Bridging the Gap for Moroccan Youth: Countering Violent Extremism through Human Development

 By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki & Kati Roumani

Vulnerability. A common denominator shared by many people in Morocco including students and recent, jobless graduates and youthful, former prison detainees. 

These two groups actually have more in common than might appear at first sight.  A significant proportion of young Moroccans who manage to make it through high school to university grow up, together with their peers who may drop out at an early age, in some of the country’s toughest locations, where systemic poverty and deep social inequality throw life into a constant state of disruption. 

With or without the benefit of formal educational opportunities, youth who are “economically disenfranchised and struggling to balance several political, social, ethnic, and religious narratives” can be attracted all the more easily towards sympathy for radical ideologies and violent action. 


U.N. statement on human development by HAF

This statement was submitted by the High Atlas Foundation which has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

There is a common denominator among successful human development projects, be they in the field of education, health, economic growth, cultural preservation or the environment, namely that the project beneficiaries themselves participated in their design, management and overall control. 

After decades — centuries even — of development interventions and the implementation of strategies to promote human services, the mountain of evidence accumulated worldwide clearly points to popular participation as the primary determinant of successful sustainable development. 


Field Visit to the Aboghlo Women's Cooperative

By: Emily Hamilton


About thirty minutes outside of Marrakech lies a small town near the High Atlas Mountains. Ourika looks more like a cluster of small villages existing side by side, just off of the main road from Marrakech. Far down a dusty lane, past a beautiful garden growing saffron flowers, past the traditional clay houses common in Morocco, is an unassuming house.


حضور قوي لمؤسسة الاطلس الكبير بليالي رمضان البوجدورية


بقلم حانة الزاوي 


في إطار تظاهرة ليالي رمضان البوجدورية المنظمة من طرف عمالة إقليم بوجدور وبعض فعاليات المجتمع المدني عرفت الدورات التكوينية المنظمة بساحة عمومية ومفتوحة في وجه العموم حضورا منقطع النظير وكانت فرصة للدعوة الى التغيير الايجابي والرقي بالأفكار.

 فارضاءا لكل الفئات والهيئات داخل الإقليم وبحثا عن التجديد كان للدورات التكوينية نصيب مهم في برنامج ليالي رمضان من خلال تاطير الاستاذة "حانة الزاوي " مديرة مشاريع مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير" لدورتين تكوينيتين بالهواء الطلق استفاد منها عدد كبير من الفاعلين الجمعويين والساكنة المحلية. وقد تمحورت الدورتين التكوينيتين حول مواضيع هادفة تخص الحياة ككل والعمل الجمعوي بصفة خاصة، فخلال الدورة الأولى دعت الأستاذة "حانة الزاوي" إلى التصالح مع الذات واعتبار العمل التطوعي هو عمل تنموي انطلاقا من تحديد الفكرة والتسريع بتجسيدها بعد الاقتناع بها ومشاركة الإطراف المعنية بها، اعتمادا على المقاربة التشاركية الهادفة وانطلاقا من التنمية الذاتية ومراجعة النفس ومصالحتها والاعتراف بالآخر وبايجابياته  وعدم الاكتراث بالأمور السلبية والسعي إلى ايجاد حلول مناسبة للمشاكل التي يمكن أن تواجه الفرد أو الجماعة. تخللت الدورة العديد من المداخلات التي عبر من خلالها الحاضرون عن امتنانهم وشكرهم للمؤطرة على موضوع التكوين وعن سعيهم الجدي لتفعيل هذه الأفكار الايجابية من خلال التنمية الذاتية كأساس للتنمية الاجتماعية التشاركية.


Kingdom of Trees in High Places


By Ramzi Talbi 



My passion for the outdoors and for the protection of the environment drove me to apply for my second Patagonia Environmental Internship. This is an amazing program that allows us at Patagonia to leave our regular roles and work for the environmental group of our choice for up to two months while continuing to earn our paycheck and benefits. In my opinion, the hardest part of the application process for this program was to find the right group to work with based on what everyone’s interest. My interest for my first environmental internship was about marine ecosystem protection. I worked with amazing people at the Hawaii Wildlife Fund on the Sea Hawksbill recovery project in the town of Paia in Maui. Aloha to all my Hawaiian friends! My interest for my next environmental internship was about terrestrial ecosystem protection, especially reforestation and sustainable development. First, I couldn’t decide between Morocco and France as a destination, but as I started my search online for environmental groups in both countries, I started leaning toward Morocco as I was lucky to run across the High Atlas Foundation online and learned about their mission. Kamal Akaya the volunteer coordinator was awesome and quick in responding to my emails and made sure to send me the approval letter on time for my application.


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