resources management and the environment.

Promoting Citizen Participation in Governance

Al-Amal Network for Relief and Sustainable Development of Al-Hoceima

 $28,000

To strengthen youth’s ability and capacity to transition from protest to participatory civic engagement and accountability. The organization will conduct training on monitoring public policy and government performance; form three working groups on topics related to access to information, transparency and good governance; convene a regional seminar and lead an awareness campaign on effective youth policy.

Promoting Civic Engagement

Center for Humanities Studies and Research

 $60,000

To enhance youth participation in civic life and provide civic actors with an open space for public policy debate. The organization will facilitate seminars and roundtable discussions on engaging youth in civic and policy debates, continue its capacity-building initiative in high schools and universities in Casablanca, organize a regional forum on socio-economic and political reforms in the Maghreb and publish three issues of its magazine, Rihanat.

Promoting Civil Society and University Engagement

High Atlas Foundation

 $50,000

To foster greater cooperation among local civil society organizations and universities and promote community service learning. The organization will partner with a university in Fes to establish a legal aid program and engage law students to work with local civil society and community leaders on priority issues. It will also organize a series of monthly workshops on participatory approaches to advocacy and local policy planning and monitoring and lead civil society-university initiatives on community priority issues.

Promoting Debate on Health Sector Reform

The Mediator for Democracy and Human Rights

 $68,000

To promote policy debate on health sector reform. The organization will engage a core group of experts and researchers to assess current national policies and regulations related to health system reform, their effectiveness and efficiency at all levels. The organization will conduct trainings on policy assessment methodologies and techniques, lead workshops to analyze its evaluation findings, publish four policy papers, organize a study-day to discuss the findings and recommendations of the papers, hold a press conference, and convene meetings with national stakeholders.

Promoting Gender Equality in Governance

Union of Associations of Fes-Medina

 $45,000

To promote women’s participation and gender inclusion in public affairs. The organization will engage elected officials, civil society, and women councilors to advance women’s roles in decision-making and policy processes. It will convene a study day on gender equality, lead workshops on gender-responsive budgeting, and advocate gender inclusion in local policies and in the local and regional councils’ policy agenda.

Promoting Inclusion in Local Governance

Oasis Verte for Development and Democracy

 $40,000

To foster citizen inclusion in local governance, and raise awareness about governance laws in Draa -Tafilet region. The grantee will organize regional seminars on parity and equity commissions to facilitate the exchange of best practices with civil society organizations (CSOs) from other regions; train CSOs and local officials on the role of the commissions in monitoring government programs and expenditures; and advocate accountability and good governance practices.

Promoting Public Policy Research

Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis

 $30,000

To promote public policy research and accountability in public institutions.  MIPA will create a Trust in Public Institutions Index, lead research focusing on measuring trust in parliament, produce analysis and publish its report, and convene a one-day conference on its research findings and recommendations.

Public Dialogue on Security Sector

Moroccan Center for Democracy and Security

 $33,000

To promote dialogue on security sector reform and public oversight of policing practices. The project will include a forum on the government’s approach to security practices in Morocco, a seminar on the importance of parliamentary oversight of the security sector and a seminar on the National Action Plan for Democracy and Human Rights. The organization will also conduct workshops on security policies at the regional level, produce an annual security sector monitoring report, and pilot a website dedicated to security-related topics.

Strengthening Subnational Governance

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $625,000

To build trust between the Moroccan government and citizens. The institute will increase Moroccan citizen engagement in the regionalization process and improve government responsiveness to citizen concerns. The institute will train and support both civil society and elected officials from the Souss-Massa region to bolster their participation in constitutionally-mandated consultative bodies and ensure these serve as an effective platform for developing citizen-centered policies at the subnational level. The institute will create a participatory democracy handbook to support subnational governments’ promotion of citizen engagement.

Strengthening Trade Unions

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $250,000

To strengthen the capacity of Moroccan trade unions. The Center will support trade unions in the hospitality, aerospace, and call center sectors to promote democracy by supporting fundamental worker rights and decent work through organizing, collective bargaining and strengthening international alliances. To support these efforts, the Center will apply a gendered approach to popular education methodologies in delivering its education and capacity-building activities.

Supporting Local Democracy

Espace Associatif pour l’Education et le Developpement

 $25,000

To foster cooperation among local civil society organizations (CSOs), the municipality and other stakeholders on issues related to local democracy and development. The organization will engage CSOs in local communities, conduct capacity-building workshops on local governance for CSO activists and municipal council members, and lead training on advocacy strategies. It will also solidify existing advisory committees and create three additional ones, organize inter-communal meetings, lead an advocacy campaign; and convene a forum on local democracy and an evaluation session on program outcomes and strategic planning.

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