Project Approach

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HAF applies the participatory method in all its projects, from start to finish.  This is essentially a grassroots, ‘bottom-up’ approach: local communities are both the initiators and the beneficiaries of any given initiative and they are fully engaged throughout the process.

H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco described the participatory approach where "citizens are the engine for and ultimate objective of all initiatives."

HAF's 10 Operating Principles

  1. Empower communities to take charge of their own development through a participatory approach.
  2. Include all community members and ensure the diversity of gender, race, age, socio-economic status and physical ability.
  3. Support projects that communities have determined and commited time and resources to implement.
  4. Partner with government and NGO's to ensure collaborative and transparent development.
  5. Use local materials and knowledge to respect and celebrate cultural values.
  6. Link local community development to national and international agencies.
  7. Work in communities where we are invited to work.
  8. Promote friendship along with partnership between Moroccan, Americans and international  


There are in fact many participatory methods that have an almost infinite range of applications, from human development projects such as those in which HAF is engaged, to conflict resolution - and everything in between.  The common factor is community engagement throughout the discussion, planning and implementation stages.


Morocco is dedicated to sustainable human development using the participatory approach.  In 2005, His Majesty King Mohammed VI launched the National Initiative for Human Development, as a result of this and other national programs, many of the frameworks to deliver successful projects across the Kingdom are in place.


Rural and urban communities approach HAF with a request to improve the lives of their members.  They are the principal stakeholders in any given project.  Public or private partners – individuals or institutions – provide additional practical support (technical expertise, financing, coordination, etc) in order to assist project implementation.


HAF has two main facilitative functions in this process.  It acts as the bridge – the institutional connection – between what communities need and what public or private partners can provide.

HAF trains and provides facilitators skilled in participatory planning. In particular local people learn an applied methodology that assists communities in their assessment of their needs and in developing action plans to achieve the projects most important to them.

HAF acts as a catalyst to help articulate and clarify ideas and strategies originating from the community. Much of the methodology is visual, involving the production of maps and diagrams. In this way, top priority goals are identified.

Projects generate tangible benefits. These are real, measurable, and visible within the community and may also result in profits being reinvested in further communal ventures.

HAF supports the formation of federations, cooperatives, and civil associations. in order for them to manage development, advocate, and achieve larger-scale projects.


HAF acts as a further point of connection between Morocco and the international community.  Exceptional care is taken to respect and uphold local customs and norms. At the same time, it is recognized that excellence is to be found worldwide and HAF endeavors to ensure that best practices are employed in the context of any given project.


The participatory approach is globally accepted as a method of choice for ensuring sustainable human development. Communities that are genuine stakeholders in the initiatives they have created are empowered communities.  Crucially, they are inspired to maintain and further their achievements.

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