NEWSLETTER SIGN UP

Curriculum Development at HAF’s Center for Community Consensus-Building and Sustainable Development

Greetings to friends, supporters and beneficiaries of the High Atlas Foundation. My name is Lillian Thompson and I am a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. Since my arrival in Morocco in May, I have been working with the High Atlas Foundation to develop its curriculum in participatory development. I hope to use my blog to keep you informed of our progress and to learn from you—so please comment.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, I worked with an area-based program of the United Nations Development Program in Crimea. The program used participatory development methods to promote economic development and the re-integration of a returning Diaspora of Tatars. As Program and Training Officer for Peace Corps in Romania, I developed training in participatory development and project management for Peace Corps Volunteers in diverse program areas. New Orleans is my adopted home town, where participatory development has gained new meaning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill.

Part of being new in a place is the temptation to make comparisons. I cannot say that I have lived in places where life is more or less hard than it is in Morocco’s rural villages and bidonvilles. I can say that, like the city of New Orleans, the country of Morocco is a place to love. Art, family and religion are inextricably woven into their cultures. As is vulnerability—and this is why so many people are drawn to these places.

I have spent my first few weeks in Morocco visiting the Center for Community Consensus-Building and Sustainable Development in Mohammedia, talking with people and observing “experiential community-based” workshops where students from the Hassan II University and officials from rural communes have come together to learn about participatory development. The Center is a partnership between the High Atlas Foundation and the University which operates out of a modest office in a classroom at the University—you can read about it in the Training tab.

I believe that the Center’s impact on development in Morocco can have a far-reaching ripple effect, as more people learn and use participatory methods in their work and in their communities. The program serves a national need for empowered communities to fulfill the monarchy’s commitment to regionalization (decentralization). Communities that choose how they will develop and ensure that they can maintain projects donors help provide will make more sustainable progress. And communities that become active participants in Moroccan-led development programs will become part of a stronger nation.

In future blogs, I hope to share some of the nuts and bolts of the curriculum we are creating—it will benefit from using the participatory development approach itself, with your help.

Join us on facebook

HAF tweets

HafFdtn Women and girls, both rural and urban, must be empowered to participate in the whole of production & society.
2hreplyretweetfavorite
HafFdtn In order to combat extremist ideologies, and extremist behavior, all must be included in civil society.
8hreplyretweetfavorite
HafFdtn Partnerships are crucial to the success of civil society: Partnerships with governments, NGOs & w/ other civil society networks.
11hreplyretweetfavorite
HafFdtn Strengthening civil society, and expanding economic opportunity often go hand & hand.
16hreplyretweetfavorite
HafFdtn This is the 15th anniversary of the MEPI program; in this time it has empowered more than 3,000 civil society organizations.
20hreplyretweetfavorite
HafFdtn The @USMEPI allows the U.S Gov to work towards expanding opportunity and stability in the MENA region.
23hreplyretweetfavorite
HafFdtn Massive amounts of effort are put into @USMEPI 's democratic governance, gender equality, and economic empowerment initiatives.
24hreplyretweetfavorite
HafFdtn Middle East Partnership Initiative @USMEPI is committed to working towards economic development across the MENA region.

HAF in Morocco

High Atlas Foundation
4 Rue Qadi AyaadAl Manar 4A - 3rd floor - Appt. 12 El Harti, Guéliz, MARRAKESH 40.000 - Morocco

Tel: +212 (0)5 24 42 08 21
Fax+212 (0)5 24 43 00 02 

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Directions to HAF Marrakech Office

HAF in US

High Atlas Foundation
High Atlas Foundation 332 Bleecker Street, #K110, NEW YORK, NY 10014
USA

Phone: +1 (646) 688-2946
Fax: +1 (646) 786-4780

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Follow us

Photos

showshowshowshowshowshowshowshowshowshowshowshow