HI shares its expertise with Moroccan disabled people’s organisations and works with them to promote the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in society.
A girl writing on a blackboard, Morocco - Humanity & Inclusion | © A. Vincens de Tapol / HI
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 for Cooperation and Foreign Affairs (1999). For over 20 years, HI has supported the development of a strong network of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) by building their capacities for self-advocacy and action. Since 2011, in a context of reform, we have started to work more closely with the authorities to support the development and implementation of inclusive public policies. We have steadily expanded our partnerships to include other CSOs in order to promote inclusion and address the needs of other vulnerable people such as women victims of discrimination, and migrants.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
The Justice and Development Party was returned to power in the 2016 legislative elections. The next elections are scheduled for 2021. In terms of its foreign policy, the country continues to position itself as a bridge between Europe and Africa, by developing economic, commercial, security and diplomatic ties with the European Union and is particularly active on the African continent, rejoining the African Union in 2016 and applying to join ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) in 2017.
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, access to buildings, and so on) and their inclusion in civil society remains limited. Disabled people’s organisations are working to bring about change.
Number of HI staff members: 15
Date programme opened: 1996